One local playwright and his company — The Plainview Project — seem to be headed to the big leagues.
Claude Solnik of Plainview, the Plainview Project’s writer, is married with two children. While he has a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University, after graduating he ended up going into journalism, which currently remains his day job. But in his free time he indulged in his true passion, hammering out numerous play scripts until the day they he realized that he needed to stop sitting on these works he was creating and put them in the hands of actors that could give them life.
Even as they hoped the parties would reach a last-minute settlement, commuters across Long Island were scrambling last week to devise alternate plans for getting to work if Long Island Rail Road’s 5,400 workers go on strike July 20. And they were vocal in their anger with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The strike, it seems, has roused commuter ire over a wide range of LIRR issues, from timeliness to cleanliness to costs.
“I’ll have to figure out a new way home from work,” said Marco Allicastro, a 20-year-old Queens resident waiting for a train home at the Bethpage station after a day’s work at the local King Kullen. “Long Island doesn’t really have a lot of options in terms of transportation. Maybe I should get a new job.”
Two fourth-graders in Old Bethpage found a way to fight back against bullies — with words of their own.
Old Bethpage Elementary School students Danielle Kovel and Kelly Schenck were recently recognized after they teamed-up to tackle bullies of all ages with a poem. Kovel and Schenck penned the words for a poetry contest and were named co-winners of the grand prize at a recent Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education meeting.The duo’s piece was selected out of 1,000 entries across the district and it aims to spell out exactly how it feels to face bullies in school yards and halls. Old Bethpage Elementary School principal Suzanne Gray and social worker Marc Galloway presented the award before the youngsters read their poem for attendees.
As a charitable organization, the Meadowbrook Women’s Initiative (MWI) raises money throughout the year in order to help worthy charities continue to assist all those most in need.
To celebrate the end of its fiscal year, the MWI held its fifth annual charity presentation and installation luncheon at Temple Chaverim in Plainview on Wednesday, June 25.
Meadowbrook is a five-year-old organization with more than 600 members, led by president Barbara Goldstein.
Sebastian, a two year-old pit mix with chocolate and caramel fur, wags his tail and splashes inside a kiddie pool outside the Forgotten Friends of Long Island rescue center in Levittown. The energetic pup is looking for a home, just like the four other dogs housed at this location in the basement of the Animal Hospital at 4 East Village Green.
“He’s good with other dogs and actually likes cats,” said Beth Marzo of Plainview, a dog coordinator at Forgotten Friends of Long Island. Sebastian was rescued from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter where he lived for one year.
Joshua Sason remembers his youthful days at Plainview’s Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center, playing basketball and hitting the gym multiple times a week. Now, one year after the JCC renamed that very same gym in his honor, Sason is continuing efforts to help fund a full renovation.
In recognition of those efforts, the JCC recently honored Sason for all of his significant contributions to the organization in 2013 at an annual golf event at the Glen Head Country Club. Sason, who helped raise $150,000 for the community center over the course of the day, said giving back to the JCC is a no-brainer, as the community center was integral to his youth in Plainview.
Exceptional youngsters on Long Island were recently recognized by Supervisor John Venditto and Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc. co-founders Robert and Philip Eslick as winners of the 2014 Kids of Distinction community scholarship program.
Jordyn Seri, a senior at Plainview-Old Bethpage High School, was one of the 10 recipients of the honor. For contributions to her community, Seri received a commemorative plaque and a $2,000 academic scholarship check.
Venditto and the Eslicks honored Seri because the young adult has “spent the best years of her life doing what she does best, helping others.”
School zone speedsters face a new round of surviellance in the state’s effort to thwart their reckless ways.
Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to Bethpage High School recently to sign legislation that authorizes the addition of school speed zone cameras in Nassau and Suffolk counties. According to proponents, the new law aims to enhance the safety of children, pedestrians and drivers in school areas by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.
Plainview residents were recently offered a window into a mysterious disease.
When filmmaker Kathy Leichter moved back into her childhood home after her mother’s unexpected and tragic suicide, she discovered a hidden box of audiotapes. Contained within those tapes were the remnants of her mother’s verbal diary.
It took Leichter 16 years before she was able to summon the courage to actually delve into the tapes’ contents, but once she finally did she discovered that she had unearthed a gateway into her mother’s innermost thoughts and feelings on a variety of personal subjects, such as the marriage to her father, a New York State Senator; the estrangement from her son; and the ups and down of living every day of her life with the mental illness that eventually drove her to take her own life by leaping from the window of her apartment — bipolar disorder.
Girl Scout Troop 3203 recently secured a Silver Award, the highest honor a Cadette Girl Scout can attain.
The girls planted two gardens for the United Cerebral Palsy resident house in Suffolk County. They planted annual and perennial flowers and a few bushes. The first garden is in front of the house, the second is a smaller garden with a wooden border. The girls also added wind chimes, flags and sun catchers to the gardens.
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