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Plainview Attorney Loses License

Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:33

A Plainview attorney is being disbarred after pleading guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from clients, according to the Nassau County district attorney’s office.

Matthew Kogan, 40, repaid the full amount to victims as a result of prosecution for stealing client funds to pay off personal and professional expenses. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice recently announced that Kogan will no longer be able to practice law after stealing client funds instead of depositing the funds into his escrow account.  

 

Plainview Veteran Celebrated

Written by Cynthia Paulis, plainview@antonnews.com Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00

Thousands of Long Islanders streamed into Burn Park in Massapequa recently for the Town of Oyster Bay’s annual Salute to America concert featuring Dean Karahalis and the Concert Pop Orchestra with fireworks by Grucci.

The event paid tribute to veterans, past and present, and honored three deserving honorees: Guillermo Torres, Plainview’s Robert Reahl and Barbara Tortorice.

Torres is the winner of the Town’s Veteran Lifetime Achievement Award. A Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Torres was wounded while on maneuvers.

 

Lives In Transition

Written by Chris Boyle, plainview@antonnews.com Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00

The kids may be grown. The marriage may have not worked out. Perhaps retirement affords more free time than was anticipated.

Enter The Transition Network, an national social group featuring an active chapter on Long Island that meets regularly at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.

Judy Forman, Plainview resident and program co-chair, noted that The Transition Network is an organization of women ages 50 and over who are ‘transitioning’ into the next phase of their lives — whether it be retirement, divorce, losing a loved one or so on — and helping them to meet new people while expanding their horizons.  

 

Workshop Highlights Tax Breaks

Written by Marlo Jappen and Chris Boyle, plainview@antonnews.com Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00

Plainview resident Cila Schlanger was eager to attend a two-hour property tax workshop at the Farmingdale Public Library last week — the problem is, so were many other people.

“I was taken aback once I came here because there was such a line,” she said. “I thought it would be a two-hour workshop, but individuals had to wait to be helped on a first come, first serve basis.”

Residents are trying to save a buck whenever and wherever they can, especially when it comes to property taxes. To try and lend a helping hand, elected officials recently hosted a property tax exemption workshop at the library, drawing residents from across Nassau County.

 

Schools Seek Upgrade Committee

Written by Steve Mosco, smosco@antonnews.com Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:02

Plainview school officials are looking for public input for the next round of capital improvements.

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District announced the search for volunteers to serve on its Facilities Upgrade and Improvement Advisory Committee at a special Board of Education meeting held on July 16. The committee will advise and assist the District in preparing a capital improvement bond issue that will be proposed to the Plainview-Old Bethpage community for a vote in December.

 

Scribe Forms Theater Group

Written by Chris Boyle, plainview@antonnews.com Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00

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.

 

LIRR Strike Worries Commuters

Written by Steve Mosco, smosco@antonnews.com Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

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.”

 

Students Turn Words Against Bullies

Written by Steve Mosco, smosco@antonnews.com Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:52

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.
 

Women’s Group Takes The Initiative

Written by Paige McAtee, plainview@antonnews.com Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00

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.

 

Give Them Shelter

Written by Marlo Jappen, plainview@antonnews.com Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:19

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.

 

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