Elementary school students in Plainview wrapped up a home-and-home exchange with the New York Islanders after some players made an appearance on their turf.
Three of the team’s finest pro hockey stars answered questions and signed autographs for more than 150 kids between grades three and five in a Monday morning assembly at Kramer Lane Elementary School on Nov. 25. The visit came two weeks after the students’ chorus serenaded an Islanders home game under music teacher Jonathan Wibben’s direction.
The Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community held their Annual Winter Safety Forum at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library recently, and as per the norm for this passionate civic organization, security and preparedness were indeed the name of the game.
Carol Meschkow, president of the Concerned Citizens, started the group 20 years ago originally as a two-week campaign; however, it soon took on a life of its own and is still going strong today, she said.
The Plainview Jewish Center celebrated its 60th anniversary on Nov. 17 with all the flair expected for such a joyous occasion. A brunch was held following a special “Walk Down Memory Lane” held at the Temple at 95 Floral Dr. West.
Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs, a presenter of a county proclamation said, “This was a very moving and special tribute to a wonderful Temple which has been the source of joy and comfort to so many in the community for so many reasons. It was a pleasure to be part of this 60th Anniversary celebration.”
More than 150 people attended the event, which featured singing children singing, Shofar blowing, a video presentation and the Plainview Jewish Center leadership at its finest.
Plainview resident Dr. Steven Frierman plays mind games.
Everyday, the Hofstra University professor employs his knowledge of sports and the study of the mind to help athletes stay focused, improve their performance and avoid slumps — or scratch and claw their way out of a slump, if necessary.
“The idea of working with athletes and teach them how to use their mind is profoundly fascinating to me,” said Frierman, who has lived in Plainview for 13 years. “What motivates them to achieve their goals and what stops them and how to get them to enjoy the process.”
The late, great trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louis Armstrong, once summed up his views on music in one concise yet poignant statement:
“Hot can be cool, and cool can be hot, and each can be both. But hot or cool, man, jazz is jazz.”
You’d rarely expect to find that statement to apply to your local library, but to Mike Ficco, whose Long Island Jazz Orchestra meets at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library for weekly jam sessions, that statement is a way of life.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — or “Obamacare” as it has become commonly known — is finally in full swing nationwide, with most major provisions of the healthcare reform law slated to be phased in by Jan. 2014. The new law, signed by President Barack Obama in March of 2010, aims to improve the quality and affordability of health insurance.
But despite the heavy national attention the Affordable Care Act is receiving, there are still a great many people who remain in the dark as to what changes they can expect to take place in the national health care landscape. Talk of high prices and dropped policies have many families wondering if the new law will cause more harm than good.
The last time Hanukkah and Thanksgiving shared the same date — 1861 — Thanksgiving wasn’t actually an established holiday. And it won’t happen again for another 70,000 years. Dubbed “Thanksgivukkah,” this convergence of holidays has inspired all sorts of celebrations in our area.
The Town of Oyster Bay Chabad in Woodbury will take over the Plainview Shopping Center Nov. 27 parking lot on South Oyster Bay Road for its annual Hanukkah Spectacular, free and open to everyone who RSVPs, offering post-Thanksgiving dinner festivities beginning at 5:15 p.m.
Plainview protestors stood outside Mineola High School during a lively forum on Wednesday, Nov. 13, leading calls to end the vastly criticized common core standards in schools throughout Long Island and beyond.
Amid calls of “1,2.3.4, we don’t want your Common Core!” Plainview-Old Bethpage Teachers Union president Morty Rosenfeld said the common core forces undue stress and confusing test preparations on the minds of the island’s young people.“[It’s] forcing stuff down the throats of students, stuff that shouldn’t be,” said Rosenfeld.
The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone — and one community organization is looking to help Plainview-Old Bethpage residents achieve piece of mind when it comes to safety.
The Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community announced their free Annual Holiday Community Safety Forum Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd. This year’s program includes something for every resident with a presentation from the coordinator of Community Affairs from the Nassau County Task Force Against Gangs and the Nassau County Police Department Second Precinct POP Unit, as well as free photo ID cards and fingerprints.
Lynne Berge sat at a computer at the Plainview Family History Center clicking through digital records and unearthing hints of her family history. Berge grew up sharing a room with her Irish immigrant grandmother, but knew precious few details about the family’s beginning in the old country.
“She didn’t like to talk about it,” Berge said, remembering her grandmother’s unease with tracing the family roots back to Ireland. “They wanted to be Americanized.”
But following her grandmother’s death, Berge took to the task of playing familial detective. She dedicated time and effort in her search and eventually came across a random photo of her grandfather — which then led her through the criss-crossing branches of her family tree.
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