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Teaching Speeders A Lesson

Written by Steve Mosco Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

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.

 

Exploring Bipolar Disorder

Written by Chris Boyle, plainview@antonnews.com Friday, 27 June 2014 00:00

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 Scouts Earn Silver Award

Written by Herald Staff, plainview@antonnews.com Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00

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.

 

The Art Of Water Conservation

Written by Herald Staff, plainview@antonnews.com Wednesday, 25 June 2014 11:45

These youngsters know how to express their belief in water conservation.

Fifteen students from the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District were recently named by the Plainview Water District as winners of the district’s annual Water Conservation Poster Contest. Water District Chairman Joel Kessler and Commissioner Andrew Bader were on hand at the awards ceremony.

 

A History of Haircuts In Bethpage

Written by Gerry Laytin, plainview@antonnews.com Friday, 20 June 2014 00:00

The year was 1970: the average cost of a new house was $23,450; the cost of gasoline was 36 cents a gallon; the country lowered the voting age to 18; Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix both died of drug overdoses; M*A*S*H had just hit the silver screen; and the National Guard shot and killed 4 protesters at Kent State University, including Jeffrey Miller, of Plainview-Old Bethpage’s John F. Kennedy High School.

It was a time of great turbulence, but out of that upheaval, a business was born which would survive more than four decades. Pat’s/Pergament Barber Shop opened its doors 44 years ago in the old Pergament Home Center at 3901 Hempstead Tpke. in Bethpage. And although the Pergament store is long gone, the barber shop and its founder Pasquale “Pat” Palumbo are thriving seven days-a-week with a staff of 11 barbers at their location across the street at 17 Emerson Ave. in Levittown.
 

Dispelling Dyslexia Myths

Written by Steve Mosco, smosco@antonnews.com Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

A Plainview resident with more than 20 years experience in speech pathology wants to get the word out about dyslexia.

Lori Melnitsky, director of All Island Speech & Learning, graduated from Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School back in 1981, during a time when misconceptions about dyslexia were the norm and generally taken as fact. While most believe that dyslexia simply involves spelling words backwards, Melnitsky asserts that this learning disability is far more complex.

 

Student’s Mind Ticks With Science

Written by Steve Mosco, smosco@antonnews.com Tuesday, 17 June 2014 16:52

As Plainview Old-Bethpage High School senior Hannah Stewart prepares to ship off to Brandeis University in the fall, she, like most young adults here age, will remember the best parts of high school: spirit week, homecoming, prom and, of course, gathering lizards and ticks in northern New Jersey.

The science-minded senior recently worked under the auspices of Dr. Russell Burke, chair of the Biology Department at Hofstra University, in a research project with the goal of finding out why cases of Lyme Disease are so prevalent here in the north, but so rare down south.

 

Center Works To Prevent Abuse

Written by Paige McAtee, plainview@antonnews.com Friday, 13 June 2014 00:00

Staff members of Plainview’s Mid-Island Y JCC summer camp programs intend to give its campers a fun summer experience, as well as a safe one. As a preventative measure, staff members were educated on how to stop child sex abuse from occurring through the Silence2Strength program on Thursday, June 5.

Each year on Long Island, there are over 16,000 reports of child maltreatment, according to The Safe Center LI, the creators of the Silence2Strengh program. As long as a child’s boundaries are being crossed, emotionally or physically, it is considered abuse.

 

Library Turns Page On 50 Years

Written by Chris Boyle, plainview@antonnews.com Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, a vital community hub and learning annex for local residents, has hit the half century mark.

The library held a 50th anniversary party recently, celebrating with tours, music, balloons, children’s games and refreshments. The library also hosted a ceremony at which long-time supporters shared tales of the library’s rich history.

 

Eagle Scout Hopeful Honors Veteran

Written by Herald Staff, plainview@antonnews.com Wednesday, 11 June 2014 00:00

A Plainview-Old Bethpage Boy Scout made honoring a U.S. Army sergeant his Eagle Scout Project priority.

Eagle Scout candidate Ryan Lessman chose to honor Commander Joseph P. Slattery Jr. for his Eagle Scout Project by dedicating a memorial garden at the American Legion Hall in Plainview. A dedication ceremony took place on Memorial Day at the Legion Hall and was attended by Slattery’s wife Pat, as well as other dignitaries, guests and Scout Troops. During the ceremony, Lesman received an official citation from County Executive Ed Mangano.

 

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