From a tattoo parlor in Bethpage to the national stage of cable television, Erik Siuda is inking his mark on the industry.
At Ghost Gallery Tattoo, 325 Broadway in Bethpage, Siuda concentrates on human canvases for hours on end and the intricacy of his style will be featured among other artists on Spike TV’s Ink Master, starting Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 10 p.m. Siuda is one of 18 contestants competing on the show, which is in its fifth season, in various tattoo challenges that not only test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity.
Siuda, 34, has been tattooing for close to 20 years. In that time, he has worked with legends in the inking world while developing his own distinct style. But even with a world of experience and knowledge under his belt, Siuda said television brings an entirely new level of stress to the tattoo chair.
Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.
However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647 — or 8.8 percent.
Members and guests of North Shore Synagogue’s Brotherhood BBQ and Erev Shabbat Service enjoyed a wonderful summer’s evening in early July with a classic BBQ and services led by Brotherhood, with help from Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet and Cantor Rich Pilatsky.
“This is a wonderful way to connect with other members of Brotherhood, which focuses on building camaraderie among our members, and instilling a strong sense of community away from the hectic pressures of our day-to-day lives,” said Brotherhood co-president Jeffrey Levine.
Kids love amusement parks, and they especially love one aspect of these fanciful places above all others — the twists, turns and death-defying loops of the mighty roller coaster. Given the chance, it’s likely that almost any child would love the chance to actually build one of their own.
Susan Sears of Port Jefferson runs an ongoing series of science classes aimed at stimulating the growing minds of children. Recently, she was holding one of them at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library on Roller Coaster design, which she described as “a physics lesson disguised as fun.”
School zone speed cameras are beginning to gear up in Plainview-Old Bethpage, and though the robot law enforcement tools are not yet fully operational, drivers are beginning to get road weary at the prospect of a surveillance state.
While officials at the Nassau County Traffic Safety board said that only five cameras have been activated, drivers are spotting far more on daily drives through the neighborhood. Michael Dulphin, a Plainview resident who makes a daily commute to a local college, said he has seen school zone speed cameras pop up near Parkway Elementary School as well as Our Lady of Mercy school on South Oyster Bay Road.
A symbol of freedom and expression for many, cars of all shapes and sizes have served as the gateway to adventure for both the young and young-at-heart alike for countless generations.
H. Roy Jaffe has collected and photographed cars for more than 70 years. It’s this lifetime of knowledge that he recently shared with a large audience in the form of an interactive visual presentation held at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library entitled “The Rarest and Most Exotic Cars Ever Built.”
Ann Marie Cagnazzi from Bethpage is a fairly new convert. “I love the freedom that I feel and the sense of accomplishment that I get,” Cagnazzi said. “Everyone always cheers, and I feel so good about myself. You don’t get to feel that in your everyday life.”
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce board recently announced that one of its members, Andrew M. Lamkin, has been named Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year for 2014.
Principal of the Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin, P.C., located on Old Country Road in Plainview, Lamkkin has been practicing law since 2008. Receiving a bachelor of arts degree in political science and history in 1996 from Syracuse University and a juris doctor from Widener School of Law in 2006, Lamkin is currently an active member of the Plainview Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce where he serves as chairman of the membership committee and is a member of the executive board. He was also recently elected as vice president of the Chamber of Commerce.
Individuals with Down syndrome, autism and other developmental disabilities now have a new safe haven in Plainview.
In order to accommodate their continual growth, Long Island-based ACDS, in moving into a space at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church on Washington Avenue in Plainview. The new facility will house the agency’s adult day habilitation and 5-plus program, which provides recreation and respite activities for children ages five and up.
With Our Lady of Mercy’s close proximity to Plainview, it is no surprise that plenty of local residents found their way to a fair on the school’s grounds recently.
Among the many Plainview people that made their way to the school on South Oyster Bay Road were Alanna Savino, Emma Cohen, Connor Savino, Colleen Mack-Savino and Michael Savino, who all walked the red on their way to enjoying some great food and rides.
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