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County Assessor Delays Vets Tax Break

Written by Chris Boyle, Rich Forestano and Steve Mosco, Friday, 18 April 2014 00:00

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, military veterans and Gold Star families will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

Plainview is one of several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending an exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Last month, despite concerns about lack of confidence in the validity of eligibility information provided by the county assessor’s office, the Plainview trustees voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District, starting with the 2014-2015 school year.


Business of Bright Futures

Written by Colleen Maidof, Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

The Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School business teams placed second and third in the Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge. They competed against two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County for scholarships and cash awards from various sponsors.  

On April 9, at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, student teams had 10 minutes to convince a panel of expert judges that their plan for a business in the Plaza of the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is feasible and would be successful.


A Passion For Rescue

Written by Jennifer Fauci, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

It’s not every day that you read about a chocolate brown mare being spared from a harsh reality. While it’s the dogs and cats we read about most in animal rescue stories, Plainview native and animal lover Andria McMaugh, shines light on the endangered horses of Long Island, and what is being done to help them.

McMaugh strapped on her riding boots at 10 years old. When she entered George Washington University as a freshman, McMaugh became a member of the school’s Equestrian team.


Bank Confirms Skimmer Discovery

Written by Steve Mosco, Friday, 11 April 2014 08:24

Bank representatives and police have officially acknowledged that multiple skimming devices were found at TD Bank’s Plainview branch during a routine repair last month — and the acknowledgment has customers livid.

According to investigators and bank officials, on March 9 an ATM repairman was doing routine repairs in the branch at 500 Old Country Rd., when he discovered a skimming device on the ATM in the bank’s vestibule. A second skimming device was found on the card reader at the vestibule’s entrance, police said.


Plainview ‘Bots’ Compete For Title

Written by Herald Staff, Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00

The Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School robotics team “POBots,” participated in the Regional for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition on Friday and Saturday. The team competed with both local and national teams, and they placed 44 out of the 50 teams.


Volunteers Pack It Up

Written by Herald Staff, Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:05

Volunteers at Young Israel of Plainview spend time thinking outside of the box by sending food packages to families in need recently.

In advance of the Purim holiday, which took place on March 15 and 16, Young Israel of Plainview participated in a far-reaching effort to provide food for those in need. Known as Pack It Up For Purim, this fourth annual event brought out droves of volunteers to help with the efforts. The event is under the auspices of an effort known as Feeding Our Neighbors: An Interfaith Response, an initiative organized by the UJA Federation in conjunction with the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.


Ground To Cover On Long Island

Written by Chris Boyle, Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00

After a week filled with the rigors and hardships associated with a grueling 9-to-5 job, there’s something to be said for casting all that stress away come the weekend and communing with Mother Nature in her most pure and undiluted form; hiking one of many Long Island’s many beautiful and winding wilderness trailways.

Lee McAllister, born and raised in Plainview and currently calling Ridge home, is an insurance salesman by trade; however, he is also a devoted naturalist and author of Hiking Long Island, a book he said was inspired by his experiences growing up in the Plainview area in an altogether different era when it was considerably less developed than modern-day residents are used to.


Three Decades And Running

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 04 April 2014 00:00

Running is probably one of the oldest and most popular forms of exercise, and one that was most likely born out of necessity; after all, mankind has been using the ability to run to escape danger and acquire dinner for thousands of was only a matter of time before someone realized it can get you in great shape, too.

The Greater Long Island Running Club has been around since 1978, and currently boasts nearly 4,700 members from everywhere from Valley Stream to Montauk; Mike Polansky of Plainview, the current Running Club President, has been with the group since day one, and said that its birthplace was right in the heart of Plainview.


Locals Scammed By Breach At TD Bank

Written by Steve Mosco, Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:28

A recent security breach at a Plainview branch of TD Bank has compromised the accounts of at least a half dozen residents of Plainview, Old Bethpage and nearby towns, with the looming threat that more victims are out there and don’t even know it yet, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald has learned.

Joe Nappi, a resident of Old Bethpage, has been a customer with TD Bank for a number of years. He is one of those countless customers that enjoys the convenience of 24-hour banking, but he is also one of those unfortunate individuals whose bank account was drained by an unknown assailant.


Shaving Against Cancer In Plainview

Written by Paige McAtee, Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:03

Students, teachers and members of the community shaved their heads to help raise money for childhood cancer research for the Second Annual St. Baldrick’s event that was held at Howard B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview on Tuesday, March 25.

Seventh grader David Fuggini was inspired to bring St. Baldrick’s to his school last year. Fuggini became involved with the St. Baldrick’s event four years ago when he started to shave his head with his cousins, and has been doing it every year since.     


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