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.
Long regarded as a premium venue for screening first-run independent and commercial movies, the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington holds monthly screenings of vintage rock n’ roll recordings, attracting members from deep in Nassau County — including the Plainview-Old Bethpage area.
Shirley Ruby, an artist and designer who lives in Old Bethpage, is a member of the Centre and often takes to visiting in order to gain some inspiration. Most stimulating, she believes, is the monthly “Rock Legends Live;” screening of film and video containing vintage musical peformances, started by Bill Shelley in 2009.
We all have our junk drawers or closets filled with knick-knacks, old clothes, collectibles, or what have you; it’s common for many people to develop a bit of a pack-rat nature when they have their own living space.
But imagine that junk drawer becoming a junk room — or several junk rooms — or your entire house. Before you know it, the things you own end up owning you. And unfortunately, due to the shame and despair some people engulf themselves in when they see their homes becoming overwhelmed with obsessively-obtained belongings, many don’t seek out help to cope; however, help indeed exists.
A popular bakery-café aiming to give visitors that warm, fresh-from-the-oven feeling is about to rise in Plainview.
Panera Bread will open its first drive-thru café on Long Island on Monday, Nov. 18 at 1082 Old Country Rd., just west of Manetto Hill Road and the Plainview Diner. The Plainview location, which is already hiring, will offer its regular menu of sandwiches, soups and seasonal selection — with the added convenience of a drive-thru, unique to the franchise’s Long Island stores.
In a journey that took more than 20 years to complete, the new pastor at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Plainview has come full circle from a seminary of the same name in Mumbai, India.
Ordained into the priesthood in 1989 at St. Pius X Seminary — close to 8,000 miles away in Mumbai — Father Valentine Rebello joined the Plainview parish after two decades spreading his heavenly message in his home country and then in different churches on Long Island. When he got the Plainview assignment, Rebello had to double check to make sure he was reading it correctly.
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