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Old Bethpage Group Keeps Giving

Written by Phil Corso, Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

There were enough jackets to keep more than an entire classroom of kids from the cold — but that was only the display rack.

The Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids nonprofit celebrated its 10th winter apparel program inside the luxurious Oheka Castle in Huntington. The Dec. 11 gala featured more than 300 guests, including some of the organization’s biggest players, and celebrated a decade of kids doing the right thing.


Student Wins Local Poster Contest

Written by Herald Staff, Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00

Esther Kang, an eighth grade student at Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School, took the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Plainview-Bethpage Lions Club.

Kang’s poster was among more than 375,000 entires submitted worldwide in the 26th annual Lions International Peace Poster contest. Lions Club International sponsored the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere. Lions Club officials said Kang’s poster was selected for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Our World Our Future.”


Trio Of Plainview Nails National Honor

Written by Phil Corso, Wednesday, 18 December 2013 09:58

The gigantic inflatable dinosaur figure in the middle of Plainview’s Trio Hardware says it all.

“Personal service is not extinct here,” the sign underneath the creature says. “Nice customers deserve nice service.”

That policy helped propel the venerable Plainview storefront to being selected as America’s favorite small business in a national competition sponsored by Chrysler. Trio was awarded the INDIE award, courtesy of the small business-oriented United We Stand organization, beating out nine other finalists and several other nominees from across the country.


Christmas Fire Safety

Written by Cynthia Paulis, Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

The Plainview Fire Department was among the companies present last week when a living room, complete with gifts under the decorated tree, turned into a roaring inferno that enveloped the Cape-style home in a matter of minutes.


Legal Reform Holds Court At Library

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00

The intricacies of the American legal system can be confounding to even the most seasoned courtroom veterans; however, for the layman, it can appears as an insurmountable labyrinth of judicial red tape.

Those facing a nerve-wracking and potentially expensive trip to court, however, can turn to Americans For Legal Reform for assistance; the group’s founder, Carl Lanzisera of Huntington, conceived of his organization over 20 years ago after going through a long and terrible legal battle, he said.


An Eye On Business For Over 50 Years

Written by Sheri Jacoby, Saturday, 21 December 2013 00:00

This is a milestone year for Arbital Vision Care. December not only marks the 20th anniversary of the South Oyster Bay Road office in Hicksville (on the boarders of Plainview, Syosset and Woodbury), but also marks the 55th anniversary of Dr. Samuel Arbital, OD, FAAO, opening his innovative home-office practice limited to the fitting of contact lenses in Plainview, the 30th anniversary of daughter Dr. Lori Arbital, OD, joining the practice and the 20th anniversary of Optician son Scott Arbital adding distinctive eyewear to the mix.


Turning School Into A Second Family

Written by Herald Staff, Saturday, 14 December 2013 00:00

The Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC) Plainview elementary school held its third Family Shabbaton at the Glen Cove Mansion recently. Families checked in to the hotel on a Friday afternoon and were treated to a pre-Shabbat buffet and each family was given a beautiful Shabbat gift basket, prepared with love by second grade parent Tara Stier.  

“I tried very hard to make the welcome baskets present a very warm, personal and thoughtful feeling,” said Stier. “I wanted families to start off right from the lobby feeling very included and special.”


Knitting For Comfort

Written by Steve Mosco, Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00

Blankets have comforted children ever since the first knitter put needle to wool at some point along the timeline of human history.

Plainview resident Beverly Artz continues that tradition, volunteering her time to an organization that distributes handcrafted blankets to children undergoing cancer treatment.

Artz recently spent time at Our Lady of Lourdes in Massapequa Park, which hosts a blanket-knitting program every Wednesday, collecting blankets for the nonprofit organization, We Care Blankets.


Art League Enlists Plainview Resident

Written by Phil Corso, Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

It has been more than a decade since Debbie Wells moved to Plainview to raise her family and pursue her passion for art. This week brought Wells her latest milestone when she was elected vice chair of the Art League of Long Island’s Board of Trustees.

“I love the Art League for so many reasons,” said Wells, a graduate of Parsons School of Design and established artist. “It’s close. It’s a great place and I want to do everything I can to make it even better.”


From A Country Road In Plainview

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00

Standing on stage at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. in late November, Lisa Matassa was wrapping up rehearsals for her part in a tribute to country music great George Jones.

She was to sing part of a medley on the Jones classic, “The Love in Your Eyes” with a few other artists when she received a special request from a noteworthy person. Nancy Jones, the late country singer’s wife, asked the Plainview resident to wrap her voice around “Walk Through This World With Me.”


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