Forget Harry Potter; when it comes to the real-life magic that is the wonder of science, the only real game in town is a mysterious and benevolent marvel known far and wide throughout the land as the Science Wizard, who recently made an appearance at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.
The Science Wizard, otherwise known in his civilian identity as Anthony Abbate of Shirley, is a professor and a New York State certified science teacher who just has a thing about spreading the word to kids that science is important to know, and, believe it or not, fun to learn as well.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library is in the process of a major $200,000 renovation project that is slated to provide some much-asked for new services to the community — services, according to Library Director Gretchen Browne, that the community has been requesting for quite some time now.
“We are re-purposing out Media Department to make room for more quiet study rooms, meeting rooms, and a bigger Community Services Department,” he said. “We will have a new area for all our media – CDs, DVDs, and so on – and behind that will be a medium work room, quiet and group study rooms, expanded office space for Community Services, and in the back of the area will be a big, all-purpose meeting room with a white board, desks, and chairs. The whole area will be carpeted, wired for Wi-Fi and telephones, and everything else.”
The arduous train ride to New York City offers commuters crammed quarters and plenty of time to think; but while most travelers doze off or silently grumble about their lot in life, former Bethpage resident and current published author Bernadette Walsh uses that time and space to work on character sketches.
A corporate lawyer with plenty of responsibilities to juggle in her daily life, Walsh took a chance on herself and jumped into the novel world after years of merely talking about writing a book. And that chance has paid off, as Walsh is now the award-winning author of Gold Coast Wives, The House on Prospect and the paranormal romance series The Devlin Legacy; which includes the titles Devil’s Mountain, Devil’s Shore, Devil’s Daughter and The Devlin Witch.
After some consideration and plenty of oppositon, Nassau County’s off-track betting agency has decided not to roll the dice on Plainview as a potential site for video gaming terminals.
In a letter from the Nassau Regional Off Track Betting Corporation to Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, OTB general counsel Arthur Walsh said the state authorized 1,000 video devices will not appear at the Race Palace on Round Swamp Road.
A proposed project that would bring an 890-unit gated community to Plainview is now open for public comment after a nearly eight-hour hearing last week at Howard B. Mattlin Middle School.
Residents, developers and Town of Oyster Bay officials packed into the school’s auditiorium to hear the details of the project and speak out either for or against. The room overflowed with hundreds of residents, with some standing at the doorways, sitting in the aisles and spilling out into the school’s gymnasium.
Sounds like someone has a bright future ahead of them.
When it comes to fitness, getting off the couch is half the battle.
Plenty of people start each day with the best of intentions, but plans to eat healthy and get to the gym often fall by the wayside with even the most shoddy of excuses. But a Plainview-based company is bringing physical fitness to the front door with a mobile, personal traning regimen focusing on individualized one-on-one fitness, group sessions and corporate fitness.
Most writers tend to proclaim a love/hate relationship with their chosen profession; teetering between madness and glory, writers often feel the stress of each word as they search for the eventual gratification of a finished piece.
Stephanie Kepke of Plainview is no stranger to such an existence. With a writer’s spirit seething inside of her from a very young age, the mother of three exercises her talents with blog posts, essays and an ever-evolving work of fiction entitled Goddess of Suburbia. The novel, her first, is currently on submission with a major publishing company as she works through the arduous revision process.
It’s no secret — living on Long Island these days isn’t cheap, and folks are always looking for ways to cut corners and save a buck or two. With property taxes being what they are, shaving off a few dollars from property taxes is a great way to improve financial situations.
Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker is doing her best to help local residents do just that by offering them assistance in grieving their property taxes; that is, if a homeowner feels that their home has been assessed at higher than it’s actual value, and by that error they are paying higher taxes than they should be, they can challenge that assessment and potentially have their taxes lowered.
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $137 billion spending plan will increase education aid by $807 million for the 2014-2015 school year, but school officials say it will still put them up against the wall.
“While we appreciate having a very tiny increase in state aid, this increase is nowhere near where we should be because of the loss in Gap Elimination adjustment to districts like us,” said Dr. Lorna Lewis, Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Superintendent of Schools. “In the past three years we have lost over $6 million dollars.”
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