High school seems to flash by in a fleeting moment, with memories becoming more threadbare with each passing year.
Students and faculty joined together in a charity basketball tournament recently to keep one of those memories alive and to honor a teacher who imparted much more than just textbook platitudes.
Michael Secko was a business teacher at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School for more than 10 years. Anecdotes laden with humor and advice permeated his teaching style, as he used his life experience in the business world to instruct his students and prepare them for life after high school.
David Brennan of Bethpage was among hundreds of vocal locals who took the fight against fracking to Albany last week, riding to the state capitol in buses to show their support for a ban at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address.
Long Islanders were joined by concerned citizens from across the state, who stood behind ropes before the entrance to the speech shouting, chanting and pumping “Ban Fracking” and “Save Our Water” signs. Attendees put the crowd at around 2,500; a separate protest, against gun restrictions, boasted about 20, they said. They did not see Gov. Cuomo himself, but some legislators, such as Assemblyman Charles Lavine, did come out to speak with the public.
The Plainview Fire Department recently held its installation ceremeony at station no. 1 on Old Country Road.
The ceremony saw the installation of officers, as well as the swearing in of Chief Ross Dubner for his second term. Dubner was installed as the 48th chief of the department.
In a perfect world, stopping at the local pharmacy would entail a quick romp with a pen full of puppies as a way to raise endorphin levels and get the brain firing those mood-elevating synapses.
But since the Food and Drug Administration probably won’t be stocking the shelves with palm-licking pooches any time soon, Sass Levine of Old Westbury has the perfect alternative — a sort of unconditional love distribution center right in the heart of Plainview.
In today’s hustle and bustle world, sometimes it can be easy to overlook something as simple and beautiful as a single rose at the peak of its bloom; however, there’s a group of people out there who have made it their mission to remind people to appreciate the beauty in life just a little each and every day.
The Long Island Rose Society, which meets at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library once every month, boasts a history spanning over 50 years since its creation, and according to 15-year member and former president Cathy Guzzardo, she and her cohorts are out to spread the word about the delightful pastime of rose gardening.
No matter how well-off you may or may not be, the subject of retirement almost always causes nerves to fray; with the current American economy in a near-constant state of upheaval, confusion about one’s Social Security benefits often runs rampant among those appreciating retirement age.
However, answers are there if you look for them; case in point — the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library recent hosted a presentation on Social Security benefits by Allnet Group of Plainview, a financial firm that specializes in retirement, financial planning, mortgages, and anything else within the financial spectrum.
After Amy Cicio of Syosset dropped her two dogs, Reba and Ozzy, at Two By Four Dog Walking & Pet Sitting in Oyster Bay, she headed off on an overnight trip with her daughter. It wasn’t until the next day, when Cicio called the company to say she was on her way to pick the dogs up, that Cicio found out something horrible had happened.
Reba, the 6-pound Chihuahua with only four teeth that Cicio had rescued two years ago from South Carolina, was dead. She had been attacked by another dog.
There’s one thing about art that sets it apart from most other forms of communication — the ability to express the inexpressible and reflect the very spirit of an age gone by for future generations to savor and experience.
Evelyn Silver, a docent at the Nassau County Museum of Art and Adjunct Professor at Queens College, professes to have had a lifelong passion for art. At a recent presentation she held at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library entitled “Food In Art,” she showed and discussed the many ways in which more than 25 major artists have used food in their works to depict celebrations, class distinctions and humor.
Plainview is on the long list of Nassau and Suffolk County towns vying score an electronic gaming facility — but many residents see that prospect as gambling with community safety.
State lawmakers approved a deal in June that would allow the two counties to each operate 1,000 electronic gaming machines, known as video lottery terminals (VLTs), in Las Vegas-style slot machine parlors, set to open in the coming year. These parlors would operate out of restaurants and bars.
For many years the Free Masons have had their names spoken in hushed tones, with many regarding the mysterious organization with awe, mistrust and confusion.
Lecturer Saul Silas Fathi recently spoke on this complex topic at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library as it relates to a very specific facet of U.S. history: Freemasonry’s connection to the highest echelons of American government, according to Beth Saltalamacchio, head of adult programming for the library.
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