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No Video Betting At Plainview Palace

Written by Steve Mosco, Friday, 14 February 2014 10:12

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.


Project Spurs Marathon Meeting

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00

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.


Student’s Science Honor

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 07 February 2014 00:00
Some scientists toil and struggle their entire careers to obtain the singular honor of having their research findings officially published for their peers to read and review; now imagine that you’re a college student who has managed to achieve that distinction at a mere 23 years of age.

Sounds like someone has a bright future ahead of them.


Plainview Biz Expands Gym Concept

Written by Steve Mosco, Thursday, 06 February 2014 11:19

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.


Writer Copes With Love Of Her Craft

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

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.


The Airing Of Grievances

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 31 January 2014 00:00

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.


Plainview State Aid Barely Bumps

Written by Daniel Offner, Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00

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.”


Chili Cook-Off Set In Plainview

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00

Common core testing is the constant hot topic on the lips of teachers, parents and students in the Plainview community — but not when chili takes over on Feb. 25.

Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School’s PTA presents a chili cook-off benefiting Dollar’s for Scholars, a PTA program that awards graduating seniors for their dedicated involvement in school, the community and their family. Organized by the PTA, the third annual “POB’s Most Delicious” chili cook-off happens to fall close to National Chili Day; an added bonus that PTA mom and chili chair person Susan Stewart believes will add some spice to the event.


Young Israel Branches Out

Written by Herald Staff, Saturday, 25 January 2014 00:00

The Young Israel of Plainview, in honor of the Jewish Holiday of Tu B’Shevat, hosted a community wide Kiddush, where eco-friendly refreshments were served and all were welcomed. The event, held after synagogue services on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 132 Southern Parkway in Plainview, was carefully planned for some time and created an air of excitement in the local community. Tu B’Shevat is translated literally as 15th of Shevat, and essentially signifies the New Year for the trees.

To honor the holiday, in a way commensurate with its historical origins, the synagogue planned the Kiddush with an environmental focus. All products served were from local vendors, thereby bypassing the wasted energy and inherent damage to the Earth caused by importing goods from other areas. The vegetarian offerings, selected in a way to highlight gifts from earth, were as diverse as they were eclectic, with a special spotlight on sustainability.


From Old Bethpage To Jericho

Written by Jaclyn Gallucci, Friday, 24 January 2014 00:00

After a decade of service as director of education at Temple Beth Elohim in Old Bethpage, Deborah Tract is taking her more than 28 years of Jewish education knowledge to a cutting-edge program in Jericho.

Tucked away off Jericho Turnpike on Tobie Lane, the Reform Jewish congregation Temple Or Elohim has come a long way since its beginnings in 1957, when Friday evening services were held in members’ homes and the first High Holiday services took place in an unoccupied store in the Birchwood Shopping Center.


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