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One Bud At A Time

Written by Chris Boyle, Saturday, 11 January 2014 00:00

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.


Social Security For Baby Boomers

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 10 January 2014 00:00

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.


Dog Attacked, Killed At Pet Sitter

Written by Jaclyn Gallucci, Steve Mosco & Phil Corso, Thursday, 09 January 2014 09:58

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.


A Bite Out Of Art

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 03 January 2014 00:00

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.


Town Rolls The Dice On Gaming

Written by Steve Mosco, Thursday, 02 January 2014 09:24

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.


Plainview Library Freemasonry Lecture

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 27 December 2013 10:57

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.


Plainview Offers Healthy Career Choices

Written by Cynthia Paulis, Friday, 27 December 2013 10:29

High school years can be an ideal incubator for the budding career interests of a student — it is the job of faculty and field professionals to provide inspiration in a nurturing environment.

Plainview was well-represented in such an environment recently, as the 5th annual Career Day Futures Fair was held at Massapequa High School. Forty booths representing such diverse careers as aviation, medicine, automotive, electrical engineering, culinary arts, banking law enforcement and more were set up for professionals to interact with students in grades 10 through 12. The goal of the event, created by Denise DeLury, career to education counselor, and Susan Thompson, chairperson for career technology education, was to introduce students to the many different careers available to them and give them the opportunity to learn about the careers by speaking with those in the fields.


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.


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