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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.


Abolishing Cancer

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:29

Born out of one woman’s terrible loss of her daughter more than 40 years ago, the Long Island League to Abolish Cancer has championed the cause of research doctors questing to do just that: abolish the scourge of cancer once and for all, until it is just a far and distant memory.

Lena Gaynes of Plainview, long-time president of the Long Island League to Abolish Cancer (LILAC), said that she was drawn into the fight against cancer when the deadly disease struck too close to home for her to bear.


POB Holds Tourney In Teacher’s Memory

Written by Steve Mosco, Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00

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.


Locals Fight Fracking

Written by Edith Updike, Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:13

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.


Fire Dept. Inaugurates Members

Written by Herald Staff, Thursday, 16 January 2014 09:47

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.


Bark Up The Right Tree

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

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.


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.


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