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Picking At The Family Tree

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 20 November 2013 11:01

Lynne Berge sat at a computer at the Plainview Family History Center clicking through digital records and unearthing hints of her family history. Berge grew up sharing a room with her Irish immigrant grandmother, but knew precious few details about the family’s beginning in the old country.

“She didn’t like to talk about it,” Berge said, remembering her grandmother’s unease with tracing the family roots back to Ireland. “They wanted to be Americanized.”

But following her grandmother’s death, Berge took to the task of playing familial detective. She dedicated time and effort in her search and eventually came across a random photo of her grandfather — which then led her through the criss-crossing branches of her family tree.


Plainview Residents Rock n’ Roll To Arts Centre

Written by Wendy Kaplan, Saturday, 16 November 2013 00:00

Long regarded as a premium venue for screening first-run independent and commercial movies, the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington holds monthly screenings of vintage rock n’ roll recordings, attracting members from deep in Nassau County — including the Plainview-Old Bethpage area.

Shirley Ruby, an artist and designer who lives in Old Bethpage, is a member of the Centre and often takes to visiting in order to gain some inspiration. Most stimulating, she believes, is the monthly “Rock Legends Live;” screening of film and video containing vintage musical peformances, started by Bill Shelley in 2009.


Group Helps Clutterers

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00

We all have our junk drawers or closets filled with knick-knacks, old clothes, collectibles, or what have you; it’s common for many people to develop a bit of a pack-rat nature when they have their own living space.

But imagine that junk drawer becoming a junk room — or several junk rooms — or your entire house. Before you know it, the things you own end up owning you. And unfortunately, due to the shame and despair some people engulf themselves in when they see their homes becoming overwhelmed with obsessively-obtained belongings, many don’t seek out help to cope; however, help indeed exists.


A Fresh Batch Of Jobs In Plainview

Written by Steve Mosco, Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

A popular bakery-café aiming to give visitors that warm, fresh-from-the-oven feeling is about to rise in Plainview.

Panera Bread will open its first drive-thru café on Long Island on Monday, Nov. 18 at 1082 Old Country Rd., just west of Manetto Hill Road and the Plainview Diner. The Plainview location, which is already hiring, will offer its regular menu of sandwiches, soups and seasonal selection — with the added convenience of a drive-thru, unique to the franchise’s Long Island stores.


Pastor Leads New Flock In Plainview

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:25

In a journey that took more than 20 years to complete, the new pastor at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Plainview has come full circle from a seminary of the same name in Mumbai, India.

Ordained into the priesthood in 1989 at St. Pius X Seminary — close to 8,000 miles away in Mumbai — Father Valentine Rebello joined the Plainview parish after two decades spreading his heavenly message in his home country and then in different churches on Long Island. When he got the Plainview assignment, Rebello had to double check to make sure he was reading it correctly.


An Eye For Photography

Written by Steve Mosco Saturday, 09 November 2013 00:00

Art show features Plainview students

Halley Nemeth left her comfort zone and ended up with a scary-good piece of photography in a juried art show. 


The senior at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School had her piece, titled “Psychosis,” featured among other students’ work at the Huntington Arts Council’s “Nightmare on Main Street” Nov. 1. Fellow Plainview resident and high school student Mackenzie Venezia had her piece, “Heaven and Hell” featured in the show as well.


Young Israel Teens Take A Step

Written by Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald Staff Friday, 08 November 2013 00:00


The Young Israel of Plainview teens participated in the Making Strides of Jones Beach, an event to honor survivors of breast cancer and to raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight this terrible disease. 


The walkers, participating under the name Team YIP, came together to support this event, one of the many orchestrated by the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer network. The team was organized by Max Kahn of Plainview, who said of the experience, “It was inspiring to look around me and see all my friends from our shul walking together as a team to raise money to fight cancer.” 


The teens raised more than $1,000 from sponsors in their synagogue.


The event, which was from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., was formatted with a rolling start such that participants can begin their walk at different times. The walkers used each other for inspiration as they pushed forward toward the finish line, all against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, a fitting representation of the enormity of the challenge faced by those affected. The walk concluded in an emotional finish as participants got together to both celebrate those that have defeated breast cancer as well as honor the memories of others not as fortunate.


Jordana Rothschild, a representative of the synagogue, expressed how uplifting the whole event was. “Seeing both the passion and dedication of the teen participants showed today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders. Unfortunately, breast cancer is an illness that will not be cured overnight. That being said, raising awareness by taking part in events such as these is, indeed, a great way to put our best foot forward.”


Chef Gets Down And ‘Dirty’

Written by Steve Mosco Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

Burger lovers in Plainview have a new location to get their fix – and the place is downright dirty. 


Established New York City chef Ian Russo needed a location to introduce burger devotees to his unique blend of spices dubbed “Dirty Dust.” He chose Plainview and this week DirtyBurger opens at 50 Manetto Hill Rd., just a few doors down from Fairway Market. 


“I thought Plainview was a great place to start my brand,” he said. “We start here, develop our personality and then move on to other locations.”


Health Fair Thrives In Plainview

Written by Steve Mosco Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Mattlin hosts Hofstra medical students

With so many unhealthy options lurking behind grinning fast food mascots and couch potato-pleasing video games, it is essential that youngsters receive guidance from the next generation of medical professionals. 


Such was the thrust of a Health Education Fair at Mattlin Middle School in Plainview last week. Medical students from the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and librarians from the school’s Health Sciences Library joined

Plainview Hospital resident staff to bring healthy enlightenment and medical career exposure to the high school and elementary school level.


Panic Alarms Coming To Local Schools

Written by Betsy Abraham, Saturday, 02 November 2013 00:00

New handheld device gives

direct access to police department

A day after the middle school shooting in Nevada, Nassau County announced a new panic alarm program which will allow each school in the county to connect directly to the Nassau County Police Department in case of an emergency.

“The schools in Nassau County are a safe place, and will remain a safe place,” said County Executive Ed Mangano at a press conference at Carle Place High School last Tuesday. “Our planning and communication has increased dramatically in the past few years, culminating in this very important two-way communicator, (which) is a very important step forward in protecting our students, teachers and administrators.”


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