Hundreds of residents from Plainview, Old Bethpage and other neighboring towns celebrated the Fourth of July as if the clock was turned back to 1863 at the Old Bethpage Restoration Independence Day celebration.
With actors dressed in 1800s attire and everyone getting into the historical spirit, activities included a demonstration of ‘old time baseball’ – a game played by the rules of 1864; a demonstration of military drills and firing rounds by the 119th Regiment NY Volunteers Co. H Historical Society, a parade through the restoration village leading up to the Noon Inn and various other activities taking place throughout their numerous historically preserved houses.
Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) was recently the installing officer of the annual installation of the Meadowbrook Women’s Initiative, held at Temple Chaverim in Plainview last month on Wednesday, June 26. “This organization is devoted to making a difference in people’s lives,” said Jacobs.
The Meadowbrook Women’s Initiative raises money through the year and then they present a checks to carefully reviewed and selected organizations to help in their efforts to help others. Every year a check is presented to the Hofstra University Medical School, in partnership with North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health System in recognition of the promise that this medical school with be a first class, innovative resource to the community.
Local artist Freddy Lopez’s art exhibit on display at Plainview Library concluded its run for the month of June earlier this week. Born in Bogota, Colombia in March of 1953, Lopez said he has “always admired the beauty in colors and shapes that nature offers us each and every day – this was in part to my father’s vision he bestowed upon me as a child.”
The partners of Rivkin Radler recently announced that they have elected Evan H. Krinick of Plainview as managing partner. Mr. Krinick will succeed William M. Savino, who has served as the firm’s managing partner since 2000.
In an announcement to the firm, Mr. Savino said, “Serving as the Firm’s Managing Partner for the past thirteen years has been my privilege - my joy - and the most gratifying service of my professional career. Please join me in congratulating Evan. We all commit to him our confidence and our full support knowing that the Firm has a great leader in him.”
Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School (POBJFK) Class of 2013 student Carter O’Leary was recently admitted to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
“I am excited and ready for the rigorous training and education that await me,” Mr. O’Leary said.
(Left to right) Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School (POBJFK) Class of 2013 student Carter O’Leary, Joseph Izzo, POBJFK guidance counselor; Laurie Lynn, POBJFK Director of Guidance; Carter O’Leary; James Murray, POBJFK Principal; Dr. Lorna Lewis, Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Superintendent.
The Second Squad is investigating a robbery that occurred in Plainview on Saturday, June 22 at 3:30 p.m.
According to detectives, a 15 year old male victim was riding his skate board at 1425 Old Country Road when he was approached by three unknown male Hispanics who got out of a white Ford van with older style Liberty plates and demanded money. The victim refused and subject one punched the victim on the left side of his face. He is described as being 20 years old, 6’1” tall, 170 lbs, black hair, and black shirt. Subject two is described as being 17 years old, 5’8” tall, 140 lbs, white shirt. He displayed a knife and demanded all property from the victim. The victim complied and handed over an I- phone, two gold necklaces, and an undetermined amount of US currency. The two subjects and subject three described as being 17 years old, 5’9” tall, 140 lbs, white shirt got back into the van and drove east on Old Country Road. The victim met his mother at a nearby park and called police. The victim refused medical attention at scene.
Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
To honor those veterans who have been wounded or have made the supreme sacrifice while in service to the country, Town Supervisor John Venditto has officially proclaimed the Town of Oyster Bay to be a “Purple Heart Town.” The designation was made at the June 11th meeting of the Oyster Bay Town Board with the issuance of an official Town proclamation, which was presented to representatives from the New York State Military Order of the Purple Heart and Chapter 417 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
“Many men and women have rendered great service to our nation, but the service rendered by those who served in the military in times of war is not merely great, it is incalculable,” explained Supervisor Venditto. “It is our duty as citizens of this free nation to honor that great tradition of service and perpetuate the memory of the sacrifices of the dedicated men and women who so loyally served this country.”
Last month, President Obama announced the appointment of Daniel Werfel, graduate of Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School in 1989, as Acting Commissioner of Internal Revenue, effective Wednesday, May 22. As Acting Commissioner, Mr. Werfel will lead efforts to ensure the IRS implements new safeguards to restore public trust and administers the tax code with fairness and integrity. Mr. Werfel has agreed to serve through the end of the fiscal year.
President Obama said: “Throughout his career working in both Democratic and Republican administrations, Danny has proven an effective leader who serves with professionalism, integrity and skill. The American people deserve to have the utmost confidence and trust in their government, and as we work to get to the bottom of what happened and restore confidence in the IRS, Danny has the experience and management ability necessary to lead the agency at this important time.”
Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto swore in the newest edition to the town council, Councilwoman Michelle M. Johnson, and Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr. during a town board meeting last Tuesday morning.
Johnson is a practicing attorney, and previously worked in government as a Nassau County Deputy County Attorney. She graduated from New York Law School, served as deputy county attorney, and has worked in private practice as both a matrimonial and criminal attorney. She replaced Councilwoman Beth Faughnan, who resigned in March 2013, and will have to run for election again in November to retain her seat, as will Altadonna.
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