Being new to a country with a radically different culture can be hard enough, but it can be even harder when mastery of its language eludes you and makes you feel like an outsider in your new home.
Originally founded in 1968 as the Literacy Volunteers of America and based out of Freeport, Literacy Nassau teaches hundreds of Nassau adults who are functionally illiterate to read every year—and also help many foreigners who wish to get a better grasp of the English language.
Barbara Randell, who calls Plainview her home, has been an educator almost all of her life, teaching at the elementary level for 30 years. She initially worked in Massachusetts and Manhattan before finishing out the last nearly 20 years of her career in the Levittown school district.
The Coalition of Nassau Civic Associations hosted the candidates for county comptroller—incumbent George Maragos and challenger Howard Weitzman—in a town forum at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library last week.
Residents observed as each candidate was granted five minutes of speaking time followed by a question-and-answer session.
It is time to trust in the gastropub.
Rarely seen in Plainview and neighboring towns, this restaurant phenomenon is known for unabashedly serving high-end beer, spirits and food. The menus are often adventurous; the customers, ferociously loyal.
Looking to stake its claim with local eaters lost in a sea of commonplace meals is Morrison’s on Woodbury Road in Plainview. The genesis of Morrison’s is typical; an owner who grew up in the restaurant business opens her own place in a well-worn location. But far less typical is the product of this particular owner’s toil.
Darcy Novick, breast cancer survivor and founder of Bosom Buddies, held a “Bowl for a Cure” event on September 15 at the Plainview Bowling Alley to help raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society.
The bowling alley was filled to the brim with hundreds of supporters who were adorned with vibrant pink clothing and Bosom Buddies shirts in effort to strike out cancer. Local residents as well as residents all over Nassau County came out for the fun evening and to help support Novick’s cause, while Local businesses such as Garden City’s Salon and Spa also showed their support by donating prizes to raffle off.
Fencing, a competitive sport well-known for its place in Olympic history, is not just for the young; it is something that can even be picked up and mastered later in life, and that’s the point that the En Garde Fencing Club is trying to make.
Currently based out of the Plainview Public Library, the En Garde Fencing Club welcomes all comers, regardless of age or sex; Old Bethpage resident Melvyn M. Drossman, 76, a retired electrical engineering and computer science teacher, became an avid fan of the sport almost immediately after being exposed to it.
Heather Alberti, along with her family and friends, is participating in the FARE Walk for Food Allergy, an event that brings together thousands of Americans looking to raise money to find a cure for food allergies. Presented by Food Allergy Research & Education, walks occur throughout the year across the country, with the Long Island walk happening October 13 at Eisenhower Park.
Eating is more than just stuffing food into one’s gaping maw; and Dr. B Well Naturally is more than just a market.
At the same location in Plainview since the early 1990s, but under new ownership since 2009, the natural foods and vitamin market offers hot prepared food, juices, smoothies, soups, groceries, produce, vitamins and even health counseling.
Peter and Angie Barbera never dreamed a routine trip to the bank would pay off like this.
The couple, Plainview residents for close to 50 years, won the grand prize in a raffle with Bethpage Federal Credit Union last week, winning their choice of a new car or its cash equivalent.
“I was in disbelief,” said Peter, recalling he thought he was on the receiving end of a prank call. “I never won anything in my life, so why believe this?”
To honor senior citizens who have devoted their time to their community and in celebration of National Grandparents Day, the Association of General Experts for Seniors (AGES) arranged an award ceremony and banquet on Saturday at the Plainview Holiday Inn.
Amongst the savvy senior honorees were Plainview award winners Clara Rogus, Claire Millman, Charles Kirschen, and Rachel and Frank Staino who were all acknowledged for their achievements.
When Joseph and LeaAnn Falabella lost their 9-year-old daughter, Alexandra, to pediatric cancer in 2009, the Plainview couple searched for meaning amongst all the heartache. Though grieving their immense loss, they found a way to honor their daughter’s memory and keep her spirit alive as an inspiration for others.
They created the Lexiebean Foundation soon after Alexandra died from an infection while receiving treatment for Medullablastoma. The inspiration to start the foundation came during Alexandra’s physically and emotionally draining hospital stays, surgeries and chemotherapy treatments.
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