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.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto and Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc. co-Founders Robert A.J. and Philip M. Eslick are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 “Kids of Distinction” Program, created to recognize exceptional youngsters in the Town of Oyster Bay.
The winners were selected by the organization Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., which established a committee to judge applications.
As the weather continues to get warmer, the Plainview Water District Board of Commissioners Joel Kessler, Andrew Bader and Edward Shulroff are reminding residents to stay hydrated and healthy this summer by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, as recommended by various health experts.
“Mostly everyone knows drinking water is important for their health. But in our busy lives, we tend to forget how important it is to stay hydrated,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman Joel Kessler. “When the weather gets warmer, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and to make sure there is enough for everyone. When we are not using water, try not to waste it.”
Angeli Zankel has been an artist all her life, where she started painting as a little girl, and has since moved on to many different types of mediums as the photographer and artist behind Shrimpy Photography in Plainview.
‘Shrimpy’ is a nickname for Zankel by her husband, and was suggested as the name of the company due to its “fun and whimsical nature,” Zankel said.
Across Nassau County, residents are reacting—some with outrage, some with delight—to the Nassau County District Attorney’s recent arrests of more than 100 men for soliciting prostitutes, including one such “john” from Plainview.
The DA’s office not only arrested the men, but made public their names and photographs. Many local residents think it finally shows local government taking the issue seriously.
At a school board meeting last Monday, the Plainview Board of Education presented seventeen retiring employees with plaques commemorating their service to the school district for a combined total of over 320 years. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
Dr. Timothy T. Eagen announced each retiree, and commented on their service on behalf of the school board: “We are very much appreciative of your efforts, hard work and leadership.”
When the Robeks smoothie and juice shop at 331 Oyster Bay Road closed earlier this year, longtime customer Andy Spathis quickly scooped it up. After renovations and improvements, the store reopened May 30 with a revamped menu featuring 21 new items, including an expanded selection of fresh-squeezed raw vegetable juices. A Re-Opening Extravaganza Celebration is planned for June 15, where ten percent of all proceeds from the June 15 grand opening will be donated to the Lexiebean Foundation, a charity based in Plainview that supports families fighting childhood cancer.
Spathis, who grew up in Plainview, graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, and coaches youth soccer, discovered Robeks during a lunch break seven years ago.
For the past decade and more, the Greater Long Island Running Club has donated a substantial portion of the proceeds of the annual Lazer Aptheker Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run to the Brain Tumor Foundation, and this year the Club continued the tradition.
On Wednesday, June 5, GLIRC Race Director Steven J. Toto and Ralph Rosella, Managing Partner of the leading Suffolk County law firm of Lazer Aptheker Rosella & Yedid, presented a check in the amount of $2000 to Zazel Chavah O’Gara of the Foundation. The presentation took place at Lazer Aptheker’s Melville facility.
The annual Plainview Memorial Day Parade attracted over a hundred residents last Monday morning along the traditional parade route of Old Country Road, Washington Avenue and Manetto Hill Road to celebrate freedom and remember those who have died while serving in the armed forces.
The parade featured members of the Plainview Fire Department, who draped a large American Flag from cable wires held by two fire trucks over the intersection of Manetto Hill Road and Old Country Road.
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