The history, testimony and controversy concering “comfort women” will be the theme of a fascinating multi-faceted program to be held at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library on Monday, November 18 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. Featured at this event will be New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine; Dr. Arthur Flug, Executive Director of the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives at Queensborough Community College; and artist and activist Steven Cavallo.
Via words, images and film, the story of women abused and forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Army during World War II will be told. Estimates vary as to how many women were involved, but it is known that between 100,000 and 200,000 young women from countries including Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, along with Korea and other Japanese-occupied territories were recruited or kidnapped by soldiers to serve in Japanese military brothels between the early 1930s and 1945.
Dry your eyes and pull up a giant barstool—Hooters is back in Farmingdale. The restaurant, known for its chicken wings and orange shorty shorts, reopened in July under new management. In the three months since then, Colin P. Parker, director of operations for Hooters of the New England and New York region has been working to restart business in Farmingdale and beyond.
“We knew the potential of the location, and are very pleased with how things are going,” Parker said. Between their aggressive beer pricing, famous wings, and even more famous Hooters Girls, he is confident Hooters will remain a steady presence in Farmingdale.
It was a month of inspiring women for the Plainview-based American Heart Association, as the group honored two brave young ladies in their battle against heart disease while also naming two female members to important health posts.
Led by Mark S. Davis, Managing Partner of Deloitte’s Long Island location and Heart Walk Chair, and Plainview-based American Heart Association Long Island’s Heart Walk Red Cape Ambassadors, 6-year-old twins and heart survivors, Gabriella and Gianna Eaderoso, thousands of walkers stepped out on Sunday, September 22, a beautiful, warm and sunny day at Jones Beach, to help save Long Islanders from heart disease and stroke.
Nassau County rountinely ranks as one of the most expensive places to live and according to residents, it is not getting any cheaper any time soon.
Residents across Nassau County are being hit with sharp school tax rate increases, leaving politicians pointing fingers and school administrators blaming a broken property assessment system and specifically, valuation reductions on commercial properties.
With arms outstretched over rows of grapevines, a carved wooden statue of Christ the Redeemer stands above the bountiful harvest as if giving a silent blessing to the award winning champagne vineyard, Sparkling Pointe, owned by Plainview legal eagles Cynthia and Tom Rosicki.
Sparkling Pointe was founded in 2003 and visitors will notice that this vineyard is unique to the area. The tasting house is a stunning French style country manor with soaring ceilings crowned by three crystal chandeliers and fireplaces in the main room with a mantle full of awards. There is also the VIP “Bubble Room,” a smaller room that can be rented for intimate parties -- as actress Katie Holmes did recently. The Bubble Room overlooks the gleaming silver wine presses with views of the vineyards and is outfitted with plush white leather chairs a fireplace and its own bar.
A Bethpage woman was charged with abusing her position as elementary school PTA treasurer, stealing more than $5,000 by forging the PTA president’s signature, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced last week.
Kathryn Savage, 37, was arrested Sept. 25 by investigators and charged with grand larceny in the third degree and four counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. She faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
With New York school districts recently mandated to adopt Common Core Learning Standards and begin a regular series of rigorous assessment testing to gauge teacher effectiveness, many parents are up in arms over the fact that traditional education as we know it might changed forever; and, many are charging, not for the better.
While many parents raised their voices in anger over the time taken away from teaching in favor of test preparation and creativity in the classroom replaced by standardized lesson plans, one woman went out the schools and attempted to effect a change.
Gregg and Eileen Balbera are longtime Roslyn residents that had achieved a life most would be proud of – they raised three boys, with Gregg building a successful 25-year-plus career on Wall Street. But for all of the professional success gained and guidance doled out to their children, there was one element of their lives that they had no control over.
Several of their older family members began to face the challenges associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and suddenly the Balberas were thrust into the role of caregivers. This experience gave them firsthand knowledge of the challenges many families face.
On any given day, crowds of people enjoy the newly completed portions of the Bethpage Bikeway Extension Project. From curious first timers to devoted regulars, the paths are filled with pedestrians, hikers, bikers, in-line skaters, racers and joggers all day long, into the evening.
Bethpage State Parkway was built in the 1930s to provide access to Bethpage State Park. The adjacent 8-mile bike path was built by New York State in the 1970s in order to connect Massapequa and the Massapequa Preserve, on the southern end of the parkway, to Bethpage State Park, on the northern end.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce kicked off it’s first meeting after the summer break, gearing up for a busy year chock full of exciting and important activities and programs.
The Chamber is a dynamic association of local businesses, civic associations and community residents whose goal it is to promote local business, develop relationships amongst members and promote the Plainview-Old Bethpage community as a place to “Live, Work & Play.” The Chamber’s membership has grown to its largest ever, boasting 143 members who represent the business community.
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