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.
It’s no more crowded quarters for pastry chef Brian Fishman. In his new shop in Plainview he has a large store to show off his pastries and cakes, a commodious kitchen and a separated kitchen to bake gluten-free pastries.
One-of-a-kind cakes are his specialty: beautiful, whimsical or even grotesque -- as illustrated by his recent bloody-mouthed Jaws cake (that’s what the groom wanted!). Sweet Karma manager Theresa Siegel will help you figure out just what you want. Fishman and his crew will do the rest.
Local municipalities are among the areas hardest hit by the economic recession, and a handful have gone so far as to declare bankruptcy -- although none yet in New York State.
At the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Building in Mineola on Tuesday, Aug. 27, Sen. Jack Martins and State Senator Carl Marcellino held a public hearing entitled, “Fiscally Distressed Municipalities: Preparing for and Preventing Municipal Bankruptcy in New York.”
Every morning Bethpage resident Linda Schmidt, Grateful Greyhound adopter and fosterer, proudly walks her six rescued greyhound companions once around her neighborhood with her husband. She calls her companions “40-mile-per-hour coach potatoes” who are calm and endearing. She is currently looking for a home for an 8-year-old male foster, who she would love to keep, but just does not fit in her house.
All six of her retired racing greyhounds, who were declared unfit due to their lack of interest of racing or injury, were declared perfect family members by the Schmidt’s. And they love each one’s unique personality and look.
Another batch of Plainview youngsters is heading back to school this week -- and they all want the newest, coolest gadgets stuffed in their brand-new backpacks.
Moms and dads were back-to-school shopping in earnest at two Plainview-area CVS stores, as kids readied to return to Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, Howard B. Mattlin Middle School, Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School and many of the town’s elementary schools.
At any given moment, close to one out of every 10 drivers on the streets of Plainview is texting, talking or otherwise engaged with a handheld cellphone. This widespread disregard for the law as well as the safety of our children and neighbors is the startling finding of a study conducted by the Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald. Earlier this month, our reporters observed 300 cars on Gerhard Road at various times of day, and found 32 of the drivers blantantly brandishing their phones.
And Plainview is not alone. Identical studies conducted by our reporters in other Nassau County communities showed up to 13 percent of drivers with phone in hand (Great Neck), but no fewer than 9.7 percent in Jericho and Port Washington.
The emotional healing power of a good dog is no secret. From getting their human owner out of the house for a healthy walk to filling an otherwise boring Saturday afternoon with a fetch or a tug-of-war, canines are nature’s furry antidepressant. But one organization takes that theory to the next level, training dogs to produce more than just cuteness induced squealing from their owners. Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization with bases across the country, provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities and veterans for free.
And recently close to a dozen special needs individuals each received a new breed of adroit doggies from the organization’s northeast location in Medford. Canine Companions for Independence marked the occasion with a ceremony at the Islandia Marriott, as the pooches graduated from training school to real work.
The people of Oyster Bay have spoken, or at least 12 percent of them have, and by a margin of more than two to one they elected to sell 54 acres of Town-owned property in Syosset-Jericho for $32.5 million.
They voted to sell to a consortium of developers led by Simon Property Group, without open bidding that might fetch a higher price. In doing so, they shut out rival developer Taubman Centers Inc., which owns the neighboring 39-acre site and has been lobbying (and suing) for nearly 20 years for permission to build a megamall there.
They voted after weeks of intense — sometimes nasty — campaigning that included aggressive community outreach, blizzard-force marketing and attorneys taking depositions. The two sides traded accusations of deceit, misinformation, and venality, some more grounded in fact than others.
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