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.
A new state-of-the-art facility, aimed at meeting the health care needs of Long Island’s growing autistic and developmentally disabled population, held its ribbon-cutting ceremony in Bethpage last week.
With officials, donors and honored guests on hand, Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (ACLD), opened the new Charles Evans Health Services Center at 807 South Oyster Bay Rd., adjacent to the ACLD headquarters.
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.
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