An unfortunate car accident unfolded recently on the evening of July 16th on Old Country Road, resulting in great physical and financial losses for many of the affected.
At approximately 6:15 p.m., a white box truck cut a red light whilst speeding, crashing into a small Buick and crushing it promptly after. The Buick’s hood was ripped off, with shreds of metal left across the road; the box truck’s momentum from the crash sent it into the air and flipped it as the truck landed sideways onto a Ford van, cleanly cutting off a portion of the van.
Plainview-based Renaissance Downtowns CEO Donald Monti recently announced that after evaluating the final two proposals to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum, he has endorsed The Madison Square Garden plan as ‘the one that will deliver the most benefits for Long Island.’ Monti has proposed a $600 million technology development for the 77-acre Nassau County Hub property that is home to the coliseum, and according to Monti’s spokesperson Brandon Palanker, they are ‘the designated master developer – selected through a competitive RFQ (request for quotation) process’.
The other proposal is by Forest City Ratner Executive Chairman Bruce Ratner, developer of the recently constructed Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, and Blumenfeld Development Group’s Ed Blumenfeld, who recently joined forces following Blumenfeld’s original proposal not selected as a finalist by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.
In an effort to help residents cope with the extreme heat, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano had extended the closing times to various outdoor swimming pools, saying: “Nassau County’s outdoor pools provide residents with a terrific place to exercise, have fun and beat the heat, and with the temperatures climbing to particularly oppressive levels we’re going to provide two extra hours of relief.”
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. Management, Staff, Agents, Brokers recently joined local elected officials in the ribbon cutting ceremony during the grand opening of the Agency’s new, state-of-the-art corporate headquarters in Plainview on July 11.
The new, 3,200-square-foot facility can accommodate more than 900 Real Estate Agents, and twice the space of its original headquarters. The office is equipped with a high-tech Agent training facility featuring a 70-inch LCD LED Dual Touch Interactive Board; dozens of fully powered laptop stations; numerous built-in, computer-equipped workstations; a private conference room; an executive conference room for larger meetings; and a comfortable lounge for casual meet and greets. Highlighting their beautiful office space are three large tropical aquarium fish tanks, filled with an amazing array of exotic fish – which also has doubled in size.
Avital Krasilovsky, owner of A Vital Beauty Photo in Jericho and graduate of Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School, is a photographer specializing in boudoir, maternity and beauty portraits of women.
Having been shooting for over ten years, Krasilovsky began focusing on beauty portraits of women in 2008. A photography graduate from The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, Krasilovsky lived in New York City for 12 years before moving to Jericho when she married her high school sweetheart.
“I aim to fuse fine art aesthetic with portraiture to create one of a kind art pieces of each client, something they could never get from someone else,” Krasilovsky said.
Over the years, Krasilovsky has won a variety of photo contests and her work has been published in various outlets such as CameraArts Magazine, The New York Post, and People.com.
“I had been shooting a variety of subject matter, from architecture to celebrity events, but when a friend asked me to do photos of her for her fiancé as a grooms gift, I was hooked. It was an amazing gift for him and an empowering experience for her,” Krasilovsky said. The business transitioned and grew from there, I started to photograph pregnant women, mother/daughter portraits, and women in any sort of transition or looking to celebrate something like weight loss or a 50th birthday - I love the opportunity to help women experience their own beauty.”
Krasilovsky says her portraits shoots ‘be it beauty, boudoir or maternity,’ and are ‘always a cherished and unique gift, and an amazing record of you now.’
“Clients leave feeling an empowering confidence boost, with an experience and photos that can be cherished forever,” Krasilovsky said. “Most women start by saying: ‘Im not photogenic, I have never done anything like this before and I’m self conscious about.’ It is an amazing feeling to wow them with themselves - when they come to view their photos they are always amazed and say: ‘I can believe that is me.’”
Following the photos completion, Krasilovsky says her client’s biggest issue by then is how to edit down the images.
“My studio is residential, private, cozy and comfortable, I believe this sets the tone for the special attention, great service and quality products they will receive, one of a kind and custom, unlike the large factory-like studios,” Krasilovsky said.
In a court ruling last Monday, NY State Supreme Court Justic F. Dana Winslow ruled that 4976 signatures were facially valid to place a referendum before the residents of Oyster Bay next month on the sale of the town’s public works complex to Simon Property Group, the Albanese Organization and Castagne Properties.
A total of 4,599 signatures were required for the referendum - the vote will take place on August 20.
Organized by Taubman Centers Inc., the developer behind a proposed mall on the adjacent site to the town’s property, had put fourth a petition campaign to force a referendum. The sale of the town’s property was approved for $32.5 million, and the current plans are to construct a ‘mixed-use’ facility.
Citrin Cooperman recently announced it has awarded ten exceptional students with scholarships totaling $40,000 as part of the firm’s 9th Annual High School Accounting/Business Student Grant Program, one of them being Ryan Mandell of Plainview.
Each student will receive $4,000, equally distributed over the course of four years as long as he or she is enrolled in college and meets specific requirements set forth by the firm’s Scholarship Committee. Led by Alex Serrano, co-managing partner of the Livingston, N. J. office, the committee is comprised of a representative group in each of the firm’s offices in Connecticut, New Jersey, Philadelphia, White Plains, and New York City.
Previously displayed in Chelsea Manhatten, Rockville Centre and Levittown, the art of mother and daughter can be found at Plainview-Old Bethpage Library for the remainder of July. Miriam Quen Cheikin, and her daughter Anita Cheikin Heiser, filled the gallery with the nature of both plants and people. Grayscale full-scale human etches from mom and flowers from daughter are just a taste of the mediums found in their exhibit.
Cheikin was an English emeritus professor at Nassau Community College, meaning she retired with the honor of keeping her title. She studied at The Art Student’s League of New York for nearly ten years, and was awarded the red dot, the highest award from the league.
Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto responded to the continued concern from residents of Syosset and nearby towns on what will become of the previous Cerro Wire site at a town board meeting last Tuesday.
During public comment, various speakers addressed a campaign by Taubman Centers Inc. to have a referendum on August 20 that would benefit their proposal to build a mall on the site.
Paul Wasser, Administrator of Somerset Gardens Senior Living in Plainview has received the 2013 Assisted Living Administrator of the Year Award from the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL). The award was presented on June 25 at the 2013 NYSCAL Awards program during the association’s annual convention in Verona, NY.
Paul has served as administrator of Somerset Gardens since 2010. During his tenure he has established continuous quality improvement programs for all departments and built a substantial referral base with surrounding communities. He has also established support groups for families of memory impaired residents, memorial service programs and multiple resident therapeutic groups to address the various needs of the residents. He has earned an MBA from Dowling College and a BS in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s College.
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