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Falling Values Send Tax Rates Soaring

Written by Jaclyn Gallucci, Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

School officials say tax burden

shifted to homeowners

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.


Plainview Couple’s Sparkling Business

Written by Cynthia Paulis, Wednesday, 09 October 2013 09:27

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.


Bethpage Woman Stole From PTA: DA

Written by Steve Mosco, Saturday, 05 October 2013 00:00

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.


Rally Against Testing

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 04 October 2013 00:00

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.


A Familiar Level Of Care

Written by Steve Mosco, Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

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.


Bikeway Project Nears Completion

Written by Wendy Kaplan, Wednesday, 02 October 2013 15:01

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.


DiNapoli Meets With POB Chamber of Commerce

Written by Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald Staff Saturday, 28 September 2013 00:00

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 Place To Receive Care

Written by Steve Mosco Friday, 27 September 2013 00:00

ACLD opens impressive Bethpage facility

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.


Bringing Literacy To Nassau

Written by Chris Boyle Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

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. 


Civics Host Comptroller Candidates

Written by Steve Mosco Wednesday, 25 September 2013 00:00

Forum serves as preview for debate on Oct. 10

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. 


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