Monsignor Domenick T. Graziadio took the parishioners of St. Pius X on their last Lenten journey to Easter Sunday. Masses and Lenten devotionals included the Children’s Stations of the Cross. Monsignor Graziadio will be retiring in June, and celebrating his retirement Mass on May 5, with a reception to follow.
Even for art lovers, Abstract Expressionism can sometimes be a bit of a hard sell. Museum-goers who draw inspiration from the idyllic garden parties of the Impressionists and the breathtaking landscapes of the Hudson River School often throw up their hands in confusion, or even disgust, at the giant swaths of color, indelicate globs of paint, and seemingly incomprehensible shapes that often populate the works of Abstract Expressionism. “It’s just not for me,” they say, satisfied to ignore this one particular school of art in favor of almost anything else.
Not so fast, says the Nassau County Museum of Art. With the show AB-EX/RE-CON, running now through June 16, viewers are asked to reexamine their preconceptions of this critically acclaimed, but intensely polarizing, school of art. In addition to classics of Abstract Expressionism from decades past, the show also highlights the work of three living artists: Judith Godwin from New York City, Stan Brodsky from Huntington, and Rita Rogers from Rhode Island. Love AB-EX or hate it, it’s virtually impossible to see the show and deny the vibrance of the movement.
He is likely the oldest working reporter on Long Island, a bit slower in gait than he once was, a bit more stooped than in the past, but nearing 90 - his birthday is July 22 – Lou Sanders is still on the beat, making contacts, and keeping abreast of the most local of local news.
Sanders and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, and although they sold the paper in 1992 to Karl Anton, owner of Anton Community Newspapers, and although Grace retired to their Mineola home years ago, Lou Sanders still reports for work at Anton headquarters in Mineola every morning.
Frank Archipolo of the Town Parks Department was honored at a recent Town of Oyster Bay Board meeting for his heroism during a recent house fire. Archipolo was riding along the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway when he saw smoke billowing from a Karen Avenue home in Plainview. He pulled off the highway, ran to the house and spotted a woman and a man standing near the front door. He then helped the woman down from the porch and asked if there was anyone else in the home. The woman told him that her daughter was still inside, so Archipolo entered. As he did so, the woman’s daughter came toward him. He helped her out of the house, and the family’s dog escaped as well, thanks to Archipolo. Firefighters from five departments were able to extinguish the flames after several hours.
Students of Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s John F. Kennedy High School Robotics Club, known as the POBots, recently participated in the elite New York City First Robotics Competition regional. The POBots gave an impressive showcase, advancing all the way to the semi-finals from an entry pool of over 60 teams. In addition to their distinguished demonstration, the POBots earned the Judges Award for their exceptional community outreach activities, including raising over $1,400 for Hurricane Sandy Victims. The POBots are gearing up to compete again at the SBPLI Hofstra Regional this month, where they expect to contend for numerous awards.
The Plainview school board approved staffing reductions in its 2013-14 budget during a workshop, and displayed a $143,280,933 revenue budget with a 4.38 percent increase for the third and final budget workshop last week.
The school board is scheduled to meet next on April 5 to adopt the budget.
This is good news for district sports teams, but the field isn’t only intended for student use; it will be available for all town residents on Sundays, and evenings Monday through Saturday; during the summer, while school teams are on hiatus, the field will be open extra hours for community use. According to town officials, the field is meant to improve the quality of life for all residents in the area. According to town estimates, construction of the field should be complete in time for the opening of the fall 2013 football season.
Brushing aside widespread assertions to the contrary, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos last week flatly declared: “The county is not broke.”
In a wide-ranging discussion with editors of Anton Community Newspapers in Mineola, the Republican comptroller declared, “Why can’t people believe that if we give an audited financial statement, performed by outside auditors and show that we have a surplus, why isn’t it real?”
The Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island recently visited local Girl Scouts at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library. The purpose of the visit was to inform the girls, from third- through eight-graders, of the many marketing strategies used by tobacco companies to market their product to kids. The coalition started with a quick game focusing on advertising slogans, followed by two short videos to explain the dangers of tobacco marketing. Both videos were written in conjunction with other teens. Next, the girls completed teen post cards and signed a petition poster that proclaims to the tobacco companies that they have “seen enough!”
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District has announced that four John F. Kennedy High School (POBJFK) students have been named National Merit Finalists for the 2012-2013 school year.
Students Sunny Zheng, Robert Adelson, Amelia Ricketts and Adrian Kim were recognized as National Merit Finalists for their outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying (PSAT/ NMSQT) Exam. In order to earn this esteemed title, these four students had to score in the top 15,000 among the approximately 1.5 million annual entrants in the National Merit Scholarship program.
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