With a unanimous 7-0 vote, the several monthlong saga of potentially redistricting Nassau County in time for the November elections, as proposed by the Republican majority that controls the county legislature, came to an end at the New York State Court of Appeals. The court, composed of four Republicans and three Democrats, overruled the Second Judicial Department Appellate Panel’s Aug. 11 decision (3-2), which had upheld the Republican-drawn plan for new legislative districts.
The full text of the Court of Appeals ruling enumerated that the court agreed with Democratic legislators that section 112 of the County Charter – the linchpin to the Republican redistricting plan’s alleged legitimacy – could not legally be adhered to without heeding the latter sections of the charter as well.
Before they graduated from Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School in 2008, the trio of Jason Bader, Jason Blackman and Brett Meiselas accomplished something impressive: they convinced their teachers to let them hand in movies in lieu of traditional school assignments. Not only that, but the aspiring filmmakers garnered a reputation for quality at the same time; according to Meiselas, 60-70 people would show up at the end-of-year project presentations just to see the team’s newest film.
On Aug. 11, continuing the trend, approximately 250 people packed the auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library to see the group’s newest project, the first episode of the sketch comedy show The Inside Kids, but the team has racked up more impressive numbers yet; on the Internet, the opening clip from The Inside Kids, “Silence Your Cell Phones” now has over 40,000 views.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto invites all residents, their families and friends to attend the town’s 9-11 Memorial Ceremony to honor the memory of those lost on September 11, 2001. The Town of Oyster Bay 9-11 Memorial Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9, beginning at 7 p.m. at Tobay Beach.
“The Town’s September 11 memorial is situated on the bayside of Tobay Beach, where there is a direct line of sight to where the Twin Towers once stood,” Supervisor Venditto said. “It provides a serene and peaceful surrounding, making it a fitting backdrop for a place of remembrance.”
1975 Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School graduate David Peikon has made major strides in the art world: not only has he sold over 400 paintings, which hang in private and corporate collections all over the world, but his upcoming show, “15 Years to Life: the Education of a Painter,” will feature his work displayed at the beautiful Old Westbury Gardens on the weekend of Sept. 17 and 18. Not too shabby for a painter who never went to art school.
Peikon, who grew up in Plainview right behind the Morton Village Shopping Center, credits high school art teacher Philip Greenberg with giving him the strong artistic foundation that laid way for his career, decades later, as a self-taught artist. He knew he wanted to be an artist from the age of 14, after seeing a gallery show featuring the work of famed landscape artist Neil Welliver. However, his parents weren’t terribly keen on the long-term prospects of painting as a career.
On Wednesday, Aug. 10, up to 40 protestors from MoveOn.org gathered by Rep. Peter King’s office in Massapequa to protest his recent support for legislation that raised the nation’s debt ceiling.
“We have a simple message: we need jobs, not budget cuts,” said Bob McKee, a local MoveOn.org member. “We’re here today to say ‘enough is enough’ and demand that Representative King stop his assault on the American Dream. It is far past time that Washington end the tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy and use that money to revitalize our community and create good jobs that we so desperately need.”
Every hockey fan likes to think their favorite team is special, but the New York Islanders can boast one thing that no other team in the NHL has: the Ice Girls, a dedicated team of skaters who present the Islanders’ flag at every game. On Saturday, Aug. 6, 24 female skaters headed to Iceworks Syosset on Underhill Boulevard to try out for one of only 10 spots on the 2011-2012 Ice Girls team.
With the exception of one lockout season (2004-2005), the Ice Girls have been part of the show at Islanders’ games since the 2001-2002 season. In addition to presenting the Islanders flag at every game, Ice Girls keep the ice clean during games, and perform an additional routine when the team wins. The girls must be over 18 with strong skating skills, capable of skating backwards as well as doing lunges, spirals, t-stops and power crossovers.
By district standards, the agenda at the Monday, Aug. 8, Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education Meeting was fairly light, but the recently received results of the New York State Grades 3-8 Assessment gave the board plenty of weighty material to discuss. While board members debated the merit of the additions made to the tests in the past year, bigger questions about the value of testing as an educational tool in general may have been lurking in the background.
The meeting began with a moment of silence for the Navy SEALS recently lost in Afghanistan. Board President Gary Bettan then announced that there will be three workshop-format board meetings coming up on the following topics: Academic Standards on Oct. 17, School Climate on Dec. 5, and Financial Issues on Jan. 23. There will be no public participation at these workshops, but residents are encouraged to provide feedback during public participation at the following board meeting in each case.
The $400 million bond plan to replace the 39-year-old Nassau Coliseum and construct a minor league ballpark at Mitchell Field was spurned by Nassau County residents in public vote on Aug. 1. According to the Nassau County Board of Elections, the margin was 88,389 (57 percent) opposed to 66,829 (43 percent) in favor.
Charles Wang, who bought the New York Islanders 11 years ago for an estimated $190 million, said he was extremely saddened by the outcome.
Hosted by the Long Island GLBT Services Network, many donors made the complete event possible, from the venue and services of the Carlyle on the Green, to Andrew Scott Events and Floral, Top Tiers cakes by Jason Ellis, All Star Limousine Service, Ltd., Todd Barrie Music & Entertainment, and JoVon Photography.
“The development of the Hub is critically important to the Nassau County economy,” Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said at a July 21 press conference. “It currently supports hundreds of jobs and has the potential to create thousands of construction jobs and permanent jobs as well as increase tax revenues.”
Maragos said that he conducted a review to determine the economic feasibility of the current proposal to develop the Nassau Hub and retain the NY Islanders hockey team. At this point in time, he said, a comprehensive analysis cannot be completed as the lease agreement with the Islanders is still under negotiation and several significant terms have yet to be resolved such as revenue sharing, revenue guarantees, cost overrun protections and the Islanders’ commitment to remain in Nassau County.
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