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‘En Garde’ At Any Age

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

Fencing club pokes

around Plainview library

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.


Taking Steps Against Food Allergies

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:31

Plainview mom looks to raise awareness

Parents of children with severe food sensitivities must be ever-vigilant in protecting their young ones from life-threatening reactions – but one Plainview parent is taking extra steps to get ahead of her son’s allergies.

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.


Natural Born Healers

Written by Steve Mosco Saturday, 14 September 2013 00:00

Plainview market feeds healthy lifestyle 

Eating is more than just stuffing food into one’s gaping maw; and Dr. B Well Naturally is more than just a market. 


At the same location in Plainview since the early 1990s, but under new ownership since 2009, the natural foods and vitamin market offers hot prepared food, juices, smoothies, soups, groceries, produce, vitamins and even health counseling. 


Plainview Couple Wins $30k Raffle

Written by Steve Mosco Friday, 13 September 2013 00:00

Peter and Angie Barbera never dreamed a routine trip to the bank would pay off like this.


The couple, Plainview residents for close to 50 years, won the grand prize in a raffle with Bethpage Federal Credit Union last week, winning their choice of a new car or its cash equivalent. 


“I was in disbelief,” said Peter, recalling he thought he was on the receiving end of a prank call. “I never won anything in my life, so why believe this?”


Silver Lining

Written by Colleen Maidhof Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

Group honors seniors at Plainview event 

To honor senior citizens who have devoted their time to their community and in celebration of National Grandparents Day, the Association of General Experts for Seniors (AGES) arranged an award ceremony and banquet on Saturday at the Plainview Holiday Inn. 


Amongst the savvy senior honorees were Plainview award winners Clara Rogus, Claire Millman, Charles Kirschen, and Rachel and Frank Staino who were all acknowledged for their achievements. 


For The Love Of Lexie

Written by Steve Mosco Wednesday, 11 September 2013 00:00

Plainview family helps in daughter's name

When Joseph and LeaAnn Falabella lost their 9-year-old daughter, Alexandra, to pediatric cancer in 2009, the Plainview couple searched for meaning amongst all the heartache. Though grieving their immense loss, they found a way to honor their daughter’s memory and keep her spirit alive as an inspiration for others. 


They created the Lexiebean Foundation soon after Alexandra died from an infection while receiving treatment for Medullablastoma. The inspiration to start the foundation came during Alexandra’s physically and emotionally draining hospital stays, surgeries and chemotherapy treatments. 


The Confectionery King

Written by Lyn Dobrin, Saturday, 07 September 2013 00:00

Sweet Karma Desserts rises in Plainview

It’s no more crowded quarters for pastry chef Brian Fishman. In his new shop in Plainview he has a large store to show off his pastries and cakes, a commodious kitchen and a separated kitchen to bake gluten-free pastries.

One-of-a-kind cakes are his specialty: beautiful, whimsical or even grotesque -- as illustrated by his recent bloody-mouthed Jaws cake (that’s what the groom wanted!). Sweet Karma manager Theresa Siegel will help you figure out just what you want. Fishman and his crew will do the rest.


Local Pols Speak On Bankruptcies

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00

LI relatively stable so far,

but macro clouds still loom

Local municipalities are among the areas hardest hit by the economic recession, and a handful have gone so far as to declare bankruptcy -- although none yet in New York State.

At the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Building in Mineola on Tuesday, Aug. 27, Sen. Jack Martins and State Senator Carl Marcellino held a public hearing entitled, “Fiscally Distressed Municipalities: Preparing for and Preventing Municipal Bankruptcy in New York.”


The Great Greyhound Rescue

Written by Colleen Maidhof, Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

Every morning Bethpage resident Linda Schmidt, Grateful Greyhound adopter and fosterer, proudly walks her six rescued greyhound companions once around her neighborhood with her husband. She calls her companions “40-mile-per-hour coach potatoes” who are calm and endearing. She is currently looking for a home for an 8-year-old male foster, who she would love to keep, but just does not fit in her house.

All six of her retired racing greyhounds, who were declared unfit due to their lack of interest of racing or injury, were declared perfect family members by the Schmidt’s. And they love each one’s unique personality and look.


Scrambling For School Supplies

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 04 September 2013 00:00

Parents look to the first bell

as they snap up last items

Another batch of Plainview youngsters is heading back to school this week -- and they all want the newest, coolest gadgets stuffed in their brand-new backpacks.

Moms and dads were back-to-school shopping in earnest at two Plainview-area CVS stores, as kids readied to return to Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, Howard B. Mattlin Middle School, Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School and many of the town’s elementary schools.


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