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100th Birthday In Plainview

Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

Ruth Boris, a resident of Somerset Gardens Senior Living in Plainview since 2009, celebrated her 100th birthday at the residence on Thursday, August 8.

Boris is originally from Brooklyn and worked in her parents’ bakery there until she started her family. She had two children and later moved to Queens.

She says that she is also blessed with five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Boris celebrated her birthday at Somerset Gardens with friends, family and, of course, cake.


Board Demands More Test Data

Written by Michael Scro, Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00

Last Monday, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education held its first meeting since NY State Education Commissioner John B. King released the results of the April 2013 math and English assessments. The board demanded that the New York State Education Department (NYSED) release more information on the test scores.

As the district prepares to begin the 2013-14 school year, the school board’s general consensus is not enough data is being made available to help students learn from their mistakes on the assessments, and prepare for future tests.


Assisted Living Residents Enjoy Heartwarming Experience

Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00

Last month, employees warmed the hearts of the residents of the Somerset Gardens Assisted Living Facility in Plainview.  

As part of their community outreach initiative and Summer of a Million Smiles campaign, a Smile Team spent the afternoon with the residents of the facility. Upon arrival, the team set up a table for’s expert floral designer, Phil DeVito, to create truly original arrangements.  Phil showed the residents how to design a Happy Hour Bouquet, a Smile Bouquet, an a-DOG-able arrangement and a bouquet in a personalized Summer Smile Vase.  The rest of the team handed out carnations to the residents and four lucky winners got to keep an arrangement. To wrap up the day the Smile Team played trivia games with the group.  


Little Superheroes Celebrate Big Accomplishment

Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00

Jack, five years old; Aedan, 22 months old; Jacob, 15 months old; and Colton, two years old recently helped people 20 times their age by assisting in passing a law. All were born with a congenital heart defect, and since April, they and their parents have met with their legislators, hosted a press conference, and were interviewed in the media about their efforts to get the Pulse Ox bill passed and signed into law.  

Jack, Aedan, Jacob and Colton now don their red “American Heart Association Superhero” capes and celebrate the fact that Gov. Cuomo signed the Pulse Ox bill into law.  


Last Licks On Land Sale Vote

Written by Michael Scro, Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Opponents trade barbs

as referendum draws near

In the final days of the hotly contested skirmish over 54 acres of land that the Town of Oyster Bay wants to sell, harsh accusations are flying thick and fast-- some with more merit than others.

Last Tuesday, the town board approved payment of $600,000 in legal fees to Sinnerich, Kosakoff & Messina, LLP for negotiating the sale of town land to a trio of developers and fending off legal challenges.

The next day, Long Island Jobs Now, an entity backed by rival developer Taubman Centers, put out a statement calling the sum “suspiciously large” and complained that the move “raises serious questions about whether the Town is illegally funneling taxpayer money into a slush fund to pay for its campaign to sneak this bad deal past the taxpayers.” A spokesman called on the town to “open its books and detail how each dollar of this account is spent.”


Residents Voice Concerns

Written by Gary Simeone, Wednesday, 14 August 2013 14:48

Opposed to Taubman Development

Richard Turkisher, Director of the Birchwood Civic Association, has plenty of reasons to vote “yes” in the upcoming August 20 referendum on the sale of the large Department of Public Works (DPW) property on Robbins Lane, adjacent to the former Cerro Wire site. The Merry Lane resident is concerned about Taubman Centers Inc. developers’ plan to erect a 750,000 square-foot mall on the former Cerro Wire site near his residence.  A “yes” vote will secure the sale of the DPW property to Simon Property Group, the Albanese Organization and Castagna Properties, thereby preventing Taubman from expanding its development plans.

“A shopping mall is very unnecessary in our community,” said Turkisher. “It will create a horrible traffic situation in a residential area and there are too many malls as it is. Just fifteen minutes from here is the Walt Whitman Mall and Roosevelt Field.”


‘Wonder’ Moves Audience

Written by Michael Scro, Friday, 09 August 2013 00:00

The Town of Oyster Bay’s “One Town, One Book” selection Wonder was performed live by The Patio Players, a Plainview-based theater group, and sponsor of the Men’s Club of the Plainview Jewish Center, last Thursday evening at the Plainview Library.


Homes By Mara Looks Back On Progress

Written by Michael Scro, Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

Anticipates $60 Million In Total Property Sales By Years End

Since the local Homes by Mara Realty was established in 2010, the agency has grown from five to 35 agents and sold $16 million in properties in 2011, $39 million in 2012, and $50 million so far in 2013, according to Mara Navaretta of Homes By Mara.

As she reflects upon three years of progress, Navaretta says she wants to give others “hope,” and remind people that “it is not impossible to be a minority (woman) and own a wildly successful business.”


An Overview Of The Disputed Sale of DPW Site?

Written by Michael Scro, Wednesday, 07 August 2013 15:48

On Aug. 20, residents of the Town of Oyster Bay will vote whether to approve the sale of the town’s 54-acre Department of Public Works complex to a local consortium consisting of Simon Property Group, the Albanese Organization and Castagna Properties.

If the sale goes ahead, the town will get $32.5 million. The consortium has indicated it intends to build a mixed-use facility on the site, but has no legal obligation to do so.

The town board already approved the sale, unanimously, back in May.


TOB Put On ‘Credit Watch’

Written by Michael Scro, Tuesday, 06 August 2013 00:00

Recent S&P Report May Affect Referendum

With the referendum on the Town of Oyster Bay’s proposed sale of its DPW complex to Simon Property Group and its partners, the Albanese Organization and Castagna Properties, set for August 20, a recent development concerning the Town’s bond rating has generated more concerns.

Late last month, Standard & Poor’s Rating Services placed the Town of Oyster Bay on “credit watch.” S&P analyst Lindsay Wilhelm said the move “reflects our view that if a voter referendum for a property sale fails to pass, or the sale does not otherwise proceed as planned, the town could have difficulty meeting its financial obligations if it further fails to receive state approval to issue deficit bonds on a timely basis.”


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