Sebastian, a two year-old pit mix with chocolate and caramel fur, wags his tail and splashes inside a kiddie pool outside the Forgotten Friends of Long Island rescue center in Levittown. The energetic pup is looking for a home, just like the four other dogs housed at this location in the basement of the Animal Hospital at 4 East Village Green.
“He’s good with other dogs and actually likes cats,” said Beth Marzo of Plainview, a dog coordinator at Forgotten Friends of Long Island. Sebastian was rescued from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter where he lived for one year.
Joshua Sason remembers his youthful days at Plainview’s Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center, playing basketball and hitting the gym multiple times a week. Now, one year after the JCC renamed that very same gym in his honor, Sason is continuing efforts to help fund a full renovation.
In recognition of those efforts, the JCC recently honored Sason for all of his significant contributions to the organization in 2013 at an annual golf event at the Glen Head Country Club. Sason, who helped raise $150,000 for the community center over the course of the day, said giving back to the JCC is a no-brainer, as the community center was integral to his youth in Plainview.
Exceptional youngsters on Long Island were recently recognized by Supervisor John Venditto and Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc. co-founders Robert and Philip Eslick as winners of the 2014 Kids of Distinction community scholarship program.
Jordyn Seri, a senior at Plainview-Old Bethpage High School, was one of the 10 recipients of the honor. For contributions to her community, Seri received a commemorative plaque and a $2,000 academic scholarship check.
Venditto and the Eslicks honored Seri because the young adult has “spent the best years of her life doing what she does best, helping others.”
School zone speedsters face a new round of surviellance in the state’s effort to thwart their reckless ways.
Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to Bethpage High School recently to sign legislation that authorizes the addition of school speed zone cameras in Nassau and Suffolk counties. According to proponents, the new law aims to enhance the safety of children, pedestrians and drivers in school areas by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.
Plainview residents were recently offered a window into a mysterious disease.
When filmmaker Kathy Leichter moved back into her childhood home after her mother’s unexpected and tragic suicide, she discovered a hidden box of audiotapes. Contained within those tapes were the remnants of her mother’s verbal diary.
It took Leichter 16 years before she was able to summon the courage to actually delve into the tapes’ contents, but once she finally did she discovered that she had unearthed a gateway into her mother’s innermost thoughts and feelings on a variety of personal subjects, such as the marriage to her father, a New York State Senator; the estrangement from her son; and the ups and down of living every day of her life with the mental illness that eventually drove her to take her own life by leaping from the window of her apartment — bipolar disorder.
Girl Scout Troop 3203 recently secured a Silver Award, the highest honor a Cadette Girl Scout can attain.
The girls planted two gardens for the United Cerebral Palsy resident house in Suffolk County. They planted annual and perennial flowers and a few bushes. The first garden is in front of the house, the second is a smaller garden with a wooden border. The girls also added wind chimes, flags and sun catchers to the gardens.
These youngsters know how to express their belief in water conservation.
Fifteen students from the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District were recently named by the Plainview Water District as winners of the district’s annual Water Conservation Poster Contest. Water District Chairman Joel Kessler and Commissioner Andrew Bader were on hand at the awards ceremony.
The year was 1970: the average cost of a new house was $23,450; the cost of gasoline was 36 cents a gallon; the country lowered the voting age to 18; Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix both died of drug overdoses; M*A*S*H had just hit the silver screen; and the National Guard shot and killed 4 protesters at Kent State University, including Jeffrey Miller, of Plainview-Old Bethpage’s John F. Kennedy High School.It was a time of great turbulence, but out of that upheaval, a business was born which would survive more than four decades. Pat’s/Pergament Barber Shop opened its doors 44 years ago in the old Pergament Home Center at 3901 Hempstead Tpke. in Bethpage. And although the Pergament store is long gone, the barber shop and its founder Pasquale “Pat” Palumbo are thriving seven days-a-week with a staff of 11 barbers at their location across the street at 17 Emerson Ave. in Levittown.
A Plainview resident with more than 20 years experience in speech pathology wants to get the word out about dyslexia.
Lori Melnitsky, director of All Island Speech & Learning, graduated from Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School back in 1981, during a time when misconceptions about dyslexia were the norm and generally taken as fact. While most believe that dyslexia simply involves spelling words backwards, Melnitsky asserts that this learning disability is far more complex.
As Plainview Old-Bethpage High School senior Hannah Stewart prepares to ship off to Brandeis University in the fall, she, like most young adults here age, will remember the best parts of high school: spirit week, homecoming, prom and, of course, gathering lizards and ticks in northern New Jersey.
The science-minded senior recently worked under the auspices of Dr. Russell Burke, chair of the Biology Department at Hofstra University, in a research project with the goal of finding out why cases of Lyme Disease are so prevalent here in the north, but so rare down south.
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