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.
How can we reinvent Nassau Coliseum to become a vital economic engine for the 21st Century? It may be too early to say, but Nassau County is currently taking suggestions.
After several discussions on the potential future of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum with the Forest City Ratner team that designed the business model for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has announced that he is seeking requests for proposals from throughout the real estate community that would reinvent the aging facility as a new and strong economic anchor for the Hub.
“The comptroller is there to protect the taxpayers.”
That is what former Nassau Comptroller Howard Weitzman says is the job of a comptroller. It’s something he says he did during his eight years in the position, and it’s something that he wants to do again. Weitzman was elected to the position in 2001 and 2005 before being narrowly defeated by current Nassau County George Maragos in 2009.
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