Ann Marie Cagnazzi from Bethpage is a fairly new convert. “I love the freedom that I feel and the sense of accomplishment that I get,” Cagnazzi said. “Everyone always cheers, and I feel so good about myself. You don’t get to feel that in your everyday life.”
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce board recently announced that one of its members, Andrew M. Lamkin, has been named Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year for 2014.
Principal of the Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin, P.C., located on Old Country Road in Plainview, Lamkkin has been practicing law since 2008. Receiving a bachelor of arts degree in political science and history in 1996 from Syracuse University and a juris doctor from Widener School of Law in 2006, Lamkin is currently an active member of the Plainview Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce where he serves as chairman of the membership committee and is a member of the executive board. He was also recently elected as vice president of the Chamber of Commerce.
Individuals with Down syndrome, autism and other developmental disabilities now have a new safe haven in Plainview.
In order to accommodate their continual growth, Long Island-based ACDS, in moving into a space at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church on Washington Avenue in Plainview. The new facility will house the agency’s adult day habilitation and 5-plus program, which provides recreation and respite activities for children ages five and up.
With Our Lady of Mercy’s close proximity to Plainview, it is no surprise that plenty of local residents found their way to a fair on the school’s grounds recently.
Among the many Plainview people that made their way to the school on South Oyster Bay Road were Alanna Savino, Emma Cohen, Connor Savino, Colleen Mack-Savino and Michael Savino, who all walked the red on their way to enjoying some great food and rides.
LI DOG, the Long Island Dog Owner’s Group, is a not-for-profit organization championing the cause of the canine in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and it’s mission is to get the island’s four-legged friends the rights their passionate owners believe are owned to them.
At a recent meeting at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, Ron Richichi of Westbury has been a member of LI DOG for about a year, and said that he first joined the group when he heard that they were starting an initiative to open a dog park in East Meadow’s Eisenhower Park, which he noted was a stone’s throw from his house. Since that successful effort, he’s taken on a role as one of the group’s co-organizers.
Modern libraries can no longer be thought of as cavernous monuments to dusty old books — and nowhere is that more evident than at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.
Library director Gretchen Browne recently sat down with the Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald to discuss a few of the more significant changes taking place under her watch; the biggest news, she said, was regarding funding for the library’s recently-completed renovation project.
A Plainview attorney is being disbarred after pleading guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from clients, according to the Nassau County district attorney’s office.
Matthew Kogan, 40, repaid the full amount to victims as a result of prosecution for stealing client funds to pay off personal and professional expenses. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice recently announced that Kogan will no longer be able to practice law after stealing client funds instead of depositing the funds into his escrow account.
Thousands of Long Islanders streamed into Burn Park in Massapequa recently for the Town of Oyster Bay’s annual Salute to America concert featuring Dean Karahalis and the Concert Pop Orchestra with fireworks by Grucci.
The event paid tribute to veterans, past and present, and honored three deserving honorees: Guillermo Torres, Plainview’s Robert Reahl and Barbara Tortorice.
Torres is the winner of the Town’s Veteran Lifetime Achievement Award. A Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Torres was wounded while on maneuvers.
The kids may be grown. The marriage may have not worked out. Perhaps retirement affords more free time than was anticipated.
Enter The Transition Network, an national social group featuring an active chapter on Long Island that meets regularly at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.
Judy Forman, Plainview resident and program co-chair, noted that The Transition Network is an organization of women ages 50 and over who are ‘transitioning’ into the next phase of their lives — whether it be retirement, divorce, losing a loved one or so on — and helping them to meet new people while expanding their horizons.
Plainview resident Cila Schlanger was eager to attend a two-hour property tax workshop at the Farmingdale Public Library last week — the problem is, so were many other people.
“I was taken aback once I came here because there was such a line,” she said. “I thought it would be a two-hour workshop, but individuals had to wait to be helped on a first come, first serve basis.”
Residents are trying to save a buck whenever and wherever they can, especially when it comes to property taxes. To try and lend a helping hand, elected officials recently hosted a property tax exemption workshop at the library, drawing residents from across Nassau County.
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