Talking with Jenna, Rachel, Alexa and Jennifer— the four girls who make up the new nonprofit performance group Teens 4 Theater— it’s hard to believe that this is a group of one 14-year-old and three 13-year-olds, respectively. These young ladies present themselves with the self-assurance and poise of older teens, yet somehow remain perfectly warm and genuine, without an ounce of pretension. They could just be unusually mature for their age, but according to the girls, it’s their shared interest in theater that gives them confidence, something they are working to share with younger children.
The group, who met performing together at Cultural Arts Playhouse (CAP) in Plainview, just performed their first two routines for preschoolers at two Imagine Early Learning Center locations, Islip and Holtsville. The group got its start when Jenna and Rachel’s mother, Dale Goerke (also an employee of Imagine Learning Center) suggested that the girls perform for the preschoolers in August, which is National Music Month for preschools.
Superintendent Henry Grishman noted that his main concern with what is being called the Doshi STEM Charter School, and charter schools in general, is how the schools are funded under state law.
Joel Rauch of Plainview may have retired from teaching elementary school in Corona, Queens this past June, but he’s not quite done looking out for the kids of Corona. In addition to seeing to it that many of the programs started at the school during his tenure are continued, he also plans to donate 18 percent (or the lucky number chai in Hebrew) of the money he makes from private tutoring to the school. The money will go to special education programs and a Children of Corona scholarship fund.
“I have this emotional attachment to this school, and that’s not going to leave, so I’m desperately trying to find ways to support the community and the kids— especially the special ed kids,” said Rauch.
With the exception of one lockout season (2004-05), the Ice Girls have been part of the show at Islanders’ games since the 2001-02 season. In addition to presenting the Islanders flag at every game, Ice Girls keep the ice clean during games, and perform an additional routine when the team wins. They also play games with the fans in the stands during time outs and distribute T-shirts. The girls must be over 18 with strong skating skills, capable of skating backwards as well as doing lunges, spirals, t-stops and power crossovers.
Jill Gierasch, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, led the analysis of the New York State Grades 3-8 Assessments. District average grades can be found on the district website. One area of concern for parents at the meeting was the difference in grades between Mattlin Middle School and Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School. The percentage of passing students at Mattlin exceeded the percentages at POB in almost all categories. Parents stated that they hoped to see some sort of unification of curriculum and opportunities so that the percentage of students passing the ELA and state math examinations at POB will be closer to that of Mattlin.
On Wednesday, Aug. 2 dozens of Vietnam War veterans and local officials gathered at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow during the construction of the Traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall to honor Purple Heart veterans.
In collaboration with the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, the Village of Westbury and the Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce, Viana, a recently constructed small luxury hotel featuring a number of green initiatives located at 3998 Brush Hollow Road, will host a complimentary wedding ceremony – and provide accommodations for a honeymoon – to one active duty or retired service member (who has been honorably discharged) living here in Nassau County.
Medicaid is the largest source of funding for medical and health-related services for people below a certain income level, jointly funded by the state and federal governments. Due to the program’s complexity and size, it is susceptible to fraud. In 2010 alone, the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated $22 billion was lost to Medicaid waste, fraud, abuse, and improper payments nationally. Medicaid currently costs Nassau County $248 million a year.
Republican members of the 11-person panel were invited to this town-wide meeting, but chose to not participate. The purpose of the meeting, according to Democratic commission member Bonnie Garone, was to educate the public. Garone stated that “[redistricting] is a public process, and frankly the public is not being treated fairly.”
Maragos also said that County Executive Edward P. Mangano would be announcing a fresh round of budget reductions. And that is what happened at a press conference on Monday, July 23. There, Mangano, along with Maragos and Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R – Massapequa) outlined a $45 million deficit reduction plan, one that the county executive said would balance the budget without raising property taxes.
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