High school students: Get ready for your close-up. The SATs and ACTs now want a photo of you.
The requirement that photos be uploaded at the testing site is just one of the new security measures that will now govern SAT and ACT test-takers. In the aftermath of the arrests of 20 local students late last year, all charged with either taking SAT or ACT exams for other students or having paid someone to take the test for them, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced a “sweeping security overhaul” to prevent further cheating. DA Rice was joined by executives from the College Board and the ACT exams at a press conference on Monday, March 26, as she outlined the new rules.
Though Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education meetings typically cover a lot of ground, they don’t tend to feature lots of tasty snacks. That changed on Monday, April 2, when new superintendent Dr. Lorna Lewis was greeted not only with flowers and accolades, but also a rare mid-meeting break for refreshments and chatting so that the new administrator could introduce herself to parents and staff. While the board had their typical slate of reports to get through, as well as the important matter of adopting the 2012-2013 budget, the warm welcome for Dr. Lewis lent the whole evening a festive, celebratory air.
For the second consecutive year, Nassau County workers will have their wages frozen.
The Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) made the announcement last week, citing a possible budget deficit this year of up to $100 million.
County Executive Edward Mangano praised the decision as a “stabilizing” force in the budget process.
The Plainview Fire Department received a call for a house fire on Brook Path on Tuesday, March 20 at 11:07 p.m. After activating the department, the dispatcher received multiple calls reporting a house fire and notified the responding chiefs. Upon arrival, Engine 9503 found heavy fire in the rear and the corner of a single story 100-by-60 private dwelling.
Firefighters encountered two main problems. First, siding on the neighboring house was melting and burning due to the radiant heat. Second, the primary electrical line to the house was beginning to detach itself from the house, creating a very hazardous condition.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano on March 20 announced that the latest municipality to benefit from Nassau County’s low-cost natural gas contract is the Town of Oyster Bay, which expects to generate significant savings on the natural gas it uses to heat several of its facilities and, soon, to power its sanitation fleet.
“This is another home run for county-wide taxpayer savings,” Mangano said. “We’re working hard on collaborative initiatives like this one which helps residents of other municipalities, because in the end it benefits all county residents.”
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Have you ever wondered what’s in that hamburger patty they are serving up in your child’s school? You may be surprised to learn that it might not be pure beef, but meat with filler known as “pink slime.”
Consumer food activists and high-profile chefs have been campaigning against the use of this product often found in fast food, and McDonalds, Taco Bell and Burger King have now all discontinued using pink slime. However, this year the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has plans to purchase millions of pounds of the “Lean Finely Textured Beef” (aka pink slime) for the National School Lunch Program. This cost-cutting measure once used for prisoners is now being used for school lunches around the country.
Mangano was joined by his wife Lisa Mangano, and Commissioner of the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, Carnell T. Foskey.
Casino Royale gained literary notoriety in 1953 when the novel introduced the world to James Bond. On Saturday evening, March 31 at 7 p.m. at 926 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, Temple Beth Elohim is creating a modern day Casino Royale fundraiser that will include casino tables, blackjack, roulette, craps, slot machines and Texas Hold’em. In addition to the colorful casino ambience there will be a silent auction including wonderful vacation packages, sports tickets and goods and services from around the community and beyond.
Valley Stream resident Milagros Vincente clutched her daughter as the Nassau County Legislature voted 10-9 to realign four of its eight police precincts on Monday, March 5. She echoed sentiments of dozens of residents, business owners and police in attendance that opposed the plan from its inception.
The plan will alter the First, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Precincts. The county has been trying to erase a $310 million deficit in 2012 and touted this plan as a step in the direction of eliminating it. In 2011, the deficit totaled $145 million.
After being presented with an overview of the first draft of the 2012-2013 school budget on Feb. 27, members of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education began going through the numbers, department-by-department, at the latest meeting on Monday, March 5. In general, while most departments covered thus far are projected to see only small increases or reductions from last year, the intention to provide students with access to new technologies accounts for modest increases in some areas.
During the usual slate of announcements, Assistant Superintendent Ryan Ruf acknowledged that Kim Parahus, director of School Facilities and Operations (Buildings and Grounds) was recently named a VIP Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). Parahus later provided information on the Buildings and Grounds budget for next year, as well as planned capital projects, in great detail.
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