The Concerned Citizens were very active in 2011 on behalf of the community.
The organization was very humbled to see eight years of planning come to fruition with the ground-breaking Ceremony in May for the Plainview 9-11 Memorial Garden and World Trade Center Artifact.
Shortly after, in July, the organization held a very well-attended dedication with their partners the Town of Oyster Bay who constructed the Memorial Park. The ceremony was befitting the honor that the Port Authority of NY and NJ bestowed on the Plainview-Old Bethpage community in selecting the Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community as a recipient of a piece of steel from the fallen World Trade Center. The Plainview Fire Department, representatives from the 2nd and 8th precincts, the water district, school board members, local, county and state representatives were there to share in this special day which was sponsored by the Concerned Citizens.
Conor Shelly reprised his Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5K win, Stefanie Braun reprised her Marcum Workplace Challenge win in the Women’s Division and Peter Hawkins completed still another wheelchair win, as beautiful skies and brisk temperatures greeted the competitors in the 24th Annual Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Holiday 5 Kilometer Run on Dec. 17. A total of 1238 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes navigated the streets of Bethpage before crossing the finish line at the John F. Kennedy Middle School (the record number finishers for this event was 1256 in 2001.)
Highlighting the run from a local standpoint were the awards won by local runners: Shari Klarfeld of Plainview (second woman overall, first woman 30-34 age group), Beth Alizzi of Syosset (third woman, 20-24 age group), Thomas Brouillard of Woodbury (first, 20-24), Bradley Raxenberg of Woodbury (third, 20-24 Age Group), Connie Sehlmeyer of Syosset (third woman, 65-69 age group), Bert Jablon of Syosset (second, 80-84 age group.)
The Mid-Island Y JCC Outdoor Nature Explorium earned the national designation of a certified Nature Explore Classroom from the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.
The national certification places Mid-Island Y JCC in a growing network of organizations that have created effective outdoor learning environments for children. This network allows for idea-sharing, peer support, and continuous learning and development. The first Nature Explore Classroom is located in the Tree Adventure attraction at Arbor Day Farm, the Arbor Day Foundation’s interactive conservation venue in Nebraska City, Neb. Nature Explore Classrooms are part of the Nature Explore program, a collaborative project of the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. Developed in response to the growing disconnect between children and nature, certified Nature Explore Classrooms are designed to help fill the void by educating young children using research-based principles for integrating nature into their daily learning.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined by the History Channel at a press conference on Sunday, Dec. 18 where Dr. Libby O’Connell, History’s Chief Historian, presented Nassau County with a $25,000 grant to help preserve the historic structures at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. The grant award comes from History’s “Save Our History” program, a national history education and preservation program that raises awareness and support for preserving local and national heritage.
“I am pleased and proud to welcome the History Channel to Old Bethpage Village Restoration in celebration of Long Island’s heritage. The History Channel’s grant of $25,000 will help to ensure that visitors and residents continue to enjoy this terrific facility. We look forward to working with Dr. O’Connell and the History Channel to restore the historic Doctor’s Office,” said Mangano. “This public-private partnership between Nassau County and the History Channel is a great example of how the private sector can help local governments preserve important items from our history for future generations to enjoy.”
After holding a successful clinic in 2011, The L. I. Thunderbolts Softball Club is now taking reservations for their second Winter Skills Clinic, which will take place in early 2012 at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, located at 25 Country Drive, Plainview. Geared for girls ages 7 – 12, this is a perfect way to get ready for the softball season; a limited amount of spots are available.
Session 1: Hitting will be held on Jan. 15, 22 and 29 for a cost of $65. Session 2: Pitching or Fielding will be held Feb. 5 and 12 for a cost of $55. Session 3: Hitting will be held Mar. 4, 11 and 18 for a cost of $65.
Nassau County, this past week, was facing the reality of a government shutdown until the fiscal control board NIFA voted to approve County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s $2.6 billion 2012 budget and multi-year financial plan. In approving the plans, NIFA moved to remain in control of Nassau finances through 2015.
Chairman of the NIFA Board of Directors Ronald Stack said during the Dec. 8 vote: “The plan is far from ideal… this plan holds significant risks… but although far from perfect, rejection of the plan at this moment could result in significant disruption in the county, a possible closing of the capital markets to the county… and a possible shut down of county government.”
Six months ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to Lynbrook to sign the 2 percent tax cap legislation, a bill he called a decade-long battle for that legislation in New York State. On Monday, Dec. 12, Cuomo visited West Hempstead’s Cornwell Avenue School to sign the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation bill, which has been touted by the governor and supporting senators as bringing real tax relief to businesses and the middle class in New York State.
The state legislature passed the bill on Dec. 7.
Most are aware that the United States elects a lower percentage of women officials to public office than many other countries, but even so, Sam Bennet’s experience may come as a shock. Bennet, president of The Women’s Campaign Forum, recently delivered the keynote address at the first ever South Asian Regional Conference on Women’s Political Leadership, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
“So there I am in Bangladesh, having to apologize because half of the nations there— Nepal, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Malta- have more women in elected office than we do in America,” said Bennet.
More than 200 potential marathoners, half marathoners and 10K runners were on hand in the auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library on Thursday evening, Dec. 1 for the Kickoff Meeting of the RunSmart Training Program. The program is designed to get runners ready for the Long Island Marathon Festival of Races in May, and is co-sponsored by the Nassau County Parks Department and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Nassau County Legislators Rose Marie Walker and Joe Belesi were on hand with GLIRC President Mike Polansky to welcome the participants to the meeting, and then the evening was turned over to RunSmart Head Coach Debbie Blair. Blair, along with coaches Bob Cook of the Runner’s Edge and Joe Picini, then gave the audience an overview of the RunSmart Training Program and the Long Island Marathon Festival of Races, and went over the training schedule that starts at Eisenhower Park on Saturday morning, Jan. 21.
The Inn at Fox Hollow, an all-suite luxury hotel located on Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury, had a dilemma: with brand-new furniture ordered for approximately 150 rooms, what was there to do with the many tons of old furniture? Often, unwanted furniture goes straight to the landfill, but in this case, the furniture was only five years old.
Fortunately, The Advance Group, located in Old Bethpage, was able to provide a solution. Designed and led by USGBC LEED accredited professionals, their Sustainable Relocation Division cataloged the unwanted items and found a recipient for them in the local Salvation Army. The division coordinated the move, transporting all the bedroom furniture, desks, and kitchen appliances. By Nov. 29, the Salvation Army had received the massive donation in its entirety.
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