Michael Veracka, a Bethpage resident, has been promoted to associate professor at Farmingdale State College. Veracka teaches in the Department of Urban Horticulture and Design in the School of Business. He is also department chair.
An award-winning landscape architect, Veracka has worked across the country designing and creating gardens, from small urban spaces to large country gardens. He is the creator of the Sustainable Garden at Farmingdale State College, a new half-acre demonstration garden focusing on contemporary strategies and practices relating to responsible resource use; conservation and innovation; product development, and food production. In 2013, the State University of New York designated the garden as one of “Six Big Ideas with Unlimited Potential.”
The Museum of American Armor, on the grounds of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration at 1303 Round Swamp Rd., is seeking volunteer docents who can help tell visitors the story of its multimillion dollar armor collection and the American soldiers who manned these vehicles during combat.
The new $5 million museum was dedicated on the 70th anniversary of D-Day by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Congressman Peter King, Assemblyman Charles Lavine, co-State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, museum founder Lawrence Kadish and former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, among others.
The Long Island Piano Trio has only been together for a relatively short amount of time, but these three young ladies — playing the piano, cello, and violin — are already making waves in the local music scene with their talented take on the classics.
Dahyun “Diane” Park of Commack, a senior in high school and the pianist of the trio, noted that she met her partners — cellist Michelle Shin of Plainview and violinist Mi Kyoung Kim of Hicksville — through their church’s youth orchestra.
Tara Notrica is your typical 49-year-old mother of two. Along with her husband Barry, the Merrick mom is kept busy by her 14-year-old son Jared and 10-year-old daughter Samantha. One more thing: she has been battling Mast Cell disease in addition to other autoimmune diseases for the past eight years. Josh York, the CEO and founder of Plainview-based GYMGUYZ, an in home personal training company, has been working closely with Notrica to help her cope with her disease.
“GYMGUYZ is all about the three C’s: convenient, creative and customizable workouts,” said York. “We come to the setting of your choice from homes, offices, churches, and bring our fully loaded van, which has 365 pieces of equipment,” he continued.
From a tattoo parlor in Bethpage to the national stage of cable television, Erik Siuda is inking his mark on the industry.
At Ghost Gallery Tattoo, 325 Broadway in Bethpage, Siuda concentrates on human canvases for hours on end and the intricacy of his style will be featured among other artists on Spike TV’s Ink Master, starting Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 10 p.m. Siuda is one of 18 contestants competing on the show, which is in its fifth season, in various tattoo challenges that not only test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity.
Siuda, 34, has been tattooing for close to 20 years. In that time, he has worked with legends in the inking world while developing his own distinct style. But even with a world of experience and knowledge under his belt, Siuda said television brings an entirely new level of stress to the tattoo chair.
Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.
However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647 — or 8.8 percent.
Members and guests of North Shore Synagogue’s Brotherhood BBQ and Erev Shabbat Service enjoyed a wonderful summer’s evening in early July with a classic BBQ and services led by Brotherhood, with help from Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet and Cantor Rich Pilatsky.
“This is a wonderful way to connect with other members of Brotherhood, which focuses on building camaraderie among our members, and instilling a strong sense of community away from the hectic pressures of our day-to-day lives,” said Brotherhood co-president Jeffrey Levine.
Kids love amusement parks, and they especially love one aspect of these fanciful places above all others — the twists, turns and death-defying loops of the mighty roller coaster. Given the chance, it’s likely that almost any child would love the chance to actually build one of their own.
Susan Sears of Port Jefferson runs an ongoing series of science classes aimed at stimulating the growing minds of children. Recently, she was holding one of them at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library on Roller Coaster design, which she described as “a physics lesson disguised as fun.”
School zone speed cameras are beginning to gear up in Plainview-Old Bethpage, and though the robot law enforcement tools are not yet fully operational, drivers are beginning to get road weary at the prospect of a surveillance state.
While officials at the Nassau County Traffic Safety board said that only five cameras have been activated, drivers are spotting far more on daily drives through the neighborhood. Michael Dulphin, a Plainview resident who makes a daily commute to a local college, said he has seen school zone speed cameras pop up near Parkway Elementary School as well as Our Lady of Mercy school on South Oyster Bay Road.
A symbol of freedom and expression for many, cars of all shapes and sizes have served as the gateway to adventure for both the young and young-at-heart alike for countless generations.
H. Roy Jaffe has collected and photographed cars for more than 70 years. It’s this lifetime of knowledge that he recently shared with a large audience in the form of an interactive visual presentation held at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library entitled “The Rarest and Most Exotic Cars Ever Built.”
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