The year was 1970: the average cost of a new house was $23,450; the cost of gasoline was 36 cents a gallon; the country lowered the voting age to 18; Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix both died of drug overdoses; M*A*S*H had just hit the silver screen; and the National Guard shot and killed 4 protesters at Kent State University, including Jeffrey Miller, of Plainview-Old Bethpage’s John F. Kennedy High School.It was a time of great turbulence, but out of that upheaval, a business was born which would survive more than four decades. Pat’s/Pergament Barber Shop opened its doors 44 years ago in the old Pergament Home Center at 3901 Hempstead Tpke. in Bethpage. And although the Pergament store is long gone, the barber shop and its founder Pasquale “Pat” Palumbo are thriving seven days-a-week with a staff of 11 barbers at their location across the street at 17 Emerson Ave. in Levittown.
A Plainview resident with more than 20 years experience in speech pathology wants to get the word out about dyslexia.
Lori Melnitsky, director of All Island Speech & Learning, graduated from Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School back in 1981, during a time when misconceptions about dyslexia were the norm and generally taken as fact. While most believe that dyslexia simply involves spelling words backwards, Melnitsky asserts that this learning disability is far more complex.
As Plainview Old-Bethpage High School senior Hannah Stewart prepares to ship off to Brandeis University in the fall, she, like most young adults here age, will remember the best parts of high school: spirit week, homecoming, prom and, of course, gathering lizards and ticks in northern New Jersey.
The science-minded senior recently worked under the auspices of Dr. Russell Burke, chair of the Biology Department at Hofstra University, in a research project with the goal of finding out why cases of Lyme Disease are so prevalent here in the north, but so rare down south.
Staff members of Plainview’s Mid-Island Y JCC summer camp programs intend to give its campers a fun summer experience, as well as a safe one. As a preventative measure, staff members were educated on how to stop child sex abuse from occurring through the Silence2Strength program on Thursday, June 5.
Each year on Long Island, there are over 16,000 reports of child maltreatment, according to The Safe Center LI, the creators of the Silence2Strengh program. As long as a child’s boundaries are being crossed, emotionally or physically, it is considered abuse.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, a vital community hub and learning annex for local residents, has hit the half century mark.
The library held a 50th anniversary party recently, celebrating with tours, music, balloons, children’s games and refreshments. The library also hosted a ceremony at which long-time supporters shared tales of the library’s rich history.
A Plainview-Old Bethpage Boy Scout made honoring a U.S. Army sergeant his Eagle Scout Project priority.
Eagle Scout candidate Ryan Lessman chose to honor Commander Joseph P. Slattery Jr. for his Eagle Scout Project by dedicating a memorial garden at the American Legion Hall in Plainview. A dedication ceremony took place on Memorial Day at the Legion Hall and was attended by Slattery’s wife Pat, as well as other dignitaries, guests and Scout Troops. During the ceremony, Lesman received an official citation from County Executive Ed Mangano.
Three young Plainview-Old Bethpage area residents recently became members of the National Technical Honor Society after outstanding work Nassau BOCES Barry Tech.
Young adults David Glassman, Gina Galletti and Jesse Krasnoff, along with more than 130 other students, were recognized for their studies in such programs as cosmetology skills, aviation operations, welding, pharmacy technicians, horse science, police science/law enforcement systems and auto skills.
While members of the community walked to honor the memories of fallen soldiers in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26, there was a small lemonade stand set up on Washington Avenue that was run by a group of young kids to help raise money for children with cancer.
“Lemonade,” they yelled out to the parade. “All proceeds go to help fight childhood cancer!”
This lemonade stand is part of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), which helps raise money towards finding a cure for childhood cancer.
History has a way of making itself heard. Be it through its own actions or the words of those who observe its passing, history makes an indelible mark on the lives of each and every one of us every single day.
Dr. Bill Thierfelder considers himself both a teacher and a student of history. A Bayport resident, Thierfelder holds a regular series lectures, entitled “Game Changers,” at local area libraries, including his most recent on the Salem Witch Trials at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library. For many years he was a professor of liberal arts at Dowling College in Oakdale. He retired from full-time teaching in 2010 and is now a part-time docent tour guide at the Museum of Natural History, in addition to spending his free time dabbling in writing, photography and artwork.
Plainview-Old Bethpage School District Superintendent Dr. Lorna Lewis, POB Board of Education members and all administration and staff expressed their gratitude to the Plainview-Old Bethpage community members for approving the District’s 2014-15 budget proposal during the May 20 vote. More than 70 percent of the voters approved the District’s budget.
“The 72 percent passing of our proposed budget sends a strong message of our community’s support for public education,” said Lewis. “Our entire community — the staff, students and administrators — thank you for the commitment you have made to preserving the unique qualities of the Plainview-Old Bethpage schools.”
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