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.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15 Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Assemblyman Dave McDonough, officers from the Nassau County Police Department, and members of the Califano family held a ceremony to dedicate the “Police Officer Michael J. Califano Memorial Bridge” in memory of Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year.
The rankings are based on four per capita statistics: library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer use; all statistics are weighted equally. The libraries are also divided by expenditure, with Plainview-Old Bethpage situated in the five-to-ten million category. The 2011 survey is based on Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) data from 2009.
The Nassau Democrats, on Nov. 14, unanimously elected Kevan Abrahams (LD1) as the leader of the Democratic Caucus in the Legislature. After serving the areas of Uniondale, Roosevelt, Hempstead and Baldwin for nearly a decade, Abrahams will lead the Democrats in the Nassau County Legislature. Abrahams will be the first African American leader from either party in Nassau County.
The Nassau County Democratic Committee stated, “When first elected through a special election in 2002, Abrahams became the youngest legislator ever elected in Nassau County. Since taking office, he has taken on issues such as Nassau’s spiraling property taxes and more recently, Abrahams took the lead on pushing back the Republican power grab of drawing new legislative lines that would have diminished minority and Jewish representation in the Nassau County Legislature. The Republicans’ redistricting plan was deemed illegal by the New York State Court of Appeals in August.”
On Saturday, Dec. 10, please join Long Island Cares (Harry Chapin Food Bank) for a unique holiday food and toy drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A live performance and a visit from Santa are in store at All Music, located at 397 South Oyster Bay Road in Plainview at 1 p.m. Simultaneously, Long Island Cares and The New 94X Radio will be at All Music located at Rock-n-Roll University 531 Route 111 in Hauppauge.
The voices of hundreds shouting “No Mall Here!” could be heard all over Robbins Lane in Syosset at noon on Sunday, Nov. 6. At the Cerro Wire Coalition’s No Mall Here Rally, residents of all ages turned out to demonstrate that despite what Bill Taubman and representatives from the Taubman Company might say, community opposition to building a 750,000 square foot upscale mall on the old Cerro Wire property has not waned in the midst of the economic downturn.
Among the assembled residents were many elected officials and community leaders such as Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia, Receiver James Stefanich, County Legislator Judy Jacobs, Syosset Board of Education President Marc Herman and vice president April Neuendorf, Jericho Board of Education President Joe Lorintz, and Carol Meschkow of Concerned Citizens of Plainview-Old Bethpage, among others.
After going so far as initiating a lawsuit last year to avoid a takeover of Nassau County finances by the fiscal watchdog NIFA, County Executive Edward P. Mangano is now submitting a multi-year financial plan to that group seeking four more years of the “control period” that gives it authority over Nassau’s books.
Included in the plan is Mangano’s $2.6 billion budget for 2012 - approved by the Republican majority in the Legislature on Oct. 30 and currently sitting with NIFA for approval - which has left some glaring questions that many hope will be answered now that Election Day is over. These include, an announcement on which two Nassau County Police precincts will be closed, what the future of Long Island Bus will be, and whether $150 million in labor savings will come from union “concessions” or in the form of a massive decimation of the county workforce.
Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs’ campaign for re-election has been the recipient of actions which the Legislator refers to as “costly craziness.” Signs which are costly and labor intensive to place have been disappearing and defaced while nearby Republican signs have been left intact.
Four signs, three on Woodbury road, and one on Manetto Hill Road have been stolen. Four others have been methodically destroyed, according to Legislator Jacobs, by cutting the name out of the sign. “It is totally unbelievable. Just drive in the area and you will note that the signs for Republican candidates are untouched,” said Ms. Jacobs.
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