By Louisa Bonnanzio
Waking up early on a warm, summer Sunday to run may not be for everyone, but for 392 Long Islanders, the 9 a.m. starting horn was the perfect way to greet the morning on July 11, at the 7th Annual Heart & Sole 5K Run.
Runners coursed through flat neighborhood streets as enthusiastic supporters cheered them on. Notwithstanding the rapidly rising temperature, Dan McGrath, 27, of Lynbrook blazed a trail as the overall 5K winner, breaking the tape at 16:10 . First-place in the women’s division went to Long Island Marathon champion Tracy Kemper, 46, of Oyster Bay, who clocked in at 19:45.
Carlyle on the Green, overlooking the challenging black golf course at Bethpage State Park, is a place where many Long Islanders choose to host their most festive gatherings. However, on Wednesday, June 30, the venue was host to not just the 10-year anniversary of the “Party in the Park” series, but also the wrap party for the episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which provided a new home for the Lutz family of East Setauket. The crew and volunteers of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition were provided free admission tickets to the event, which included the music of bands The Mystic and Hi-Tek Reggae, dancing, cigar rolling, and the delicious appetizers of the new Taste 99 menu. The Lutz family themselves received VIP treatment at the event.
On July 6, the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District Board of Education held their annual organization meeting. New trustee Emily Schulman took the oath of office, while Garry Bettan and Amy Pierno were appointed to the positions of president and vice president, respectively.
During board announcements, Bettan commented on the success of the recently-graduated POBJFK HS Class of 2010: “This class really set a bar that I hope that all of our future classes can reach and exceed.” He noted that members of the graduating class got into some of the most selective colleges in the country including Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Cooper Union, and MIT.
Recent advances in technology have made it difficult to stop the distribution of child pornography, which has flourished due to the anonymity of the Internet. However, technology is usually a double-edged sword. “We actually want to use the technology against the pornographers,” said New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, June 29. Cuomo held a press conference at Jericho Middle/High School to discuss his initiative to protect children from pornographic images online.
On Monday, June 28, Senator Charles Schumer came to the Long Island Association Small Business Council Executive Breakfast at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury to discuss the economy- both on a national level, and to address issues specific to Long Island.
While the Senator expressed concern about the lack of jobs available in the country, calling the May jobs number of 41,000 private sector jobs “the worst number in a long time,” he was optimistic about the future in light of the government’s recent efforts, which he dubbed “targeted measures”, or smart, inexpensive strategies that will produce growth.
Amidst blooming flowers, warm sunshine, festive music and a community of friends, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce dedicated the opening of Serenity Garden on June 8.
Close to 140 people attended the ceremonies, which celebrated the transformation of a once overgrown, garbage-filled lot at the corner of Old Country Road and Central Park Road in Plainview into an oasis of flowers, shrubbery, ornaments, whimsy and memories. Landscaped gardens, a beautiful pergola and dedicated brick paths line Serenity Garden. Plainview’s “Horse of a Different Color”, wearing sneakers, stands guard over Serenity Garden and beckons residents to come and visit.
While many topics were covered at the June 21 Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Board of Education meeting, the hot topic of the night- and the subject that compelled several parents to speak their minds during the public participation segment- was Project Challenge, the district’s program for gifted children. Both board members and parents expressed concern that the now half-day program for third and fourth graders- down from a full day in previous years- does not provide enough enrichment for gifted children.
On Saturday, May 29, Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services had 419 runners at the 18th Annual 5K Runday. This was their largest field ever, surpassing the previous 17 years.
The event raised $29,286 in unrestricted funds to surpass its goal of $25,000. The funds raised will benefit the many services that Central Nassau provides throughout Nassau and Suffolk including counseling, outpatient chemical dependency services, personalized recovery oriented services, case management, and residential programs.
On Friday, June 11, Senator Kemp Hannon led a roundtable discussion regarding the effects and tactics of cyber-bullying at H.B. Mattlin Middle School with a student-only panel. Hannon has introduced legislation (S7158) which prohibits bullying and cyber-bullying on school property, establishes a statewide central registry for bullying, cyber-bullying and hazing complaints, and increases the penalties for acts related to hazing.
A Syosset man was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Endangerment on Wednesday, June 9 after taking a joyride in Plainview at 110 miles an hour.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, at approximately 3 a.m., an officer from the Highway Patrol Bureau was monitoring westbound traffic on the Long Island Expressway at exit 46 when he observed a grey 2005 Maserati passing motorists in excess of 110 MPH in a posted 55MPH zone.
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