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Long Island Fair Returning to Old Bethpage Village Sept. 22-25

Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00

Old Bethpage Village Restoration (OBVR) will host the 169th Annual Long Island Fair from September 22 through 25. The fair, one of America’s oldest agricultural festivals, is a family-friendly festival offering a range of attractions, including exotic animals, reptile shows, pony and carnival rides, as well as traditional live music.

“The Long Island Fair is a local tradition and one of the truly special family events that takes place each year,” said County Executive Mangano. “In particular, in our technology driven age, this event allows children and parents to connect with the sort of recreational activities that people enjoyed in an earlier and simpler time in America.”


Skate Safe America Hosts Second Annual Empire Skate Showdown

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00

Gotham Girls’ Wall Street Traitors Triumph in Roller Derby Tournament, LI Roller Rebels Advance to Semi-Finals

Roller derby skaters, or “Derby Girls,” from all over the state descended on Skate Safe America in Old Bethpage on Saturday, Sept. 3 for the Second Annual Empire Skate Showdown. While there was plenty of the traditional glitter and fun associated with the sport, the all-day contest to determine the best female roller derby team in New York State for 2011 brought out the kind of physical, aggressive play that football and hockey fans could appreciate.

For those unfamiliar with the sport, the action of roller derby takes place during two-minute intervals called jams. There are three positions: The scorer, called a jammer, scores points for her team by lapping members of the opposing team during a jam. Skaters of the second position, called blockers, try to block the other team’s jammer from passing them. The third position is the pivot, who sets the pace for the blockers and acts as their leader.


Author Caroline Bock Explores Hate Crimes on Long Island With LIE

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00

Launch Party for Critically Acclaimed Young Adult Novel to Be Held at Book Revue Sept. 16

On Nov. 8, 2008, Marcelo Lucero, 37, born in Ecuador, was murdered in Patchogue by a local teen, Jeffrey Conroy. In the wake of Lucero’s death, other Latinos came forward about being attacked and harassed by local teens, an activity their aggressors sometimes referred to casually as ‘beaner-hopping.’

In LIE, a new young adult novel written by Caroline Bock of Old Bethpage, while the situation is fictional, in the wake of a brutal attack that ends with a young man dead, the characters grapple with the same question that many Long Islanders asked in the wake of Lucero’s fatal stabbing: How did people just let this happen? How could this happen here?


Kaiman, Gillibrand Guest Speakers at ‘Aging in Place’ Conference

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

TNH’s Project Independence among Topics at event 

The challenges and solutions of “Aging in Place” were two main aspects of the Town of North Hempstead, Hofstra University and North Shore-LIJ collaborative conference and expo at Hofstra’s Student Center on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Lawrence Levy, Hofstra University’s executive dean at Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies, said that suburban life in Nassau County is no longer akin to that of previous generations.


NYS Court of Appeals Rules Against Republican Redistricting Plan

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

Next County Redistricting to Take Place, With Bipartisan Input, in 2013

With a unanimous 7-0 vote, the several monthlong saga of potentially redistricting Nassau County in time for the November elections, as proposed by the Republican majority that controls the county legislature, came to an end at the New York State Court of Appeals. The court, composed of four Republicans and three Democrats, overruled the Second Judicial Department Appellate Panel’s Aug. 11 decision (3-2), which had upheld the Republican-drawn plan for new legislative districts.

The full text of the Court of Appeals ruling enumerated that the court agreed with Democratic legislators that section 112 of the County Charter – the linchpin to the Republican redistricting plan’s alleged legitimacy – could not legally be adhered to without heeding the latter sections of the charter as well.


POBJFK HS Grads Present Sketch Comedy The Inside Kids

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00

Local Filmmakers Premiere TV Pilot to Packed Auditorium at Plainview-Old Bethpage Library

Before they graduated from Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School in 2008, the trio of Jason Bader, Jason Blackman and Brett Meiselas accomplished something impressive: they convinced their teachers to let them hand in movies in lieu of traditional school assignments. Not only that, but the aspiring filmmakers garnered a reputation for quality at the same time; according to Meiselas, 60-70 people would show up at the end-of-year project presentations just to see the team’s newest film.

On Aug. 11, continuing the trend, approximately 250 people packed the auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library to see the group’s newest project, the first episode of the sketch comedy show The Inside Kids, but the team has racked up more impressive numbers yet; on the Internet, the opening clip from The Inside Kids, “Silence Your Cell Phones” now has over 40,000 views.


OB Town’s 9-11 Memorial Ceremony on September 9

Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto invites all residents, their families and friends to attend the town’s 9-11 Memorial Ceremony to honor the memory of those lost on September 11, 2001. The Town of Oyster Bay 9-11 Memorial Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9, beginning at 7 p.m. at Tobay Beach.

“The Town’s September 11 memorial is situated on the bayside of Tobay Beach, where there is a direct line of sight to where the Twin Towers once stood,” Supervisor Venditto said. “It provides a serene and peaceful surrounding, making it a fitting backdrop for a place of remembrance.”


Old Westbury Gardens to Display Art Of POBJFK HS Graduate David Peikon

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

Landscape Painter to Exhibit and Sell Paintings at 15 Years To Life: The Education of a Painter’ on Sept. 17-18

1975 Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School graduate David Peikon has made major strides in the art world: not only has he sold over 400 paintings, which hang in private and corporate collections all over the world, but his upcoming show, “15 Years to Life: the Education of a Painter,” will feature his work displayed at the beautiful Old Westbury Gardens on the weekend of Sept. 17 and 18. Not too shabby for a painter who never went to art school.

Peikon, who grew up in Plainview right behind the Morton Village Shopping Center, credits high school art teacher Philip Greenberg with giving him the strong artistic foundation that laid way for his career, decades later, as a self-taught artist. He knew he wanted to be an artist from the age of 14, after seeing a gallery show featuring the work of famed landscape artist Neil Welliver. However, his parents weren’t terribly keen on the long-term prospects of painting as a career.


Long Island Residents Stage Protest at Rep. King’s Office

Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

Express Displeasure With Debt Ceiling Legislation Call For Jobs Bill

On Wednesday, Aug. 10, up to 40 protestors from gathered by Rep. Peter King’s office in Massapequa to protest his recent support for legislation that raised the nation’s debt ceiling.

“We have a simple message: we need jobs, not budget cuts,” said Bob McKee, a local member. “We’re here today to say ‘enough is enough’ and demand that Representative King stop his assault on the American Dream. It is far past time that Washington end the tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy and use that money to revitalize our community and create good jobs that we so desperately need.”


New York Islanders Hold Ice Girls Tryouts

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00

Every hockey fan likes to think their favorite team is special, but the New York Islanders can boast one thing that no other team in the NHL has: the Ice Girls, a dedicated team of skaters who present the Islanders’ flag at every game. On Saturday, Aug. 6, 24 female skaters headed to Iceworks Syosset on Underhill Boulevard to try out for one of only 10 spots on the 2011-2012 Ice Girls team.

With the exception of one lockout season (2004-2005), the Ice Girls have been part of the show at Islanders’ games since the 2001-2002 season. In addition to  presenting the Islanders flag at every game, Ice Girls keep the ice clean during games, and perform an additional routine when the team wins. The girls must be over 18 with strong skating skills, capable of skating backwards as well as doing lunges, spirals, t-stops and power crossovers.


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