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Supreme Court Judge Delays Redistricting Plan

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00

Many residents at the May 9 legislative redistricting hearing stated that the Republican-controlled Nassau County Legislature was moving ahead with the proposed redistricting plan far too quickly; apparently, they were not alone in that view.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Steven M. Jaeger issued a temporary restraining order against the county legislature on May 12, barring them from implementing the plan until the next court hearing on Thursday, May 26; originally, the item was set to go to a vote on Monday, May 16.

 

JFK High School Girls Varsity Softball Team Completes Successful 8-4 Season

Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00

The Girls Varsity Softball team had a very exciting and successful season. Their overall record of 8-4 came from a challenging schedule with many hard- fought wins. The workhorse on the mound was junior pitcher Katie Rutcofsky, who pitched in every conference game. Rutcofsky had to pitch several times on back-to-back days and pitched in four extra-inning games- of which three were eight innings, and one was a 10-inning affair.

 

Plainview-Old Bethpage School District Holds Board of Education Candidates Night

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

As three candidates vied for two seats on the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District Board of Education, incumbents Debbie Bernstein and Ginger Lieberman attempted to leverage their experience, while challenger Charles Mazzocchi said he could offer the board a fresh perspective. While the hour-and-a-half long forum was cordial, with candidates rarely talking out of turn, the challenger did disagree with the incumbents on several issues; the two incumbents mostly agreed. The candidates are presented here in the order that they read their opening statements.

 

Residents Speak Out Against Redistricting Plan at May 9 Hearing

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

Calling the May 9 redistricting hearing “contentious” would be a gross understatement. While many of the residents and elected officials who took the podium criticized the plan logically and eloquently, there was a lot of screaming and yelling in the chamber. While the audience in the chamber was diverse in every respect, many members of the minority groups whose current alleged under-representation the redistricting plan is supposedly intended to correct, were present to tell Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt-in no uncertain terms-that he does not speak for them.

Minority Leader Diane Yatauro also did not mince words: “This hearing is nothing but a farce...I can tell you how most of this self-serving ‘Republican Protection Plan’ will play out today, over the next week. Here’s what will happen: We know that Peter Schmitt will claim to be the great protector of the minority community…” (the rest of this sentence was inaudible due to audience laughter). “Just as they were spending millions of dollars to defend the NIFA fight, but to no avail, as the Republicans were shot down in court, we’re expecting the same action. And that’s where this will end up again- in court,” Yatauro said.

 

Old Bethpage Village Restoration Hosts 13th Annual Long Island Envirothon

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 06 May 2011 00:00

Chaminade High School Triumphs in Premiere LI Environmental Competition

Students who visit Old Bethpage Village Restoration are usually tasked with imagining what it was like to live in the past. However, during the 13th Annual Long Island Envirothon, held on the Restoration grounds on April 26, high school students from all over Nassau and Suffolk counties were given a very different, but equally valid task: to look at the present, and, more importantly, the future, from the viewpoint of environmental conservation.

 

Manetto Hill Jewish Center Holds Holocaust Torah Dedication

Written by Jordan Lauterbach Friday, 06 May 2011 00:00

The sun smiled down on the parking lot of Manetto Hill Jewish Center on Sunday morning, May 1. On one of the first warm days of spring, the warmth of an entire congregation could be felt. A prideful group of onlookers sat on folding chairs, watching as Rabbi David Ross Senter, ranking members of the temple, and local town officials dedicated a 150-year-old Torah to be used during religious services.

 

Plainview-Old Bethpage Library Board Discusses Finances

Written by Jordan Lauterbach Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Library Board of Trustees held their monthly meeting on April 20 in room C&D of the library. The major topic was the upcoming budget vote and general library finances.

Currently, the library is planning to propose a budget of $6,583,900 to be voted on at the May 17 election. $6,180,150 of the total number will be raised by taxpayers. Although the number may seem daunting to some, the board believes that the figure is a fair one, they explained. The only portion of significant increase lies in the money allocated to employee benefits.

 

Mangano Names Cox and Company First ‘Business of the Month’

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00

Plainview Employer Opens its Doors For Tour

Two very different technological marvels are situated at Cox and Company, Inc.’s Plainview manufacturing facility: a large icing wind tunnel, one of the most sophisticated pieces of test equipment in the world for simulating the icy conditions that aircraft experience during flight, and an old textile-braiding machine, dating back to the 1930s. This embrace of all forms of technology- new and old, state-of-the-art systems and jury-rigged holdovers from the Industrial Revolution alike—already makes the Cox facility unique.

 

Check Presented to Nassau PBA for Family of Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf

Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00

On April 5, David Lerner, founder and CEO of David Lerner Associates, joined with GLIRC President Mike Polansky, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, and Nassau County Legislator Rose Walker to present a donation of $10,000 to the Nassau Police Benevolent Association (PBA) representing the family of fallen Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf. Breitkopf, a Nassau County Police Officer, was tragically killed in the line of duty in Massapequa Park on March 12. He leaves behind his wife, Paula, and two young boys, Conor and Owen.

 

Cooley’s Anemia Foundation ‘Care Walk’ Coming to Bethpage

Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00

Unique Walk-a-Thon to

Benefit Children With Fatal Blood Disorder

The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation (CAF), the country’s only non-profit organization dedicated solely to battling the fatal blood disorder thalassemia (a.k.a. Cooley’s anemia) has announced that a special “Care Walk” walk-a-thon will be held in Bethpage Park in Bethpage on Sunday, May 1 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

CAF is debuting its “Care Walk” campaign this year. Unlike a traditional walk-a-thon, in which thousands of people gather in one place for a concentrated mass event, the Care Walk is a series of walks held across the nation. Each individual who registers for a Care Walk can decide where he or she wants to walk on May 1 and for how long.

 

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