Before the dedication ceremony for the new 9/11 Memorial Park, located right across from the Plainview Diner on Old Country Road and Hope Drive, Concerned Citizens of Plainview-Old Bethpage President Carol Meschkow remembered her own experience on the morning of September 11, 2001. The attacks, she said, felt surreal and incomprehensible.
“As the day began to wear on and more and more information was brought to the forefront- [and I] saw more and more people I knew who were touched by the event- I thought we had to do something,” said Meschkow.
That’s what Margaret Flitsch of Poughkeepsie did when she began to wonder about the origins of the majestic eagle sculpture that had been in her family for 50 years. Her grandfather, Albert Fritsch (the family members’ names are one letter apart) a mechanic for the Pennsylvania Railroad, had taken the sculpture home when the station was remodeled in the 1960s, but the family had never known precisely where it came from–although Flitsch had her suspicions.
Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School has officially pronounced Andrew Ren the valedictorian and Ari Turkiewicz the salutatorian of the Class of 2011. The district is proud of both boys for their continued hard work and outstanding record of academic excellence throughout their high school careers.
Not only has Ren successfully completed the most challenging curriculum the district has to offer, completing 12 Advanced Placement classes, he has been awarded an AP Scholar with Distinction, a National Merit Commendation, DECA State Award, the Silver Medal in the Long Island Math Fair and an Honorable Mention in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. He was also awarded a Silver Medal in the National Spanish exam and is a scholar athlete.
This year’s journey for the Plainview-Old Bethpage Xtreme Power (POB XP) Soccer Team started on April 9. After winning three games during April and May, the stage was set for the POB XP division-three team versus the Lindenhurst Extreme division-one team in the finals of the Girls Under-15 Arch Capital Group Challenge Cup on June 17, right at home at Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview. Both “Extreme” teams were ready to play.
The winners were selected by the organization Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., which established a committee to judge applications.
When Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (ACLD) opened its first clinical services and medical operations in 1992, the organization was planning on serving a few hundred people on an annual basis. Apparently, things changed. “Today, that number is over 1,700 people from Nassau, Suffolk, Queens [and] Brooklyn,” said Rick Wirth, assistant executive director for children and health services at ACLD.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced on June 13 that in an effort to reduce the costs of running Nassau County government and protect homeowners from a property tax increase, he has plans that achieve $32 million in annual re-occurring employee-related budget savings. The plan, he stated, includes $10.6 million in savings from 130 employee layoffs; $9 million from redeploying police from desks to patrol; $7 million from the elimination of additional positions; and $5.3 million in savings from 54 employees participating in the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program. After personnel reductions in July 2011, he said the county will have 1,200 fewer positions than 2009 budgeted-levels – the last year of the previous administration. Nassau County, Mangano said, is now operating with the lowest level workforce since the 1950s and that this is just the first-round of employee cost-cutting actions he will take in 2011.
Two things are viewed every year in the spring: flowers and Memorial Day soccer tournaments. The Plainview-Old Bethpage Xtreme Power (POB XP) decided to play in the 32nd annual Lincoln Page Memorial Day Tournament hosted by the Massapequa Soccer Club.
This tournament hosts travel teams from all over the northeast coast which results in a premier level of competition. The U-15 POB XP decided to play up an age group to U-16, which by itself would present a big challenge. On Saturday, the POB XP won its first game against a Massapequa team 4-1 and then played against a strong team from Massachusetts which resulted in a 1-1 tie. On Sunday, the POB XP won its semi-final game against a rough Middle Country team 2-1.
Plainview Water District Commissioners Edward Shulroff, Andrew Bader and Joel Kessler honored the winners of the 2011 Water Conservation Poster Contest during an awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 14.
Plainview-Old Bethpage students took part in this springtime tradition, creating their own original poster artwork on the topic of water conservation and how it relates to a healthy environment. The commissioners voted on the top three entries from each grade level. First-place winners received a $100 U.S. savings bond; $50 bonds were awarded to second- and third-place winners.
Former Nassau County Legislator and State Senate candidate David Mejias has been cleared of all charges stemming from a September incident involving his former girlfriend. The Queens District Attorney’s office, which handled the prosecution, confirmed that the charges of stalking and menacing were dismissed in December and the remaining charge of reckless endangerment was officially dropped on Friday, June 10.
“At the end of the day the system worked,” said Mejias. “All the charges were completely dismissed and I have been vindicated.”
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