On October 4, the Plainview Fire Department, under the direction of Chief James Mertz, kicked off it’s annual Fire Prevention week at Plainview Fire Department headquarters on Old Country Road.
Families from the community came out and were informed about fire safety, fire prevention and what to do in case of an emergency. There were also four live demonstrations. One was a mock auto accident where fire fighters used the Hurst Tool (Jaws of Life), hydraulic cutters and a sawz-all to remove the doors and roof of the auto in record time.
Dr. Mario Macaluso, a resident of Plainview and a retired Syosset School District teacher, recently published his seventh book, which is entitled Sicilian Myths and Legends.
Sicilian Myths and Legends is written for all Sicilian descendants living all over the world. According to Macaluso, myths, legends and stories are the precious jewels of 3,000 year-old Sicilian culture and civilization and those legends connect people to the past, and “make us proud of our ancestors whose literary and spiritual heritage bears witness to their indomitable struggle under the rule of colonizers who trampled our island, but did not kill our spirit.”
Bea Shacknow was well loved and respected at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library. She devoted a great deal of time to the children in the community and was also a master gardener.
After she passed away, the staff at the library wanted to honor her memory and in 2008 decided to create a memorial garden.
On Friday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. three high school students will watch as their event comes to life for the second year in a row. Four hilarious professional comedians will take the stage at the Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School for this special fundraising event called Stand-Up For a Cause. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.
The Plainview Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce (POBCOC) kicked off its fall season with a networking lunch Wednesday, September 16 at AMF Plainview Bowl.
POBCOC board members Marianne Plummer, Don Ingram, Gary Epstein, Ilene Somer, Bryan Trugman, Elan Wurtzel, Sheila Maiman, Marcia Finkelstein and Francesca Carlow welcomed many new faces and encouraged everyone to get involved with this growing network of people.
The Plainview Old Bethpage Public Library opened its doors on Saturday, after being closed for a week, with a new look. After entering the library and walking through the lobby, residents are now greeted with an information desk and circulation desk.
The library staff member seated at the information desk is there to help with general questions and information on programs, fax machine assistance, help with the copy machines, program registration and information about other library services and materials. The circulation desk will strictly be for transitions involving checking materials in and out.
On September 8, the Plainview Fire Department lost a very dear friend, ex-Chief Ed Ocker. He was 90 years old. Ex-Chief Ocker joined the department on January 1, 1940 and proudly served his community until his passing last Tuesday. He rose to the rank of Chief in 1949 and held that position until 1951. He was also a charter member of the 9th Battalion Chief’s Council. For 50 of his almost 70 years of service, ex-Chief Ocker gave the children of the department’s members tremendous joy as their Santa Claus at the annual Children’s Christmas Party, inheriting that task from his father Anton. Afterward, he would then go across the street to Central General Hospital where he would visit the pediatric unit to spread some holiday cheer.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library relies on the generosity of volunteers as well as employees to keep their operation running properly. The Friends of the Library, was proposed over a decade ago by a now retired library board member who wanted the Plainview Old Bethpage Public Library to reap the benefits that others did across the United States from the support of a friends group. At that time, the Library Board and staff eagerly supported the all-volunteer organization from its inception.
Currently there are over 150 members all taking advantage of the tax-deductible annual fee of $5 per person or $10 for a family membership.
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