The Plainview Water District Commissioners Joel Kessler, Edward Shulroff and Andrew Bader announced that the hydrant flushing program this year was a great success.
“The hydrant flushing program is just one example of the many steps we are taking to improve the quality of water supplied to our consumers,” stated Chairman Joel Kessler. “By doing this we were able to assess the quality of our hydrants and the flow of our water system. As we expected, the water system is in great shape and, most importantly, we were able to run these tests with little inconvenience to the residents by having them late at night.”
The Plainview-Old Bethpage School District Board of Education held a budget hearing at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 4. The proposed budget for the 2010-2011 school year was revealed to be $130,888,845, a 2.1 percent increase over the previous year‘s budget. In addition to maintaining all programs, services, and extracurricular activities, the budget includes funding to enhance technology with 61 new interactive whiteboards, 60 audio support devices, and five Mobile Visual Presentation Systems for elementary schools, among other items. While the purchase of new textbooks was limited to those subjects for which the new texts were considered essential to the curriculum (in light of the difficult economic climate), there are plans to purchase many new social studies textbooks. There is also over a million dollars slated to go to building and maintenance projects, such as a partial roof replacement at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, and masonry reconstruction at several district buildings.
A judge recently issued a 30-day temporary restraining order against the MTA, regarding cuts to its Able-Ride program and told disability advocacy groups to raise an $80,000 bond to help pay for the service, according to an attorney for the plaintiffs.
Several disability advocacy groups filed a lawsuit against the MTA after Able-Ride users were informed of cuts to the program, expected to take place on April 12. On April 9, US District Court Judge Joanna Seybert issued a two-week restraining order on the cuts and asked the MTA and groups to discuss options for those affected.
While there can be advantages to moving into assisted living facilities, for many senior citizens, staying in the homes where they’ve lived for years- and sometimes decades- is the preferred course of action. However, it’s not always so easy; the rigors of everyday problems like keeping up with food shopping, health appointments, and arranging transportation, can be difficult for some. For others, the everyday chores may not present major problems, but the sense of community that has been lost- perhaps, after many family and friends have left the area- can take some of the pleasure out of staying in an otherwise well-loved home. Fortunately NORC, or Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, provides a plethora of services intended to make staying in the home both feasible and enjoyable for area senior citizens. In that spirit, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Neighborhood NORCS, a program of the Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center, held its first annual “NORCWALK” on Sunday, April 25.
I-Con, the largest sci-fi convention in the Northeast, dedicates a large part of its programming to videogame fans, so it makes sense that its largest sponsor this year was a videogame merchant; however, GameStop was nowhere to be found. Instead, Play N Trade made its presence known, with representatives from various Long Island stores working hard to win over the crowd.
GameStop, the juggernaut of gaming retail, dominates the scene and has bought out major competitors like EB Games. But unlike its publicly owned counterpart, Play N Trade is a private franchise that prides itself on localization.
The Lions are an international organization with clubs all over the world. They are known as the “Knights of the Blind” and their aim is to help those in the community who are less fortunate. The Lions motto is “We Serve.” Club members are proud of the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island for corneal research, transplants and transports. They host a summer camp for children with diabetes. Their Empire Speech and Hearing summer program hosts children with developmental disabilities from all communities. The Plainview Bethpage Lions Club distributes over 100 baskets of food for Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas to help needy families enjoy the holidays. We also give two high school scholarships.
C.P. Siebenhuer of Plainview, author of the children’s book But What if I Don’t Understand?, available from Tate Publishing & Enterprises, will donate half of the profits from the sale of her book to the Arthritis Foundation. For Siebenhuer, a first-time author and mother of two who wasn’t seeking a career in fiction, but submitted her story for publication at the request of her daughter, the motivation is personal:
For many senior citizens, selling the house and moving to an assisted living facility can be a good choice; however, it can be a lot of work. In addition to getting the property ready for the market and all of the smaller tasks that effort entails, there is often a vast quantity of possessions to be inventoried, all of which present their own questions: what should be packed, given away, donated to charity, sold at auction, or just plain thrown out? Furthermore, even the most well-meaning family members may not have the time or patience available to help their parents and grandparents though every step of a difficult move. Fortunately, Rosemarie Davidson's Caring Transitions aims to be the next-best thing; the new Old Bethpage branch of the Caring Transitions franchise aims to provide a variety of services to senior citizens with an unusually sensitive, personal touch.
Calling underage drinking a serious issue would be a gross understatement; in addition to serving as a causal factor for a host of debilitating and potentially deadly conditions, underage drinking costs residents of New York state billions of dollars in medical costs and lost work hours.
Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services Inc. recently presented a special program entitled “Underage Drinking in Our Community,” to educate more people about the true risks that underage drinking presents. While parents and teachers do make some effort to discourage teens from drinking, from the information provided at the meeting, not nearly enough is being done.
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