In the “old” days, police would receive a 911 call about shots fired in an area and respond to the scene with possible fatalities or severe injuries. For one year now, police have been able to respond within seconds of a shooting occurring.
Aug. 23 marked the one-year anniversary of the first arrest due to the ShotSpotter System at the Nassau County Police Department. The system is currently in full operation in Roosevelt and Uniondale. County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey said the department is looking to expand the system’s use to other communities in Nassau County.
Shari Klarfeld and Richard Kleiman of Plainview, and Arthur Koppelman and Bert Jablon of Syosset all won age group awards in the August 14 ‘Sprint for the Feinstein Institute’ 5 Kilometer Run, held at Sands Point.
Klarfeld was the first place finisher in the women’s 25-29 age group with a time of 21:00, Kleiman earned second place honors in the 60-64 age group in 23:41, Koppelman was the third place finisher in the 65-69 age group in 25:53, and Jablon was the first place finisher in the 80-84 age group in 36:19.
The First Annual Polo Match to benefit Saddle Rock Ranch, operated by Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), was held at the Meadowbrook Polo Club in Old Westbury on Saturday, August 7. The National Foundation for Human Potential raised just under $20,000 for the program and operation at Saddle Rock Ranch, and the Squadron A Foundation.
After the validity of her petitions was challenged via a court action by the Nassau County Democratic Party, Francesca Carlow of Plainview is still on the ballot for the Democratic Primary in September. After a lengthy, three-and-a-half-day trial, Special Referee Marston Gibson and Judge Thomas Adams ruled that there wasn’t sufficient evidence of fraud to disqualify Carlow from running against Dave Mejias for a chance to run for the 6th district seat in the State Senate, currently held by Republican Kemp Hannon.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is proposing to consolidate administrative functions of the Sixth and the Second Police Precincts and move the Sixth Precinct headquarters to the Second Precinct location in Woodbury. The county executive says that the plan would save over $20 million and would not diminish police service. However, many local public officials are firm in their view that residents would suffer. Additionally, there is still the question as to whether or not Mr. Mangano can order this consolidation without approval of the Nassau County Legislature.
In a lengthy conversation with Anton Community Newspapers, Mr. Mangano said that he is working to decrease the county’s $286 million deficit. So far, he said he has reduced this deficit by $39 million, but “more needs to be done … it’s time to fix structural problems … and we can save by consolidating management and duplications.” The goal is to “maintain services and reduce costs,” he said.
The Cultural Arts Playhouse, cozily tucked away between Mario’s Pizza and Ralph’s Italian Ices in Plainview, is known for quality productions. As a result, perhaps the only problem with the current production of Footloose: The Musical is that CAP set the bar so high with their recent production of 13, it’s hard for a similarly-themed show to compete.
The two shows have more than just a little in common: in fact, with Jesse Pimpinella (Ren) once again leading the ensemble as a spirited teen suddenly transplanted from his sophisticated city life when his mother decides to move to a small town, one’s first thought upon the opening of Footloose may very well be to wonder why poor Evan Goldman from 13 has to move again. Can’t this kid catch a break?
While interest in religious education has always been to some extent cyclical, in recent years religious institutions have had to compete for members like never before. That is why Plainview Jewish Center created the FOCUS committee to restructure the synagogue’s religious school curriculum, and has recruited Plainview-Old Bethpage School Board Trustee Evy Rothman for the position of committee chair. Rothman is to bring her experience from the school board to the Hebrew school, with the aim of not only modernizing the experience, but perhaps re-imagining it as well.
It became official last week that the MTA plans to cut its funding to Long Island Bus, a move that will effectively eliminate all bus service to over 100,000 Nassau County residents who rely on it daily. A war of words between Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the MTA has now escalated to a legal battle, with the county filing suit over the controversial MTA employer payroll tax.
While many other teens and twenty-somethings are currently taking advantage of the long summer days by hitting the pool or the beach, two recent Plainview-Old Bethpage High School graduates have been spending their time in areas where the average temperature is decidedly cooler: the ice rinks, and even the board rooms, of the New York Islanders hockey team, as a part of their summer ‘Islanders University’ internship.
The roughly 102,000 Nassau County residents who rely on the bus daily to get where they need to be may have a serious problem if the MTA goes ahead with a proposal to eliminate the $40 million it has been funding annually to keep Long Island Bus’s service going. As the transit authority struggles to fix its own huge deficit, it has ended up at odds with Nassau County, threatening cuts for which there would be no easy solution. The county is either facing the elimination of all service or has to explore a solution such as the privatization of the system.
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