After focusing on the English program for the past several meetings, the discussion at the Dec. 20 Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education meeting focused primarily on math. While the joke of the evening was that, with the number of reports on the agenda, attendees might not make it out of Mattlin Middle School in time to witness a rare celestial phenomenon, the meeting did in fact wrap up in plenty of time for everyone to see that evening’s lunar eclipse.
The announcement was made at a press conference in Mineola last Thursday. The county executive was joined by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and Majority Leader Peter J. Schmitt, as all three stood under a banner worded with an anti-big government quotation from Republican Party icon Ronald Reagan. The county executive touted the achievements of his first year, including the elimination of a home energy tax and achieving a small budget surplus. Most of all, he claimed that the new round of budget reductions would help keep the county budget balanced throughout the 2011 fiscal year even in the face of funding mandates from Albany.
College students are somewhat notorious for being very opinionated, without always having the gumption to leave their dorm rooms to act on their convictions. 2008 Plainview-Old Bethpage High School graduate Jessica Fuhrman stands out among her peers as a young woman of action; dissatisfied with the lack of education available in Cambodia, especially for young women, she decided to partner with American Assistance for Cambodia (AAfC) to do something about it. Now, she’s partway towards her goal of raising $25,000- the amount necessary to build a new school in Cambodia- before the end of the academic year.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education discussed a diverse array of topics at the Monday, Dec. 6 meeting including curriculum writing, grammar, financial concerns and staff development.
As per usual, Talia, the student government representative, reported on the success of several recent high school activities: the SADD Blood Drive on Nov. 23, the NYSSMA All-State Conference in Rochester from Dec. 2-5, and the DECA Holiday Gift Fair on Dec. 4. She also apprised the board of several then-upcoming events like Choir Processional Night, which was held Dec. 13, SADD “Grim Reaper Day” on the importance of making safe decisions on Dec. 16, and “Plainview Idol” on Dec. 17.
At the Thursday, Dec. 2 meeting of the Nassau County Planning Commission, the comment period on the 2010 Nassau County Master Plan was extended from Dec. 1 to Jan. 20, 2011. A second public hearing on the plan was also scheduled for 10 a.m. on Jan. 20 in the Legislative Chamber of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building.
The 2010 Roller Derby season on Long Island came to an exciting end as the Ladies of Laceration took on the Rolling Thundercats for the title of season champions. While the Rolling Thundercats eventually prevailed, it was a competitive, exciting bout all the way through that had hundreds of fans at Skate Safe America in Old Bethpage on Saturday night, Dec. 4 cheering on their favorite “roller girls.”
(Editor’s Note: The Plainview Water District provides service to all of Plainview and Old Bethpage. The following was submitted by the candidates.)
The Monday, Nov. 22 Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education meeting featured the first recognition ceremony of the school year. Before regular school board business, 170 students received awards from the district in academics, art, music and athletics, while many faculty members were recognized for their contributions as well.
In addition to the regular awards, Superintendent Gerard Dempsey Jr. recognized Rochelle Morgan from the Art Department, who performed CPR on a child who had stopped breathing in class, possibly saving his life; the student has since returned to school in good health.
There are many people who enjoy reading, but only a few who devour stacks of books with a speed and passion that simply beguiles their friends and family. Roberta Kaufman was one of those special readers. Scott Kaufman, her son, remembered his mother’s voracious appetite for literature. “She would go through these books, I mean, quicker than anything- I didn’t believe that she was reading them! But in fact, she did,” said Scott. Now, with the installation of the Roberta S. Kaufman Reading Room at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, made possible by a donation by the Kaufman family, serious bookworms in the community have a destination to call their own.
With the county’s fiscal woes dominating the headlines, it’s hard to be optimistic about Nassau’s future. However, the tone of the Nassau County Planning Commission Public Hearing on the draft of the 2010 Master Plan, which makes policy recommendations to attempt to guide the county towards economic growth and prosperity, was hopeful. In fact, most of the speakers at the Thursday, Nov. 18 hearing spoke in praise of the plan, with few, if any, caveats.
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