The Second Squad reports the arrest of a Plainview man on Friday December 18, at 6:30 p.m.
According to detectives, the defendant, William A. Tockash, 50, of Plainview approached the 17-year-old female victim as she was parked in her vehicle in the parking lot of the Plainview Public Library located at 999 Old Country Road, asked her the time then reached in, opened the door and entered her vehicle. Once inside, the defendant made the victim drive around the neighborhood and when the victim stopped her vehicle on Joyce Lane, the defendant threw the gearshift into park then put his hands across the victim’s face and mouth, police stated. The victim was able to grab the keys, exit the vehicle and scream for help. The defendant then exited the vehicle and fled on foot into the rear yards on Joyce Lane.
On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi held a farewell party at the Garden City Hotel. He reflected on his years as county executive in front of staff members and supporters.
“Never forget you were part of something positive that made people’s lives better,” he told his staff members and supporters.
He also encouraged his supporters and staff members to stand by each other and take pride in the job they have done. “The challenge for each of us is to take this defeat and define meaning from it,” Suozzi said.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce held its first Holiday Bake-Off Party at the Haypath Park Community Center last week with close to 100 people attending. With entries from all parts of the dessert spectrum, there was something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
Art Dryce, owner of VideoArt Productions, Inc. based in Palm Harbor, FL, and a POBJFKHS graduate, took home an Emmy Award at the 2009 Suncoast Chapter of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences event. The event, which was held on Dec. 5 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, recognizes excellence in the broadcast industry.
The Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc. not-for-profit organization located in Old Bethpage, via their “Making a Warmth of Difference” apparel program, delivered $140,000 in new coats, fleece and other winter related apparel to The Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) in Hempstead.
The Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce (NCCC) recently announced their new “It Starts Here. Buy Locally” campaign, which is their most comprehensive promotional campaign to date encouraging consumers to support the local businesses in their downtowns during this holiday season.
Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi announced on Tuesday, Dec. 1 that he will not challenge the election between him and Republican opponent Ed Mangano, ensuring that Mangano will become the next Nassau County Executive next month.
Residents will have the opportunity to vote in the Water District Commissioner elections on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Plainview Water District, 10 Manetto Hill Road in Plainview, just north of Old Country Road, in the back of the building. Voting is from 1 to 9 p.m. For more information, voters can call the Plainview Water District at 931-6469. Incumbent Kevin Langberg is seeking re-election and is being opposed by Andrew Bader for a three-year term as water commissioner. The following information was sent in by the candidates.
The Plainview Old Bethpage Chamber kicked off a “Buy Locally” campaign at its monthly meeting at the Atria of Plainview on November 18. The POB Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce and the Huntington Township Business Council, urge everyone to shop and keep their money on Long Island. Spending money here in your local community contributes to the tax base which provide for local services. It helps to keep local business open and your neighbors employed.
The Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center in Plainview recently dedicated the renovation of its Teen Lounge in memory of Amy Cooper. A Plainview resident, Amy passed away in August, 2007, and shortly thereafter, her husband Lloyd, children Matthew and Alyssa, as well as friends and community members established The Amy Cooper Memorial Fund at the JCC. After two successful community fundraising events — a soccer tournament and concert — sufficient funds were raised for a substantial renovation of the Teen Lounge including new paint, two new flat screen TVs, new gaming tables, two new PCs, a new MAC and printer, new furniture, new video gaming systems, refurbished pool table, lighting and electrical work. Monies raised have also been allocated for a new GaGa pit as well as more than $5,000 in scholarships, enabling the JCC to provide financial support to families who cannot afford to send their children to camp, nursery school and after-school programs.
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