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ShotSpotter: One Year Later

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 03 September 2010 00:00

Crimestopping Technology Could See Expanded Use In Nassau County

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.


Local Runners Score In ‘Sprint for the Feinstein Institute’

Friday, 27 August 2010 00:00

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.


First Annual Polo Match to Benefit Saddle Rock Ranch

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 20 August 2010 00:00

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.


State Supreme Court Tosses Out Court Action to Take Carlow Off the Ballot

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 20 August 2010 00:00

Despite Challenge from Nassau County Democratic Party, Francesca Carlow Still in the Running for Hannon’s 6th SD Seat

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.


Mangano Proposes Moving Sixth Precinct HQ to Second Precinct’s Location in Woodbury

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman and Karen Gellender Friday, 13 August 2010 00:00

Supervisor Venditto Says Idea Has Merit,

Legislator Jacobs Requests More Communication

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.


Local Performers Deliver in CAP’s Footloose

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 13 August 2010 00:00

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?


Plainview Jewish Center to Revamp Curriculum With FOCUS

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 06 August 2010 00:00

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.


MTA and Nassau County Continue Fight Over Busing

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 06 August 2010 00:00

NC Files Suit Over Tax, MTA Says ‘Pay for Your Own Bus’

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.


POBJFKHS Graduates Intern for New York Islanders

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 30 July 2010 00:00

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.


All Bus Service May Be Eliminated Throughout Nassau

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 30 July 2010 00:00

County in Lurch as MTA Talks Pulling the Plug

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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