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.
On Sunday, April 25, students and seniors in Plainview-Old Bethpage will participate in the first NORCWALK, an intergenerational event to benefit seniors in the community. Students will select a senior to partner with and they will spend some time getting to know each other in the weeks before the event. This event will promote intergenerational communication, enhance the student’s understanding of the life history of the senior and the challenges they face, raise awareness of POB Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) raise funds so that this vital program can continue to help area seniors remain in their homes and live independently. The walk will start at 9 a.m. at POB Middle School.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with members of the Town Board, honored eight extraordinary recipients at the 12th annual Town of Oyster Bay “Women of Distinction” Awards Ceremony, held at Town Hall March 23. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of women who either live or work in the Town.
“The ‘Women of Distinction’ Program has certainly proven to be a memorable tradition, honoring women who stand as role models for the younger generation in the Town of Oyster Bay,” Supervisor Venditto said. “These women are a shining example of the outstanding citizenship that has made the Town of Oyster Bay such a special place to live and raise a family.”
The 2010 Census is under way and those working on it urge residents to return their forms as soon as possible. The bureau hopes to receive as many back in the mail as possible prior to April 12. For those who do not mail back the form, a Census enumerator will begin knocking on doors after to record the information personally.
Those working on the Census stress its importance as the number of residents in a community can determine the amount of governmental aid a community will receive as well determine a community’s need when it comes to factors such as transportation and medical facilities. According to the Census Bureau, Census data “helps to determine how more than $400 billion of federal funding is spent on infrastructure and services.” In addition, the data will be used to redraw Congressional districts.
The Nassau County Legislature honored outstanding women in Nassau County at its meeting on Monday, March 22 to commemorate Women’s History Month.
Plainview-Old Bethpage school board member Ginger Lieberman was chosen by Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs and was honored for her unconditional commitment to the betterment of the community.
Congressman Steve Israel (D – Huntington) recently joined postal workers and leaders from the letter carriers, mail handlers and clerks to oppose ending Saturday mail delivery. Seniors, veterans and many others rely on the postal system for urgent deliveries, according to Israel. Recently, the United States Postmaster General proposed eliminating Saturday delivery to address issues with the Postal Service budget.
Proposed improvements to the Plainview Water District will be the subject of a Tuesday, March 23, public hearing by the Oyster Bay Town Board, according to Town Councilwoman Rebecca M. Alesia.
Lori Melnitsky-Fradkin, a graduate of Plainview Old Bethpage JFK High School, overcame a severe stuttering disorder and dealt with many obstacles when she was younger. Rather than letting her disability take over her life – she took over the disability.
Melnitsky-Fradkin is a speech pathologist who specializes in stuttering therapy and has a private practice in Plainview called All Island Speech Therapy and Rehabilitation. She started the business eight years ago to educate people that there is help available for someone who stutters.
Years ago, former Plainview resident Ellen Pober Rittberg gave birth to three children all within a three-year time span. Such an experience gave her a unique perspective on parenting. Rittberg decided to parlay that into a book, 35 Things Your Teen Won’t Tell You, So I Will.
The book, published by Turner Publishing Company, is described as a “light-hearted, mini-manifesto of pragmatic parenting advice that teaches readers how to dig deep, survive and perhaps even crack the psyche of a hormonal, temperamental and ever-changing teen.” Rittberg’s three children—-Jay, Matt, and Kim—-were raised in Plainview. All three graduated from Plainview-Old Bethpage High School.
The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island (JGSLI), which was founded in 1985 and dedicated to encouraging and assisting the pursuit of Jewish family history, meets in Plainview once a month from June through September. Their goal is to bring together people interested in tracing their Jewish family roots.
The meetings, according to JGSLI president Roda Miller, feature international and national guest speakers and are free to attend. Meetings begin with Mispocha Mavens, Hebrew for family experts, available to answer questions and offer advice for people to get personalized help with their genealogical research.
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