The new Long Island Artifacts Museum at Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School opened recently. The museum, created by Nick Ventimiglia, a social studies teacher at the school, was made possible by a grant from the Long Island Index for the development of a program that engages Long Island students in learning more about the region. The museum will be utilized by students in the Plainview-Old Bethpage district and will be available, by appointment, to school groups from other districts.
Ventimiglia was inspired to create the museum after taking classes from local historian Beverly Tyler and believes that the museum’s exhibits will be an excellent supplement to the new course he has created called, “Long Island’s History Through its Economics”, and a great project for JFK’s students.
The MTA hasn’t exactly earned the trust of the public lately with its recent fair increases and a state bailout plan that includes a payroll tax to help fund the agency’s budget. The distrust of the MTA has also found its way to the state legislature as Republican lawmakers in the Assembly are planning on introducing legislation to create more oversight of the MTA.
“The commuters and residents have really had it with the MTA. The fare increases, the payroll tax and cutting of customer service are truly disgraceful. This oversight board will bring accountability to the people,” said Republican Assemblyman Tom Alfano.
Lara Fourman has been named Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School Valedictorian. With an average of 103, this student exemplifies hard work, perseverance and dedication to her studies and extra-curricular activities. Lara has obtained a number of Excellence Awards over the course of her studies at Plainview-Old Bethpage High School. She has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, The Hawk Eye, in addition to serving as Science Olympiad President and Mathletes President. Lara’s talents extend further, serving as a flutist for the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band as well as participating in NYSSMA. She has been named a Regional Finalist in the Siemens Competition in math, science and technology for both her junior and senior year. Lara Fourman will be attending Yale in the fall.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto announced that the 2009 “Music Under the Stars” concert series will kick off on Monday, July 6, with a performance by Dean Karahalis and the Concert Pops of Long Island with a program entitled “Best of the Pops.” The show will be held at Ellsworth W. Allen Town Park, Motor Avenue, Farmingdale, beginning at 8 p.m.
“Everyone who has had the pleasure of watching director/conductor Dean Karahalis is well aware of his vivacious style,” Venditto stated. “Instead of fans simply watching a show, Mr. Karahalis and the Concert Pops encase audiences in the music. This performance will feature tunes from Broadway, pops, Hollywood and more played by some of the finest musicians in our area.”
The fourth of eight 2009 Homeowners Cleanup programs for Oyster Bay Town will take place on Saturday, July 18, according to Town Councilwoman Beth Faughnan.
“Residents only (no businesses) in the Town’s Solid Waste Disposal District may take unwanted rubbish to the Town’s Solid Waste Disposal Complex, Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Road, Old Bethpage, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” Faughnan said. “Bushes, tree limbs, fence posts and similar items will be accepted as is and need not be broken into smaller pieces. Used tires, large metal items in excess of 4 feet, yard waste, clean fill and clean broken concrete will also be accepted. Passenger cars, vans, pickup trucks and small trailers are admitted to the program. Six-wheel or larger vehicles are not permitted. Proof of residency must be shown.”
People holding tickets to Thursday’s rain shortened day of golf were treated to a great finish on Monday. On Thursday, golf was halted after just over three hours of play with half of the players not even teeing off. Those fans with tickets were granted entrance to Monday’s conclusion to see 29-year-old Lucas Glover take the trophy after finishing 4-under par.
“I am please with how I played,” said a humbled Glover after he won the 109th U.S. Open Championship on Monday. “It was a test of patience today, but the golf course played fantastic.”
Plainview Water Commissioners Honor Winners of Annual Poster Contest
Plainview Water Commissioners Kevin Langberg, Joel Kessler and Edward Shulroff honored the winners of the Plainview Water District’s 2009 Water Conservation Poster Contest during an awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 23.
“The annual poster contest has long been one of our favorite community activities,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman Kevin Langberg. “It seems that the entries get better and better every year, and this year was certainly no exception.”
The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College recently issued a report on the results from a project it is coordinating through a group called Long Island Interfaith Environment Network.
The report called: “Greening the Faith — A Long Island Environmental Stewardship Report,” showcases progress made at local places of worship in reducing their environmental footprint. One of the places of worship highlighted in the report is Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School in Plainview.
Golf Digest hosted a U.S. Open Challenge on Friday, June 12 that featured former NBA star Michael Jordan, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and performer Justin Timberlake with contest winner Larry Giebelhausen rounding out the foursome.
The transportation plan, from June 15-21, for the 2009 U.S. Open Championship at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course is designed to provide a satellite parking system, while minimizing traffic congestion on the local roads surrounding Bethpage State Park. Traffic representatives from New York State, the Village of Farmingdale, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Nassau County, Suffolk County and the local townships have been involved in the planning process with the USGA for the past two years.
All general spectators attending the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage should utilize free championship parking, located at Jones Beach State Park. Nearly 11,000 parking spaces have been secured at Jones Beach in Parking Fields 3, 4 and 5 to ensure that the anticipated 45,000 daily spectators enjoy trouble-free travel to and from the championship. From Jones Beach, the USGA will provide more than 125 complimentary shuttle buses that will run continuously from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, dropping spectators off within 100 yards of the championship’s main admission gate.
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