Volunteers at Young Israel of Plainview spend time thinking outside of the box by sending food packages to families in need recently.
In advance of the Purim holiday, which took place on March 15 and 16, Young Israel of Plainview participated in a far-reaching effort to provide food for those in need. Known as Pack It Up For Purim, this fourth annual event brought out droves of volunteers to help with the efforts. The event is under the auspices of an effort known as Feeding Our Neighbors: An Interfaith Response, an initiative organized by the UJA Federation in conjunction with the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.
After a week filled with the rigors and hardships associated with a grueling 9-to-5 job, there’s something to be said for casting all that stress away come the weekend and communing with Mother Nature in her most pure and undiluted form; hiking one of many Long Island’s many beautiful and winding wilderness trailways.
Lee McAllister, born and raised in Plainview and currently calling Ridge home, is an insurance salesman by trade; however, he is also a devoted naturalist and author of Hiking Long Island, a book he said was inspired by his experiences growing up in the Plainview area in an altogether different era when it was considerably less developed than modern-day residents are used to.
Running is probably one of the oldest and most popular forms of exercise, and one that was most likely born out of necessity; after all, mankind has been using the ability to run to escape danger and acquire dinner for thousands of years...it was only a matter of time before someone realized it can get you in great shape, too.
The Greater Long Island Running Club has been around since 1978, and currently boasts nearly 4,700 members from everywhere from Valley Stream to Montauk; Mike Polansky of Plainview, the current Running Club President, has been with the group since day one, and said that its birthplace was right in the heart of Plainview.
A recent security breach at a Plainview branch of TD Bank has compromised the accounts of at least a half dozen residents of Plainview, Old Bethpage and nearby towns, with the looming threat that more victims are out there and don’t even know it yet, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald has learned.
Joe Nappi, a resident of Old Bethpage, has been a customer with TD Bank for a number of years. He is one of those countless customers that enjoys the convenience of 24-hour banking, but he is also one of those unfortunate individuals whose bank account was drained by an unknown assailant.
Students, teachers and members of the community shaved their heads to help raise money for childhood cancer research for the Second Annual St. Baldrick’s event that was held at Howard B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview on Tuesday, March 25.
Seventh grader David Fuggini was inspired to bring St. Baldrick’s to his school last year. Fuggini became involved with the St. Baldrick’s event four years ago when he started to shave his head with his cousins, and has been doing it every year since.
Planning for your child’s future can be nerve-wracking enough when it covers just the basics such as grades, college, and a career; however, those worries can be a far cry from the potential issues that need to be dealt with when you add a child with special needs into the mix.
But help is out there, and with that help comes hope for a future as bright and fulfilling as any child’s, according to Marie Cantone, owner of Family Financial Services, an independent financial planning firm that she started nearly three years ago that specializes in serving the needs of families with special needs children. The help available to those with special needs was recently spelled out at a seminar at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District recently announced District Board of Education President Ginger Lieberman will be honored at the 2014 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Awards for her dedication to education. Lieberman will be recognized as one of the most influential school board members for public education on Long Island.
“Ginger Lieberman has been a strong advocate for our students and has been an influential leader in our community for more than 30 years,” said Dr. Lorna Lewis, Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Superintendent of Schools. “We are very proud of Ms. Lieberman for being honored by our leaders as she has been a strong voice for public education on Long Island.”
All Long Islanders recall the weeks of frustrations and unanswered questions that followed in Superstorm Sandy’s wake. Now, a Plainview communtiy group is giving residents the chance to hear from the new power authority set to take the lead in all of the island’s utility concerns.
The Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community, Inc. recently announced its upcoming Spring Community Forum featuring guest presenters from PSEG, the island’s new power company, along with the Sustainability Institute of Molloy College. The forum will be held at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 31 in the lower level meeting room.
While these days no one needs to be reminded of the benefits of exercise as they pertain to preventing a downturn to your overall health and well-being, one overlooked aspect is the therapeutic aspect exercise can also serve when engaging in an uphill battle against a pre-existing condition.
The Young Israel of Plainview held their 42nd annual dinner recently, singling out two extraordinary couples for their years of dedication to the synagogue. Elaine and Gerry Gross were recipients of the prestigious Pillars of the Community award, while Shelley and Gary Katz were the evening’s guests of honor, the highest award bestowed by the synagogue.
Elaine Gross was involved in educating and inspiring youth for 44 years before recently retiring. Gerry, a Navy veteran, currently serves as a facilities manager at Jamaica Hospital. Elaine was vice president of Hebrew Academy of Nassau County and was a member of the Board of Education. Gerry was previously the Plainview Coordinator for the Orthodox Little League for 10 years. They have been members of the Young Israel of Plainview for 34 fruitful years.
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