History has a way of making itself heard. Be it through its own actions or the words of those who observe its passing, history makes an indelible mark on the lives of each and every one of us every single day.
Dr. Bill Thierfelder considers himself both a teacher and a student of history. A Bayport resident, Thierfelder holds a regular series lectures, entitled “Game Changers,” at local area libraries, including his most recent on the Salem Witch Trials at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library. For many years he was a professor of liberal arts at Dowling College in Oakdale. He retired from full-time teaching in 2010 and is now a part-time docent tour guide at the Museum of Natural History, in addition to spending his free time dabbling in writing, photography and artwork.
Plainview-Old Bethpage School District Superintendent Dr. Lorna Lewis, POB Board of Education members and all administration and staff expressed their gratitude to the Plainview-Old Bethpage community members for approving the District’s 2014-15 budget proposal during the May 20 vote. More than 70 percent of the voters approved the District’s budget.
“The 72 percent passing of our proposed budget sends a strong message of our community’s support for public education,” said Lewis. “Our entire community — the staff, students and administrators — thank you for the commitment you have made to preserving the unique qualities of the Plainview-Old Bethpage schools.”
Several hundred people filled the grand ballroom of the Marriot Islandia from all parts of the northeast waiting to see a class of canines embark on a career in companionship.
Brothers Dagger and Diesel, wearing blue vests and gold tassels, playfully wrestled on the floor while proud moms Yvonne Dagger of Massapequa and Sandra Slomovitz of Old Bethpage looked on with misty eyes. The surrogate dog mothers knew this would be the last time they would see their pups before they are sent off to boot camp, as with tails wagging both dogs moved to the next level with the Canine Companions for Independence class of 2014.
While getting older can open access to a whole host of interesting benefits — wisdom, experience and even some great discounts — it can also offer its fair share of complications.
Take Medicare, for example, a national social insurance program that offers health insurance for Americans 65 and over. Like many programs offered by the U.S. government, it boasts a nearly insurmountable degree of complexity to the average person.
Close to 200 women went to Briarcliff College in Bethpage to attend the Fair Media Council’s Women’s Empowerment Summit with keynote speaker Bernadette Castro, COO of Castro Convertibles and former New York State Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
The morning opened with Castro delivering the key note speech followed by six breakout sessions with an impressive group of panelists from all different fields including some elected officials, CEO’s, doctors, lawyers, writers, bankers and media executives.
Young people from the Bethpage and Plainview areas are getting primed to turn the page on a new chapter in life.
Bethpage residents Lauren and Shannon McCarthy, Mathew La Rose, and Danielle Siebner and Plainview residents Angela Formica, Lindsay Gladstone and Rita Iosefson were amongst the nearly 2,300 students who were awarded bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral degrees, or advanced certificates from LIU’s three Long Island campuses: LIU Post, LIU Brentwood, and LIU Riverhead.
Despite dwindling odds, James Giulietti still hasn’t lost sight of his childhood dream of playing Major League Baseball. In fact, every summer the 25-year-old leaves his hometown on Long Island to chase that dream.
Giulietti, a left-handed pitcher from Plainview, plays for the Rockland Boulders, a Pomona, NY-based independent professional team not affiliated with MLB.
Relocating to a new country can be intimidating enough, but taking on a brand-new occupation once you get there as well? It’s enough to make someone think twice about the whole thing and just stay put.
But not Kumar K. Chhetri, owner of New Chilli and Curry restaurant located at 106 Woodbury Road in Hicksville. Originally from Nepal, where he worked in the antique jewelry trade, Chhetri moved to the United States nearly 20 years ago for a change of scenery with a desire to try out a new career as well.
An organization is getting ahead of old man winter thanks to the charitable efforts of youngsters and a local businessman.
Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way Inc. received a $1,000 grant recently from The Allstate Foundation. The gift honors Allstate Agent and Massapequan Salvatore Ferrante’s volunteer efforts to make sure everyone has a warm coat when the winter chill blows back.
“We are pleased to partner with Allstate and their commitment to making our hometowns better, safer places to live,” said Kids Way Inc. executive director Bob Eslick.
When you stroll into the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library these days, look around — you might just notice a little something has changed.
The library recently finished work on an extensive $200,000 renovation project, a major undertaking that took well over a month of hard work to complete. The goal was to provide more of the services that patrons have been requesting over the years, according to library director Gretchen Browne, and to that end the library’s old Media Department was re-purposed to make room for additional media space, more quiet study and meeting rooms, and a bigger Community Services Department.
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