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An Underground Music Scene

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 05 March 2014 00:00

All Music in Plainview has maintained its subterranean location for close to 30 years — a feat worth noting as the music industry tends to change faster than a thrash metal chord progression.

Multiple musical genres have come and gone since the store in the Plainview Shopping Centre first opened in 1984; New Wave gave that 80s sound to everything, hip-hop moved from the street to the studio, hair metal gave music a glossy shine, grunge cleaned up at ticket booths and the intrusion of auto-tune into the mainstream insulted the sensibilities of music lovers everywhere.


Expressing The Inexpressible

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00

For many, art is a wonderful language that transcends social and political boundaries and cuts right to the very core of what makes us human — the ability to find a very personal way to express the inexpressible.

Serge Alahverdian, a prominent local artist who recently moved from Bethpage to Babylon, is the current treasurer of the Independent Art Society, a club of like-minded individuals for whom art is the governing passion of their souls.


Temple To Hold Shabbat Event

Written by Steve Mosco, Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:35

A local temple is joining in one of the biggest days of rest in the Jewish calendar.

Plainview’s Temple Chaverim welcomes members of the community to participate in an inspiring display of Jewish revitalization and Jewish Unity with the 18th annual Shabbat Across America set for Friday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Conceived and organized by the National Jewish Outreach Program in 1997, Shabbat Across America represents a united effort by the entire Jewish community, more than 70,000 across North America, to renew interest in the fourth of the Ten Commandments — observing a weekly day of rest.


Restoring Faith In The Farm

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:00

Not far from the traffic-choked lanes of Route 110 and the generic strip-malls of any-town Nassau, lies an oasis of rich farmland run for the past seven years by a husband and wife team straight off the American Gothic canvas.

And now after a new deal with Nassau County to update their lease, Daniel Holmes and Caroline Fanning will continue to stake their claim to all seven acres of Restoration Farm in Old Bethpage for five more guaranteed years with the probability of more to follow.


Developing In Plainview

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 21 February 2014 00:00

With cell phones containing an 8-megapixel or better camera, everyone fancy themselves a photographer; however, as a wise man once said, “If it has a ring tone, it’s not really a camera.”

And many like-minded individuals meet regularly at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.

Former Photographic Federation of Long Island (PFLI) president Karen Newman of Levittown has been a member of the Wantagh Camera Club for about five years; however, she’s had an interest in photography ever since she was in her teens.

Kids Have Fun At Winter Classic

Written by Gary Simeone, Thursday, 20 February 2014 12:35

It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.

The kids, who include Paul Weinberg of North Massapequa and 17-year-old, Mike Israelton of Bethpage, do drills and practice once a month in preparation for the Winter Classic.


The Science Wizard Brings Goo

Written by Chris Boyle, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

Forget Harry Potter; when it comes to the real-life magic that is the wonder of science, the only real game in town is a mysterious and benevolent marvel known far and wide throughout the land as the Science Wizard, who recently made an appearance at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.

The Science Wizard, otherwise known in his civilian identity as Anthony Abbate of Shirley, is a professor and a New York State certified science teacher who just has a thing about spreading the word to kids that science is important to know, and, believe it or not, fun to learn as well.


Plainview Library Turns The Page

Written by Chris Boyle, Saturday, 15 February 2014 00:00

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library is in the process of a major $200,000 renovation project that is slated to provide some much-asked for new services to the community — services, according to Library Director Gretchen Browne, that the community has been requesting for quite some time now.

“We are re-purposing out Media Department to make room for more quiet study rooms, meeting rooms, and a bigger Community Services Department,” he said. “We will have a new area for all our media – CDs, DVDs, and so on – and behind that will be a medium work room, quiet and group study rooms, expanded office space for Community Services, and in the back of the area will be a big, all-purpose meeting room with a white board, desks, and chairs. The whole area will be carpeted, wired for Wi-Fi and telephones, and everything else.”


Right Time To Write

Written by Steve Mosco, Friday, 14 February 2014 10:16

The arduous train ride to New York City offers commuters crammed quarters and plenty of time to think; but while most travelers doze off or silently grumble about their lot in life, former Bethpage resident and current published author Bernadette Walsh uses that time and space to work on character sketches.

A corporate lawyer with plenty of responsibilities to juggle in her daily life, Walsh took a chance on herself and jumped into the novel world after years of merely talking about writing a book. And that chance has paid off, as Walsh is now the award-winning author of Gold Coast Wives, The House on Prospect and the paranormal romance series The Devlin Legacy; which includes the titles Devil’s Mountain, Devil’s Shore, Devil’s Daughter and The Devlin Witch.


No Video Betting At Plainview Palace

Written by Steve Mosco, Friday, 14 February 2014 10:12

After some consideration and plenty of oppositon, Nassau County’s off-track betting agency has decided not to roll the dice on Plainview as a potential site for video gaming terminals.

In a letter from the Nassau Regional Off Track Betting Corporation to Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, OTB general counsel Arthur Walsh said the state authorized 1,000 video devices will not appear at the Race Palace on Round Swamp Road.


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