Peter “Doc” Pantina is no stranger to the theater world. He directed over 30 plays and musicals while teaching at Carle Place High School, sat in the audience of thousands of productions and worked the Tony awards. But now, the theater aficionado is making his mark on the playwriting scene with his first full-length play, Frank & Franklin, A Presidential Comedy, which debuts July 12 at Adelphi’s Olmstead Theatre.
Frank & Franklin is set on the afternoon and evening of the historic Joe Louis-Max Schmeling heavyweight championship fight at Yankee Stadium. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt has called in a repairman to fix his radio so he can hear the worldwide broadcast of the fight in his New York City home.
Town Clerk Leslie Gross sat down with Anton reporters last week to explain why she’s running for re-election, her switch to the Republican ticket and why she’s the most knowledgeable person for the job.
Gross is up against Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink for Town of North Hempstead town clerk, a position she has held since 2007. Since then, she has been a part of several initiatives, including drug testing for taxi drivers, extending office hours twice a month, and the Hometown Heroes program.
Vincent Suozzi, a Westbury Middle School teacher, is in the process of launching and producing a new gardening tool that he hopes will make the cumbersome task of weeding a whole lot easier.
In addition to teaching physical education and health at the middle school, Suozzi has been in the landscaping business for over 30 years. He came up with the idea of the tool he calls the “Ring Weeder” while weeding his garden one day. He found weeding to be tedious and boring, so he invented a tool that is effective, easy, and quick.
Pre-K students got a special treat recently, as the Early Years Institute (EYI) donated over 300 pencil cases to students at Dryden Street School. The pencil cases are intended to help maintain what the children have learned throughout the school year while also helping to avoid the “summer slide”. Research studies define the “summer slide” as the academic losses that occur over the summer months. EYI’s goal was to continue developing fine motor skills through cutting, writing and gluing while school is out.
New Cassel residents — prepare to say goodbye to the Grand Street School.
The Town of North Hempstead recently received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the demolition of the former school, which has been an eyesore in the community for almost 15 years.
Bill Baffi, general manager of Flowers by Carole, was greeted by an unwelcome surprise on the back of his store when he came into work a couple of weeks ago — two blotches of yellow and green graffiti on the back and side walls.
“I couldn’t believe someone did this. It’s annoying,” Baffi said.
Temple Beth Torah (TBT) once again played host to the Long Island Kosher BBQ Championship and Kosher Food Festival, an event designed to combine the love of BBQ with charity and hunger relief on Long Island. Created last year, the Long Island Kosher BBQ Championship is now a cornerstone of the Kosher BBQ circuit which includes cities such as Atlanta, Birmingham, Kansas City and Memphis. The title sponsor, Fairway Market, as well as a host of local and regional businesses and TBT members, lent their support. Over 3,000 visitors came to the Westbury temple on June 9 to watch the spirited BBQ competitition and take part in an array of fun family activities and music.
Carle Place students and local residents raised $40,300 in the fight against cancer at their recent Relay for Life event. Led by chairperson Hope Alfieri, the event, which was held at Carle Place High School, began with an early reception lunch where cancer survivors were honored and recognized.
From now on, those looking to work in Westbury’s Recreation Department will undergo more rigorous scrutiny.
The village code was amended at a recent board meeting to require that all new village parks and recreation department employees that work closely with children take background and toxicology tests. While new CDL operators underwent background and drug and alcohol testing, no such system was in place for hires at the recreation department.
After a year of filling the role as an interim, Mary Lagnado was appointed permanent superintendent of the Westbury Board of Education effective July 1, 2013.
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