A Year In Plainview: Looking Back At The Community’s Top Stories

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Steve the Yorkie was rescued in Plainview in February.

The year of 2017 brought many highs and lows through Plainview-Old Bethpage and its surrounding communities.

Back in February, Steve the Yorkie was found abandoned in his animal carrier on Washington Street after dark. The pup faced almost certain death due to the overnight winter chill, but thankfully a jogger heard its distressed yelps and called 911. Steve was eventually adopted and by all accounts, is currently enjoying a happy and warm home.

The community held a candlelit vigil against hate in March. (Photo by Chris Boyle)

Later that month, a bomb threat was called into the Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center and the community responded with a candlelit vigil against hate and bigotry.

Local students spread love with graffiti this year. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Davis)

Similarly, when hateful anti-Semitic graffiti was found in Haypath Park in March, students from the local schools sprang into action to cover the hate with messages of love and inclusion.

ShopRite relocated to Country Pointe over the summer.

Fast forward a couple of months to June when Country Pointe began to finally take shape at Round Swamp and Old Country roads. The development also revealed two tenants: a massive ShopRite and a Trio Hardware—both of which were to relocate from cramped space at Morton Village. The new ShopRite officially opened for business in August.

Plainview’s Alyssa Iryami and Audrey Shine netted science honors in July.

Also this past summer, two science-minded students at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School—Alyssa Iryami and Audrey Shine—earned first place at the Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition, beating out 230 others from around the globe with a project that seeks to use silk from silkworms for various essential applications.

The Chamber of Commerce recently held its annual Fall Festival. (Photo Courtesy of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library)

And finally, before the winter chill set in, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce held its annual fall fair, which saw hundreds of residents enjoy more than 90 vendors and attractions for hours of enjoyment.

Cheers to 2017 and here’s to more local success stories in 2018.

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Steve Mosco is editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, editor of Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald and Levittown Tribune, and a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.

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