By any measure, Plainview had its fill of major news stories during 2011.
Not all news is good news. Many of these stories and about what needs to be done.
But if we read between the lines, we see , generosity, and and people . It is important that we so we can learn from it.
Help decide the biggest Plainview news stories of this year, which were whittled down from more than 300 major news stories and based in part on high readership. Take our simple poll attached at the bottom.
Here are our choices:
HYPOTHERMIA CRISIS: It was the afternoon of Plainview JFK's homecoming game, awhen were overcome by hypothermia. Plainview volunteers responded in force. All the young people recovered, and the
KNIFE ATTACK: The 20-year-old Plainview man was on the streets of Plainview in June. Police said he was by his two knife-wielding assailants. The victim's attacker is still free.
MHJC'S RESURGENCE: The has seen a remarkable public resurgence and has become a beacon of in the community. Under the spiritual guidance of its new rabbi, , the congregation restored a belonging to a The center also vowed to the lives lost in through a .
BURGLARY SPREE: Plainview and the surrounding community of a through most of the fall. A public forum in December saw local police address the issue and offer tips to .
HURRICANE IRENE: A category in late August and left aand in its wake. In many ways, Plainview got off easy; no one was hurt here. But it tookall the power.
10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: The of Sept. 11, 2001, were remembered in around the community and a to Plainview's victims. A former Plainview resident, , was remembered by his at Engine 21 in Manhattan. The rememberances barely made mention of the man responsible for those attacks. at the hands of U.S. special forces on May 2.
CHILD'S DEATH: A family member found a disabled 8-year-old girl, dead in her Plainview home in July. Her mother was after prosecutors say fed her daughter food that caused an allergic reaction.
PEDIATRICIAN SEX CHARGES: Dr. of Bethpage faces a in connection with multiple sex abuse and other charges. Punn was indicted in June on charges he sexually abused and assaulted girls as young as 11 under the guise of medical examinations and then secretly photographed them.
SCHOOL BUS THREAT: State and federal authorities issued a warning in April about an against state institutions that made a reference to attacking school buses. Plainview schools responded with
TRANSFORMER FIRE: An explosion in an on Hope Drive brought chaos to Plainview in September. for a period of time around midnight and, later,caught fire.
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