TOBAY Notebook: Sikhs Return Home

The Plainview Sikh Temple, shuttered for Oyster Bay code violations, has reopened as new work is being completed.

and members of the have reached an agreement allowing the religious community back into their home in Plainview.

The temple on Old Country Road had beenby a slew of code violations, brought to the town's attention by neighbors. The gurdwara draws hundreds of its faithful to weekly services and holiday celebrations. In the interim, the was accomodated by members of , who opened up their facility to them.

Phyliss Barry, a spokeswoman for the town, said the gurdwara's leaders have rectified some of the code violations and are continuing to work with the town to comply with the remaining issues.

"We are still working with them to get everything into compliance," Barry said.

The gurdwara re-opened quietly around the New Year. Sikh leaders could not be reached for comment.

Home Repair Funds for Seniors

Low- and moderate-income senior citizens and physically challenged homeowners can apply for funding to make necessary home repairs.

“The funding allows eligible homeowners to make their homes much more accessible and functional,” said

The Town Community Development Block Grant Program, which is administered by the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs, provides the funding to eligible residents. Homeowners can have ramps built, stair glides installed, and doors widened, Venditto said. Seniors can receive essential home repairs, including new roofs, oil or gas burners, new windows and updated plumbing and electrical systems.

Eligible homeowners must be 60 years of age or physically challenged, own and occupy their own home. All applicants must meet federal income guidelines. For an application and/or further assistance, homeowners can call the Town Community Development Office at (516) 624-6177 or 624-6170.

Capetola reappointed to Zoning Board

The Town Board has approved the reappointment of Anthony A. Capetola as a member to the

Capetola, an attorney from Woodbury, was first appointed to fill a vacancy. The board reappointed him to a full five-year term, which will run through Dec. 31, 2016.

The Zoning Board of Appeals is an autonomous, seven-member body which issues variances and exemptions from the town’s building and zoning ordinances and conducts public hearings on such requests. 


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