On Tuesday, July 14th a section of Old Country Road in Plainview was renamed “Heroes Way” to recognize the courageous efforts of our community’s fight against COVID-19. Orchestrated by Nassau County Legislator Arnie Drucker, the ceremony included moving and inspirational speeches by Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Legislator Josh Lafazan; officials from the Nassau County Police and Fire Departments; and health care administrators, Michael Fenner of Northwell’s Plainview and Syosset Hospitals and Michael Ostreicher of Central Island Health Care. (He is pictured below with Executive Curran)

Particularly moving was former Trio Hardware owner Francesca Carlow’s recounting of her “terrifying” experience with the virus. Her husband Bruce was also stricken and both were hospitalized in Plainview for 11 days. They are both now healthy and enjoying their new grandson. “Thanks to everyone at Plainview Hospital, every doctor, RN, nurse’s aide, custodial staffer. You saved our lives,” Francesca said passionately.

In addition to both health care facilities, other chamber member businesses thanked for their essential service during the height of the pandemic included the Plainview Water District, restaurants Town Bagel and Coliseum Kitchen & Caterers which provided meals for hospital workers, and all the grocery store workers at Shop Rite of Plainview.