Westbury’s Laura Schaefer is running for Nassau County Legislature for the 14th District. Schaefer is a first-time candidate, running on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence lines in the general election this November. The 14th Legislative District is composed of the communities of Garden City, Carle Place, Westbury, Old Westbury, Hicksville, and Bethpage.
Schaefer is a lifelong resident of Westbury. She grew up in Wheatley Hills riding bikes, playing kickball and going to the movies.
“It was a nice neighborhood and there were a lot of kids. I have fond memories of it,” Schaefer said.
Deed before creed. It’s an interesting concept based on the idea that a person’s actions are more important than his or her belief system. It’s a central tenet for The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island (EHSLI), which recently hosted an open house on Sunday, Aug. 25.
The afternoon began with Humanist Religious Director Calvin Dame welcoming members and guests to share their personal milestones, joys, and even recent sorrows. A heartwarming musical performance given by Kelly Tanza, a supporter and soon to be member of EHSLI followed.
Local municipalities are among the areas hardest hit by the economic recession, and a handful have gone so far as to declare bankruptcy -- although none yet in New York State.
At the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Building in Mineola on Tuesday, Aug. 27, Senator Jack Martins and State Senator Carl Marcellino held a public hearing entitled, “Fiscally Distressed Municipalities: Preparing for and Preventing Municipal Bankruptcy in New York.”
On Saturday, Oct. 19, at the RXR Plaza in Uniondale. Garden City residents John F. Aloia, MD, chief academic officer at Winthrop-University Hospital, and Veronica B. Renken, board of directors member and president of Winthrop-University Hospital’s Auxiliary , will each receive the Streaming Star Award in recognition of their years of loyal service to Winthrop-University Hospital and its patients. President John F. Collins, CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital, ws pleased to announce the honorees for the Hospital’s Annual Gala, “A Night in the Caribbean.”
“Dr. Aloia and Mrs. Renken are prime examples of individuals who continuously give of themselves for the good of others. Their service to the Winthrop community is truly admirable and for this reason, we are pleased to honor them at this year’s gala,” Collins said.
TCBY on Covert Avenue in Stewart Manor is officially open for business. The frozen yogurt store had a soft opening last month but celebrated its grand opening with much fanfare on Saturday, Aug. 17. For 20 lucky customers, the party will continue for an entire year.
“Giving free yogurt [for a year] to the first 20 people draws in a lot of people and creates a lot of excitement for the product,” said Carlos Jorge, who owns the store with his wife Helene. People were so excited to win free yogurt for a year, they started to line up in front of the store before 1 a.m. for an 11 a.m. opening. By dawn, stadium chairs, blankets, and tweens and teens clad in pajamas dotted the sidewalk in front of TCBY and neighboring storefronts along Covert Avenue.
Edward John Palkot recently became a member of an elite club: the centenarians. The Garden City resident celebrated his 100th birthday on Aug. 20, joining a limited number of folks worldwide who have walked the earth for a century or more. But if you ask Palkot, being a member of the Garden City Retired Men’s Club holds more weight.
“This would not have been possible if I didn’t have friends, and I am most thankful for the friendship all of you have given me over the years,” he said at a celebration sponsored by the Retired Men’s Club on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at West Hempstead’s Pompei Ristorante. “You’ve made life easier. There were times when things were difficult but we always managed to get a good cribbage hand and take care of that,” he quipped. “All of you deserve a hand of applause. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you’ve done.”
Nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on Garden City, the department of recreation and parks is continuing to rebound from how badly it ravaged the greenery that the village has been renowned for. An estimated 675 trees were destroyed last year when the storm tore through the area. At a recent Aug. 22 village board of trustees meeting, Kevin Ocker, chairman of the board of commissioners of cultural and recreational affairs, revealed a three-phase plan of attack that would ideally reinstate the arboreal amounts to the numbers they were at pre-Sandy.
“We’ll be attacking this in three phases—the first phase will be planting around 225 trees this fall. Phase two will follow in the spring with an additional 300 trees,” Ocker explained. “Then in fall 2014, we will go ahead with the replacement of 250 to 300 trees, bringing us right back to where it was.”
Can’t make up your mind if you want your pasta Italian style with red sauce and meatballs, or Asian style, perhaps with coconut, shitake mushrooms or peanuts? If you decide to eat at Noodles & Company, you don’t have to choose until you’re at the counter placing your order.
Noodles & Company opened this month in the Gallery at Westbury Plaza off Old Country Road, the first of 24 locations planned for Nassau and Suffolk County for this nationwide chain with 364 locations in 29 states.
It was a return engagement for James Wagler, library manager for Jericho law firm Nixon Peabody. Wagler recently organized a second corporate volunteer day at the Tanners Pond Environmental Center’s Garden City Bird Sanctuary (GCBS). He brought over a dozen of the Nixon Peabody staff for a day outdoors helping the community and the environment while having a bit of fun.
The group helped refurbish a sugar maple garden, removing weeds and getting it ready for replanting. The sugar maples had been planted in honor of initial and long-time supporters of the environmental center: Bob Stark Sr., Bob McMillen, and Bob Catell. The volunteers also pruned a large black cherry tree and pulled many invasive saplings from the Hempstead Plains meadow.
The recent debate over how best to address the need to improve the facilities available to our seniors has surfaced a range of ideas and opinions. Users of the Golf Club Lane facility, understandably and correctly, have pointed out that the property is showing its age. Users have also argued that the facility is too small to accommodate all of the seniors who seek to use the center. Others, including some seniors, have pointed out that the number of regular users of the facility – estimated to be around 100 – although vocal, is a small percentage of the 6,000+ seniors in the village. They have questioned whether there is a compelling need to add to the village’s borrowings to expand the facilities.
This divergence of views is the hallmark of an involved and engaged community. Against this backdrop, the board of trustees has been considering various options. In doing so, we have tried to balance both short-term needs and prudent long-term planning. And we have also done so mindful of the important contributions to our village that have been, and continue to be, made by our seniors.
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