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Elmont Resident Turns the Table on His Birthday

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00

Gives a Gift That Speaks Volumes

When it’s your birthday, people are supposed to shower you with gifts. For 12-year-old Elmont resident J.P Iacona, it’s just the opposite.

Iacona donated $4,800 to America’s VetDogs at his birthday party at the American Legion Hall of Post 1033 recently. He set and shattered a goal in January to raise $2,000 by his twelfth birthday on May 13.


Courtesy Hotel Finally Demolished

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00

‘Knock it Down, Knock it Down’ Chants Erupt

From West Hempstead Residents

It’s been a long time coming for West Hempstead. A blight that has cast a shadow over the village has seen crime, drugs and ineptitude is no more. The Courtesy Hotel no longer offers its discourteous aura.

More than 200 West Hempstead residents watched construction crews rip through the infamous Courtesy Hotel last week to make way for a new apartment complex. Chants of “Knock it Down, Knock it Down,” erupted as the first bite was taken out of the hotel’s façade.


West Hempstead BOE, Teachers Union Settle Contract

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00

Step-Increases Sacrificed Until 2013 After Two-Year Battle

It’s finally over. The two-year battle between the West Hempstead school district and its teachers union over contracts has finally been settled. The district issued a statement last Thursday afternoon announcing that both sides had reached an agreement.

WHEA, which represents approximately 225 teachers and teaching assistants, has agreed to forgo annual step increases and any potential salary advancement through additional educational attainment for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 fiscal years.


Residents to Go to Polls May 17 to Vote on School Budgets

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

Local Districts See

Substantial State Aid Cuts

Long Island residents will go to the polls on Tuesday, May 17 to vote on the proposed school budgets for the 2011-2012 school year. Here is a look at the local school budgets up for vote next week.

The Elmont School District (ESD) is proposing a $76,448,247 budget for the 2011-2012 school year. The budget calls for a 4.71 percent increase in spending over the 2010-2011 budget. The proposed budget calls for a tax levy of $49,528,158, which is the amount of the budget to be raised by taxes.


Westbrook Prep Residential School Celebrates With Ribbon Cutting

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

School for Students With Autism,

Asperger Syndrome First of Its Kind in NYS

Westbrook Preparatory School – New York State’s first residential secondary school for students with Asperger syndrome, high functioning autism and related conditions – marked the opening of its doors on St. Brigid’s Lane with a ribbon cutting on April 28 under rainy skies but with a bright outlook for its future.

“Westbrook is a program that was long in coming. It was a labor of love for all of you and it meets very real needs,” Gail Nayowith, executive director of SCO Family of Services, an outreach organization that has provided over 100 years of different services to children and families throughout New York State.


Hempstead Woman Charged With Intentionally Setting Fire to Home

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 06 May 2011 00:00

Defendant Charged at Bedside

A Hempstead woman was arrested and arraigned at her hospital bedside last Wednesday on charges that she intentionally set a fire in her kitchen earlier this month that badly burned her and her infant daughter, according to Det. Sgt. Robert Matedero of the Special Victims Section. 

Natashia Reed was charged at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow with second-degree arson, assault and first-degree reckless endangerment charges, all felonies, in connection with the April 13 fire on the second floor of the cape-style home on Edgewood Court in Hempstead.


West Hempstead District and WHEA Close to Contract Agreement

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 06 May 2011 00:00

Possible Approval May 10

After all the deliberations and discussions, after all the disagreements and compromises and after working nearly two years without a contract, West Hempstead teachers may soon finalize an agreement with the school district.

The West Hempstead Board of Education and the West Hempstead Education Association (WHEA) reached a tentative settlement over the teacher’s contracts last week. According to the school district, both groups accepted the recommendations presented recently by the Fact Finder who had been assigned to the case in late 2010.


Elmont Pitcher Strikes Out 21 in No-Hitter

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00

Says It Finally Sunk in This Week

A perfect quarterback rating is 158.3, a perfect bowling score is 300, but neither of them hold up to pitching no-hitter. Elmont Spartan pitcher Daniel Aguilo knows that now.

Aguilo struck out 21 batters, tying the state record for a seven-inning game, in his first no-hitter and didn’t allow a ball to be put in play as Elmont defeated Hempstead, 12-0, last Wednesday. No Long Island pitcher has struck out that many batters in a game. Aguilo had been raked for 10 runs in his previous start, a 10-8 loss to the Sewanhaka Indians.


Police Report: April 29, 2011

Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00
Franklin Square Man Arrested for Torturing Animal

Fifth Precinct Police Officers reported the arrest of a Franklin Square man for torturing an animal that occurred on Saturday, April 23 at 2:15 p.m. in Franklin Square.

According to police, the defendant, Jamie Sanchez, 56, became involved in a verbal argument with his 54-year-old female neighbor who was walking her dog Coco, a one-year-old female Dachshund. The defendant threatened to let his dog loose on the victim and her dog if she walked her dog on his property, police said.


State Senators Hold Public Hearing, Calling for Increased Oversight of LIPA

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00

Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr. and seven other state senators held a public hearing on Thursday, April 7 at Farmingdale State College to explore ways to improve oversight of LIPA and ensure that the energy provider is accountable to ratepayers across Long Island.

Senator Fuschillo and Senator George Maziarz (R-Newfane), Chairman of the Senate’s Energy & Telecommunications Committee, were joined at the hearing by Senator Owen Johnson (R-Babylon), Senator Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), Senator Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset), Senator John Flanagan (R-Northport), Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola), and Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley).


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