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Tag Team: Fighting Graffiti In Westbury, Hicksville

The Entrepreneur’s Group is canning spray paint work in area

Westbury’s Kevin Seck says residents along a two-mile stretch of Stewart Avenue that runs through Hicksville, Westbury and Levittown are “fed up” with graffiti in the area.

Seck and his son, Bobby, are members of The Entrepreneur’s Group, a small Westbury-based organization that owns property along the roadway. The group is looking to sponsor the roadway in the hopes that installing cameras and hiring a contractor to maintain the area will help deter further criminal actions.

“We’re trying to eliminate this by putting up some cameras and just trying to end this. It’s been going on forever and nobody really does anything about it,” Kevin Seck explained.

The father and son noted that residents have tried to paint over the graffiti-laden fences “hundreds of times,” but the culprits are resilient.

“We’re trying to set up some infrared cameras at night because you can never catch these guys. It’s probably just kids at night and it takes two minutes so we’re trying to get something done where at least we’re cleaning up the neighborhood,” Kevin added.

In an email, Kevin Seck called the situation a “win-win” if their sponsorship works and other businesses catch on.

“All costs will be taken care of by this group. If other companies or groups can do the same, there will be a lot less graffiti in the neighborhood. We are trying to eliminate crime and promote community unity at the same time,” Kevin Seck noted.

The graffiti is mostly scribbles with a few cartoonish faces in some areas. “Tags,” which show the spray painter’s name, are also visible, though the work doesn’t appear to be gang-related or hateful.

The Mineola American reported in late February that several swastikas and hateful terms were spray-painted throughout the area, including on walls and vehicles near Chaminade High School. Officials from the school and Village of Mineola, along with The Entrepreneur’s Group, are offering rewards for any information regarding the graffiti, which Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss described as “intolerable.”

The elder Seck is a Carle Place High School grad while his son graduated from Kellenberg High School and later attended Hofstra University, where he played football.

“I was born and bred here, so we’ve got a long history. It’s good to put some nice things out there in the community because there’s enough garbage going on,” Kevin Seck said.

Any residents with tips on graffiti throughout the area are encouraged to call the Nassau County Police Department at 573-7000 or email Kevin Seck at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

News

Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.

 

In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.

 

“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 

 

Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Sports

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.

 

Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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