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National Night Out Brings Awareness To Light

Westbury, New Cassel residents gather to support crime, drug prevention

Martin “Bunky” Reid Park was bustling with excitement on Tuesday, Aug. 7 as the Westbury/New Cassel community gathered to support National Night Out 2012. The event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and demonstrate unification in neighborhoods across the United States. The theme for this year’s event, New Cassel’s 29th, was “Good Beginnings, Good Health.”

The night’s activities began with a parade. Supporters of all ages proudly raised the banners of their affiliate sponsors as they marched from the Salvation Army on Prospect Avenue to the Broadway Avenue entrance of the park. Representatives of the United States Army, Nassau County Police Department’s 3rd Precinct, Westbury Fire Department, and Salvation Army joined the marchers. Their impassioned chants could be heard from blocks away, “What do we want? Stop the violence! When do we want it? Now!”

Dr. Nellie Taylor-Walthrust offered the welcoming remarks and introductions for the night. She spoke on behalf of the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center/The Leeds Place, the lead agency for the event. The U.S. Office of Justice Programs also served as an agent.

“These are difficult times in our community and we must work together so that our children and our families will have a safe place to live,” said Dr. Taylor-Walthrust, adding, “The needs of this community are great.”

Reverend Marcus Briddell of Bethel AME, Father Ralph Sommer of St. Brigid’s Church, and Major Charles of the Salvation Army led the community in prayer.

The featured speakers included Executive Director Andrew Malekoff and Associate Executive Director Regina Barros of the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, Leeds Place Advisory Council Chair Dr. Irene Betty Hylton, Co-Chairs Ada Lopez and Gennie Vann, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Nassau County Legislator Robert Troiano, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and national recording artist Talib Kweli.

“National Night Out is not just an opportunity to support local anti-crime programs but it’s also a gathering for residents to meet each other. With the massive revitalization winding down and a long-dreamed of community center opening soon, the New Cassel area is truly a vibrant community. A unified front among residents will further ensure that it will remain that way going forward,” Supervisor Kaiman said.

Following the speeches was a raffle and numerous activities for the kids, including an inflatable obstacle course and model airplane compliments of the Cradle of Aviation. Music presentations by Mike Veny and UGG and dance presentations by Betty’s Daycare and Community Dance Troop kept the crowd enthralled. A special candle light presentation concluded the beautiful night of community and togetherness. 

Event organizers took time to thank the following sponsors: Target of Westbury, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Bank of America, Cradle of Aviation, BJ’s Wholesale of Westbury, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Pi Pi Omega Chapter, Arrow Produce, Associates of Westbury, Bravo of Westbury, Costco Wholesale of Westbury, Delta Minerva Life Development Center, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Entenmann’s of Mineola, Jin’s Apple Farm, Nassau County Police Dept. Third Precinct, New Cassel Memorial Post 1861 American Legion, New York Chums, Pat’s Farm, Stop n Shop of Hicksville, The Container Store, The Salvation Army of Westbury, U-Haul Moving & Storage of Westbury, United States Army, Westbury Beverage Center, Westbury Fire Department.

For more information, visit www.natw.org/ nno.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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