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Westbury Residents Flock To Annual Street Fair

Business Improvement District responsible for another successful event

Despite the threat of inclement weather, The Westbury Business Improvement District hosted another successful Post Avenue Street Fair on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Post Avenue’s proud businesses were joined by a bevy of street vendors, local government officials and religious and community organizations to promote the community and a healthy local economy. Each year the fair attracts locals and out-of-towners alike with an eclectic mix of merchandise, delicious food, fun and games.

Dawn Blinn, executive director of BID, said that the fair is “great exposure for businesses in the district” and that both fledgling and struggling businesses can really benefit from the limelight.

Joe’s Deli was teeming with hungry fair-goers while the clinking of glasses and laughter could be heard from within Friar’s Tavern. Some shoppers donned new scarves and T-shirts and others left with potted plants from the Carle Place Garden Center. As an appropriate precaution for the coming season, the professionals at CVS were distributing flu shots.

There was no shortage of attractions for the kids. For the ambitious young adventurers there was a giant caterpillar tunnel, obstacle course and a plunge down a colossal inflatable slide. A petting zoo, abound with animals that run the gamut from alpacas and sheep to red-footed tortoises and bearded dragons, was among the most popular attractions for the younger crowd. 

Mayor Peter Cavallaro was available all day for any questions or for a simple meet and greet. He, like Blinn, is an ardent supporter of local business.

“A lot of improvements have been made to the community over the past 10 years,” said Cavallaro, adding that the new Westbury Performing Arts Center, due to open later this year, will bring more life and activity to Post Avenue.

The continued success of the annual fair is a strong indicator of good things to come for Post Avenue and the Westbury community. The fair was just one of several events that the BID sponsored throughout the weekend, including a casino night Friday and an Oktoberfest-style gathering on Sunday. The BID also had a carnival complete with rides set up throughout the weekend in the village’s commuter parking lot. 

Also in attendance were Westbury/Carle Place Chamber of Commerce, Westbury Fire Department and Nassau County Police Department Third Precinct.

For more information, visit www.west­burybid.org.

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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