Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00
Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro continued his daily updates via email and Facebook, as he indicated that the nor’easter caused power outages in more homes, while others, who never regained power after Superstorm Sandy, remained in darkness.
“Prior to the nor’easter, we had approximately 700 houses in the village still without power. Unfortunately, as a result of the storm, many houses, including mine, lost power again, and we are now at about 2,300 homes with no power.
“The nor’easter caused a lot of tree damage as a result of the heavy weight of ice and snow on the leaves, causing many limbs to snap and bring down more wires. As of Nov. 8, LIPA was indicating that homes that were without power should anticipate another three to five days, with some outages lasting longer,” said Cavallaro, who noted that information received from line crews on the streets should be regarded as unreliable.
The mayor added that the village continues to work on removing debris from the streets and its code enforcement personnel continue to patrol darkened streets at night to deter mischief and looting.
“So far, we have had no reports of any real problems, but we continue to be vigilant, as should you,” Cavallaro said.
Sanitation pickups are back on schedule, Cavallaro said, and the odd-even gas schedule went into effect on Nov. 9, requiring gas stations to only sell fuel to drivers whose license plates’ last digit correlates with the day of the month. Vanity plates with no digits are considered odd-numbered plates and out-of-state plates were subjected to the same restrictions.
As nighttime temperatures descended into the low 20s last week, County Executive Edward Mangano reminded Westbury residents of the available warming centers in the area, which included the Magnolia Gardens Senior Center, 899 Broadway; the Salisbury Senior Center, 460 Salisbury Park Drive (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.); and the Westbury Senior Center, 360 Post Ave. (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).
While Cavallaro noted that he has been in contact with LIPA “four or five times per day,” he said the village was displeased with the number of workers in the Westbury area.
“We have complained to them that we do not have a larger contingent of crews in the area doing restoration work, but they assure us that they will do so in the coming days and that restoration will be picking up. We do not give credence to these claims and continue to press them.
“On the regular municipal official conference calls that LIPA holds twice a day, the anger and frustration of officials from all over Nassau County is as high as it is for us and our residents. LIPA is not doing a very good job anywhere, but we continue to press for a proper allocation of resources and manpower,” Cavallaro said.
Village residents are reminded to call the code enforcement hotline at 333-1869 or village hall during the day at 334-1700 to discuss any specific incidents or to report an area with storm damage.
“Please call us if you have any concerns that you would like to discuss. If you would like to speak with me, please leave that message and I will call you back. Please pray for and assist those neighbors who are without power. The village will continue to do everything that we can to expedite a return to normalcy,” said Mayor Cavallaro in a phone message sent to village residents.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Once a week, Robert Blume goes to Virpa Convenience on Carman Ave. to buy breakfast and lottery tickets. When he bought his Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Sunday, Oct. 20, it was just like any other day. But when he went in to Virpa to check his tickets later that week, life changed forever.
He won $7 with his Mega Millions ticket, and then ran his Powerball ticket through the ticket check. Instead of the usual reading of “Sorry You Are Not A Winner,” he saw a message that said ‘Big Winner. See Retailer.’
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
“Art is beautiful. It's all around us and makes you see the world in a different way. Anyone can learn to paint, it just takes time, but when you do, you never look at clouds the same way or water the same way or even at the beach the same way.” These are the words of Westbury’s own artist and teacher Laura Meshover. Her captivating oil paintings exhibit the very essence of photo realism.
“I always knew I wanted to be an artist even from way back at a young age,” explained Meshover. “I used to take painting lessons in my neighbor’s basement when I was a little girl. You can’t do that kind of stuff anymore,” she said with a laugh.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.