Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
W.T. Clarke High School student Stefanie Kaufman was recently named the recipient of the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award. Stefanie initiated “Project LETS” (Lets Erase the Stigma), an educational program designed to spread awareness about mental illness, while addressing suicide prevention. She is currently working with Congress to establish a state-mandated program for teachers who will be trained every year on issues related to both of these societal problems. Stefanie also provides workshops and lectures to regional organizations.
“There is a real lack of awareness and programs in America that address mental illness and suicide,” said Stefanie.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award is distributed to individuals and groups dedicated to the service of others. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation grants this prestigious award. It was created to thank volunteers who, by their demonstrated commitment, serve as an example to others.
In addition to her volunteer services, Stefanie is the school’s student government vice president. She is a member of the National Honor Society, and the art, math and science honor societies. She is an avid soccer player who still finds time to coordinate a school poetry anthology. In the fall, Stefanie looks forward to attending Brown University, where she intends to study neuroscience and literary arts.
Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00
Doug Ingram was recently named the new chief of the Westbury Fire Department.
Ingram grew up in Old Westbury and graduated from Westbury High School in 1974. After graduating, he joined the Navy where he spent two years stationed in Italy. When he was honorably discharged in 1979, he joined the Westbury fire department and has been involved there ever since.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
In what is hoped to be a step forward for the Westbury School District’s ongoing search for a superintendent, the board of education voted to terminate its contract with search firm Hazard, Young, Attea. However, questions still remain. Will the board continue the search with another firm? Will the board conduct the search themselves? Will it consider current Interim Superintendent Mary Lagnado for the position? And of course, how long will the process take before a permanent superintendent is named?
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Avenging the previous day’s loss and moving themselves one step closer to a possible county title, the Carle Place Frogs Softball team beat out the Locust Valley Falcons Wednesday, May 15 in a game two rematch for the Nassau County Class B Semi-Final, 12-3.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Westbury Okinawan Karate recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of coming to the Westbury Recreation Center. Since then, the dojo has trained 250 students, ages six and up, in the art of karate with the style of traditional Okinawan ShorinRyu Shidokan.
Founded by sensei John Power, the classes seek to instill the confidence and strength needed to obtain success in everyday life.
“A lot of kids are lacking confidence,” said Power. “We let them practice leadership in the class and this contributes to their confidence.