Written by Betsy Abraham Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00
Everyone wants to know that their neighborhood is safe. But an omnipresent police force is impossible and extensive home security can be expensive. So the watchful eye of a neighbor can come in handy.
Now in its second year, the Westbury Neighborhood Watch is a small group of residents who stick to the phrase “see something, say something.” Director Jacquelyn McCullough says that the group, comprised mostly of seniors, keeps an eye out for suspicious behavior and looks out for their neighbors. She encourages them to report any odd behavior to her, so she can relay it to the appropriate authorities.
Members doesn’t drive around late at night, patrolling for crime. However, they do make an effort to protect their neighborhood by doing little things. If they see a neighbor’s papers or mail piling up, they’ll bring it in, so potential robbers won’t be alerted to an empty house. If they notice someone suspicious outside of a home or vehicle, they will alert McCullough or the homeowner.
McCullough remembers an incident from last summer, where one house on the neighborhood was playing loud music from 9 p.m. until 3 in the morning.
“I was on the phone every hour calling it in to the police,” McCullough said. “Quality of life is an issue and seniors who are trying to sleep shouldn’t have to bear with noise.”
The Neighborhood Watch also serves to help the community get closer.
“We don’t know our neighbors anymore like we used to. This is what supports neighborhood watch, because communities, like people, grow old and they move and they change,” McCullough said. “It’s all about community, understanding and knowledge. You can learn more from each other.”
And while right now the group only consists of a couple of blocks of residents in the Village of Westbury, McCullough is hoping that number will soon grow and expand to neighboring communities. She also hopes to increase cooperation among the community, village and police department.
“We want to grow and get more people involved. We’d like to start writing grants and support the youth in the community and bring in programs and partnerships,” McCullough said.
McCullough, who has received professional training in protecting the community, will be giving a presentation at the Westbury Public Library on Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m. She will be discussing child safety, as well as crime prevention and emergency preparedness. For more information and to get involved, contact mywestburywatch.org.
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.