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Abandoned School To Be Demolished

New Cassel residents — prepare to say goodbye to the Grand Street School. 


The Town of North Hempstead recently received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the demolition of the former school, which has been an eyesore in the community for almost 15 years. 


“This grant allows us not only to rid the community of the Grand Street school, which became an eyesore and a health and safety hazard, but it allows us to continue with the positive transformation of New Cassel,” Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman said.


“I am delighted that the New Cassel revitalization is continuing as our residents deserve a neighborhood that is thriving economically and socially,” added Town Councilwoman Viviana Russell, who represents the area. “The redevelopment of this property should certainly help do that for the community.”


This grant is part of $1 million in grants given to New York City and the Town of North Hempstead to help communities clean up and revitalize contaminated sites. The funding was awarded through the EPA’s Brownfields Program, which reinvests in contaminated and polluted properties to protect the environment and reduce blight.


Plans for this upcoming open property, which is approximately 2.5 acres, are still being discussed, but will be consistent with the Visioning Plan created by the community to include senior housing and recreational space. According to supervisor Kaiman, there will be community discussion on what to do with the property and the goal is to complement the ‘Yes We Can” Community Center, which is located across the street. The area will also provide additional parking for the center. 


The Department of Public Works has completed the project investigation and is currently preparing bid documents with demolition expected to begin sometime during the fall.


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.  


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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