Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00
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.
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, 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.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Carle Place boys’ varsity soccer team made school history on Nov. 17, when they captured the NYS Class B championship title. It ended a long journey during which the team never lost a game. Carle Place was the only team in the state to go undefeated — and that includes all classifications. The final statistics were an impressive 18 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie; 56 goals for, 6 against, and 14 shutouts.