Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00
Westbury’s Laura Schaefer is running for Nassau County Legislature for the 14th District. Schaefer is a first time candidate, running on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence lines in the general election this November. The 14th Legislative District is composed of the communities of Garden City, Carle Place, Westbury, Old Westbury, Hicksville, and Bethpage.
Schaefer is a lifelong resident of Westbury. She grew up in Wheatley Hills riding bikes, playing kickball and going to the movies.
“It was a nice neighborhood and there were a lot of kids. I have fond memories of it,” Schaefer said.
Now, she feels that growing up and currently living in Westbury has given her a better sense of the community’s needs.
“I know the community really well. I know the people there and have a sense of the communitiy,” Schaefer said. “It’s getting tougher to raise a family there, but it’s still a nice place to raise a family.”
She graduated from Our Lady of Mercy Academy High School in Syosset and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Adelphi University. She later went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law in 2009. Prior to entering the legal field, Schaefer worked for the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. She continued her career by working at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., a law firm in Garden City, while attending Hofstra School of Law at night. After she was admitted she worked as an associate at Sullivan Papain prior to working at Pena & Kahn, PLLC, in the Bronx where she currently practices personal injury law. Entering the political arena is something she’s been wanting to do for a while.
“I’ve always been interested in politics. It’s something I’ve had in the back of my head that I wanted to do at one point. Once I got established as an attorney, and (got) to know the people, I wanted to help the community more,” she said.
In November she will face off against Democratic candidate Jeffrey Griffin, who is from Carle Place. If elected, her focus will be lowering taxes and bringing new businesses to the area.
“I’m excited about the election,” Schaefer said. “I’m excited to be doing this and to work for the people and keep things moving forward.”
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.