Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 27 December 2013 00:00
This year, a family in need will be able to have a normal Christmas, thanks in part to the generosity of the Conway family from Westbury. The Conways have been participating in the Family and Children Association’s Adopt A Family program for about three years, buying gifts for local families in need during the holidays.
“My kids look forward to it,” says Colleen Conway. “It teaches them we should look out for other people.”
The Conways were assigned a family that had three sons; the mom was ill and the dad worked two jobs to pay the bills. “It seemed like a good fit,” says Colleen, who also has three children. The Conways bought clothes, toys, games and more for the family.
Joyce Mullen is the director of marketing and communications at the Family and Children’s Association and says the Adopt A Family program has helped around 800 families in its seven year existence. This year, about 100 people bought gifts or donated money to families in need.
"It’s heartwarming for these families to know that people care what happens to them; it gives them hope to hang in there and continue trying to improve their situation,” Mullen says.
But for the Conways, giving is more than just something to do around the holidays—it’s a year-round practice. They run a turkey trot around Thanksgiving to raise money for the Family and Children’s Association. In September, the family donates school supplies and
backpacks. They also often help with food drives.
“We’re not rich, we don’t need much, but there’s a lot of families not as fortunate as we are and we always need to be reminded that there’s always somebody else to help,” says Colleen. “My husband and I have always wanted to do what we can for someone else, we grew up that way.”
To find out more about how you can help those in need visit www.FamilyandChildrens.org.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
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.