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Viviana Russell Inducted For Second Term

Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Viviana Russell was officially sworn in for her second term recently. A New Cassel resident for 15 years, Russell has represented District 1 since 2009. She was sworn in for her new term earlier this month at the Town of North Hempstead induction ceremony by Bishop Lionel Harvey of the First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury. 


Over her last term, Russell was instrumental in bringing Westbury’s dream of a community center to fruition with the “Yes We Can” Center. She’s happy with the progress she’s seen in New Cassel, but says there is still more to do.


“It’s a process. It’s moving along but we still have a ways to go,” she says. 


Going forward, she’s hoping to continue the revitalization of New Cassel by bringing in new business, particularly a bank and more restaurants, and is also looking to help improve the Carle Place business district along Westbury Avenue. 


“I’m looking forward to continuing to work with residents and different civics in my district to see how we can improve on what we currently have and incorporating the school district in the things we’re doing,” Russell said. 


Prior to becoming councilwoman, Russell worked at the Town’s 311 Call Center and is currently the Communications Project Manager for the National Association of Mother’s Centers. She is actively involved in several community and youth projects, including the

NAACP, National Association of Business and Professional Woman, Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women, and Moxxie Network, The Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy. She also serves as a project coordinator for the Unified New Cassel Community

Revitalization Corporation, on the board of the McCoy Center Family and Youth Services and Unity Circle Mothers’ Center, and as a deaconess for the First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury.


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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