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Okinawan Karate Holds December Testing, Holiday Party

Westbury Okinawan Karate, which is offered by the Westbury Recreation Department, had its formal December testing and holiday last month. Sixteen students that met the attendance requirement and proficiency of the skills that were required were tested. The following students passed their test and were advanced to the next belt level:

Jr. SanDan Black belt – Black with orange stripe – Christina and Tyler Bonaparte

Jr. NiDan Black belt – Black with yellow stripe – Brandon Brathwaite

2nd Kyu – Brown belt – Davesh Volagolam

3rd Kyu – Green belt with stripe – Maxwell Brown

5th Kyu – Blue belt – Billy Sargent

6th Kyu – Orange belt – Natalie Escorza and Alex Monereau

7th Kyu – Gold belt with stripe – Davide Scalese, Gabby Destra and Haziel Richardson

8th Kyu – Gold belt – Julian Pearson and Tyler Horsford

9th Kyu – Purple belt – Princess Capellan, Precious Capellan, Devin Powell and Kaylan Clarke

Following the test, the dojo had its holiday party reception. The students and their families enjoyed pizza and drinks and some goodies were given out.

Sensei John Power conducted the testing and he was assisted by Black belts from his former dojo – Marcel Toussaint 4th Dan and Aniello Discala 1st Dan.

The Westbury Okinawan Karate School (dojo), has been working with the Westbury Recreation Department to bring a traditional Okinawan style of karate to the village. The program, coordinated by Sensei Power 4th Dan is in its ninth year. The Westbury dojo runs a continuous program that eventually leads to Black belt and beyond. The school accepts children 6 years old up to adults. New students are always welcome and there is continuous enrollment every Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. For additional information call Sensei John Power at (516) 333-8489 or check out the website at


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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