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Westbury Karate Students Advance

The Westbury Recreation Department’s Okinawan Karate program, taught by Sensei John Power, had its formal testing and holiday party recently. Twenty students that met the attendance requirement and proficiency required to advance to the next belt level were tested. The following students advanced to the next belt level: 


Jr. GoDan Black belt—Black w/green stripe — Christina and Tyler Bonaparte


Jr. NiDan Black belt— Black w/yellow stripe — Davesh Valagolam


Jr. ShoDan Black belt — Black w/white stripe — Maxwell Brown


6th Kyu — Orange Belt — Kaylan Clarke and America Salgado


9th Kyu — Purple Belt — Desmon Turner, Joshue Aguilar, Shane Williams, Amahni Williams, Isabella Bianco, Jake Alexis, Chloe Levy, Alexis Castanedas, Abbigail Vargas, Elianah Aguilar and Jared Bonilla.


Sensei Power’s students from the “Yes We Can” Community Center were also tested:


9th Kyu — Purple Belt — Sobin Ouseph, Ashley Torres and Michelle Torres.


Following the test, the dojo had a party. Pizza and drinks were enjoyed by the students, friends and their families. Sensei Power had Black belts, Marcel Toussaint (4th Dan), Margaret VanGulden (3rd Dan), Tyler VanGulden (2nd Dan) and Greg Abram (2nd Dan), from his former dojo on hand to witness and assist with the testing. 


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 for the past 11 years. The Westbury dojo runs a continuous program that eventually leads to Black belt and beyond. The school accepts children age six through adult. New students are always welcome and there is continuous enrollment every Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For additional information call Sensei Power at 516-333-8489 or


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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