Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00
A sop is a thing normally of minor value, which is given or done to please someone or a group who are angry or disappointed and they are normally thought to have little or no power. In this instance, the group with little or no power is the residents of Westbury School District.
The Westbury School Board has decided that a sop of .48 percent is to be given from 2.48 percent or that $112,098,000 is enough to pacify Westbury residents. In their opinion, they, the Westbury School Board, knows what is best for us and what we can afford. They decided in May 2011 to deny an extension to Dr. Clark-Snead but did not announce this until January 2012, six months later. If they should decide to use a search firm, it could take up to a year and cost over $20,000.
The Westbury School Board has voted to approve a school tax of 2 percent or $380 to $760 per home based on assessed value. In contrast, the Village of Westbury will not raise village taxes and Nassau County has controlled spending in all areas for 2012. Dr. Clark-Snead, the superintendent has described the school budget for 2012 as “bare-bones” and “no extras.”
She earns more than both governors of New York and New Jersey combined; $175,000 and $165,000, respectively. Dr. Clark-Snead earns $388,000 as superintendent of Westbury Schools. This sop of .48 percent is not nearly enough tax relief when you take into account the economy, incomes and the cost of living. Then there’s the issue of our ranking as ninth worst in Nassau County overall; second worst Regents English; third worst in Regents diploma; and fourth worst in Regents algebra exams.
I say a school budget of 0 percent for 2012 is a sop we well deserve and can afford May 15. Stop the insanity and vote no!
Larry D. Wornum
Former Westbury School Board trustee
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.