Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00
Most residents of the Village of Westbury were left without electric power for nearly two weeks due to the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy and the nor’easter that followed, which left approximately 10 inches of snow. Unfortunately, these storms downed several tall trees, many of which fell upon electric wires, causing them to dangerously dangle and fall in several of our village streets.
But village residents were never in the dark. That is because fortunately, through the tireless efforts of Mayor Peter Cavallaro and Village Clerk Ted Blach, the village residents timely received continuous communications via emails and Facebook updates that kept us informed of the outage status of the various village neighborhoods. When the LIPA trucks were nowhere to be found, it was Mayor Cavallaro who was calling LIPA three to four times a day seeking the restoration of power for his constituents. In addition, village sanitation crews came by on a daily basis to cart away fallen tree limbs. While LIPA trucks were not easy to find, the village’s trucks were conspicuously present throughout this ordeal.
Residents outside the village were impressed with all of the information that Westbury residents received. Having not received the benefit of these communications, they were truly left in the dark!
Now, as Thanksgiving is upon us, it is the perfect time for all of us village residents to give thanks to our village leaders for all of their hard work and dedication during this most difficult time.
Westbury Village residents
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, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
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.