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Letter: Mayor’s Response to Concerns About Memorial Day Parade

I understand that several members of the community were dismayed that there was no Memorial Day Parade in Westbury this year. I share those concerns, but it is necessary for me to set the record straight. 


The village did not decide not to have the parade, and I personally take offense at those who have tried to “spin” it that way.  The village has never run the parade.  The parade was always run by several community groups.  The organizations that had run it in the past decided, for reasons of their own, not to run the parade.  If no community organizations want to or are able to run the parade, there is no parade.  Many of the members of those organizations are older and no longer able to walk the parade route, so maybe that was one reason that they decided not to do a parade.  Many communities have in the past several years discontinued their parades for these reasons.  


The village organized a very suitable and appropriate Memorial Day Service at the Community Center.  As I said in my remarks at that service, it is not important how the community decides to remember Memorial Day, it is important that it does so in a suitable, respectful and appropriate manner. The Memorial Service the village organized was a very suitable and appropriate remembrance.  Many who attended said that they favored that service over the parade, which has not been well attended in recent years. 


At the end of the day, no one is to “blame” for not having a parade.  A convergence of events and changed abilities caused there to be no parade.  If the community groups that used to run the parade want to do so in the future, the village would certainly participate as in the past, but the community groups need to decide that they want a parade, and that they are going to organize one.  They need to cooperate in doing so.  On a positive note, Chief Doug Ingram has indicated to me that he is interested in having the fire department working with the community groups and village to resume having a parade in the future, hopefully next year.  The village would embrace that and do everything that we can to facilitate and assist that effort.


I hope that this answers some of the questions, and corrects some of the inaccuracies about this subject.  Any resident who has concerns in this regard should feel free to contact me at village hall (516-334-1700, 111) or in the evenings or weekends at my home at (516-997-2096).  I would be happy to discuss this with anyone in more detail.


Peter I. Cavallaro, Mayor


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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