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From The Mayor's Desk mayor Peter I. Cavallaro

 

 

I want to take this opportunity to wish each and every Westbury resident a very happy and holy holiday season, and a healthy 2014.  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah (just past), Kwanzaa, or are of any other faith or tradition, the holidays are a time to reflect on the many blessings that we enjoy, both personally, and collectively.  Let us all take some time to be thankful for our many blessings.  

 

As we celebrate the holidays, let us also remember the service men and women who remain in harm’s way this holiday season.  Let us pray that they may soon be rejoined with their families and loved ones and that 2014 will be a year of peace.  I want to take this opportunity to thank our village employees and staff for their continued dedication, hard work and commitment to the village and its residents.   

 

We have seen many wonderful and important developments in the village this past year.  Most importantly, we have seen the birth of The Space at Westbury, the new, long-awaited performing arts theater on Post Avenue, where the old

Westbury movie theater once stood.  We also saw the beginning of the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts, our new initiative to bring the arts and culture to the forefront in the community.  In 2013, the Arts Council sponsored two successful events, and will have an active program in 2014.  We have seen progress on several other fronts.  The new year promises many more improvements, including progress on the replacement of the Ellison Avenue Bridge, the repaving of Post Avenue by the county, and continued infrastructure investment by the village in roads, parks and other public spaces.  Our goal is to make Westbury a model community in Nassau County.  

 

It is an honor and privilege for me to serve as your mayor.  Westbury continues to possess a great sense of community and cooperation that distinguishes it from many other communities.  

 

While 2014 will certainly bring with it new challenges, I look forward to working with all of our residents to successfully meet and accomplish them. I ask each resident to join me and my colleagues on the village board to do all that we can in the coming year to ensure that Westbury continues to be the strong, special and vibrant place that we love.  Please accept my best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.

 

News

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.  


Sports

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.


Calendar

Los Lobos - March 5

Coffee House - March 8

Meet the Mayor - March 8


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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