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Letter: New Housing For Seniors, Not Families

 I am writing this response to the letter to the editor printed in the Jan. 23, 2014 edition of The Westbury Times that stated “it is reasonable to expect that any affordable housing planned, created and developed by the NHHA will (not) take into account the destructive impact of more housing for families with school age children on the school district’s infrastructure.” 


In fact, at no time was family housing considered for this project. Two years ago when the North Hempstead Housing Authority (“NHHA”) was first developing plans for the Grand Street School site, full consideration was given to the impact family housing might have on enrollments in the Westbury School District.  As a result, we decided to restrict the development plan to one bedroom townhouse style mixed income development for “seniors”.  The planned development objective would be to enhance the area and local community by providing housing for the area’s senior citizens at an affordable rate, so that people can continue to live in the community that they are currently members of.  The development will have amenities such as a community room for residents to socialize and a fitness room for individuals to stay healthy, and will encourage a sense of community and improve the quality of life for the residents.  In addition, to accommodate the aging residents the Project will provide for onsite primary health care services, on-site vaccinations, medical screenings, workshops on retirement planning, Medicaid, social security, nursing home options and estate planning.   If you have any questions concerning the proposed  development, please contact the North Hempstead Housing Authority.


Sean T. Rainey, Executive


Director, North Hempstead


Housing Authority


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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