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Letter: Recognize The Principles Of Black History Month Year-Round

The Town of North Hempstead is an incredibly diverse place made up of so many different ethnicities and backgrounds.  One of the great things about this Town is that we often recognize these different cultures and celebrate what they bring to the table.


We have the opportunity to honor the history of African-Americans each year during Black History Month.  This is a time when we should all look back on all of the great African-Americans that have shaped the history of our great nation by making major impacts in science, education, government, sports, entertainment, arts, business, social activism, philanthropy, spiritual leadership and community activism. 


Black History Month allows us to recognize these individuals and all they have done for us, and educate our young ones on this history so they can be part of our next generation of great leaders.


We have made great strides as a society in recent generations as African-Americans continue to be recognized for the more prominent roles they play across a variety of industries.  In government, we have broken down barriers by electing our first African-American president, Barack Obama.


I take pride in my heritage of being a black woman and an American.  I am also proud to say I am the first African-American Councilwoman in the history of North Hempstead.  I hope to pave the way for many more behind me who will have the opportunity represent this community.


Although Black History Month is only celebrated once a year, I encourage everyone to recognize its principles year round, as we continue to make history year after year, generation after generation.


Viviana Russell, Town of North


Hempstead Councilwoman


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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