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A Click Away From Internet Safety

Nassau County Assistant District Attorney Brian Heid spoke to Carle Place Middle School students recently about Internet safety for teenagers. His presentation included discussions on cyberbullying, social networking, hacking, online predators, sexting, information security and more. Heid, who has prosecuted criminals in Nassau County as part of the technology crime unit, is also a special assistant U.S. attorney who has worked to convict cyber criminals on a federal level.


“The fence line that separates what you do at home and school does not exist for this generation,” said Heid. “Anything between two or more people can become public at any time.”


Throughout his presentation, Heid provided students with facts and statistics to support his statements. He also cited sources and showed clips of news stories from the recent past as examples of how a seemingly simple situation can evolve into something more serious.


“One of the dangers of cyberbullying is that it can, and often does, turn into face-to-face confrontation,” said Heid, who then detailed the repercussions of cyberbullying. Additionally, Heid outlined the rights to privacy that every individual has and how to properly handle a situation in which those rights have been violated. He urged students to confide in a parent or other trustworthy adult about situations that jeopardize someone’s integrity and safety.


“Your parents, teachers, principals and guidance counselors know how to properly handle these types of situations,” he said. “Trust them and don’t be afraid to talk to them.”


— From the Carle PlaceSchool District 


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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