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Home Away From Home

Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 30 August 2013 00:00

When Janice and Michael Cunningham first signed up to host an inner city kid in their home for two weeks through the Fresh Air Fund, they never imagined they would be adding a new member to their family. 


They first joined the program in 2005, but their initial experience didn’t meet their expectations. The child they were matched with didn’t have the same interests as their family, who loved playing sports and being active, and the couple had hesitations about continuing another year.  


Bulzomi Runs For Town Council

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

Come November, local residents might see a familiar name in the election booth. Westbury’s Anthony Bulzomi is running for the 1st District Town Council seat. 


Bulzomi is running on the Republican, Conservative, and Tax Revolt line against incumbent Viviana Russell. The seat represents Westbury, New Cassel, Carle Place and Old Westbury. While the 41-year-old candidate is a newcomer to the political game, he has years of civic and community experience under his belt. 


Islamic Center Breaks Ground

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Dr. Faroque Khan remembers when the Islamic Center of Long Island was nothing more than a small two-story house and huge lawn. 

“When we purchased the original house, it had a nice open lawn and that was the attraction,” Khan said. “On that unoccupied lawn, we built the mosque.” 


Now, 20 years later, Khan stands at the start of another major building project. ICLI recently broke ground on a major expansion that will allow the center to continue their mission of promoting interfaith unity. 


New Contender For Town Clerk Race

Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00

Monica’s Manor founder to run on Conservative ticket

Mineola resident Joseph Wood is the newest hopeful to enter the race for North Hempstead town clerk, on the Conservative line. He’ll face off against incumbent Leslie Gross, who switched to the Republican Party in May, and Wayne Wink, a Nassau County legislator from Roslyn.


Wood, 73, is retired and a former director of stewardship for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Describing himself as a fiscal conservative, Wood said he was interested in the race because the election lacks a true right-winger.


Resident Runs For Legislature

Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00

Westbury’s Laura Schaefer is running for Nassau County Legislature for the 14th District. Schaefer is a first time candidate, running on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence lines in the general election this November. The 14th Legislative District is composed of the communities of Garden City, Carle Place, Westbury, Old Westbury, Hicksville, and Bethpage. 


Schaefer is a lifelong resident of Westbury. She grew up in Wheatley Hills riding bikes, playing kickball and going to the movies. 


“It was a nice neighborhood and there were a lot of kids. I have fond memories of it,” Schaefer said. 


Natural Hair Reigns At Icon West

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

The afro is making a comeback. More and more African American women are saying no to the chemicals and embracing their natural hair. For Courtney Crandall, owner of Icon West in Westbury, the shift from chemicals to more natural hair patterns has been challenging but exciting. She opened her Maple Avenue salon in April, saying she saw a need in the area for an upscale salon that focused on hair care.


“There’s a lot of salons in the area that don’t focus on natural hair care,” Crandall said. “Women are moving away from chemicals and processing their hair and getting back to their natural pattern, and with that comes a totally different skill set.” 


Green Light For Complete Streets

Written by Chris Boyle Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00

There’s one thing Nassau County has a lot of, and it’s traffic. 


Unlike Manhattan, which has a complex public transportation system to service its inhabitants, Nassau residents for the most part rely on their cars to get around, and in light of roadways that weren’t constructed to withstand today’s high traffic demands, vehicle and pedestrian safety is a concern -— especially in congested villages like Westbury.


Faced with rising vehicular fatality rates — according to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, 84  pedestrians were killed on roads in Nassau between 2009 and 2011— County Executive Edward Mangano recently announced his Complete Streets program in a bid to make Nassau’s streets among the safest in the nation. 


Mad Science Camps Spark Imaginative Learning

Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00

Cardboard, plastic bottles, and pipe cleaners. This hodgepodge of objects might be trash for many, but for Mad Science campers, they’re the makings of a robot. 


Mad Science summer camps are currently underway all over Long Island, and they allow young learners the chance to shoot off rockets, check out spy equipment, discover space, research birds, and more. Each five-day camp is interactive and focuses on one of 14 specific themes. In Crazy Chemworks, campers can play with chemical reactions and make slime. In Forensic Scientist they identify and collect evidence to solve a crime, and during Flight Academy, they spend their week learning about aerodynamics and building a rocket. Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation in Old Westbury and Fuschillo Park in Carle Place, are playing host to several camps this summer, including Eureka, Robots and

Reactions, Forensic Scientist and Junior Robotics. At last week’s Junior Robotics session in Carle Place, students spent a week building a robot, learning about gears, wires,

pulleys, and more along the way. 


Lotto Held For New Cassel Housing

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Over 200 families got one step closer to a new home recently as the Town of North Hempstead held a lottery for affordable rental apartments in New Cassel. 


More than 100 residents and elected officials attended the August 5 drawing  which was held at the “Yes We Can” Center. Over 350 applicants entered their names in hopes of securing one of the three dozen units in the soon to be completed Cathedral Place Apartments on Prospect Avenue. 255 names were randomly drawn and numbered in the order in which their applications will be evaluated. Applicants must not meet a certain amount of income (this number varies based on the apartment size) and pass a background and credit check.


Local Schools See Low Test Scores

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:00

New ‘Common Core’ standards raise the bar for students  

The New York State Education Department released the results of this year’s math and English language arts (ELA) assessments last week, revealing disappointing results as districts across the state reported lower than average scores. 


This year’s state assessments were the first for New York students to measure the Common Core Learning Standards for grades 3-8. Across the state, 31 percent of students met or exceeded the proficiency standards in both English and math. 


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