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A Flower For Every Occasion

Written by Kristin Cacchioli Saturday, 10 August 2013 00:00

It seems like there is always some sort of special occasion sprouting up. Between holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and parties, we are always busy shopping for a pleasant gift to give. Flowers speak the perfect combination of pride and enthusiasm, and at San Giorgio Florist and Garden Shop, the array of choices will leave you speechless.


Owner since 2004, Joe Reider said the original San Giorgio owner bought a florist shop on Glen Cove Road. When that shop closed, he brought all their flowers, customers, and solid customer service skills to Westbury Avenue and opened San Giorgio.


No Crown? No Problem

Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 09 August 2013 00:00

Jessica Ricco looks to life after Miss Long Island 

Jessica Ricco has had a very busy year. Since being crowned Miss Long Island, she’s had surgery for a collapsed lung, competed in Miss New York/USA, got a full time teaching position and has worked with multiple nonprofit organizations to help children in need.  


And though she will hand off her crown this Sunday at the Miss Long Island pageant, the Westbury native has no plans of slowing down.  


Jared’s Coming to Carle Place

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

Diamond lovers — start saving now.


Construction is currently underway for a new Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, which is expected to open on Old Country Road later this year. 


Remembering Paul Echausse

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

Former Trustee leaves behind a legacy of service


Flags flew at half-staff last week as the Westbury community remembered former Village Trustee Paul H. Echausse, who died Tuesday, July 30, at the age of 85. 

His life was marked by dedication to the community and the public. He was appointed to the village board in 1979, serving as a trustee for six terms as well as deputy mayor for several years. During his 28 years on the board, he served as the village’s commissioner of public safety and was the village liaison to the Nassau County Police Department. Prior to his time on the board, he served on the Village Zoning Board of Appeals from 1972-79. 


The Harder Right

Written by Betsy Abraham Saturday, 03 August 2013 00:00

Local author’s book asks: what would you do? 

Is killing ever justified? When is it right to break a promise? When does altruism become harmful? 


These are some of the ethical questions Westbury author Arthur Dobrin asks readers in his latest book, The Harder Right. In 13 fictional short stories, Dobrin presents situations meant to challenge readers to consider what they would do in morally conflicting situations.


Horseability Hosts Polo Match

Written by Collen Maidh Friday, 02 August 2013 00:00

Horseability recently held a polo match to benefit their geriatric equine therapy program at SUNY Old Westbury. 


The match was between Team “Athon” featuring Hal Lahaer, Julie Rinaldini, and Esteban Scott. “The Noble Knights” featuring Alex Garcia, Fabricio Morano, and Luis Rinaldini.

This was the first polo event for the therapeutic riding center. 


 “This specific event is to benefit the elderly patients on Long Island. It’s a community based program and it’s because of the community that we are able to be successful and have a wonderful program running,” Katie McGown, Horseability’s Founder and Executive Director, said. 


Volunteer Matchmaker

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

RSVP pairs residents with local service agencies 

Whenever Joan Brown walks into the Westbury Senior Center, she heads straight for the bulletin board. The bulletin board has a list of people who are sick or have had a family member pass away, and stacked with a pile of cards, Brown diligently begins to write encouraging, thoughtful notes to the seniors going through a tough time.

Brown has been writing cards at the senior center for years, and recently became a part of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). RSVP is a nationwide program that connects seniors, 55 and over, with volunteer service organizations in their community. The program used to be run by the Nassau County Office for the Aging, but was dropped a few years ago. 


BOE Talks Illegal Residents

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

How should the board of education handle illegal residents and how much should they get involved if they find out students are living in illegal conditions? 


Those were some questions posed at a recent board of education meeting, as the board considered approving a contract for two investigative services. The companies would be responsible for provide residential verifications and residential investigative services for students the district had reason to believe did not live in Westbury. 


The district has utilized these companies in the past and has a budget of $50,000 they split evenly between the two firms. Services include resident verifications, resident investigations, video surveillance and background/telephone/address searches. The district may be tipped off to an illegal resident by a lack of paperwork or an excessive amount of students sharing the same address, and then contact the investigative firms, who will then check the authenticity of a student’s address. 


A Sweet Pair

Written by Betsy Abraham Saturday, 27 July 2013 00:00

The DeMarks have dessert covered 

Christopher and Stephanie DeMark would be a good couple to invite over to your next potluck. The couple has every type of dessert down to a gourmet art, and with over 40 flavors and two businesses between them, are sure to have something to please any palate with a sugar craving. 


Christopher is the president of Dessert Solutions, a wholesale manufacturer and distributor of European-style desserts. Their indulgent cakes, tortes, cobblers, and cheesecakes are sold to catering halls, restaurants and country clubs, as well as online at  He opened the business in 2006, after owning his own bakery and pastry shop in Garden City Park for seven years. 


Urgent Care Center Comes To Carle Place

Written by Chris Boyle Friday, 26 July 2013 00:00

Premier Care of Carle Place, a new urgent medical care facility located at 235 Glen Cove Road, held their grand opening celebration last Tuesday. 


Frank Frisone, President of the Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce, headed up a ribbon-cutting ceremony and after-party to welcome the Premier Care staff and management into the community. 


“I think this was a long time coming. This is the type of establishment that we need in the area,” he said. “This is great for the community, great for everyone. It gives people other options when it comes to medical care in the Westbury/Carle Place area, so it’s great to have them here.”


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