Celebrity golf classic returns to Old Westbury
Politicians, former athletes and other notable figures came out to the Old Westbury Golf and Country Club recently for the Marty Lyons Foundation’s 28th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic.
Founded by former New York Jets defensive lineman Marty Lyons, the foundation grants wishes for children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses. So far it has made more than 7,000 wishes come true, including trips to Disney, shopping sprees, a swim with dolphins and face-time with celebrities and heroes.
It could be a well-placed bottle, a notable tattoo, or a shadow that raises the hair on the back of your neck. The small details in Mac Adams’ photographs allow his images to set the stage for a larger, and, many times, much more sadistic, scene. The SUNY Old Westbury professor’s photographic narratives are currently on display at an exhibit at the Elizabeth Dee gallery in Manhattan.
Adams’ pictures reflect suspended moments — a shadow lurking, a man whispering into a woman’s ear, a hand dropping something into a wine glass. It’s not the whole story. Rather, his pictures allow viewers to let their imaginations run wild as they speculate to what might happen next.
It’s 11:30 a.m. on a Thursday in July and the auditorium at Dryden Street School is anything but quiet. It may be summer, but the sunny room is filled with children, laughing and talking at tables with their friends. Most importantly, the children are eating a nutritious lunch, made fresh that morning and provided for them absolutely free.
Providing students free breakfast and lunch is part of the Westbury School District’s summer school program. Meals are provided at Westbury High School and Dryden, where there are numerous classes throughout the day. The district has around 85 percent of students on free or reduced lunch, and summer school program principal Cheri Debellis says that a full stomach makes a world of difference in a child’s education.
The Westbury Board of Trustees discussed potential plans to crack down on illegal housing in the village, which would possibly include restricting overnight street parking.
“If you go to certain areas of the village that have overnight parking restrictions, there are no cars parked in the streets at night. When you allow that, it obviously increases tremendously the rental prospects of a house or part of a house because the renters have a place to park,” Mayor Peter Cavallaro said.
Westbury resident Tara Spohrer recently went over 3,000 miles away to Alaska, not to sightsee or on vacation, but to run a marathon in efforts to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Spohrer is the senior campaign manager for the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She got involved with the organization when she was in college and has enjoyed working for such a great cause.
It all started with a food processor. Hayley Wasserman had just graduated from Hofstra University and received a food processor as a gift, and started making peanut butter for fun. One day, her childhood best friends, Daniela Alvarez and Stephanie Williams, were at the Northport Farmers Market and noticed no one was selling nut butters. The three 22 year olds decided it would be fun to try to sell the product, and do farmer’s market every once in a while.
One year later, The 3 Nuts is a thriving business. The girls do12 to13 markets a week and their gourmet nut butters can be found in several stores on Long Island. Wasserman says she never expected her hobby of making nut butter to become such a passion.
Westbury residents will now have one more place to curl up with a good book. The Early Years Institute (EYI) recently unveiled a new Children’s Reading Corner at the “Yes We Can” Community Center. Children will have access to books in English, Spanish, and Creole, as well as picture books.
In the middle of June, parents at Westbury Friends School got a disappointing letter — the private school would no longer be offering kindergarten to fifth grade classes.
According to Board member Marilyn Hicks, the decision to cut K-5 was due to declining enrollment. Hicks said that the economic downturn had a lot to do with the drop, and that the school wasn’t getting enough to support the tuition assistance students.
Members of the Carle Place Chapter of Nassau County Homemaker’s Club met at the last meeting of the year for the installation of their new officers recently.
The club, comprised of over 50 members, meets nearly every Wednesday night of the school year at Carle Place High School to practice their three main objectives: education, community service, and friendship.
Diane Austria has been a member of the group for 10 years.
Peter “Doc” Pantina is no stranger to the theater world. He directed over 30 plays and musicals while teaching at Carle Place High School, sat in the audience of thousands of productions and worked the Tony awards. But now, the theater aficionado is making his mark on the playwriting scene with his first full-length play, Frank & Franklin, A Presidential Comedy, which debuts July 12 at Adelphi’s Olmstead Theatre.
Frank & Franklin is set on the afternoon and evening of the historic Joe Louis-Max Schmeling heavyweight championship fight at Yankee Stadium. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt has called in a repairman to fix his radio so he can hear the worldwide broadcast of the fight in his New York City home.
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