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Father Sommer Leaves St. Brigid’s

Written by Pete Sheehan, Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

When Msgr. Ralph Sommer became pastor of St. Brigid’s Church, Westbury, 12 years ago, it was quite a change.

“I had served at a parish out in Hauppauge, St. Thomas More,” a fairly homogeneous parish, said Msgr. Sommer, known to parishioners as “Father Sommer” or “Father Ralph.”  In Westbury, he found great diversity.

“We have 11 Masses in four languages — Spanish, Creole, Italian, and English,” Father Sommer said. In addition, there are parishioners of African-American, Philippine, Indian, and other Asian birth or ancestry.


516 Here To Stay

Written by Betsy Abraham, Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

Siela Bynoe, Leslie Davis and Rodney Caines are not going anywhere. The three incumbents, who call themselves 516, will all begin another three-year term in July and were re-elected to the Westbury Board of Education with strong voter support.

This is the second term for all three incumbents. District-wide, Davis received 944 votes, Caines received 855 and Bynoe received 823. The three other contestants all had votes in the low 700s.


Bright Future For Carle Place

Written by Betsy Abraham, Wednesday, 29 May 2013 00:00

Voters Pass Budget and Approve Reserves

Carle Place residents voted to pass the budget last week, 595 to 251. The $47,579,305 budget has a two percent tax levy increase, well below the calculated tax levy limit of 3.08 percent.

“The board of education did a tremendous job in listening to the input and concerns of the community,” said Superintendent David Flatley. “I believe because of that transparency, the community felt they could support the budget and that’s really the way this process is supposed to go forward.”


Response Unit Offers Emergency Classes

Saturday, 25 May 2013 00:00

The Community Emergency Response Team program helps individuals prepare for emergencies—large-scale ones like Superstorm Sandy and smaller ones like minor fires. The program’s new classes start in June.


Team Director Michael Arcari said the sessions help people know what is needed in an emergency situation and how they can help others. It also provides  knowledge on how to assist first responders and groups like the Red Cross. 


Westbury Installs 34th Fire Chief

Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00

Doug Ingram was recently named the new chief of the Westbury Fire Department. 


Ingram grew up in Old Westbury and graduated from Westbury High School in 1974. After graduating, he joined the Navy where he spent two years stationed in Italy. When he was honorably discharged in 1979, he joined the Westbury fire department and has been involved there ever since. 


BOE Nixes Contract With Search Firm

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

In what is hoped to be a step forward for the Westbury School District’s ongoing search for a superintendent, the board of education voted to terminate its contract with search firm Hazard, Young, Attea. However, questions still remain. Will the board continue the search with another firm? Will the board conduct the search themselves? Will it consider current Interim Superintendent Mary Lagnado for the position?  And of course, how long will the process take before a permanent superintendent is named?


Avanti Granted Permit

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

The Westbury Board of Trustees has decided to grant Avanti a special use cabaret permit for a probationary six months. 


The club had its permit rescinded six weeks ago after being in violation of several conditions, including noise and not reporting police activity. It now is required to operate under stricter conditions, including revised operating hours (they can be open until1 a.m. Sunday to

Wednesday and until 2 am. Thursday to Saturday) and having to keep a log book of any police activity. Much of the debate over Avanti had to do with an advertisement that promoted an event of a sexual nature. Club owner Barry Ceriano insisted that nothing of such a nature happened at Avanti and he was unaware of the ads, however the mayor said that the advertisement itself was in violation of the club’s permit and that the owner was responsible for all events that went on in his club. In that strain, the new permit includes a condition that says  “applicant shall be responsible for any and all activities or events occurring at the premises. In the event that the applicant uses or engages the service of a booking agent, event planner, promoter…applicant shall use a written contract…and shall remain responsible and liable for any and all violations of the permit.” The following condition also says “any advertisement…of any event at the Premises, that advertises or promotes an event that would be a violation of this Permit and conditions, is itself a violation.” 


One Foot In The Blues

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, Sunday, 19 May 2013 00:00

Billy Gibbons tells you which

ZZ Top to check out

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, ZZ Top has been a constant on the radio, dating back to the ’70s, when songs like “Tush,” “La Grange” and “Cheap Sunglasses” were in heavy rotation. Despite synthesizers being added to the mix, the band didn’t miss a step in the MTV-driven era of the ’80s thanks to hits like “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Legs” and “Under Pressure” For founding member Billy Gibbons, this is the quintet of ZZ Top albums that really gets his motor running.

Tres Hombres (London) – “You got a big chunk of our current set right there—‘Waitin’ For the Bus/Jesus Left Chicago,’ ‘Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers,’ ‘La Grange.’ I mean there’s a whole lot there and the cover is a nice shade of green.”


The Future Is Now

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00

ZZ Top breaks 9-year recording hiatus with Rick Rubin-produced effort

For most of the ’80s, ZZ Top was an inescapable presence thanks to a plethora of videos, often times containing underdog storylines revolving around gorgeous gals, a 1933 Ford hotrod and the hirsute threesome serving as a Greek chorus of cool to the aggrieved protagonist. But amidst all the bells and whistles, the most impressive feat pulled off by this Texas power trio was using 1983’s Eliminator to adapt its bluesy hard rock boogie sound and modernize it with synthesizers and drum machines sans any kind of artistic compromising. 


A Humble Hero

Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00

John Romandetti saved six people, but he shies away from the title hero. 


“I don’t think of myself as a hero,” Romandetti says. “It’s nothing anyone else wouldn’t have done.”


During Hurricane Sandy, Romandetti risked his own life to go out to Howard Beach and get his girlfriend’s family out of their flooding homes. The Bethpage Air Show recently recognized his bravery, naming him the grand prize winner of the Hurricane Sandy Community Heroes contest. Romandetti, along with nine other winners, will receive VIP tickets to the Bethpage Air Show, plus the reception, and GEICO Skytypers Planeside Meet and Greet. As the grand prize winner, Romandetti also gets the chance to fly with the GEICO Skytypers during next week’s airshow. 


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