In the aftermath of the unthinkable, local students, teachers and administrators returned to school on Monday, Dec. 17 following the Connecticut school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the lives of 20 children and six adults the previous Friday.
David Flatley, superintendent of Carle Place Schools, noted how the situation could’ve been worse had it not been for the response of those who died trying protect their young students.
“There are probably lots of people who were saved up in Connecticut because they planned well, but unfortunately a lot of people were in harm’s way.
When Frances Bruschi was walking toward the bus to head home from BOCES one afternoon, it did not seem to be a particularly interesting day. That all changed in a matter of seconds.
There was a large group of students gathered around in a circle in what seemed like a frantic scene. As she walked closer it became clear that there was a student in need of immediate help; a bee sting had triggered an extreme allergic reaction.
Carle Place’s Paul Mila, a scuba enthusiast and novelist, recently released his fourth book, Near Miss, which features “spies, treasure hunters and Cozumel divers colliding in a Caribbean thriller,” the author said.
Mila, who first tried scuba diving in 1999 during a vacation in Cozumel, Mexico, said inspiration for his latest book derived from an encounter with a fellow diver with a peculiar background.
Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro ran for his current position in March 2009 during the middle of a fiscal crisis and was replacing a mayor that had been in office for nearly three decades.
Despite these circumstances, Cavallaro has proven to be the right man for the job, as evidenced in the village’s increased bond ratings, lack of tax levy increases and revitalized downtown, which is set to receive a significant boost once the Post Avenue theater opens its doors next year.
“When I was elected, I had big shoes to fill because Ernie [Strada] had been around for 28 years. We set out some priorities that we wanted to pursue, and from my perspective, I think we’ve done a pretty good job trying to accomplish those things,” said Cavallaro, who joked that Strada “got out at the right time” because since Ernie’s departure, the village had to endure two hurricanes and a blizzard in a three-year period.
Ida Zipkis, a former Carle Place resident and current resident of the Bristal Assisted Living Community in Westbury, recently celebrated her 104th birthday with her daughter Roberta and son-in-law Jay Katzeff and fellow residents of the Bristal. Zipkis’ wish as she blew out the candles was “health and happiness for everyone.”
The key to longevity, she said, is simple, “just leave it to God.”
Maddalena Buffalino, a former Carle Place High School student and current social studies teacher at the school, was recently named the recipient of BOCES Most Innovative Educator Technology Award.
The award commends Buffalino, a Westbury resident, as a “teacher who demonstrates creative, resourceful uses of technology that significantly impacts student achievement,” according to BOCES.
Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro announced that as the Village of Westbury continues to clean up after Hurricane Sandy and the nor’easter, the village board has decided to waive certain building department fees related to storm repairs.
“Our DPW crews and staff have worked tirelessly, and we thank them, for their efforts in getting our village back to normal. We have much more work to do to clean up remaining debris, replace or repair lost or damaged street signs and do all of the other things that are necessary to repair damage and return to normal,” the mayor said.
The owner who decided to move the New York Islanders off Long Island once its lease expires in June 2015 may play a role in filling the potential void left by the teams’ departure. County Executive Edward P. Mangano, developer Bruce Ratner, Isles owner Charles Wang and Don Monti of Renaissance Downtown think they have a plan in place to solve the developmental conundrum that is the Hub, which includes Nassau Coliseum.
The group announced a strategic “Reuse Plan” on Tuesday, Nov. 20 that reportedly will transform the Coliseum within the first half of 2013. Others have tried and failed where Ratner is venturing and the 77-acre site in Uniondale could become barren in three years once Wang departs for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) will be reviewing The Bristal’s application to extend its Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT) agreement for another 10 years. Cavallaro said The Bristal (117 Post Ave.) signed its original PILOT in 1999 when its owners first opened the facility and that a revision was made to the original PILOT in 2005, which the village opposed but the IDA approved. This most recent application marks the third time The Bristal has requested tax abatement.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that a man suspected of being the driver in a 2001 hit-and-run death that killed an 80-year-old woman in Westbury was arraigned on Nov. 13 after he was captured in Panama.
Sebastian Barba, 34, formerly of Hicksville, is charged with second-degree murder and leaving the scene of an incident without reporting. Barba faces up to 25 years to life if convicted. He was remanded by Judge Sullivan and was scheduled to return to court on November 14, 2012.
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