Post Avenue will be a little quieter on weekends, after the Board of Trustees unanimously voted not to renew a special use permit for Avanti Night Club. The facility will remain open, but can no longer operate as a nightclub or serve alcohol.
Avanti’s last permit was renewed March 2, 2012 with 13 terms and conditions. While George Duffy claimed that his client, owner Barry Ceriano, had adhered to those conditions to the best of his ability, the board had reason to believe otherwise.
After casting about for a new corporate home elsewhere, pharmaceutical manufacturer PL Developments has decided to remain in Westbury, spending $8.1 million to design and renovate a factory at 609-2 Cantiague Rock Road, which it plans to use as its headquarters and warehouse distribution space.
The company currently employs about 550 people in its New York office and expects to add 150 more with the expansion.
Swerving to avoid potholes may become less of a problem this year, as Westbury was recently given over $250,000 in funds to maintain roads and highways. Senator Jack Martins recently announced that as lawmakers are finalizing the state budget, the plan includes a significant amount of increased funding for CHIPS (Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program) funding. This funding will allow local governments to support repairs to highways, bridges and roads.
Peter Cerreta, an 88-year-old veteran and retiree of NASA was recently honored by The Bristal in Westbury and elder law firm Genser Dubow Genser & Cona (GDGC). A resident of the assisted living facility, Cerreta was joined by his nieces and nephews at the event.
Cerreta was recognized for his service during World War 2 as well as his thoughtful and generous character.
Incumbent Peter Cavallaro will serve a second four year term as Westbury’s mayor, after winning an uncontested victory in recent village elections.
Cavallaro plans to build on his old foundation as well as working toward making Westbury a cultural hub.
The word “quit” isn’t in Christina Markham’s vocabulary. The Westbury native has pursued her dream of becoming a dancer despite numerous rejections, and that resilience has paid off. Markham, who has been dancing for almost 20 years, was recently appointed to the prestigious Paul Taylor Dance Company, which performs at Lincoln Center every year.
Her interest in dance was first piqued after seeing a ballet on PBS when she was 12 years old. She was immediately captivated. Her parents soon enrolled her at ballet classes at Dancin’ Place in Carle Place. On her first day of class, she remembers ripping her tights.
Howard Weitzman decided he wasn’t done being Nassau County comptroller.
Weitzman, who was county comptroller from 2001 to 2009, is running again for the position, saying that he can bring a much-needed transparency and change to Nassau County’s finances.
The proposed budget for the Westbury Public Library includes a $31,000 increase, but taxpayers need not to worry: they will actually be paying less.
“We did really well this past year in terms of carefully saving money so we ended up with a surplus,” said library director Cathleen Towey. “Our board of trustees decided to take a certain amount of money from the surplus, to supplement the needs of the budget and keep costs low.”
Kirk Larsen is one to watch. Recently named one of the hottest artists of 2013 by the Creative Arts Studio of Sea Cliff, Larsen has acquired numerous accolades and is continuing to build up an impressive gallery of beautiful plein air paintings that capture the beauty in the world around him.
Larsen is currently working on a series of paintings for a May exhibit at the Hicksville Public Library. A longtime resident of Hicksville, and graduate of Hicksville High School, Larsen hopes to pay homage to his beloved hometown.
One scene Larsen is painting is Cantiague Park in Westbury, a place Larsen spent many of his teenage days. His focus is the dome-shaped Ice Skating Rink, and as he unpacks his canvas bag full of art supplies and sets up his French easel on a bright, chilly day in late February, he comments that he’s tired.
“The body sometimes does that to get ready for a painting,” he says.
The Westbury Movie Theater, a landmark on Post Avenue for the past 86 years, is still undergoing massive renovations, as the village of Westbury hopes to transform the space to a cultural center unlike any other in Nassau County.
The village has formed a Greater Westbury Council for the Arts, which will focus on bringing arts and cultural activities to the downtown area. The group will draw on the interests and talents of people not only from Westbury, but also from neighboring communities to bring varied programs of all types to the new theater.
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