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Patience Please, With Impatiens

Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

A bad season is ahead for the local favorite. But there are alternatives.

When gardeners begin shopping for spring flowers, they may notice a familiar staple missing: the impatiens.

Impatiens walleriana, which are beloved globally for their wide selection of color and low maintenance, have been affected by a fungus called downy mildew. The fungus first causes tiny spots, then yellowness on the leaves. A few weeks later, all that’s left is the flower’s stem and a frustrated gardener. 

The fungus was first spotted in Europe nearly a decade ago, and has spread to much of the U.S. in the past few years. Wind spreads the fungal spores up to three miles and humid weather causes it to spread rapidly. 


Let It Rain

Written by Michael Scro Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

For the past few decades, some Carle Place and Mineola residents have been dealing with flooded streets and damaged property when it rains, though it looks like the clouds may finally be parting for these homeowners. 

The Carle Place Civic Association held a meeting on Wednesday evening, Feb. 27 at Carle Place High School, where Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello, Village of Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Viviana Russell updated residents on the ongoing flood relief project on the border of Mineola and Carle Place.  

Legislator Nicolello began his updates by recognizing NY State Senator Jack Martins for securing $2.4 million dollars in funding for the project back in 2011.  


East Meadow’s Selfless Student

Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

W.T. Clarke High School student Stefanie Kaufman was recently named the recipient of the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award. Stefanie initiated “Project LETS” (Lets Erase the Stigma), an educational program designed to spread awareness about mental illness, while addressing suicide prevention. She is currently working with Congress to establish a state-mandated program for teachers who will be trained every year on issues related to both of these societal problems. Stefanie also provides workshops and lectures to regional organizations. 


Youth Movement

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

In the midst of Westbury’s downtown revitalization, which includes a newly redeveloped performing arts theater, focus is shifting to a vital question – is it enough keep young people here? 

Post Avenue in Westbury has transformed into a desirable downtown for young adults, though several aspects associated with living in Nassau County have many young adults heading west to live and work. 


All They Need Is Love

Written by Meghan Von Elm Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00

Local couples renew vows on Valentine’s Day

County Executive Edward P. Mangano and his wife, Linda, hosted a special Valentine’s Day luncheon at the Coral House in Baldwin for Nassau County couples, especially those with significant anniversaries.

At this event, the couples socialized with other couples, enjoyed a free lunch and renewed their wedding vows. Among the happy couples were East Meadow residents, Ed and Anne Paley, and Westbury residents, Arnie and Sherry Scher.

Ed and Anne Paley have been married for 32 years. They first met in March 1980 at a fundraiser dance for special needs children in SoHo. They grew very fond of each other, and three weeks later, they went on their first date.  They got engaged just a few months later in August 1980, and on April 12, 1981, they were married in a temple in Brooklyn.  


Ronnie ‘Good News’ Cameron

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00

The Westbury community is familiar with football star Ronnie Cameron, who attended Holy Trinity High School and is now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. 

What residents may not know is that between practices, meetings and training, Cameron – an imposing physical specimen at 6 feet, 2 inches and nearly 300 pounds – recently founded Bonfire Impact, a social awareness website that highlights the good deeds of professional athletes and other prominent figures in the public spotlight.  

According to, the website aims to “deliver news and media that promotes charitable organizations, nonprofits, social awareness, human rights, social issues, education advocacy, health and under-covered stories.” 


Meet Miss Long Island

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00

Westbury’s Jessica Ricco represents LI in Miss New York USA Pageant 

Jessica Ricco knows a thing or two about perseverance. 

After three tries, Ricco earned her crown as Miss Long Island 2013, and following recent lung surgery, the W.T. Clarke grad is back at it again, representing Westbury and Long Island in the Miss New York USA Pageant last month. 

The Westbury Times caught up with the lovely and eloquent Ricco, an elementary teacher, who shared her story of success and strength. 

The Westbury Times: What does it take to be Miss Long Island? 


CP Water Gets $14.8 Mil Bond

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00

Town-issued bond to be used for facility upgrades

The Town of North Hempstead recently issued a $14.8 million bond to the Carle Place Water District to meet demands of a rising population and address future contamination issues. 

“After careful consideration and conferring at great length with the district’s consulting engineers, the Carle Place Water District Board of Water Commissioners has concluded that the proposed improvements and bond issue request are necessary for the district to continue to meet all current regulatory requirements for potable drinking water and fire flow demands,” said Water Commissioner and Chairman Timothy E. Stellato. 


A Cuban Cuisine Revolution

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00

Havana Central brings authentic Latin food and flavors to Roosevelt Field

Is it the combo in the corner playing the kind of music that wouldn’t be out of place on the soundtrack to the Buena Vista Social Club as a scantily-clad lass and her sharply-dressed partner dance a mean merengue? Or maybe it’s the older gentleman in a crisp white shirt and fedora effortlessly rolling cigars while waitstaff shuttle mojitos to the assorted guests? Perhaps it’s the décor of high archways and ceilings, where fans lazily rotate, and the room features mossy green wallpaper adorned with lush palm fronds? Or it may even be the black and white portrait of the late Desi Arnez and Lucille Ball that shows the daffy redhead holding a banner that reads Havana. And while you may be wondering if you’re still in Garden City, in truth, you’ve entered Havana Central, a restaurant that evokes pre-Castro Cuba in its décor, cuisine and ambience. 


Gay Boy Scouts: Local Reaction

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00

Change would give local sponsors authority to adopt new policy 

Though Westbury and Carle Place Boy Scouts officials declined to comment on whether they’ll allow openly homosexual Scouts and leaders to join, the choice may not belong to them in the near future. 

Boy Scouts of America is considering altering its longstanding policy of disallowing openly homosexual Scouts and leaders, though local Boy Scout sponsors would have the final say whether to adopt the change.


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