Will your children be trick or treating at the home of a registered sex offender? It is a chilling thought for any parent.
There are 21 registered sex offenders in Westbury and one in Carle Place, according to the state’s Sex Offender Registry. To find out exact addresses and detailed information, you can go to www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/nso and search by zip code. Each community’s registered offenders are listed with photos, addresses and even vehicles registered to them.
While parental vigilance is the first line of defense, for the past nine years the Nassau County Department of Probation has conducted “Operation Safe Sweets,” designed to protect children from sex offenders on Halloween through monitoring convicted sex offenders as Oct. 31 approaches.
“It’s a program that has served as a model on the state and national level and we’re very proud of it,” said Nassau County’s acting director of probation, John Fowler. “It makes a lot of sense, and definitely makes people safer.”
A day after the middle school shooting in Nevada, Nassau County officials announced a new panic alarm program which will allow each school in the county to connect directly to the Nassau County Police Department in case of an emergency.
“The schools in Nassau County are a safe place, and will remain a safe place,” said County Executive Ed Mangano at a press conference at Carle Place High School last Tuesday. “Our planning and communication has increased dramatically in the past few years, culminating in this very important two-way communicator, (which) is a very important step forward in protecting our students, teachers and administrators.”
With the election fast approaching, the Carle Place Civic Association hosted a number of political hopefuls in a “Meet the Candidates” night last Wednesday. In front of a packed room of local residents, each of a bevy of candidates was given a chance to make an impression on prospective voters.
Both seasoned pols seeking another shot as well as newcomers to the political arena came to educate the public on their experience and platforms.
When Fichter’s Florist closed its doors in 2000, Bud Fichter thought his days of gardening would be more limited to his own yard. He had spent nearly a lifetime working in the flower shop his father opened in 1934, which had grown to become a Long Island staple. But just because he was ready to retire, didn’t mean his bills were.
So Bud, along with his wife Barbara, got jobs at the Nassau County greenhouses based out of Eisenhower Park. For the last 12 years, the Carle Place couple has been running the show, responsible for growing, maintaining, arranging and planting the 40,000 plants seen all over Nassau County parks.
Homecoming is full of traditions—football games, floats, parades, dances. But this year marks the start of a new tradition for Westbury. This year, the Westbury School District, along with the Village of Westbury, will present its first Alumni of Distinction award, given to an exceptional graduate. The inaugural award is dedicated to the late J. Alfred Cannon, a renowned physician who dedicated his life to community service.
Cannon graduated from Westbury High School in 1946. He was dearly loved by his classmates, and voted junior as well as senior class president- — an amazing accomplishment at a time when less than one percent of the student population was African American.
As a child, Claire Kelly loved playing baseball with her brother’s baseball team; batting, catching and pitching with them at practices throughout the week. But when games rolled around, the coach told her that girls weren’t allowed to play on the all-boys team.
But in 1973, when she was around eight years old, she heard of Carolyn King, a 12 year old girl in Maryland who made national headlines when she sued Little League citing discrimination because they wouldn’t let her play on her local team. Little League dropped the no-girls rule and the effects made their way to Westbury, NY.
As Election Day draws closer and the Town of North Hempstead will soon have a new supervisor, several pressing issues have surfaced. With Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth seeking the office as a Democrat and Town Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio running on the Republican ticket, three major points stand out: transparency in government, problems with the town’s building department and the question of what the town does for the villages.
All along both candidates have emphasized a real need for transparency in government. Discussing the issue with Bosworth, she reiterated the need for a very open government, with town board meetings streamed live on the Internet, as well as eventually televising them on public access channels. She also spoke of making better use of the town’s website, with pertinent news regarding village boards.
Eudes Budhai, Westbury’s Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Personnel presented the results of this year’s math and English Language Arts Assessments (ELA) at last week’s Board of Education meeting. This year marks the first implementation and findings of the new Common Core Learning Standards, and across the board, scores in the district were much lower than usual.
Because this was the first year the Common Core aligned tests were rolled out to New York schools, lower scores were expected. On the whole, Nassau County saw approximately a 30% dip in scores assessments for all grades. Westbury, saw more of a decrease. Grade 3 ELA scores dropped 42.5 % (17.5 % proficient), math dropped 48.7% (18.9% proficient). Fourth grade ELA dropped 40.6% (15.2% proficient), math dropped 48.7% (15.5 % proficient). Fifth grade
ELA dropped 40% (14.4% proficient), math dropped 56.7% (14.4 % proficient), grade 6 ELA dropped 36 (13.8% proficient), math dropped 47.7 (7.7% proficient). Seventh grade ELA dropped 28.8 ( 18.7 % proficient), math 34.9 (11.6 % proficient), Eighth grade ELA dropped 10.2%, (19.5% proficient), math dropped 24.6 (12.9% proficient).
North Hempstead’s Community Development Agency (CDA), joined with elected officials and community leaders recently for the official grand opening of Ideal Food Basket, a full-service supermarket that has been long awaited in the New Cassel community.
With the grand opening of the Ideal Food Basket Supermarket at 735 Prospect Ave., residents will now have access to a wide array of foods including dairy, prime cut meats, delicatessen products, and a wide selection of fresh produce. But groceries weren’t the only thing the supermarket brought to the hamlet. It also brought jobs.
Valuation reductions on commercial properties are leaving residents across Nassau County with unexpectedly high school tax rates increases.
District figures show the school tax rate for Westbury homeowners increasing by 5.01 percent. Carle Place homeowners face a rate increase of 7.11 percent.
While not as big a jump as last year—Westbury residents saw approximately a 19.2 percent increase in 2012 and Carle Place residents saw a 7.9 percent increase—the latest figures from both districts show tax rates far exceeding what was expected when voters passed school budgets in spring.
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