Following a series catalytic converter burglaries at several Nassau County LIRR stations, car thieves may be targeting not only what’s inside your car but also what’s underneath it.
On Jan. 11, the catalytic converter was stolen from a 2005 Toyota Sequoia that was parked at the Long Island Rail Road Massapequa Train Station, the fourth instance at the station since June and the second over a three-day interval.
According to Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro, a similar incident was reported at the Westbury LIRR station a few weeks ago.
“We had a conversation with our precinct. You can just crawl underneath the rear of the car and wrench it off. It’s not like you have to open up the hood or anything like that,” said Cavallaro.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed school aid package could result in increases in state aid for the Westbury and Carle Place school districts, but possibly less for Hicksville and East Meadow, Westbury Schools could see an increase of 7.75 percent, or $2.3 million. The district received $30.3 million in state aid this year.
But the governor’s state aid package has a long way to go. It must be approved by the state legislature, which will be considering the school aid package in the coming months.
Carle Place Schools will receive $52,833 in additional aid next year if Cuomo’s plan goes through.
In anticipation of the opening in the coming months of The Space at Westbury (http://www.thespaceatwestbury.com/), the newly redeveloped performing arts center at the old Post Avenue movie theater, Mayor Peter Cavallaro announced the creation of the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts on Jan. 7.
“Westbury has a long history of supporting the arts, and is blessed with people of many talents, so we are going to undertake a mission of making Westbury the most arts-friendly community in Nassau County.
“Is that an ambitious goal? Yes, but with the coming opening of The Space at Westbury, we believe that a critical mass of arts, culture and entertainment will develop here, and we want to take advantage of the creative energy that the theatre will generate,” said Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro.
Following two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, Marine Sgt. Ryan Donnelly, a Purple Heart recipient, was chosen as the winner of the free wedding contest at the Viana Hotel and Spa in Westbury.
Donnelly, who attended Newfield High School in Selden and was the school’s top male athlete in 2002, will exchange vows with fiancée Tina McGrory, a U.S. Army veteran, on March 16.
The Westbury Village Board, at its first regular meeting of the year Jan. 3, unanimously passed a local law authorizing the village, if necessary, to impose a property tax levy in excess of the state-legislated two percent cap.
The law, which was first introduced and enacted last year, must be re-enacted in each subsequent year after a public hearing.
Ben Moon, multimedia artist, vocalist and DJ, has had his artwork featured at exhibitions around the world, including shows in London and Beijing, but the Westbury native recently launched his first major multimedia performance in New York City – ROKLYFE.
ROKLYFE is his attempt to unify multiple aspects of life into one creative expression. His various art forms combine a multitude of themes and messages, which are combined to create various masterpieces, unprecedented by artists before him. ROKLYFE features live and recorded music, projected visuals, such as sculptures and ceramics, and social media, to invite all types of people into the mind of Ben Moon.
As the sun faded in the late afternoon sky on Monday, Oct. 29, local residents braced themselves for a storm unlike any other in recent memory.
When the howling wind gusts and steady rainfall subsided the next day, community members took to the streets to survey the damage of Superstorm Sandy, which upended hundreds of trees and numerous power lines in the area and left nearly all of the homes and businesses within the Village of Westbury and Town of North Hempstead without electricity.
“Prior to the nor’easter, we had approximately 700 houses in the village still without power. Unfortunately, as a result of the storm, many houses, including mine, lost power again, and we are now at about 2,300 homes with no power,” said Mayor Peter Cavallaro.
Nassau County Legislator Robert Troiano (D., 2nd LD) told The Westbury Times that that the Republican’s redistricting plan, which was presented on Friday, Dec. 27, “sliced and diced” the Westbury Village and would result in an additional two legislative representatives for the area.
“It would be unusual for a village,” said Troiano, “four is a big shift.”
Throughout the 1950s, Westbury’s population was booming, skyrocketing from approximately 4,500 residents to nearly 15,000 – and one of those residents was longtime community member Elliot Ferebee, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday among family and friends in December.
Ferebee, born on Dec. 18, 1922 in Switzerland, S.C., moved to Harlem, N.Y. in 1929 and kept active in stickball, baseball, softball and football while attending DeWitt Clinton High School. He recalls seeing Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway at the Apollo and the Savoy before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943.
Ferebee’s first marriage to the late Willie Mae Ferebee (their ceremony was conducted by Adam Clayton Powell, the first New Yorker of African-American descent to be elected to U.S. Congress) produced his first daughter, Vallie Bray. His second marriage to the late Elizabeth Ferebee produced three daughters, Denise (deceased), Janice and Annette.
One or more criminals likely landed on the naughty list this Christmas as 10 vehicles in Westbury were burglarized during one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.
Between Saturday, Dec. 22 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 2:30 a.m., the Nassau County Police Department reported the break-ins, which took place at the Applebee’s parking lot on Corporate Drive, Fulton Street and Drexel Avenues and on Post Avenue.
Detectives said that two vehicles in the Applebee’s parking lot had windows broken and a video game system and computer were reported stolen.
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