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National Night Out Brings Awareness To Light

Written by Brendan Reardon Friday, 24 August 2012 00:00

Westbury, New Cassel residents gather to support crime, drug prevention

Martin “Bunky” Reid Park was bustling with excitement on Tuesday, Aug. 7 as the Westbury/New Cassel community gathered to support National Night Out 2012. The event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and demonstrate unification in neighborhoods across the United States. The theme for this year’s event, New Cassel’s 29th, was “Good Beginnings, Good Health.”

Corruption Case Declared A Mistrial

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00

Partial verdicts previously delivered in New Cassel development case; judge declares mistrial on remaining counts

A trial involving corruption charges against three former public officials related to the multimillion dollar New Cassel Redevelopment Project came to a halt on Aug. 6 when Acting Supreme Court Judge Justice Alan Honorof declared a mistrial on 17 remaining counts after a juror deliberating on the case asked to be excused due to a medical issue. An alternate juror had previously been released.

Former Nassau County legislators Roger Corbin and Patrick Williams were on trial along with the former head of the Town of North Hempstead Community Development Agency, Neville Mullings. Corbin and Mullings are Westbury residents.


Scholarship For CP Grad Killed In June

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00

Stephen Fay memorial bracelet proceeds to help a future wrestler attend summer camp

This coming weekend, memorial bracelets will be sold to honor the legacy of 2010 Carle Place High School grad Stephen Fay, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in East Garden City on June 5.

Fay, who classmates described as a loyal, passionate friend with a witty sense of humor, was driving a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R motorcycle south on East Gate Boulevard in Garden City when he struck a box truck driven by a driver with a suspended license, police said. Fay would have turned 20 on June 6.


It’s A Nice Day For A … Free Wedding

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

Viana Hotel & Spa offering ceremony, honeymoon for veteran on Nov. 11

This Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, Westbury’s Viana Hotel & Spa is giving back to one lucky veteran in love.

In collaboration with the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, the Village of Westbury and the Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce, Viana, a recently constructed small luxury hotel featuring a number of green initiatives located at 3998 Brush Hollow Road, will host a complimentary wedding ceremony – and provide accommodations for a honeymoon – to one active duty or retired service member (who has been honorably discharged) living here in Nassau County.


Village Meeting Provides Housing, Theater Updates

Written by Katherine M. Trager Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

Mayor says ‘neighborhood sweeps,’ higher fines target repeat offenders

Village of Westbury officials updated the public on several items at their regular meeting on Aug. 2, including recent progress in terms of the housing enforcement effort as well as the status of the Post Avenue theater project.

Senior Building Inspector William Mello reported that the Building Department had just completed an eight- to 10-block “neighborhood sweep” to contend with illegal housing in the village.


Martins Holds Roundtable, Press Conference

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

Discusses budget, MTA, I-STOP and unfunded mandates

Coming into the final four months of his current term as senator of the 7th Senate District, Jack Martins sat down with Anton Community Newspapers editors on Wednesday, July 25. He will seek re-election in November, facing off against Manhasset Democrat Daniel Ross.

Martins “tipped his hat” to Governor Andrew Cuomo concerning initiatives including the new 2 percent tax cap, a timely budget process, the states dealings concerning the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and state school district issues, most notably unfunded mandates.


Local College Professor Pens Second Book

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

Empire State College’s Ian Reifowitz studies national identity, core values

Ian Reifowitz, an associate professor at SUNY Empire State College (ESC) in Old Westbury, recently wrote his second book entitled Obama’s America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity, which describes Barack Obama’s “rhetorical attempt to decisively transform our national identity,” according to Reifowitz.

“The book really is about how Obama wants to change our national identity to make it more inclusive, to make it really live up to the values he describes as our core values, so it’s really a study of his language and the way he talks about American national identity,” said Reifowitz, who began teaching at Empire State College in 2002 and lives in Manhattan.


Village Hosting Short Films Concert Friday, July 27

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Piazza to feature free outdoor concert and award-winning short films

The boys are back in town.

New York Institute of Technology grad Doug LeClaire and two college friends put together a collection of award-winning short films and presented them to an audience at the new Westbury Middle School auditorium in 1982, and this Friday, July 27, they’re back at it again.


Seeking A Vote On Pool Acquisition

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Opponents gather over 4,000 signatures; seek vote in November election

Last month, the Town of North Hempstead board voted to acquire the Roslyn Country Club pool and tennis courts.

The vote, which took place before a packed audience, saw many supporters and some opponents, too. Those opponents have now organized. Last Thursday, July 19, they presented a petition to the town, one with 4,074 signatures, requesting that the issue be put to a public referendum during the next Town of North Hempstead election.


Westbury, New Cassel Residents Seek Dust, Odor Answers

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

Elected officials meet with homeowners to discuss possible solutions

Westbury and New Cassel residents living near Grand Boulevard – a decrepit road that sees a high volume of cars passing through daily – met with local elected officials and representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on July 13 to discuss the ongoing issue of dust and odors affecting homeowners in the area.

At the meeting, which took place at Assemblyman Michael Montesano’s office in Hicksville, DEC’s Long Island Regional Director Peter Scully and his team presented findings of soil samples previously collected and tested from 10 area homes.


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