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Bids For Bruce Flood Terrace Project Are Up For Grabs

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

Construction phase to start once bids accepted for Mineola, Carle Place, Nassau County project components

What began as an idea culminated into a plan. The plan became a project, which has seen more ups and downs than, during heavy downpours, the rain-flooded streets it will affect.

Residents on the border of Mineola and Carle Place near Bruce Terrace and Fairfield Avenue have had hopes of dry streets for decades. Three municipalities have been working out the kinks to get a flood remediation plan on track. Actual construction work is just over the horizon.


Veterans Housing Facility Planned In Westbury

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Converted commercial property to serve 200 veterans each year

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano stood in front of 689 Main Street in Westbury on July 3 to announce plans for the building to be converted to a veteran’s housing complex by early 2013.

Mangano said that Nassau County awarded a $1.5 million grant from Federal HOME Investment Partnerships to the New York Veterans Advocacy Group (NYVAG), a nonprofit organization that will operate the facility.


East Meadow Fire Department Wins ‘BBQ Grilling Throwdown’

Written by Rich Forestano: Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Rockville Centre, Bethpage come in second and third place respectively

Firefighters were battling the flames on Friday, June 29, but of a different kind. The smoke billowing from the Nassau County Firefighters Museum emanated the aromas of grilled delight.

East Meadow, Bethpage and Rockville Centre fire departments battled in the 4th Annual “BBQ Grilling Throwdown” sponsored by Fairway Markets in Uniondale last week. The key message of the contest: holiday barbecue safety.


Vision LI Exec ‘Impressed’ With Westbury Downtown

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

Eric Alexander lauds Westbury Village on downtown revitalization progress

The Westbury Business Improvement District (BID) held its annual board of directors meeting on June 26 at the Bristol on Post Avenue, where Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander took note of how the village has been taking care of business with its downtown revitalization efforts.  

Dawn Blinn of the Westbury BID said the goal of the meeting was to “get many people involved in the downtown revitalization efforts,” which Blinn said proved to be successful as more than 40 people attended, including Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro, village board trustees and members of the Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce. 


SUNY Old Westbury Hosts Forum On Charter School

Written by Karen Gellender: Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

Residents concerned about funding, curriculum for proposed Doshi STEM Charter School

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 15-year-olds in the United States rank 20th in science proficiency and 30th in math proficiency worldwide. Calvin O. Butts, president of SUNY College at Old Westbury, thinks that this tendency for young people to lag behind the rest of the developed world in math and science is especially hurtful in this area.

“I found this to be a constant discussion; no matter what forum, no matter where on Long Island,” said Butts, who serves on both the board of the Long Island Association and as a member of the Long Island Regional Economic Development. High school students aren’t achieving at the level in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math) that may be necessary to prepare them for the careers of the future, and Butts and members of the college’s council feel something must be done about it. Their proposed solution, and the subject of the Monday, June 25 open forum at the student union on campus, is to open a new STEM-focused charter school, slated to open as soon as the fall of 2013.


Police: New Cassel Man Attacks, Robs Hicksville Man, 68

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

Josue Bonilla, 23, charged with first-degree robbery and assault

Following what Third Squad Commanding Officer Ray Cote described as a “senseless and very disturbing” attack on a 68-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia, Josue Bonilla, 23, of New Cassel, was charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree assault.

Cote said that on April 28, the 68-year-old victim, whose identity wasn’t released, wandered two-and-a-half miles from his residence in Hicksville to Grayson Street in New Cassel. Cote said Bonilla, at approximately 8:20 p.m., started kicking the victim and going through his pockets, while witnesses overheard the victim say, “I don’t have anything,” in Spanish.


Jenna Boo Fever Sweeps Through Carle Place Community

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

Children’s book, events raising funds for 2-year-old girl with brain tumor

Kara Stobe says she’s discovered her life’s purpose – and that passion could potentially help a 2-year-old girl with a brain tumor say the same someday.   

Stobe is an art teacher at Rushmore Avenue School in Carle Place and illustrator for a recently launched children’s book, Jenna Boo, and the 2-year-old girl is Gracie Sweet, whose mother, Sara, is a Carle Pace High School grad and whose grandmother, Wendy Tucker, is an aide at Rushmore.


Carle Place HS Principal Neil Connolly Retires

Written by Bryce Klatsky: Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

Longtime fixture, frog leaving following 37 years of service to community

On June 23, Neil Connolly will hand out one last diploma at the Carle Place High School graduation, ending a streak that began more than three decades ago.

“I’ve been at every graduation ceremony since 1980. I’ve shaken hands with every senior that’s graduated here since 1981,” Connolly recalled, and it does not take the former math teacher long to calculate that he has congratulated more than 2,000 graduates.


East Meadow Man Arrested For Posing As Real Estate Agent

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

Jamel Smith, 38, utilized Craigslist to secure payments, police say

There is no place like home, but unfortunately for potential renters who worked with East Meadow “real estate agent” Jamel Smith, there were never any homes at all.

Third Squad Commanding Officer Ray Cote said that Smith, 38, posed as a real estate agent after losing his job at a real estate agency in West Hempstead in March and used Craiglist to attract renters and secure payments. Before he was fired, Smith had won a RE/MAX award for being the most successful agent in the office.


CP Mourns Loss Of Teen Killed In Motorcycle Crash

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

Stephen Fay, 19, remembered for sense of humor, passion for living

Carle Place High School grad Stephen Fay, 19, died early Tuesday morning, June 5, at 9:40 a.m., after crashing his motorcycle in East Garden City, police reported.

The Nassau County Police Department said Fay, who resided in Westbury, was operating a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R motorcycle heading south on East Gate Boulevard when he struck a 2000 Ford E-450 box truck being operated by an unlicensed driver, Kevin Kizzie, 45, of Brooklyn.


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