The Village of Westbury, in association with the Village Recreation Department and the Westbury/Carle Place Chamber of Commerce, held its annual holiday festivities celebration Dec. 3 at the recreation center.
Residents came out in droves for the annual community event, which featured musical performances from the American Concert Band as well as orchestra, band and chorus selections from several of the Westbury Public Schools.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has announced that the kingpin of the largest mortgage fraud and identity theft ring in Nassau County history has been sentenced to four to 12 years in prison for his role in leading an organization that stole more than $20 million from homeowners, banks, and the Nasssau County government.
James Robert Sweet, 44, of Westbury, pleaded guilty October 6 to Enterprise Corruption under New York’s Organized Crime Control Act*, two counts of Grand Larceny in the First Degree, Money Laundering in the First Degree, 32 counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, seven counts of Money Laundering in the Second Degree, five counts of Money Laundering in the Third Degree, six counts of Identity Theft in the First Degree, Money Laundering in the Fourth Degree, Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, and 30 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. Sweet was also ordered to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution to lending institutions.
While the audible beeps and bustle of construction vehicles may bother some Carle Place residents adjacent to the former BOCES site at 234 Westbury Ave., Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano called the sounds “music to our ears.”
Mangano said that the construction of the new Homewood Suites Extended Stay Hotel, which is expected to open in spring 2012 and will feature 150 units, create 70 construction jobs and will result in 23 permanent jobs when completed.
Village of Westbury officials discussed a wide variety of topics at their monthly board meeting Dec. 1, including the latest updates on the housing enforcement effort, liaison reports regarding the Westbury Public Schools and many additional items of community interest.
Senior Building Inspector William Mello discussed the most recent results of the increased focus on housing enforcement.
“In the last month, 54 houses were red-flagged by my department because there was a possibility of over-occupancy or some kind of illegal tenancy, or a past issue at the house that we wanted to check on again,” said Mello.
The Westbury Memorial Public Library, in working to meet its mission to celebrate the joy of reading while working to meet the community’s technological needs, is pleased to announce that it is one of the first Nassau libraries to implement a “Borrow an eReader at the Library” program.
“The loaner e-Reader program, said Director Cathleen Towey, is a technological step in increasing literacy that the Westbury Library is excited to take. “Enabling our patrons to borrow the devices provides the Westbury Library with an excellent opportunity to utilize technology while continuing to promote reading and literacy,” said Towey.
Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro announced “good news for residents” as the village is offering a savings program through East Coast Power and Gas for residents to potentially save up to eight percent off natural gas costs.
Cavallaro said residents should have received a mailing from the Nassau County Village Officials Association (VOA) regarding a home gas savings program that will cut eight percent off of your natural gas costs. The offer is open to village residents and any other interested residents as well.
The Carle Place Civic Association’s Nov. 16 meeting featured a guest speaker, Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro, as well as a noticeable increase in attendance, likely attributed to growing concerns over reported burglaries in area homes.
Comparing three- and six-month periods for 2011 and 2010 within the village, the number of break-ins was less this year, according to Cavallaro. Carle Place’s burglary figures, Cavallaro said, were slightly higher than in the past year.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced on Nov. 16 that a Los Angeles woman is facing multiple felony charges, including grand larceny, after holding herself out as a psychologist, treating patients and billing an insurance company despite not having a license to practice medicine.
Amora Rachelle, 35, of Los Angeles and formerly of Atlantic Beach, was arrested in Westbury on Nov. 15 by DA investigators and charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, and Unauthorized Practice, all felonies. Rachelle faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
A full house greeted veterans from several generations as U.S. Marines Staff Sgt. Trevano Barrett and Sgt. Daniel Peck spoke and honored the former servicemen and women residing at the Amber Court Assisted Living Community on Brush Hollow Road in Westbury on Nov. 11.
Ginger Bonner, activities director at Amber Court, introduced the two Marines on hand and offered a few words to commemorate those who have served in years past and present.
The final numbers are in – the most recent Relay for Life of Carle Place raised more than $76,000, which topped the previous two years’ fundraising totals. In addition, organizers incurred the least amount of event costs thanks to the extra hard work of getting donations for the stage, lighting, food and entertainment. “The event was an overall success. We had new entertainment including the extremely talented Jacks Over Aces student band and The Dancin’ Place’s Zumba performance. Student participation and involvement was high, thanks to the successful ambition of Carle Place High School students, Rachael Martines and Todd Offermann,” said event chair Jenna-Lyn Zaino.
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