The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) declared bankruptcy in 2010 and approached all 13 United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Unions, including Local 338 of Waldbaum’s in Carle Place, and asked for “concessionary bargaining to help the company recover financially,” according to Joe Fontano, political director, Local 338.
“The company is seeking savings to help them remain in business and emerge from bankruptcy and they’ve approached their labor force, through the union, basically seeking to re-open the contracts and are looking for savings to help them emerge,” explained Fontano, who couldn’t give specifics on negotiations.
Residents from New Cassel and Westbury dealing with dust and odor problems gathered at the Westbury Community Center on Oct. 18 and discussed ways to improve the quality of life in the area.
“We just try to keep our small piece of Westbury in order and looking nice and keep all of our members happy and safe,” said Stan Ercolano, president of the Poets Corner Neighborhood Association (PCNA), the organization that hosted the meeting.
Carle Place’s Paul Mila, an author, certified diver and tennis coach, recently answered a few questions for The Westbury Times regarding books, blogging, family and underwater photography.
When, and why, did you start diving and taking pictures?
“Ever since watching Sea Hunt in the 1950s and Jacques Cousteau’s underwater explorations in the 1970s, scuba diving has always captivated me. But I never tried it until my wife Carol and I went to Cozumel on a vacation in 1999 with our neighbors, the Catalanos. Our all-inclusive resort offered a free scuba lesson, so I tried it and was hooked like a fish.
Edward Tullio Smith, a resident of Carle Place for 22 years and partner at Tullio’s Pottery at 554 Westbury Ave., hopes this holiday season in the “Hamlet” is unlike any other.
Smith is hoping that “Winter Festival in Carle Place” will create a mini-wonderland of decorations and participation among residents and business owners along the town’s main thoroughfare.
Many people attended the Port Washington/Manhasset Chapter of the League of Women Voters Meet the Candidates forum on Oct. 11 in order to get a better sense of the North Hempstead Town Supervisor candidates, Incumbent Jon Kaiman (D) and Challenger Lee Tu (R). Mary Ann Fleming, a member of the League of Women Voters from an outside chapter, was the moderator of the forum. While she asked the crowd at the beginning of the debate to not applaud until the end, many people were so enthused by the lively debate that they could not contain their applause and were clapping for both candidates.
Town of North Hempstead Clerk Leslie Gross seems to be everywhere, even on her birthday.
On Sept. 20, Gross spoke at Westbury’s Powell’s Lane School, a small elementary school nestled just south of Jericho Turnpike.
“Local government is your opportunity to be involved in your community. If you have a question, you can be involved, you can be a leader in your community,” Gross said.
The Village of Westbury passed a local law at its monthly meeting on Oct. 13 to combat some of the illegal housing taking place in the village.
Mayor Peter Cavallaro said the village board unanimously adopted a law to eliminate residential uses for accessory buildings like garages and similar structures.
Despite a last-minute rain date rescheduling, the Westbury B.I.D.’s annual Fall Festival and Street Fair maintained its traditional mix of commerce, cuisine and community culture.
From Orchard Street to Cross Street, Post Avenue was a shopper’s paradise. A huge selection of jewelry, art, clothing, accessories and an endless assortment of toys and novelties awaited crowds of bargain hunters.
To celebrate the publication of the study, hundreds of residents, public officials, students and church leaders gathered Oct. 1 in the parking lot of the First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury for a Farmer’s Market and special ceremony. Those who helped with New Cassel’s initial revitalization successes and continuing progress were recognized for their contributions and honored with commemorative certificates.
In the wake of two unusual events, at least by Long Island standards, Hurricane Irene or the aftershock of the earthquake in Virginia may have contributed to the structural damage at the Westbury Middle School, according to Superintendent Dr. Constance-Clark Snead.
The superintendent said that the damage was discovered when the building inspectors conducted their annual review of the district’s edifices, at which time cracks in the chimney and damage in the rear of the old wing of the middle school were reported to the district’s engineering, architectural and insurance firms.
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