For a community as small as Carle Place, the cozy hamlet sure sees a lot of action.
The Carle Place Civic Association addressed residents at the high school library on March 21 regarding the Nassau Hub study, the Gallery at Westbury Plaza center, Carle Place-Mineola flood remediation, local construction projects and more.
High school students: Get ready for your close-up. The SATs and ACTs now want a photo of you.
The requirement that photos be uploaded at the testing site is just one of the new security measures that will now govern SAT and ACT test-takers. In the aftermath of the arrests of 20 local students late last year, all charged with either taking SAT or ACT exams for other students or having paid someone to take the test for them, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced a “sweeping security overhaul” to prevent further cheating. DA Rice was joined by executives from the College Board and the ACT exams at a press conference on Monday, March 26, as she outlined the new rules.
While Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro and Village Justice Thomas Liotti admittedly don’t agree on much, the two local leaders, who both live in Westbury, are making safety here in Carle Place and Westbury a point of no contention.
“It gets pretty hot between us sometimes,” explained Cavallaro, regularly cool and collected in his ways.
When Garden City resident Taniella Jo Harrison wakes up every morning, finding new ways to help others is likely on her mind. In 10 short years, the busy executive vice president of Tri-County Home Nursing Services in Westbury has taken her family’s business and increased revenue by nearly 500 percent, quadrupling the size of her company’s work force.
A Fort Lauderdale, FL native, it seems Harrison’s path to success was destined from childhood. One of her earliest memories was when she and her sister would come to New York every summer to visit their grandmother, Ella Ferguson, owner of Tri-County. “When my grandmother opened her first office on 42nd Street in Manhattan 30 years ago, she introduced us as the president and vice president of Tri-County. Of course, we were 8 and 9 years old. That kind of stuck in mind,” she said.
The times, they are a-changin’.
Michael Kost, who attended Westbury High School from 1957 to 1960, remembers simpler days: Sadie Hawkins dances, cruising down Hempstead Turnpike (trying to “make a statement” for girls on the sidewalks), respect for one’s elders, malted milkshakes after football games and $2 bleacher seats at Yankee Stadium.
If you think government is a bit bloated these days, it has just been put on a strict “diet,” according to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who delivered his official State of the County address on Wed., March 14, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.
During the speech, Mangano touted his administration’s accomplishments and equally stressed the challenge of dealing with the county’s ever-increasing property taxes, warning of a potential 13-percent property-tax hike in the future.
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens/L.I.) will not seek re-election to the United States Congress next year. The announcement came late on Thursday, March 15, following the federal circuit court’s approval of Congressional district lines, a decision that Ackerman’s office called “extraordinarily favorable” to the congressman who is serving his fifteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Announcing his decision not to run for a sixteenth term of office, Ackerman added that, if he had chosen to run again, he would have run “with the primary-free backing of the Democratic Party virtually assured.”
Ackerman currently represents the Fifth Congressional District of New York, which encompasses parts of the New York City Borough of Queens and the North Shore of Long Island, including west and northeast Queens and northern Nassau County.
In continuing its mission to give back to the community, the Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2nd Annual Musical Extravaganza fundraiser on March 23. Proceeds from this year’s event – a concert featuring three of Long Island’s most popular bands – will benefit several Westbury and Carle Place organizations.
The concert, which will take place at Carle Place High School, will feature music by the East Coast Band and RapidFire with a special headlining performance by The Mystic, one of the tri-state area’s most well-known cover bands. Additionally, Long Island’s own Rich Walker, an 18-year veteran of quality stand-up comedy who has shared the stage with Ray Romano and Kevin James, among others, is set to deliver nonstop laughs between acts.
The Village of Westbury received a $200,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from Nassau County on Feb. 28, County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced, which will be utilized to improve various aspects of village life in Westbury.
Mangano also said an additional $25,000 was allocated to the Village of Westbury in order to help the Westbury Senior Center continue its adult daycare, health education, physical fitness and recreation programs.
On March 1, the Westbury Village Board of Trustees updated the public on several significant issues, including the latest plan of action to deter illegal housing in the community.
“We’ve done a lot over the last couple of years to try to get a better handle on some of the illegal housing that takes place in the village,” stated Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro, citing increased code enforcement, recent housing sweeps and the use of search warrants.
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