Outgoing Westbury School District Superintendent Dr. Constance Clark-Snead recently said another failed school budget would be “devastating” for the district.
The Westbury/New Cassel NAACP is rallying the community, which has a history of low voter turnouts, to support the proposed budget on May 15 – and they’re starting out by hosting an educational forum this evening at the Westbury Library at 7 p.m.
If Westbury native and Holy Trinity grad Ronnie Cameron receives a call from a National Football League general manager in late April, his road to the pros will certainly be one less traveled.
Cameron, who recently earned an information technology MBA, began his football career playing with friends in front of Park Avenue School in New Cassel and as a member of Mineola’s pee-wee program as a 7-year-old, yet described his younger self as more student than athlete.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and AAR Aircraft Component Services, a leading provider of products and services to the worldwide aviation industry, joined by Westbury High School students at AAR’s Garden City office, announced on Feb. 24 a new partnership aimed to provide Long Island students with science and technology internships and access to STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers.
Partnering with the Westbury Union Free School District and the Cradle of Aviation Museum, AAR unveiled a new “School to Work” program, which hosts Westbury’s STEM Magnet School, to provide local students internships and access to STEM-related careers. This new partnership will provide students from a disadvantaged community with opportunities in STEM fields and help AAR create a pipeline for future hires.
In response to a number of residential burglaries in Westbury and Carle Place neighborhoods around the holidays, local residents formed a Community Watch to help deter local crime. The group hosted Nassau County Police Department 3rd Precinct Commanding Officer Kevin Canavan on Feb. 13 at Carle Place High School to update residents on a number of recent concerns.
Regarding the possible precinct consolidation within the county, Canavan said that his 3rd Precinct would absorb the 6th Precinct in the event that consolidation is approved later this month. The 3rd Precinct, which Canavan called the county’s “flagship” precinct, has been in operation for more than 70 years and is headquartered on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The 3rd Precinct’s sub-station at the Source Mall in Westbury processes 2,500 arrests every year, Canavan said, making it one of the busiest stations in the county.
Nassau County is conducting an alternatives analysis to address transportation needs in the central part of the county and representatives from the Nassau County Planning Commission (NCPC) presented the main components of the study to local residents at the Carle Place Civic Association meeting on Feb. 15.
The study focuses on the Nassau Hub, which contains many of the iconic areas people associate with Nassau County such as the Roosevelt Field Mall, Hofstra University, Nassau Community College, Museum Row, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the County Government Center and Eisenhower Park. The Hub has long been an area with heavy traffic and other transportation problems.
The Carle Place Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools David Flatley presented the community with the district’s 2012-2013 proposed budget, which calls for an estimated 1.91 percent increase from last year’s budget, on Saturday morning, Feb. 11 in the high school auditorium.
Flatley said the $46,395,620 budget is an increase of $868,795 from the $45,526,824 budget in 2011-2012. The tax levy increase is approximately 1.84 percent, Flatley noted.
Many staff members from the district were in attendance to support the budget, as Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel Christine Finn was applauded when she announced that no teaching positions were eliminated in the 2012-2013 proposed budget.
“The budget that we are proposing has no cuts in programs and services.
“I get the sense that dollars being cut, this savings, is the driving issue behind the police precinct closings,” stated North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman. In an interview with Anton Community Newspapers following a town-hosted meeting last week, where Supervisor Kaiman invited local officials to hear the county present its plan, the supervisor emphasized his concern that “we are sacrificing public safety for the wrong reasons.”
Supervisor Kaiman invited Nassau County officials to North Hempstead Town Hall to present the county plan to close four police precincts. The meeting, held last Wednesday morning, Feb. 8, at North Hempstead Town Hall, was an opportunity for the county to speak to its plan before a group of town and village officials. The supervisor said that local officials “had many questions and concerns about the controversial plan.” Over 20 villages were represented through their mayors and trustees, while state and federal legislators also sent representatives to the meeting.
The Village of Westbury Board of Trustees addressed the public on Feb. 2 on several items of community interest, including its most recent efforts to deter crime and suspicious activity in the village.
The board discussed and enacted a new local law to better monitor and enforce restrictions on peddling and soliciting activity within village boundaries.
“This is a result of the heightened concern in the community about some of the activities that were taking place in late summer and early fall,” said Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro.
The mayor added that several residents were specifically concerned with what seemed to be a proliferation of door-to-door peddling in the village.
Early morning on Jan. 31, a family experienced a life-changing – and life-saving – event as Nassau County police officers and ambulance medical technicians brought a newborn baby back to life in Westbury.
The county’s Third Precinct said that Officers Cooper and Atkin responded to a call regarding a newborn baby at a Westbury home on Roman Avenue.
When officers arrived on the scene, a 40-year-old woman was holding her newborn boy, who lay motionless and breathless at the time.
Members of the Carle Place Civic Association offered updates on local happenings, including the Roosevelt Field Mall renovations, Homewood Suites and senior housing construction and possible plans for the Nassau County Hub.
CPCA President Peter McDonnell said that a representative from Simon Malls, which owns the Roosevelt Field property, discussed renovation plans with Civic members, and possible plans would include moving the food court and adding several new restaurants and retail stores in the near future.
Regarding the Hub development, McDonnell said a representative from the Nassau County Hub Study organization will speak at the Feb. 15 CPCA meeting to discuss how possible plans may affect the Carle Place area, and specifically, its Long Island Rail Road station.
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