For the past decade, Peter McDonnell has been giving back to the community he’s called home most of his life. The Carle Place native and father of two currently serves as president of both the Carle Place Public Library Funding District and the Carle Place Civic Association and is a dedicated volunteer at the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter.
A graduate of Carle Place High School, McDonnell attended the College of Insurance (now the School of Risk Management and Actuarial Science at St. John’s University), working in corporate accounting for 12 years. After getting married, McDonnell and his wife Laura moved to Coram but in 2001, they moved their family, which includes sons Patrick and Peter Jr., back to Carle Place and into McDonnell’s childhood home.
Firm Named Best Public/Private Partnership of Nassau County Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo, Cohn & Terrana LLP (the firm) client Lowe Properties was honored by the Long Island Business News for “Best Public/Private Partnership in Nassau of 2010,” for the Westbury Theater project.
To assist residents in making informed decisions in the upcoming Westbury Board of Education trustee election, the Westbury Parent Teacher Association and the League of Women Voters hosted an open community forum on May 4 at Westbury High School.
Village of Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, State Senator Jack M. Martins, chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, and State Senator Charles Fuschillo, chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation, met recently with Long Island Railroad President Helena Williams and representatives from the New York State Department of Transportation to address the Ellison Avenue Bridge in Westbury, which is badly in need of renovation and rehabilitation.
Ellison Avenue acts as a major north/south route for traffic. The bridge is a raised roadway that runs over the LIRR tracks. Traffic flow over the bridge is substantial since Ellison Avenue leads to and from both the LIE and Jericho Turnpike, as well as to and from certain major commercial and governmental locations in Mineola and Garden City.
Westbrook Preparatory School – New York State’s first residential secondary school for students with Asperger syndrome, high functioning autism and related conditions – marked the opening of its doors on St. Brigid’s Lane with a ribbon cutting on April 28 under rainy skies but with a bright outlook for its future.
“Westbrook is a program that was long in coming. It was a labor of love for all of you and it meets very real needs,” Gail Nayowith, executive director of SCO Family of Services, an outreach organization that has provided over 100 years of different services to children and families throughout New York State.
The manner in which 20-year-old Rahul Rai was discovered is, well, almost straight out of Bollywood – India’s equivalent to cinema culture here in the United States.
A graduate of Wheatley High School in Old Westbury and current student at Pace University, Rai was performing as a dancer in the Hicksville-based dance company Bollywood Performing Arts when movie director Nayan Padrai spotted Rai and asked him to audition for the leading role of Harry.
This past week, the Westbury Village Board of Trustees and I adopted the village’s 2011/12 budget. In putting this budget together, we undertook a disciplined and comprehensive review and evaluation of each and every village department and service, and a critical scrutiny of each and every expenditure line in the budget. We also had to take into account the effects on the village of the continuing budget difficulties on the national and state levels, which have presented us with serious challenges and potential revenue loss.
On April 5, Westbury’s Divine Church of God offered the community an evening of entertainment and fellowship as well as an opportunity to make a difference.
This year, the church was honored to host the Kuyasa Kids Choir on their seventh tour of the United States. The Kuyasa Kids, a children’s ambassador choir from Africa, serve as representatives and living testimonies of Christian charity organization Horizon International.
On April 9, elected officials and community members gathered outside the Westbury Recreation Center to celebrate the renewal of the Westbury Boxing Club program.
The Boxing Club program, which has a 30-year history of providing youths with training as well as leadership skills, has been able to continue its outreach through a partnership with the Village of Westbury and the Denis Dillon Cornerman Foundation.
His feet sink deeper and deeper into the cold, swampy terrain that cascades unmercifully across the barren Antarctic landscape.
He races toward the finish line that stands 30 feet ahead as mud sloshes about his ankles with every step. The wind swirls and twists violently over his head, howling like a hungry wolf. As he glances to the left, he sees an ice-covered mountain range and glacial melt-water that stretches for miles. In his perimeter vision, rays of sunlight peek through the ominous clouds that loom overhead. A wave of emotion encompasses his body as he completes the last leg of travel through the vast expanse and the awe-inspiring scene is one that not many will ever have the chance to witness in their lifetimes.
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