Children’s author and illustrator David Ezra Stein, whose book Interrupting Chicken recently received the 2011 Caldecott Honor Award, will visit the Westbury Memorial Public Library at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. During his visit, Stein will read from his New York Times bestselling book and answer questions.
“The Caldecott is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children,” said Westbury Library Director Cathleen Towey. “We are delighted that Mr. Stein, an honoree of this prestigious award, has decided to come and visit Westbury.”
After all the protests and disagreements, after all the proposals and changes, New York State has an on-time budget for the first time in 15 years and just a third on-time budget in 28 years.
New York State passed its $132.5 billion budget on March 31 around 1 a.m., just in time for the April 1 deadline. Overall spending will be cut $3.5 billion (2 percent) from the current year and closes a $10 billion deficit without raising taxes.
The Coalitition of New York State Alzheimer’s Association Chapters, Inc. and president Mary Ann Malack-Ragona, CEO for the Long Island Chapter, explained, “There is no one more worthy of this award than Henley.”
Westbury School Board Trustee Rocco Lanzilotta was sworn in as president of the Order Sons of Italy Donatello Lodge #2559 on Tuesday, March 22 at the Westbury Recreation Center on Post Avenue.
The catered affair was standing room only for some attendees and as Lanzilotta was installed in his new position, all guests offered a round of applause.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced on March 16 that after a two-year investigation, her office has filed four indictments charging 17 people with more than 108 crimes for their roles in mortgage fraud and identity theft schemes that stole more than $20 million from homeowners, banks, and the county government. Rice said 16 defendants were arrested over a three-day span.
The New York State Banking Department offered significant investigative assistance.
Many Westbury residents took advantage of the public forum portion at the Westbury Board of Education’s action meeting on St. Patrick’s Day and offered their opinions on the proposed budget for the 2011-2012 school year.
Assistant Superintendent Mary Lagnado presented the proposed budget for the second time in as many weeks and the district provided copies of the PowerPoint presentation to all in attendance. Lagnado also explained her method for adjusting the budget as time goes on.
Sixth Squad detectives reported the details of an arrest of a Hempstead man for an assault on a police officer that occurred on Feb. 18 at 4:25 a.m. in Old Westbury.
The Westbury School Board offered a presentation on its proposed and contingency budget for the 2011-2012 school year on March 10 in the high school library.
The proposed budget of $108,887,109 will feature a 3.41 percent budget-to-budget increase, while the contingent budget of $109,707,104 will feature a 4.19 budget-to-budget increase.
Celebrating North Hempstead’s broadening ethnic diversity, Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Councilwoman Viviana Russell and the North Hempstead Town Board recently hosted the town’s first Black History Month presentation.
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