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Westbury Library to Welcome 9/11 Survivor, Author

Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00

Michael Hingson Book Discussion, Signing September 21

The Westbury Memorial Public Library will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a special and timely book discussion and signing.

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the library will welcome Michael Hingson, a World Trade Center survivor and author of Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero.

 

Greg Gatto to Participate In FDNY 343 Ride

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00

Greg Gatto of East Meadow will participate in the FDNY 343 Ride from Montauk to the Pentagon to honor the 343 firefighters who were lost in the tragedies of September 11, 2001. The bicycling group of 40 FDNY members will begin their trek at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7 in Montauk and ride 343 miles, a mile for each of the firefighters who gave their lives to save others at Ground Zero.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, but will be the first memorial bike ride of this magnitude. The idea grew from Mike Alexander, captain at Engine 50, Ladder 19, of Battalion 26 in the South Bronx. He mentioned to others in the firehouse that he was planning to do something special for the anniversary, like riding his bicycle a mile for each of the fallen firefighters. From there, more joined in on the plan, to a group of 40 riders, plus many volunteers who will man the water and rest stops along the ride route.

 

Old Westbury’s Stu Goldman Chairs Golf Outing Benefit

Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00

Stu Goldman, a resident of Old Westbury, hit a “hole-in-one” as co-chair of the highly successful eighth annual “Give Through Golf Outing” held at Old Westbury Golf and Country Club on Aug. 8.

The event raised $150,000 for children and adults with developmental disabilities and complex health issues who are served by Richmond Community Services. It featured a day on the links for 116 golfers followed by a cocktail reception, dinner and auction.

 

Irene Packs a Punch in Westbury and Carle Place

Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

Although hurricane Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it made its way up the East Coast of the U.S., making landfall on Long Island on Saturday, Aug. 27, it left a path of downed trees and power lines as it crossed the Island headed toward New England. According to LIPA officials, approximately 420,000 homes in Nassau County lost power due to the storm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gene ‘The Bowling Machine’ Scala Turns 106 in Westbury

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

Centenarian Celebrates with Family, Friends at Arbors

Many people like to look ahead, perhaps for setting a personal goal or maybe just for the thrill of a hypothetical scenario.   

“Picture your life in 20 years” is a common expression.

“Picture your life at 106” is not.

That’s the story of Gene “The Bowling Machine” Scala, the bubbly and kind-hearted centenarian and testament to the adage, “Gets better with age.”

 

CNN: Westbury a Top Place to Live for Young Adults

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00

Village Ranked #18 in United States; Made List Last 2 of 3 Years

CNNMoney.com recently ranked Westbury as one of the top places to live for young, affluent and single professionals in the United States.

Westbury, ranked #18, made the list for the second time in three years, with its first distinction coming in 2009, said a “proud” Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro.

“Many communities on Long Island are vying to be places that attract young people, and Westbury has worked hard for many years to develop the kinds of housing options, services, recreational activities and overall environment that attracts younger residents. 

 

Habitat for Humanity Raises Walls For New Home in Westbury

Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00

Many Contribute to New Energy-Efficient Home

On Aug. 6, Habitat for Humanity in Nassau County took a giant step in the construction of a home for a Habitat family, which had been selected after a rigorous application process to become first-time homeowners. Habitat for Humanity in Nassau County (HFHNC), an affiliate of HFH International, partnered with Unified New Cassel Community Revitalization Corporation (UNCCRC) to build the home.

A Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant and a Community Development block grant awarded to Habitat through Nassau County provided some of the funding needed for the project and significant financial contributions from Travelers Insurance, State Farm, Roslyn Savings Bank (a division of New York Community Bank, New York Community Bank Foundation, Strobe Promotions, Inc., Long Island Board of Realtors, Grace Episcopal Church and Christ Episcopal Church assisted greatly in making Habitat’s mission of providing affordable housing for hardworking Nassau County residents a reality.  

 

NYS Recommends Cleanup at Former Avis Property on Old Country Road

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

Department of Environmental Conservation Now Accepting Public Comments

In a publicly released report, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Department of Health recently recommended a cleanup at the former Avis Headquarters at 900 Old Country Road in Carle Place. 

While both entities claimed that the site “does not pose a significant threat to public health or the environment,” the NYSDEC, in compliance with the New York Brownfield Cleanup Program, recently offered measures to address contamination at the site.

 

Patti Matarazzo Receives Service to Veterans Award

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

School Librarian Co-Wrote ‘History of Westbury for Kids’

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored our nation’s heroes on Friday, Aug. 5 at the 24th Annual Salute to Veterans ceremony, held at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre. This year’s event was dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military airmen who served during World War II.

The ceremony began with the traditional “Roll Call of the States,” before Mangano then recognized, thanked and applauded each veteran and active duty service person in the audience and asked for a moment of silence for all United States troops deployed around the world.

 

Westbury’s Bryce Klatsky Off to Austria For Teaching Fellowship

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00

Carle Place HS, Skidmore College Alum Preparing for European Trip

On Sept. 25, Carle Place High School alum Bryce Klatsky will head to Waibhofen an der Ybbs, Austria for a teaching fellowship to share some of his knowledge of American affairs with Austrian teens.

While some may have had to Google “Waibhofen an der Ybbs” for a quick geography or pronunciation lesson, Klatsky, a recent Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) grad, is plenty familiar with the mountainous area, having previously studied in the central European republic.

 

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