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Hidden History: A Look at the African-American Presence in Westbury

Written by Judith A. Burgess Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

The Search for the ‘Garnet House’

(Editor’s Note: The Westbury Times thanks Judith A. Burgess for contributing the following article coinciding with the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17.)

As we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s 82nd birthday this weekend, it is important to remember what he stood for: correcting past injustices, giving the voiceless a voice, righting the wrongs and making the invisible visible. In this spirit, I share some of the results of my research, which shows that African Americans have lived in Westbury since the 18th century and helped to build the village we know today.

 

Westbury Car Accident Claims Life of Clarke HS Teen

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

Police Cite High Speed And Inexperience in Tragic Crash

Just after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, a two-car collision on Salisbury Road and Bowling Green Drive in Westbury left one young man dead and two seriously injured.

Francesco Posillico, 17, was driving a 2006 BMW when he overlooked a stop sign and struck another vehicle driven by a 24-year-old woman from Levittown, police said.

 

Village E-Cycle Drop-Off Day Approaching

Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

The next drop-off day for the Village of Westbury’s e-cycle program will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the village’s public works facility at 500 Dover St.

Mayor Cavallaro said, “Many people just received new electronics as gifts for the holidays, and want to dispose of old or broken items. Instead of throwing those old items out, we are urging them to drop their used, broken and unwanted electronic equipment, televisions, computers, monitors, radios, stereo equipment, VCR machines, phones, clocks and any other electronic devices at our collection site.”

 

Westbury BOE Holds December Planning/Action Meeting

Written by Katherine M. Trager Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

Board Addressees Questions From Community Residents

The Westbury Board of Education held a dual Planning/Action Meeting on Dec. 16, 2010. In addition to addressing questions and concerns from the community, the board identified challenges facing the district as well as anticipated successes from upcoming new programs.

During the public forum, several residents made inquiries as to current district policies and expressed concerns about the past instability experienced by the board.

 

NuHealth Foundation Volunteers Raise Money to Benefit NUMC

Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00

Volunteers who manage the greenhouse located on the NUMC campus recently presented Deidra Parrish-Williams, executive director of the NuHealth Foundation, with a check for $10,332.80. These funds were raised during 2010 from the sale of plants and flowers to support the mission of NUMC.

Arthur A. Gianelli, President/CEO of the NuHealth System, congratulated the volunteers who run the greenhouse, seven days a week, 365 days a year, rain or shine, snow or sleet, for their commitment to supporting the NuHealth Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the NuHealth System.

 

Apex Housing: National Model of Success in Westbury

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00

Kimmel Foundation Project Blends Amenities, Affordability

Where Maple Avenue meets Union Avenue on the Westbury-New Cassel border, two state-of-the-art housing units rise several stories above the heavy volume intersection.

Their collective height is a testament to the above and beyond effort of the non-profit group responsible for bringing the Apex project to life: the Kimmel Housing Development Foundation.

 

Long Island Tenor Michael Amante Performs Veterans Tribute Show At NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00

Musical and Theatre Legacy Foundation Sponsors GCMS Chorus In Stage Debut

It was a glee-filled afternoon last Sunday, Dec. 12, at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, when recording artist and Long Island tenor Michael Amante offered a powerful and touching performance during his fifth annual holiday and veterans tribute concert. The event featured very special guest soprano Marissa Famiglietti and the Garden City Middle School Festival Chorus, who appeared in their concert stage debut.

Opening with Christmas favorite Joy to the World, along with a host of other festive holiday selections, Amante showcased his remarkable ability to perform a wide variety of musical genres from Puccini to pop. One of the afternoon’s highlights was when Amante paid special homage to U.S. disabled veterans in a rendition of the U.S. Armed Forces Medley, which featured songs such as Caissons Go Rolling Along, Anchors Aweigh, Army Air Corps Song, The Marines Hymn, TAPS and America the Beautiful.

 

Court Dismisses School District Petition Against State Commissioner of Education

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00

A five-month long wait for the Westbury School Board resulted in the dismissal on Dec. 6 of the Westbury School District petition (Karin Campbell was then president of the board of education) against David Steiner, the New York State Department of Education Commissioner.

Acting New York State Supreme Court Justice Michael Melkonian wrote in the decision:

 

Village of Westbury Celebrates Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Written by Katherine M. Trager Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00
On Saturday, Dec. 4, the Village of Westbury celebrated its annual tree lighting ceremony and holiday party. The event was held at the Village Recreation Center and was hosted by the Recreation Commission and the Westbury/Carle Place Chamber of Commerce.

Families, friends and neighbors chatted over hot cocoa and refreshments as the fireplace flickered cozily in the background. Live Christmas medleys performed by the American Concert Band’s Brass Quartet and Westbury High School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society added to the holiday spirit. 

 

TNH Awards Contracts For New Cassel Community Center

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00

Innovative ‘Green’ Building Slated To Open in May 2012

The Town of North Hempstead recently announced that Melville-based Racanelli Construction Company, Inc., along with The LiRo Group of Syosset, will be the general contractor and construction manager, respectively, for the $20 million environmentally friendly New Cassel community center.  

The unique building, which upon completion in May of 2012, will measure 60,000 square feet and feature two above grade levels and a partially utilized basement space. The building will also be one of the first LEED-Certified Platinum-rated community centers in the nation.

 

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