On Friday, Oct. 22, an excited crowd braved cold and windy weather to gather near the long-vacant movie theater on Post Avenue. Village, town and county officials, as well as the site owner and local residents, were present to celebrate the greatly anticipated start of the renovation and renewal of the theater.
The event also attracted the attention of the media. News and television crews jostled for position to photograph and film the building that will become, as stated in a Westbury Village press release, “one of Nassau County’s premier performing arts venues.”
The ongoing New Cassel revitalization effort celebrated a triumph on Oct. 27. As part of an economic redevelopment plan for the area, two new projects consisting of rental apartments and a retail division have just been completed on Prospect Avenue.
The soaring structures on New Cassel’s main street will contain 50 affordable units in total with about 16,000 square feet of retail space, which will be occupied through a lottery that gives preference to New Cassel residents.
County Executive Edward P. Mangano campaigned for and won his current position with a clear promise to lower spending and taxes for Nassau. The day draws near when he must deliver, arriving at a balanced budget for 2011 without raising taxes or increasing the deficit. This has led to painful proposals, drawing protests on extreme moves like cutting loose the entire Long Island Bus system and turning the high expense of tax refunds over to schools, towns, villages and other special districts including libraries and fire districts.
The Oct. 21 Westbury School Board meeting was attended by Village of Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro and fellow trustees, who commended the members of the Westbury School Board and Superintendent Dr. Constance Clark-Snead, who was further extolled for her work with a contract extension through June 30, 2012.
In 2009, 321 people were killed in New York due to alcohol-related car accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The new forensic social work concentration in the graduate social work program of Long Island University seeks to address this social problem and its many ramifications with a conference of educators, advocates, lawmakers and law-enforcement officials.
SUNY College at Old Westbury commenced its annual “Panther Pride Week” celebration on Wednesday, October 13. As part of the kick-off to this year’s event, the college’s First Year Experience (FYE) program invited #1 best-selling author Ishmael Beah to be its guest speaker.
Freshmen students had read Beah’s memoir A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier for FYE’s common reading program, and hundreds of students and other members of the SUNY Old Westbury community enthusiastically received Beah.
In exchange for the defendant’s plea, Nassau County Judge Jerald Carter agreed to sentence him to six months in jail and five years probation.
The Carle Place Civic Association recently met to discuss topics around town, ranging from the vacant Avis property on Old Country Road to the annual Carle Place Fun Run, and residents were also able to pose questions to Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Viviana Russell.
A spokesman from Equity One Inc., the company which currently owns the former Avis property on Old Country Road and Cherry Lane, explained the current state of the 22-acre property and what steps are necessary to move forward with demolition and rebuilding.
In a letter dated Sept. 30, Richard F. Daines, commissioner of the NYS Department of Health said, “We are pleased to inform you that your facility has been selected to receive a $7M award under the HEAL NY Phase 19, to support and fund capital projects to address unmet health care needs in New York State.”
During a bustling ceremony at the Westbury Senior Center featuring close friends and local officials from the Town of North Hempstead, volunteer Shirley Wright was honored as an “Unsung Hero” for her work at the center and within the community over the years.
Town of North Hempstead Clerk Leslie Gross presented Wright with a citation recognizing her long list of contributions to the Senior Center, while Wright’s peers spoke very highly of her as stories were shared during the ceremony.
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