Long Island Professional Educators Network (LIPEN) has been fighting the idea that schoolyard bullying is inevitable for years with the aid of “Bully Frog”, a particularly bellicose cartoon amphibian with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Over the course of the first Bully Frog children’s book, used by LIPEN as a part of an interactive anti-bullying program conducted within schools, the titular Bully Frog (actually Billy Frog) learns how to deal with other children in a more positive way, and the other children learn how to stick up for each other as well. However, is even a kid as tough as Billy Frog safe in the era of 24-hour text messaging?
On the evening of Sept. 16, a Town of North Hempstead public meeting was held at Westbury’s Park Avenue School as a component of the town’s ongoing plan for the redevelopment and renewal of the New Cassel community.
The purpose of this meeting, which was hosted by Town Councilwoman Viviana Russell, was to present and discuss two specific parts of the Town’s current strategy: the New Cassel Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program and a community Arts Initiatives project for New Cassel.
On Sept. 11 and 12, the Westbury Business Improvement District sponsored the annual Post Avenue Street Fair, an event that was well attended, entertaining and successful.
This year, the street fair commenced in a very significant and meaningful manner. The Village of Westbury commemorated the ninth anniversary of 9/11 with an interfaith Memorial Ceremony at the Village Piazza. It was a beautiful and solemn event.
Darnell Powell, former principal at the Westbury Middle School, along with his attorney Steven Morelli of Garden City, said they are planning on “going after anyone who did this to him” after Powell was removed from his position at the end of August following what Morelli stated were sexual harassment allegations.
According to a written statement emailed to The Westbury Times, the Westbury School District said, “Darnell Powell was reassigned out of his position as principal of Westbury Middle School in the spring of 2009. After an investigation and a hearing as provided by law, his employment within the district was terminated in the summer of 2010. It would be inappropriate for the district to comment further on the dismissal, to respect the privacy regarding personnel matters.”
In the “old” days, police would receive a 911 call about shots fired in an area and respond to the scene with possible fatalities or severe injuries. For one year now, police have been able to respond within seconds of a shooting occurring.
Aug. 23 marked the one-year anniversary of the first arrest due to the ShotSpotter System at the Nassau County Police Department. The system is currently in full operation in Roosevelt and Uniondale. County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey said the department is looking to expand the system’s use to other communities in Nassau County.
At the last Village of Westbury Board of Trustees Meeting before the fall equinox, Mayor Peter Cavallaro and the other board members looked back on the events of a busy summer and highlighted some of what the village can expect in the coming months.
Benevetto Soccer Club, located on Post Avenue, had received what Cavallaro called “complaints of illegal gambling” on the premises and as a result, the mayor temporarily suspended operations because of several unresolved issues at the site.
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy sat down with editors of Anton Community Newspapers last week to discuss some of the hot-button issues in Washington and some specific to the 4th District that she represents.
She addressed various topics ranging from local airplane noise to Iraq, Afganistan and education. But it is her work on childhood obesity that she says has become one of her champion causes. McCarthy started working on the issue when she took over the chairmanship of Education and Labor Committee four years ago. She said that when she was considering the position, she researched the subject and it entailed everything she would want to work on. Prior to her political career, McCarthy was a nurse for 32 years.
Rick Collins, a Westbury resident and attorney in Mineola, brought his “Leap for Life” idea from a local, one-man jump in 2009 to a 75 person skydiving weekend throughout North America in support of Lance Armstrong’s LiveSTRONG Foundation.
“I did it last year as a solo effort and then I thought, ‘If I can raise 15 grand for an important cause on my own, let me get others involved and raise a lot more money,’” said Collins, whose daughter, Lauren, and family friends leaped alongside him.
Westbury School District Superintendent Dr. Constance Clark-Snead addressed a full house at the Aug. 26 board of education action meeting as most of the attendees remained for the duration of the lengthy meeting.
The action meeting, broken up by an extended executive session, featured several items of note, including proficiency standards, increasing achievement, upgrading cafeterias, retiring faculty members and a resident re-registration program.
Well-traveled hockey standout Louis Liotti has made his way back to the northeast, the place where he grew up, went to college and calls home – at least for the time being.
According to echl.com, the Reading Royals, a Pennsylvania-based team from the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) recently signed accomplished defenseman Louis Liotti, a 25-year-old Westbury resident. The Royals are an affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.
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