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Board of Trustees Meeting Covers Various Topics

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 18 June 2010 00:00

Dunkin’ Donuts, Brush Hollow Mosque Discussed

On June 3, a little over two hours yielded a significant amount of progress at the Westbury Board of Trustees meeting.

The first order of business was the approval of a special use permit for the new Dunkin’ Donuts store located at 467C Old Country Road in Westbury. The permit will allow extended hours of operation for the business (open 24 hours a day) as long as the following conditions are met: delivery trucks are only allowed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., garbage trucks must only operate between the same hours but never on weekends, regular inspection of the parking lot to ensure cleanliness, an annual renewal application for the special use permit and a posted sign stating patrons must be considerate of noise after 10 p.m. The Dunkin’ Donuts agreed to the terms in order to comply with the town’s wishes of decreasing residential traffic and not posing a negative impact on the adjacent residents of Rockaway Avenue.

 

Bowling Green Student Succeeds in Academics, Athletics and the Arts

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 18 June 2010 00:00

Michael Taylor Invited to National Academic Competition

Eleven-year-old Michael Taylor, a student at Bowling Green Middle School, is on the fast-track to success as he prepares to fly to Los Angeles on June 25 for a national academic competition.

Michael is partially blind, and as a finalist for the second time in the National Braille Challenge, he has never let his impairment slow him down.

 

Westbury Village Executes Search Warrant

Friday, 11 June 2010 00:00

One Arrested, Three Charged in Alleged Housing Violation

On Friday, May 28, the Village of Westbury Building Department, accompanied by the Nassau County Police Department, executed a search warrant with respect to alleged multiple code violations in a central Westbury area home. 

The home had been the target of previous village enforcement action.  One man believed to be the owner of the property, according to police, was the subject of an open arrest warrant associated with past village housing violations; he was arrested and issued an appearance ticket.

 

CP Appoints New Superintendent

Friday, 11 June 2010 00:00

Mahoney Retires, Flatley to Assume Position

On June 2, the Carle Place School Board announced that Superintendent W. Michael Mahoney will retire on Sept. 20, and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel David J. Flatley, of Levittown, will be the next superintendent of schools.

 

School Board Trustees Removed Due to Alleged Missed Meetings

Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 04 June 2010 00:00

On May 25, a declaration was made by members of the Westbury Board of Education to remove trustees Dr. Pless Dickerson, Floyd Ewing and Larry “Chip” Zaino, Sr. The three trustees were sent letters the following morning informing them that their seats were considered “vacated” on the grounds that they missed too many meetings.

According to School Law, a book published by the New York State School Boards and Bar associations, a vacancy can be declared if “the record clearly shows that a board member has failed to attend three successive meetings and has no sufficient excuse for the absences.”

 

Village: AHRC Should Locate Community Residence Elsewhere

Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 04 June 2010 00:00

Non-Profit Agency Looking at Rugby Road Home

Westbury Village is asking the Nassau County Association for the Help of Retarded Citizens (AHRC) to look elsewhere when it comes to operating another community residence for children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Earlier this year, AHRC, a non-profit organization, entered into a contract to purchase a home on Rugby Road for the intention of operating a community residence. While sympathetic to the needs of the AHRC client population, as well as the services the agency provides, Westbury officials believe the village has “done its share to be welcoming and accommodating to persons with these and similar needs…” when compared to some neighboring communities.

 

Hempstead Man Arrested in Hit and Run

Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 28 May 2010 00:00

Four Teenagers Injured Crossing OCR in Carle Place

A Hempstead man driving without a license was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident that occurred May 19 on Old Country Road in Carle Place. Police allege that Elias Garcia, 26, an undocumented citizen from Guatemala, was the driver of a Toyota Camry that struck and seriously injured four teenage girls and then left the scene.

 

Some Budgets Pass, Others Fail On Super Tuesday

Friday, 28 May 2010 00:00

On Super Tuesday, 10 proposed 2010-2011 school district budgets across Long Island were rejected. While residents of Carle Place and East Meadow voted in favor of their district’s spending plans, the residents of Westbury turned down the proposed budget.

The results of the May 18 school budget vote and board of education elections are as follows:

Carle Place School District

Residents of the Carle Place School District voted 822 to 518 in favor of the $44,646,051 spending plan for 2010-2011.

In the race for school board trustee, Lawrence F. Zaino, Jr., who sought re-election unopposed, received 1,055 votes while two write-in candidates, Joanne Polumbo and Randall Mark, received one vote apiece.

East Meadow School District

In the East Meadow School District, residents voted 2,429 to 1,611 in favor of $178,184,341 spending plan for 2010-2011.

In the race for school board, the results are as follows: Jeffrey Rosenking received 1,886, defeating incumbent Abby Rothchild-Kaplan, who received 1,536; Joseph Parisi, who sought re-election unopposed, received 2,319 votes; Marcee Rubinstein, running unopposed, was re-elected with 2,090 votes. With 2,002 votes, Corey Fanelli defeated Steven Jacobs who received 1,353; and Joseph Danenza received 1,773 votes, defeating Robert Kuschner, who received 1,711. Fanelli and Danenza were both sworn-in following the vote.

The East Meadow Public Library’s 2010-2011 budget was also approved 2,416 to 1,516. Additionally, Ellen Matichek, who sought re-election unopposed to the library’s board, received 2,166 votes.

Westbury School District

For the fifth time in eight years, residents of Westbury rejected the school district’s spending plan on Super Tuesday. A total of 838 residents voted against the district’s proposed $106,215,920 budget for 2010-2011 while 772 residents supported it.

At press time Monday, Karin Campbell, president of the seven-member board, said a decision as to whether or not it would be the same proposed budget up for a revote, revise it and put it up again, or operate under the contingency plan of $105,287,370 had not been reached.

The deadline for the board to render a decision is June 1 – 14 days prior to the statewide revote date of June 15.

In the race for school board, seven people were vying for three at-large seats. Rodney Caines, Leslie Davis and Siela Bynoe were elected to the board, defeating Rod Bailey, Pablo Sinclair, Stan Ercolano and incumbent Larry Wornum. Vote totals are as follows: Caines, 1,036; Davis, 979; Bynoe, 901; Bailey, 844; Wornum, 785; Ercolano, 730; and Sinclair, 373. Trustee terms are three years running from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2013.

 

 

Community Newspapers Are A Growing and Vital Industry

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00

Did you think the local newspaper industry was dead or dying? According to a recent study and New York Press Association (NYPA) campaign, your community weekly newspaper actually remains a primary way for people to get information that is important to them.

County Executive Edward P. Mangano was host last week to the publishers of Nassau’s local newspapers as he and NYPA Executive Director Michelle K. Rea celebrated the key role these papers maintain in the community and to acknowledge that the community newspaper industry is thriving - continuing to provide both an important source of employment and a major tax base throughout the state.

 

Assembly Minority Holds Town Hall Meeting

Written by Cory Twibell and Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00

“Is Albany working for you?” asked New York State Assemblyman Minority Leader Brian Kolb (129th A.D.) to those gathered for a town hall meeting last week. “Is the New York State government working for you?”

The response from an audience of about 50 gathered at the Hicksville Knights of Columbus was silence; not a single person raised their hand.

 

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