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A Shore Thing

Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 04 October 2013 00:00

Westbury Welcomes Joe’s Crab Shack 

Sharon Williams-McCrimmon is serious about her seafood. So when she heard that a Joe’s Crab Shack was opening in Westbury, she was excited to say the least. 


It’s a Joe’s Crab Shack tradition to give free crab for a year to the first 100 people who eat at the restaurant. Over 200 people were lined up when the doors opened for the first time at 11 a.m. on September 24, and Williams-McCrimmon led the way, after waiting since 4:55 p.m. the night before.  


Food Pantry Opens In New Cassel

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Site will provide for physical and mental needs of community

According to the 2010 Census Bureau statistics, 17.5 percent of the New Cassel community lives below the poverty line. Reverend Duval Denis, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, sees that statistic come to life every day at his church located on Prospect Avenue. 


“There’s a lot of need in the New Cassel community,” Denis says. 


CP Contract Negotiations Continue

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 02 October 2013 00:00

Hundreds of local educators from all over Nassau County joined Carle Place teachers in a rally last Thursday night, as the Carle Place Teachers Association (CPTA) continued their fight for a contract.


“We are all Carle Place today,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers who came in from Washington D.C for the rally. “This is a tragedy, because the district and educators have made this a great place

 to live.” 


Educators from Massapequa, Hicksville, Westbury, Seaford, Port Washington, Levittown and more lined the block and crowded the lawn in front of Carle Place High School, supporting their fellow educators’ fight. 


Gun Talks Get Local

Written by Chris Boyle Saturday, 28 September 2013 00:00

Residents discuss Second Amendment at Constitution Day

The Village of Westbury hosted its fifth annual Constitution Day celebration recently, giving residents and local legal experts the chance to discuss the hot button issue of the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. 


Held in Village Hall, several high-profile speakers were invited to discuss their viewpoints on a number of firearm-related issues and their effects. From the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012 to the recent rampage at the

Washington Navy Yard, gun control and the right to bear arms have become huge issues for Americans. 


Curtain Rises On The Space

Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 27 September 2013 00:00

Eighty six years ago, audiences filled the Westbury Movie Theater on Post Avenue for the first time to watch the silent film “Hula” starring Clara Bow. That old vaudeville movie house has changed dramatically since that opening night almost nine decades ago, but anticipation and excitement was just as high as community members, local and county officials celebrated the ribbon cutting and official opening of the Space at Westbury. 


“It’s truly a historic day in the history of the village and of this great old building,” Westbury mayor Peter Cavallaro said. 


Parents Peeved By Possible Bell Change

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

When Park Avenue school parents heard that the Board of Education was considering changing a schedule change for the second time this school year, they decided they had had enough.  

“The last bell change came out only two weeks prior to school starting,” Marie Guilfn, president of the Park Avenue PTA said. “It got even more disruptive when I was told there would be a second bell change. It was never clearly presented.” 


The first bell change was adopted back in May, as part of the budget. When administrators were putting the budget together earlier this year, they looked for different ways to cut costs in order to meet the two percent tax caps. One

method, used by other districts in Long Island, was changing the bell schedule. Park Avenue and Dryden Street have usually had the same time of arrival. But by starting the day at Park Avenue later, the district would be able to stagger the buses. By using five less buses (17 instead of 22), the district has a $168,000 savings. The district chose to change the schedule at Park because Dryden has a split session pre-K. 


Carle Place Ballfields Strike Out

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 25 September 2013 00:00

Residents angered by town’s neglect of fields and parks 

The Carle Place community’s voice was loud and clear as parents, coaches, community members and athletes rallied recently to show their displeasure with the Town of North Hempstead’s neglect to Charles J. Fuschillo Park. Residents say they have tried to get the Town’s help in repairing the facilities, fences and ball fields, but to no avail. 


“The Town of North Hempstead gives us zero love. We must let these people know we are fed up,” said Anthony Bulzomi, who spearheaded the rally on September 14 at Fuschillo Park. Bulzomi is currently running against incumbent Viviana Russell for the District 1 Council seat. 


Horseability Hosts Special Olympics

Written by Betsy Abraham Saturday, 21 September 2013 00:00

Volunteers help make the show a success 

Horseability, the equine therapy center in Old Westbury, was recently home to the regional Special Olympics Horse Show. Over 80 riders from Horseability, as well as Saddle Rock Ranch’s Special Olympics training program, competed in equitation (the practice of horse riding) and obstacle courses. Winners from these games have the opportunity to go on to state, national and even world games. 


Horseability’s Director of Operations, Jamie Kolodziejski, says that the Special Olympics gives special needs athletes an even playing field. 


Beating ALS, One Step At A Time

Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 20 September 2013 00:00

Local resident walks to defeat Lou Gehrig’s disease  

When John Power’s wife was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) in April 2008, a friend reached out to him with the name of a support group. The ALS support group at Plainview Hospital  helped Power better understand the disease, as others shared their experiences and provided coping advice. Through the support group, the Westbury residents were also introduced to the loan closet, which provided them with helpful medical equipment such as patient lifts, shower chairs, and a ramp. 


Local Vies For County Seat

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

Westbury resident Pepitz Blanchard is running against incumbent Robert Troiano for the chance to represent District 2 in the Nassau County legislature. Blanchard grew up in Haiti and moved to Westbury almost 30 years ago in hopes of gaining a better education. Once he learned English, he decided there was no reason to go back to Haiti so he stayed, built a family, and set out to make a difference. 


Blanchard has served as an auxiliary police man for the village for almost 17 years. He is running for legislature because he is hoping to be a voice for the Haitian community and bring change.


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