Bill Baffi, general manager of Flowers by Carole, was greeted by an unwelcome surprise on the back of his store when he came into work a couple of weeks ago — two blotches of yellow and green graffiti on the back and side walls.
“I couldn’t believe someone did this. It’s annoying,” Baffi said.
Temple Beth Torah (TBT) once again played host to the Long Island Kosher BBQ Championship and Kosher Food Festival, an event designed to combine the love of BBQ with charity and hunger relief on Long Island. Created last year, the Long Island Kosher BBQ Championship is now a cornerstone of the Kosher BBQ circuit which includes cities such as Atlanta, Birmingham, Kansas City and Memphis. The title sponsor, Fairway Market, as well as a host of local and regional businesses and TBT members, lent their support. Over 3,000 visitors came to the Westbury temple on June 9 to watch the spirited BBQ competitition and take part in an array of fun family activities and music.
Carle Place students and local residents raised $40,300 in the fight against cancer at their recent Relay for Life event. Led by chairperson Hope Alfieri, the event, which was held at Carle Place High School, began with an early reception lunch where cancer survivors were honored and recognized.
From now on, those looking to work in Westbury’s Recreation Department will undergo more rigorous scrutiny.
The village code was amended at a recent board meeting to require that all new village parks and recreation department employees that work closely with children take background and toxicology tests. While new CDL operators underwent background and drug and alcohol testing, no such system was in place for hires at the recreation department.
After a year of filling the role as an interim, Mary Lagnado was appointed permanent superintendent of the Westbury Board of Education effective July 1, 2013.
Everyone wants to know that their neighborhood is safe. But an omnipresent police force is impossible and extensive home security can be expensive. So the watchful eye of a neighbor can come in handy.
Now in its second year, the Westbury Neighborhood Watch is a small group of residents who stick to the phrase “see something, say something.” Director Jacquelyn McCullough says that the group, comprised mostly of seniors, keeps an eye out for suspicious behavior and looks out for their neighbors. She encourages them to report any odd behavior to her, so she can relay it to the appropriate authorities.
In the span of three years, Westbury’s Maria Hernandez had three huge events to plan. She had her wedding, her daughter’s sweet sixteen and her mother’s retirement party. All three events were very different, but would need the same excellent entertainment.
But once she met Raphael Sicinski, from The Sound Connection, she knew she had found a solution.
Nightlife on Post Avenue continues to pop. The Westbury Village Board of Trustees recently granted Westbury resident Miriam Hernandez a six-month special use permit to open up a lounge.
Hernandez stresses that the lounge will be a relaxed place for people to hang out. There will be no live music, DJs, or dancing, just soft background music. She notes her establishment will provide a good place for people to meet and relax before or after a show at the theater soon to open across the street.
Across Nassau County, residents are reacting with a mix of surprise and anger to the Nassau County District Attorney’s recent arrests of more than 100 men for soliciting prostitutes, including six men from Westbury and one from Carle Place.
“I’m very surprised and I’d like to see an end to this type of activity,” one Westbury man said. “But I guess this type of thing happens everywhere. Once it gets on your streets and close to your kids and schools though, it becomes a problem.”
Rudy Rosenberg still refers to himself as the hidden child.
It was 1940 when Germany invaded Rosenberg’s home country of Belgium. Germans forbade him from going to school and his parents were not allowed to work. His father and mother began selling goods, such as cigarettes and steel tips for the German soldiers’ boots, on the black market.
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