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Letter: Is It True? Part I

Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

On June 23, 2012 The Westbury Union Free School District held its High School graduation at the air-conditioned Tilles Center on the campus of C. W. Post University.  The graduates, parents and guests were happy and proud.

The Tilles Center at C. W. Post University has been the site of Westbury’s High School graduations for over 10 years. Westbury’s High School graduation ceremony in terms of venue is truly exceptional.


Editorial: Goodbye, Old Friend

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

The Carle Place community is saying goodbye to its high school principal, Neil Connolly, after 37 years serving the school district.

Though the quantity of the years is a tremendous figure, many could argue that the quality of those years is the more impressive feat.


Letter: Marie Colvin For Nobel Peace Prize

Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

A woman fighting the fires of war on three continents, as a foreign war correspondent, is who she was and what she did. Marie Colvin – a Long Island native and Oyster Bay High School graduate – had been the targeted victim of Syrian despot Bashar Assad’s artillery. Colvin’s days of wake and funeral were spent celebrating her heroic life.

At the end, as family returned to their vehicles, I thrust my hand through an open window where Rosemarie, her mother, was sitting. I held her hand and said, “Thank you,” all the while musing about the fruit that doesn’t drop far from the tree. And what the priest had said about the potato.


Editorial: Father’s Day, Every Day

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

There’s a fine line between spending time and spending quality time.

I once played golf with a stranger who told me, almost implored me, to play golf as often as I can with my dad, because you never know when he won’t be able to join you on the course anymore.


Letter: More Funding Needed For Tobacco Control

Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

The American Lung Association joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in celebrating World No Tobacco Day on May 31. This year’s theme, Tobacco Industry Interference, focused on the need to expose and counter the industry’s increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine global tobacco control efforts.

What we’re seeing in New York, and throughout the country, is the point of sale product display marketing that is cleverly designed to appeal to children. On World No Tobacco Day, attention was drawn to the fact that when these tobacco displays are placed prominently at checkout counters next to candy and gum and outside of stores at kids’ eye level, it encourages them to smoke.


Editorial: No-han

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00
After not attending a single Mets game all last season, I, an admittedly casual Mets fan, was lucky to be at Citi Field for Johan Santana’s no-hitter on June 1.

For me, in this particular order, it’s Rangers, Jets and then Mets. I’m a closet Islanders fan but the pastime factor far outweighs that of any allegiance there.


Letter: Electing Board Of Education A Mistake

Thursday, 31 May 2012 00:00

Did the Westbury community need to be informed by the Westbury Dispatch of the negative confidential information that was privileged to board or former board members of the Westbury School District only! Is this a positive way that the community will grow with the school going in this direction? Is this a positive image that warrants the high taxes that the community pays?


Letter: Award-Deserving ‘Just One Pill’ Series Helps Open Dialogue

Thursday, 31 May 2012 00:00

I want to commend Ronald Scaglia on an excellently written and well researched three-part series “Just One Pill” that appeared in three consecutive editions through May in the Anton Community Newspapers and is available online. As a former journalist and editor, I consider the series representative of excellent journalism and a contender for award recognition. 


Letter: Thank You, Voters

Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

On May 8, at the Westbury PTA Council’s meet the candidates forum, I went for a job interview. This interview was for one of life’s most important and challenging jobs; a job with no monetary compensation but one that entrusts an ordinary citizen with the responsibility to serve as a steward of your children’s academic futures and your hard earned tax dollars.

On May 15, taxpayers and parents “hired” me for this job, and I am truly humbled. Over the next three years, I will work diligently to stay connected to the parents and interested residents of our community and be very mindful that this role is indeed a privilege and not a right. I will conduct myself with the utmost integrity and comport myself in a manner befitting the title of trustee for Westbury’s Board of Education. Along the way, I will surely make mistakes. There may be times that we disagree. I assure you, however, that I will never lose sight of the important responsibility that you have entrusted to me and I do so with the firm commitment to always work for you.


Letter: Westbury/New Cassel NAACP Thanks Voters

Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Westbury/New Cassel Branch of NAACP thanks the American Legion, First Baptist Cathedral, Kiwanis and Key Clubs, Parent Teacher Student Association of Westbury High School, Westbury Association of Administrators and Supervisors, Westbury School related personnel and the Westbury Teachers Association for publicly supporting and helping to pass 2012-13 Westbury school budget.


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