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Letter: ‘Heading in Wrong Direction in Westbury’

I never, ever write in to newspapers, but I just couldn’t contain myself. I have been a Westbury home owner for over 10 years now, and I’ve seen some crazy things go on in the village that mystify me, but recently watching workmen in the sweltering 100 degree heat laying down red bricks between corners is just the most stupefying thing I’ve ever seen. Our village sidewalks also have this atrocious looking red brick inserted every few hundred feet, I assume someone thought this was an attractive addition to the ambiance of downtown? Something that might enhance the filthy sidewalks where debris of discarded bottles, cans, cigarettes, especially at the bus stop in front of the Chase bank, are commonplace. Now adding another red slash of brick to this already distinctive eyesore is certainly perplexing and you might glean irritating. Instead of finding a way to get the movie theater either torn down or restored to a cinema arts center to attract more upscale businesses to move into our downtown, where many abandoned businesses scatter Post Avenue, would be money and time so much better spent than laying brick! Ugh!! We might even attract the numerous movie/theater goers from Old Westbury or Old Brookville and Williston Park to our downtown, which could create a need for additional businesses. Take a queue from Huntington Cinema Arts and create something we can show off in Nassau County that would bring our down town village alive again and offer something better than the multiplex mediocrity we’ve all become too accustomed to. We need to revitalize Westbury Village by bringing in more people who would be attracted to safe, clean attractive downtown village with lots to offer. We are heading in the wrong direction in Westbury. I hope your paper will address this issue and perhaps more Westbury residents will put the pressure on our town officials to put our tax money to better use than laying brick…we need to lay a better foundation in our village and not just lay down brick.

 Linda Hoffman