Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00
Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro announced that as the Village of Westbury continues to clean up after Hurricane Sandy and the nor’easter, the village board has decided to waive certain building department fees related to storm repairs.
“Our DPW crews and staff have worked tirelessly, and we thank them, for their efforts in getting our village back to normal. We have much more work to do to clean up remaining debris, replace or repair lost or damaged street signs and do all of the other things that are necessary to repair damage and return to normal,” the mayor said.
Cavallaro noted that hundreds of village trees, some on houses and cars, were required to be removed, while all village roads were open and all trees on houses removed within days of Sandy.
The mayor said that the village wants to make the repair process as easy as possible for residents who suffered storm-related damage, and so the village will waive building department fees associated with restoration or repair work that is necessitated by the storms.
“The village wants to assist homeowners in their efforts to repair their homes. We will be expediting the review process for storm-related repairs, and we will waive any building permit fees and other fees associated with storm-related work,” the mayor added.
Cavallaro indicated that the waiver would include fees associated with the installation of a generator by homeowners seeking to prevent the loss of power in future storm events.
The mayor said that while fees are normally charged for things such as construction or renovation work, it would not be appropriate to charge residents for such fees for repairs necessitated by the recent storms.
He and the village board understand the frustration that residents had with respect to the delays in power restoration in the aftermath of Sandy, Cavallaro noted. He reiterated that the village was in constant contact with LIPA to assure that as many crews and other assets were dedicated to the village as was appropriate.
“We did everything that we could to make sure that Westbury was not overlooked in the restoration process,” the mayor remarked.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Once a week, Robert Blume goes to Virpa Convenience on Carman Ave. to buy breakfast and lottery tickets. When he bought his Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Sunday, Oct. 20, it was just like any other day. But when he went in to Virpa to check his tickets later that week, life changed forever.
He won $7 with his Mega Millions ticket, and then ran his Powerball ticket through the ticket check. Instead of the usual reading of “Sorry You Are Not A Winner,” he saw a message that said ‘Big Winner. See Retailer.’
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
“Art is beautiful. It's all around us and makes you see the world in a different way. Anyone can learn to paint, it just takes time, but when you do, you never look at clouds the same way or water the same way or even at the beach the same way.” These are the words of Westbury’s own artist and teacher Laura Meshover. Her captivating oil paintings exhibit the very essence of photo realism.
“I always knew I wanted to be an artist even from way back at a young age,” explained Meshover. “I used to take painting lessons in my neighbor’s basement when I was a little girl. You can’t do that kind of stuff anymore,” she said with a laugh.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.