Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00
During the week of April 1, the Westbury High School Varsity Baseball team completed a three game series sweep with league rival Hempstead. In game 1, junior Oscar Torres threw a complete game striking out 10 batters and surrendering 2 hits. Kevin Castro was 4-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI and Dennis De La Rosa went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBI to lead Westbury to a 23-2 victory. Game 2 was started by an 8 run first inning that included 6 hits and 2 walks. The 14-10 win was powered offensively by juniors Jose Reyes, who went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, and Oscar Torres, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Kevin Castro pitched two and two-thirds scoreless innings with four strikeouts to earn his first save of the season. Game 3 was won with a score of 19-1. Sophomore Kyle Spruill was the winning pitcher, throwing a complete game with no earned runs, one walk, three hits and a career-high of 14 strikeouts. Spruill also went 3-for-6 with two doubles and a career-high six RBIs. Kevin Castro went 3-for-7 with four RBIs.
During the week of April 8, Westbury played a series with another league foe, Roosevelt, winning the first two games by a score of 10-9 and 23-5, and the third by 5-4. In Game 1 Westbury scored 9 runs in the first 2 innings to get out to an early lead. Oscar Torres scored Vinny Marshman with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 10-5 for Westbury. Dennis DeLaRosa came in in the top of the seventh with men on second and third and one out to record the save. Sophomore Vinny Marshman went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs, and earned the win on the mound. Game 2 started out similarly to game 1 with Westbury jumping out to a 9-0 lead in the first 4 innings. Roosevelt was unable to make a comeback due to the strong pitching of Spruill, who needed only 95 pitches to throw a complete game, striking out 5 and only allowing 4 hits. The offense was powered by senior Derrick Servius who was 2-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBIs and Oscar Torres who was 3-for-4 with a triple and five RBIs. In game 3, Oscar Torres threw 6 innings allowing 3 earned runs. Kevin Castro picked up the save by recording the last 3 outs when be came in to pitch with 2 men on base in the top of the 7th inning. Dennis De La Rosa was 2-4 with an RBI. The Green Dragons are coached by Todd Goodwin and Larry Phyall, both teachers in the district.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00
Westbury’s Cemetery of the Holy Rood is the largest cemetery in all of the Town of North Hempstead, with more than 12,000 interments, and is still active. Westbury Friends Cemetery is the oldest, dating back to 1702, and is also active.
Westbury is the eternal resting place of designer Oleg Cassini, former CIA Director William Casey, who served under President Reagan, and Margaret “Unsinkable Molly” Brown, a Titanic survivor.
These are just a few of the nuggets of local history that Howard Kroplick has recorded in his exhaustive study of the town’s 28 cemeteries.
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00
It’s not uncommon for adults to develop a yearning to relive the simple pleasures and pastimes of their youth. While some take up spending a few bucks here and there to recapture some base nostalgia in the form of a shirt or action figure, there’s a local group of gentlemen who take it to a whole different level.
Since 1947, the West Island Model Railroad Club has given train enthusiasts a place to congregate and indulge their hobby on a grand scale. Club president, Vic Grappone, says he’s personally been interested in model trains since...well, forever.
“I’m 57 years old now, and I’ve been into trains for probably 56 of them,” he said. “It started with a Lionel train set that my father bought me, and that got me hooked very early, which is probably the case with a lot of the guys here.”
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Three Westbury runners won awards on Sunday, Nov. 17 in the fifth annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5 kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park. Leading the way for the strong Westbury contingent was 10-year-old Johnny Schmuck, who earned the second place award in the 14 and under age group with a time of 22 minutes, 28 seconds. Johnny’s mom Susan Schmuck took home first place in the Athena 140-159 Weight Division with a time of 25:55. 42-year-old Jenney Tesoriero was the 2nd finisher in the women’s 40-44 age group, crossing the finish line in 23:44.
The race was held by the Town of Oyster Bayand and raised money to help in the fight against prostate cancer. Free prostate cancer screenings were offered on-site, as well as informative urology and men’s health exhibits, refreshments and prizes for participants.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Taylor Ruscillo, a 2013 graduate of Carle Place High School, was recently named Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week. Ruscillo is a freshman field hockey player at American International College (AIC). She netted a goal in the team’s final game vs. St. Michael’s, a 4-0 victory. She finished her season with two goals and one assist.
AIC Field Hockey coach Christina Needham says that Ruscillo has been a great addition to the school’s field hockey program.
“She is eager to learn, and brings an open mind to the field every day. Her Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week award in the final week is a reflection of her commitment to our program and to improving,” Needham said.