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Letter: Westbury – Never In The Dark

Most residents of the Village of Westbury were left without electric power for nearly two weeks due to the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy and the nor’easter that followed, which left approximately 10 inches of snow. Unfortunately, these storms downed several tall trees, many of which fell upon electric wires, causing them to dangerously dangle and fall in several of our village streets.

But village residents were never in the dark. That is because fortunately, through the tireless efforts of Mayor Peter Cavallaro and Village Clerk Ted Blach, the village residents timely received continuous communications via emails and Facebook updates that kept us informed of the outage status of the various village neighborhoods. When the LIPA trucks were nowhere to be found, it was Mayor Cavallaro who was calling LIPA three to four times a day seeking the restoration of power for his constituents. In addition, village sanitation crews came by on a daily basis to cart away fallen tree limbs. While LIPA trucks were not easy to find, the village’s trucks were conspicuously present throughout this ordeal.

Residents outside the village were impressed with all of the information that Westbury residents received. Having not received the benefit of these communications, they were truly left in the dark!

Now, as Thanksgiving is upon us, it is the perfect time for all of us village residents to give thanks to our village leaders for all of their hard work and dedication during this most difficult time.

Ellen Hurwitch
Mark Deifik
Westbury Village residents


Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.


In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.


“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 


Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 


The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.


Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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