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Letter: Mayor’s Holiday Season Message

I want to take this opportunity to wish each Westbury resident a very happy and holy holiday season, and a healthy 2013. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or are of any other faith or tradition, the holidays are a time to reflect on the many blessings that we enjoy, both personally and collectively as a community. Let us all take some time to be thankful for these many blessings.

As we celebrate our holy days, let us also remember the servicemen and women who remain in harm’s way and away from their families this holiday season. Let us pray that they may soon be rejoined with their families and loved ones and that 2013 will be a year of peace.

I want to take the opportunity to thank our village employees and staff for their continued dedication, hard work and commitment to the village and its residents.

During these holidays, let us reflect on and be thankful for this special community in which we live. The past several months have shown us that our community is strong and resilient, and can survive in very trying times. The post-storm efforts of our churches, schools, civic groups and other organizations prove that Westbury is a special place. As mayor, I was in a position to witness many private and selfless acts by members of our community to help their neighbors and the community at large. I am humbled and warmed by the charity and generosity that I witnessed. This holiday season brings to me a new sense of thankfulness for being able to live in this community. It also brings to me a renewed sense of purpose to do whatever I can to ensure that Westbury continues to be the strong, special and vibrant place that we love. I hope that during this holiday season, each of my fellow residents reaffirms his or her own commitment to continue to foster the great sense of community and cooperation that distinguishes Westbury from many other communities.

It is an honor and privilege for me to serve as your mayor and I look forward to working with our residents and my colleagues on the village board in the coming year. We have many challenges ahead of us, but I know that our community will continue to grow stronger and enjoy much success.

Peter I. Cavallaro

Westbury Village Mayor

News

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.  


Sports

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.


Calendar

Los Lobos - March 5

Coffee House - March 8

Meet the Mayor - March 8


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com