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Obituary: Arthur Gittens

Arthur Gittens, formerly from Westbury, passed away in Spring Hill, Fl. on March 5th, 2013 in his 86th year.  Gittens was a New York City native was a graduate of Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades, which during that time was a premier high school, requiring an entrance exam for admittance.


Gittens volunteered for the U.S. Navy and did a four year stint.  He was discharged with the rank of RM2C, Radioman 2nd Class.


In civilian life, Gittens became a New York City police officer and while working he earned an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College.  He retired after 23 years of service.

Gittens later partnered with his brother in operating a general contracting business, and later entered the travel industry for eight years.  


One of his most proud moments was when he received the “Man of the Year” Award from the 100 Black Men of Nassau/Suffolk counties.


Gittens relocated to Spring Hill, in 1995 where he served as president of the African American Club of Hernando, Inc. In 2004 he received the club’s award for Outstanding and Dedicated service.  He also served two terms as the treasurer of the Hernando County Branch of the NAACP. 


“Artie,” as he was affectionately known, will be best remembered as an enthusiastic, professional man who was actively engaged and well known in his communities;  serving in many capacities for numerous organizations. More importantly, he will be remembered as a kind and gentle man loved by all.


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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