Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:00
The proposed budget for the Westbury Public Library includes a $31,000 increase, but taxpayers need not to worry: they will actually be paying less.
“We did really well this past year in terms of carefully saving money so we ended up with a surplus,” said library director Cathleen Towey. “Our board of trustees decided to take a certain amount of money from the surplus, to supplement the needs of the budget and keep costs low.”
Taxpayers are expected to pay one percent less this year. Cost of library services passed along to the taxpayers will decrease to $284, from last year’s $288.
The library has proposed spending an increase of $15,000 in books and $9,000 in audio visual materials, while cutting costs in other departments such as printing and publicity, postage, retirement and social security.
These increases will allow the library to purchase more books, including bestsellers (both in print and for Nooks) as well as more music and movies. Towey is also hoping that this year, patrons will see more iPads circulated around the library.
Last year the library cut costs by switching to an electronic newsletter, using in-house staff for lawn maintenance, and partnering with outside agencies for free services. With last year’s budget, the library was able to replace several computers as well as make more of them Internet accessible.
The library was also awarded $11,000 through the Greentree Foundation Good Neighbor Grant, which was used to purchase iPads, Mac computers, and Nooks for the Teen Zone. Currently, over 21,000 Westbury and Carle Place residents are active cardholders at the library. In 2012, Westbury circulated almost 225,000 books, movies and related items and close to 19,000 people attended library-sponsored programs.
The Library Budget Vote and Trustee Election will be Tuesday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m in the library meeting room. Towey encourages residents to come out and vote, and show their support for their local library.
“We managed to decrease the budget because we care about the taxpayers. I’d love for more people to let us know if they’re happy with things or if they’d like certain things to change,” Towey said.
Trustee elections will also take place on April 2. Kenneth Little is running unopposed and seeking re-election to his third consecutive five-year term on the Board of Trustees.
Voter registration takes place Tuesday, March 26 from 2 to 8p.m. U.S. citizens 18 years and older who are residents of the Westbury School District and registered to vote in the Nassau County or Westbury School District Elections are eligible to vote. For more information, visit www.WestburyLibrary.org or call (516) 333-0176.
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.