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High School Heroes Teach Financial Literacy

Written by Paige Mcatee Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00

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.


Historical Society Celebrates Local Women

Written by Betsy Abraham Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00

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.  


Impractical Jokers Take On Westbury

Written by Lauren del Valle Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

TruTV’s Impractical Jokers Tour will bring their practical jokes back to Long Island at the Theatre at Westbury Saturday, March 8.  


Ticketholders can look forward to their standup, improvisational-style performance.  The cast plays much of its material off the crowd, riffing with the audience as they tell stories of the road and day-to-day life.


Fans of the Impractical Jokers truTV series will appreciate the special addition footage featuring behind-the-scenes film and hidden camera challenges that never made it to air.  


New Prez For Local Business Association

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00

Paula Scappatura was recently named the new president of the New Cassel Business Association (NCBA). 


Scappatura is no stranger to the NCBA, her father co-founded the organization in the early 1980s in an effort to help combat the crime and quality of life issues affecting the community. Over the years, the group has helped to improve street lighting, reduce crime, and raise funds to construct a police booth in New Cassel. 


The Comedy Of Life

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 05 March 2014 00:00

Life makes Randy Levin laugh. There’s humor found everywhere; whether it’s going to the grocery store, encounters with his relatives, or the adventures that accompany having twin six-year-old daughters. With a sharp observational sense of humor about the absurdaties that come with every day life, the Westbury resident has kept audiences all over the country laughing over his 30-year career as a stand up comic. 


Levin got his start in the spotlight doing magic as a teenager growing up in Oceanside. He got his first taste of comedy when a friend introduced him to Paul Reiser, an up and coming comedian who would go on to be the star of the well-known 90s sitcom, Mad

About You. Reiser took Levin to an improv club in the city, where he performed for the first time in front of a handful of people at 2:30 a.m.


Nearly A Century Of Charity

Written by Chris Boyle Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00

Neighborhood House provides a helping hand 

Serving the needs of the less fortunate members of the community for nearly a century, the Westbury Neighborhood House has stood the test of time as a beacon of hope to the community; one that more and more people desperately need in these harsh economic times.


 The Neighborhood House is an independent, not-for-profit, volunteer-driven charity that serves the Westbury, Carle Place, New Cassel, and Old Westbury areas. Originally founded in 1916 in a house located on Union Ave., the group quickly outgrew that location and  in 1920, moved to a two-story house located at 334 Winthrop St., where they have remained ever since.


Your Personal Book Shopper

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00

A good book is hard to find. If you’re not supposed to judge it by its cover, all that’s left to help you decide whether or not a book is worth your time is a brief summary on the book jacket, and even those can be misleading.  Finding a gem amongst the rows and rows of paperbacks, hardbacks, and audio books ranging various genres and subjects, can be a daunting task. But the Westbury Memorial Public Library staff can help take some of the guesswork out of finding your next favorite book. 


Since last summer, the library has been offering a service similar to that offered by clothing stores — a personal shopper. In the library’s case they’re not helping you find the perfect dress or accessories, but guiding you toward books that match your preferences. 


Adult librarian Camina Raphael heads up the program, which started last summer and is slowly picking up interest as word spreads. Raphael will help patrons find books based on ones they have previously enjoyed. 


Plume Concerns In Westbury

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:00

On a sunny day, employees of TRACON, the Federal Aviation Administration’s radar approach facility in Westbury, think twice about enjoying lunch outside. They don’t want to risk being exposed to whatever their next door neighbor, the Covanta energy plant, is spewing into the air out of its exhaust stack.


“It’s so rare to not see that plume of white smoky mist. I don’t recall a time when it wasn’t there,” said Kirsten Healey, a TRACON employee since 1997. “Depending on the weather sometimes we have to walk right through it.” 


The Covanta plant has been open since 1989 and TRACON employees say that for the past three years, the air pollution has gotten worse, damaging vehicles, trees and potentially the health of employees and residents of the area.


Women In Politics

Written by Paige McAtee Saturday, 22 February 2014 00:00

Female politicians share their stories, encourage women to get involved 

The Major Women in Politics event was held Feb. 12, at the “Yes We Can” Community Center in Westbury. The event sought to help get women excited about running for office and provide them guidance on the political process.


In attendance were female politicians: Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, and Assemblywomen Michelle Schimel and Michaelle Solages. Each woman shared the story of how she got involved in running for her political position.


Local Author Explores The Past

Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 21 February 2014 00:00

Richard Panchyk sold his first book at seven years old. Sure, it was just a four-page handwritten trivia booklet he sold to a third grade classmate for a nickel, but that book was just the start of great things to come.  


Today, the Westbury resident’s writing roster includes 23 nonfiction books, including one on the history of Westbury and several for young readers. His works can be found in libraries in all 50 states, and have been translated into five languages. 


Many of Panchyk’s books are historical nonfiction and cover a variety of topics including Long Island history, New York City history, World War II and Galileo.  In 2007, he published A History of Westbury which explores the transformation of the village from its agricultural start. 


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