During a lively forum on Nov. 13, parents, teachers, taxpayers and students from Westbury, Carle Place and other local towns took State Education Commissioner John King and Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch to task over the “common core” standards, venting their concerns and outrage about testing, evaluations and student privacy.
“At what expense are our state leaders willing to gamble the childhood of students, as young as 8 years old, who have already being turned off to school?” asked Christine Corbett from the Westbury Teacher's Assosciation.
Among the members of the audience was Carle Place Superintedent David Flatley, who said that he was pleased parents had the opportunity to air concerns and get feedback from the Commissioner himself.
With more vigorous educational standards being implemented in schools, parents and educators are always looking for fresh new ways to make sure students grasp hard concepts, which can be tough when kids only spend around 45 minutes in a classroom. Many schools have tutoring programs and teachers often hold extra help sessions, and now there’s an additional resource coming to the neighborhood, with the opening of Mathnasium, an after-school math program for children in grades 2 to 12.
“Children at Mathnasium quickly learn that math can be fun and interesting, as well as extraordinarily useful, both in terms of succeeding in school and for the valuable life skills it provides,” said Bernard Cerrone, owner of the Westbury
Mathnasium. “We are thrilled to be able to bring our method to the parents and children of Westbury and the surrounding communities.”
The Westbury of 50 years ago was a much different place. Doug LeClaire, a native Westbury resident and founder of Asbury Shorts, will be sharing his memories and adventures of growing up in the village during the '60s and '70s during the next meeting of the Historical Society of the Westburys.
LeClaire grew up in what he describes as “absolute suburbia,” spending his days playing sports or riding bikes with his friends until his mother called him inside for dinner. He lived in central Westbury, on Asbury Avenue between Post
Avenue and Grand Street. He remembers fondly the days of playing hide and seek in the woods along the Northern State Parkway and hanging out in what his friends called “The Corner,” which was the intersection of Liberty and Plainfield
Street. There was a strong spirit of camaraderie in the neighborhood.
Westbury’s Joe Palumbo is putting up his dukes, as he gets ready for the upcoming Long Island Fight For Charity.
A variety of causes stand to benefit from the 10th annual Long Island Fight for Charity at the Hilton Long Island in Melville Nov. 25, as 20 fighters take a break from their day jobs as landscapers, marketers, construction workers, attorneys and more to enter the squared circle and become pugilists for a day.
The first $10,000 raised by each contender and half of every dollar raised thereafter will go to The Genesis School, for people with autism; Long Island Community Chest, which offers short-term financial assistance to needy families; and the National Foundation for Human Potential, which provides support for people with disabilities.
Retired Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Hon. Ira B. Warshawsky was one of the latest to have his portrait added to the Supreme Court building in Mineola recently, continuing a long standing tradition that dates back to the early 1900s.
More than 90 portraits hang in the court’s ceremonial courtroom.
“It’s a nice honor,” said Warshawsky. “It makes me think about what I’ve experienced over all my years on the bench.”
Whether it’s for fresh breads, cakes, pastries or cookies, Carle Place residents know Cardinali Bakery is the place to go.
Cardinali Bakery on Westbury Avenue has been a staple in the community since 1960. And it’s come a long way over 53 years, starting as a small corner bread shop to providing wholesale breads for country clubs and expanding to include a new specialty cake shop.
Cardinali Bakery is co-owned by brothers Joe and Agostino Mauro. Joe’s relationship with the store goes back to 1977, when he was working at the bakery as a side job to earn extra money during high school. What started as a side job, became full time, and Joe fell in love with the business, opening his own Italian French bakery on Maple Avenue in Westbury in 1987. He ran the bakery from 1987 to 1995, before taking over the Cardinali’s legacy in 1996.
Westbury Village Justice and Garden City attorney Thomas Liotti might be adding another title to his resume: that of President-Elect of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). He recently announced his candidacy for the position, saying he believes he can bring an energy into the bar association that can promote meaningful changes, such as more pro bono legal services.
Liotti says he decided to run for President-Elect of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) because he’s an activist and reformer.
Bishop Lionel Harvey, president of the Unified New Cassel Community Revitalization Corp. and senior pastor of First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury, sometimes drives up and down Prospect Avenue at night, marveling at how much it’s changed in the last few years.
“I see the lights, the median, the businesses. It brings tears to my eyes because 13 years ago, it was a totally different situation here,” said Harvey.
Noticing a less bumpier ride as you drive through Carle Place? It’s probably because the community recently received full-scale roadway resurfacing projects, as part of the Highway Department’s 2013 season.
According to town officials, nearly 40,000 linear feet of Town roads were repaved, including 7,000 in Carle Place. A long awaited drainage project was also completed in the Appletree Lane area.
Will your children be trick or treating at the home of a registered sex offender? It is a chilling thought for any parent.
There are 21 registered sex offenders in Westbury and one in Carle Place, according to the state’s Sex Offender Registry. To find out exact addresses and detailed information, you can go to www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/nso and search by zip code. Each community’s registered offenders are listed with photos, addresses and even vehicles registered to them.
While parental vigilance is the first line of defense, for the past nine years the Nassau County Department of Probation has conducted “Operation Safe Sweets,” designed to protect children from sex offenders on Halloween through monitoring convicted sex offenders as Oct. 31 approaches.
“It’s a program that has served as a model on the state and national level and we’re very proud of it,” said Nassau County’s acting director of probation, John Fowler. “It makes a lot of sense, and definitely makes people safer.”
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