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District 2 Victory For Bynoe

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00

Siela Bynoe is the newest member of the Nassau County legislature, after winning last week’s special election for the District 2 seat. 


“I want to be a strong voice in the legislature for the district,” said Bynoe, who was the Democratic nominee. “I’m excited that I have an opportunity to serve the community in a different capacity, and I’m looking forward to working on some initiatives that will bring a better quality of life to the community.” 


Storm Leaves Seats Open For Pre-k

Written by Chris Boyle Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

 Getting an early start on education is vitally important; but getting the benefits associated with that early start for free? Now that’s something that will make parents sit up and take notice.


The Westbury School District has been offering a comprehensive pre-kindergarten program at Dryden Street School for quite some time, and it draws a crowd every year when the application period comes around—so much so, in fact, that the district has taken to holding an annual lottery to determine which lucky children will receive the limited and much-coveted classroom slots.


Stickers Helps Seniors Get Safe

Written by Domenica Farishian Saturday, 15 February 2014 00:00

In an emergency, every minute counts. Those first crucial minutes can often mean the difference between life and death. That’s why Nassau County officials are spreading the word about two lifesaving programs to help senior citizens in an emergency situation.  


The Yellow Dot and Vial of Life programs were recently introduced at the Westbury Senior Center. The programs are designed to immediately alert first responders to lifesaving medical information during those first crucial minutes known by emergency responders as “the golden hour.” 


Islamic Center Celebrates Black History Month

Written by Paige McAtee Friday, 14 February 2014 00:00

February marks Black History Month, four weeks dedicated to celebrating achievements of African Americans. 


In commemoration, the Islamic Center of Long Island held its 11th annual Black History Month celebration on Saturday, Feb. 1. The theme of the event was “Keeping the Dream Alive.”


The keynote speaker of the event was Dr. Rev. Calvin O. Butts, III.  He is president of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, as well as pastor of the nationally renowned Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City.


Village Expands Recycling Program

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00

The village of Westbury recycling program will expand this weekend to accept items such as shredded paper and plastics 4, 5 and 6. 


The village’s recycling program is mandatory and village clerk Ted Blach estimates that approximately 50 percent of all households actively participate. Mayor Peter Cavallaro said that the village has made its recycling program more comprehensive over the past five years and that recent requests by residents led to further expansion of the program. 


Residents Voice Parking Concerns

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00

Village Hall was standing room only last week as the Westbury board of trustees conducted another public hearing on proposed legislation that would restrict overnight parking. 


Approximately 150 residents crowded into Village Hall to voice their opinion on the proposed legislation, which would prohibit overnight street parking in specific parts of the village from 2 to 6 a.m. Exemptions would be granted in the form of a sticker if the resident has no driveway, is physically handicapped, or is required by an employer to have immediate access to a highway (such as police officers or medical workers). 


A Catchy Tune For Your Catch

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

Singing valentines hit a high note for local lovers 

Looking for a gift outside of the heart-shaped chocolate box? Something beyond the sappy sentimentality of a Hallmark card? The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society delivers sweet romance with just a few notes. 


The local chapter of the Society has been bringing couples together through its Singing Valentines program for over 20 years. This year, four tuxedo-clad barbershop quartets from the organization will go all over Nassau and Western Suffolk to sing “Heart Of My Heart” and “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” to love targets at workplaces, homes, schools, care facilities and other locations.


“It’s been a successful and rewarding program,” says the Nassau Mid-Island Chapter musical director Maurice Debar. “You never know who you’re going to sing for, but we always get an emotional reaction.” 


Town Receives Grant For New Cassel Revitalization

Written by The Westbury Times Staff Friday, 07 February 2014 00:00

The Town of North Hempstead, through the Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI), was recently presented with a $25,000 grant from Bank of America. The grant was awarded through Bank of America’s Charitable Foundation’s Community Development Program and will be used to advance the ongoing Prospect Avenue Revitalization Project.  


“I thank Bank of America for recognizing New Cassel as a growing community worthy of this generous grant donation,” Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said.  “The New Cassel revitalization has made wonderful progress in recent years through the recent addition of a supermarket, pharmacy, affordable housing and the“Yes We Can” Community Center.  I believe this grant will certainly help us add to that list.”


The Mentor Connector

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

Dana Boylan knows the power of influence and good advice. When she was in high school, she worked at Roy Rodgers to make some extra cash. One of her regular customers was a principal from a Brooklyn high school, who would often give her college materials and articles about different educational programs. 


“As a teenager you just store the information, but one day it just resonates,” Boylan says. “I was trying to figure out where I was going to go to college, and I happened upon one of the articles he dropped off for me. I applied to local schools and ended up going to St. Johns.”


No Decision On Overlay District

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

Residents, school board express illegal housing concerns 


The town of North Hempstead decided to hold off on a decision on the New Cassel Urban Overlay District, saying it will revisit the issue during their April meeting after further study on the effectiveness of the restrictions in stopping illegal housing. 


At the town meeting held on Jan. 28, New Cassel residents as well as school board officials voiced their opinion on proposed legislation which would ease restrictions on residential properties in New Cassel. The main concern for many who came up to the microphone was that lifting the restrictions would only lead to more illegal housing in New Cassel.


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