Alfred Pena doesn’t believe in the two-left-feet excuse.
“There is no such thing as two left feet,” Pena says with a smile. “That can be fixed.”
As founder of Rhythmology, a Westbury dance studio that teaches Latin dance, curly haired Pena is confident that anyone—regardless of age or previous experience—can learn to move.
The Bowling Green K-Kids kicked off Memorial Day weekend with a shopping night at IKEA in Hicksville. The event was planned after the Bowling Green K-Kids won the IKEA Life Improvement Project Grant. People voted online for the K-Kids proposal, which included purchases for Kamp Kiwanis as well as gourmet food for local needy families. In early April, the Bowling Green K-Kids learned that they would be one of 38 nationwide winners and the recipients of a $10,000 grant.
Great Strides, a national walk that generates critical funds to support lifesaving cystic fibrosis research, education and care, will take place at NYIT in Old Westbury at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 9. Check in for the walk begins at 9 a.m. To help fight CF, get involved in Great Strides by calling 516-827-1290 or by visiting www.lonisland.cff.org/greatstrides
How do you measure if a young child is ready for school? The Early Years Institute (EYI) is hoping to help parents better prepare their children for school. At a recent Westbury Board of Education meeting, they presented the findings of an assessment that shows where the district’s children are lacking.
The EYI is a regional organization focused on early childhood development and making sure that every kid comes to school prepared for success. They do this by working on improving the quality of formal learning environments, such as preschools and daycares, and informal markets.
When Msgr. Ralph Sommer became pastor of St. Brigid’s Church, Westbury, 12 years ago, it was quite a change.
“I had served at a parish out in Hauppauge, St. Thomas More,” a fairly homogeneous parish, said Msgr. Sommer, known to parishioners as “Father Sommer” or “Father Ralph.” In Westbury, he found great diversity.
“We have 11 Masses in four languages — Spanish, Creole, Italian, and English,” Father Sommer said. In addition, there are parishioners of African-American, Philippine, Indian, and other Asian birth or ancestry.
Siela Bynoe, Leslie Davis and Rodney Caines are not going anywhere. The three incumbents, who call themselves 516, will all begin another three-year term in July and were re-elected to the Westbury Board of Education with strong voter support.
This is the second term for all three incumbents. District-wide, Davis received 944 votes, Caines received 855 and Bynoe received 823. The three other contestants all had votes in the low 700s.
Carle Place residents voted to pass the budget last week, 595 to 251. The $47,579,305 budget has a two percent tax levy increase, well below the calculated tax levy limit of 3.08 percent.
“The board of education did a tremendous job in listening to the input and concerns of the community,” said Superintendent David Flatley. “I believe because of that transparency, the community felt they could support the budget and that’s really the way this process is supposed to go forward.”
The Community Emergency Response Team program helps individuals prepare for emergencies—large-scale ones like Superstorm Sandy and smaller ones like minor fires. The program’s new classes start in June.
Team Director Michael Arcari said the sessions help people know what is needed in an emergency situation and how they can help others. It also provides knowledge on how to assist first responders and groups like the Red Cross.
Doug Ingram was recently named the new chief of the Westbury Fire Department.
Ingram grew up in Old Westbury and graduated from Westbury High School in 1974. After graduating, he joined the Navy where he spent two years stationed in Italy. When he was honorably discharged in 1979, he joined the Westbury fire department and has been involved there ever since.
In what is hoped to be a step forward for the Westbury School District’s ongoing search for a superintendent, the board of education voted to terminate its contract with search firm Hazard, Young, Attea. However, questions still remain. Will the board continue the search with another firm? Will the board conduct the search themselves? Will it consider current Interim Superintendent Mary Lagnado for the position? And of course, how long will the process take before a permanent superintendent is named?
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