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A Parking Garage? Not Quite

Written by Betsy Abraham Saturday, 01 February 2014 00:00

What if a parking garage let you do more than just park?


What if you could eat lunch, buy some new shoes and go to the gym all in the same place you park your car? Or what if your next office or apartment was located in a parking garage? This may sound unbelievable to many people, who are used to a parking

garage meaning a drab, concrete eyesore of a building with bad lighting that an excess of crime show dramas has made a place you don’t want to spend too much time in by yourself. But for the four firms that recently presented at Long Island Index’s ParkingPlus

Challenge, a parking garage can have more potential than we think. 


Sobriety And A Second Chance

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 31 January 2014 00:00

Jason Isbell brings Southeastern to The Space 

Boozing it up as a musician is supposed to be a creative rite of passage and for Jason Isbell, it’s a duty he was more than willing to execute throughout a career dating back to his time with alternative southern rockers, The Drive-By Truckers. 


That is, until future wife Amanda Shires took him up on one of his many offers to go to rehab. It’s a choice he embraced back in January 2012 and it has already yielded musical fruit in the form of the dozen songs that make up last year’s Southeastern. The

Alabama native’s fourth solo album has struck quite a chord and fans of Isbell’s rich , character-driven mini-sagas embraced by predominantly acoustic arrangements will be in full force this Friday night when he makes his debut at the Space at Westbury.


Restricted Parking Talks Continue

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00

The village of Westbury will continue talks on proposed legislation to restrict overnight street parking during next week’s board of trustees meeting. 


With the proposed law, cars would not be allowed to park on streets in specific areas of the village from 2 to 6 a.m. Residents who have no driveway or that would have to park behind more than two cars could apply for an exemption, which would be granted after

an inspection of their home by the building department. Officials would have to verify that there was no space for them to park their cars and that they were not illegally renting out their home, before allotting parking stickers. Residents would only get one sticker per car that would be parked on the street, not stickers for all the cars in the household. 


Locals Face Off For District 2 Seat

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00

A special election will be held Feb. 11 for the Nassau County Legislative District 2 seat that was left vacant by Robert Troiano at the beginning of January.  


Up for the position are Westbury School Board trustee Siela Bynoe, who was nominated by the Nassau County Democratic Committee, and Republican nominee Pepitz Blanchard, who lost to Troiano for the council seat in last November’s election. 


“When there was a vacant seat, I thought it would be a natural fit given my public service,” said Bynoe, a Westbury resident. “I’m honored to have received the nomination, and if elected I’ll work hard to meet the needs of the entire district.” 


Life Blooms At Westbury Floral Designs

Written by Domenica Farishian Friday, 24 January 2014 00:00

From watching a budding romance bloom into a lifelong commitment, to helping mark all of life’s major milestones, Tracy Rhee, co-owner of Westbury Floral Designs says, these are the moments that give her the greatest pleasure.


“We love being a part of our customers’ lives,” says Rhee, who, with co-owner Lia Di Angelo-Allan, has watched many life events unfold from inside the floral shop they have owned together since May 2012.


The entrepreneurs met in 2010 when they both started working at Westbury Floral Designs for the previous owner. Di Angelo-Allan had worked for about 12 years in the industry, while Rhee just left her career as a special education teacher in pursuit of something more creative. “I wanted a change. I left my job and walked into the shop and asked if they could teach me everything they knew,” explains Rhee. Happily for Rhee, they agreed.


Trashion Show Returns

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 22 January 2014 00:00

Cut-up soda cans, black garbage bags and old film negatives aren’t the typical items you’d expect to see coming down the runway, but these re-purposed household goods stole the show last week at the Town of North Hempstead’s second annual Trashion Show. 


Students from numerous local schools that take part in the Town’s School Recycling Partnership Program modeled apparel and accessories they had created from recycled materials such as newspapers, plastic and shopping bags, and playing cards. Among those who displayed their innovative creations were students from Westbury and Carle Place High Schools.


Locals Trek To Albany To Fight Fracking

Written by Edith Updike Saturday, 18 January 2014 00:00

Bhavani Jaroff of Old Westbury was among hundreds of vocal locals who took the fight against fracking to Albany last week, riding to the state capitol in buses to show their support for a ban at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address. 


“This is what democracy looks like. We live in a country that allows us to speak out and have our voices heard,” Jaroff said. “Civic action is so important.”


Long Islanders were joined by concerned citizens from across the state, who stood behind ropes before the entrance to the speech shouting, chanting and pumping “Ban Fracking” and “Save Our Water” signs. Attendees put the crowd at around 2,500; a separate protest, against gun restrictions, boasted about 20, they said. They did not see Gov. Cuomo himself, but some legislators, such as Charles Lavine, did come out to speak with the public. 


Viviana Russell Inducted For Second Term

Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 17 January 2014 00:00

Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Viviana Russell was officially sworn in for her second term recently. A New Cassel resident for 15 years, Russell has represented District 1 since 2009. She was sworn in for her new term earlier this month at the Town of North Hempstead induction ceremony by Bishop Lionel Harvey of the First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury. 


Over her last term, Russell was instrumental in bringing Westbury’s dream of a community center to fruition with the “Yes We Can” Center. She’s happy with the progress she’s seen in New Cassel, but says there is still more to do.


McCarthy: ‘It’s Time For A Change’

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) announced on Wednesday, Jan. 8 that she would not seek re-election this year. The former nurse has been battling lung cancer since last year.


“It just hits you,” she said. “There’s an expression called “chemo-brain,” which makes you kind of forgetful and tired. I said jokingly ‘That’s great. I can see myself sitting next to my chairman and fall asleep by accident.”


The Mineola resident said that cancer was not the reason she decided to not seek re-election. Ending her run in Congress entered the picture after the December 2012 Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Conn.


A Man For The People

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

Westbury remembers education leadership of Lawrence “Chip” Zaino

Lawrence “Chip” Zaino, a lifelong resident of Westbury and former member of the school board and village trustees, passed away Jan. 2 at the age of 94. 


Perhaps no aspect of Zaino’s life was more distinguishing than his time spent on the Westbury school board. In 2011, the district’s administration building was renamed in his honor to commemorate his 27 years of service, which included several years as Board President.  


Former board member Stanton Brown served with Zaino on the board for two years, and remembers him as thoughtful and very knowledgeable. 


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