John Romandetti saved six people, but he shies away from the title hero.
“I don’t think of myself as a hero,” Romandetti says. “It’s nothing anyone else wouldn’t have done.”
During Hurricane Sandy, Romandetti risked his own life to go out to Howard Beach and get his girlfriend’s family out of their flooding homes. The Bethpage Air Show recently recognized his bravery, naming him the grand prize winner of the Hurricane Sandy Community Heroes contest. Romandetti, along with nine other winners, will receive VIP tickets to the Bethpage Air Show, plus the reception, and GEICO Skytypers Planeside Meet and Greet. As the grand prize winner, Romandetti also gets the chance to fly with the GEICO Skytypers during next week’s airshow.
Undercover detectives are cracking down on prostitution in Westbury. According to detectives, Lauren Regan, 26, of Valley Stream, and Annie Cruz, 25, of Long Beach, offered to engage in a sexual act with an undercover detective for an agreed upon amount of money while in a Westbury motel. Both defendants were placed under arrest without incident. An hour later, Korah John, 22, of Westbury, was arrested at the same hotel on the same charges. A month ago, two Rhode Island women were also arrested for prostitution in a Carle Place motel. Deputy Inspector Kevin Smith said prostitution is a problem all over the tri-state area, and that a majority of the arrests made in Nassau County are not local residents.
Westbury Board of Education elections are May 21. The Westbury Times asked the six candidates vying for the 6 open seats why they want your vote and their plans for the district.
The Third Squad reports a robbery that occurred at 1:00 pm on April 28, 2013 in Westbury.
According to detectives, a 38 year old male victim was approached by an unknown male African American who told the victim to meet him in the rear of the Park Avenue School located at 955 Park Avenue so he could buy a cell phone. When the victim met subject one he was also met by a second subject described as being male African American, 20 years of age. Both subjects then began punching the victim in the face, and took an undetermined amount of US currency and his cell phone. They both fled on foot in an unknown direction. The victim was transported by a Nassau County Ambulance to a nearby hospital and treated for contusions of his face.
Military astronaut Col. Shane Kimbrough visited Carle Place High School recently, sharing his experience in space during a mission to the International Space Station.
Dressed in a blue flight suit, Kimbrough educated the 7-12th grade students on the space program, taking questions and revealing the truth about common misconceptions about space.
Students asked questions such as what astronauts ate in space, how they showered, and what the crew did in their free time on the Endeavour.
He’s been to the corners of the world, worked with Jay Leno, and has served in the Middle East. Col. Mark Rado is currently the commander of the U.S. Army Accessions Support Brigade, but back in June 1975, he was just a teenager with a lot of dreams graduating from Carle Place High School.
Rado fondly remembers growing up on Roosevelt Ct., walking to school, playing outside with the neighborhood kids and going to Carvel or Bill’s Candy Store to get a treat.
“It was an idyllic childhood,” Rado says. “It was a comfortable and nurturing suburban upbringing and a great place to grow up.”
It looks like Avanti Nightclub’s doors will be closed at least a little bit longer, as the village board considers whether or not to grant them a special use permit. The Latin dance club, located at 272 Post Ave., has been closed since a month ago, when their special use permit was revoked after they violated several conditions.
In early April, the board refused to renew the club’s special use permit, stating that they had violated several conditions. One in particular was a hot topic for debate during last Thursday’s village meeting. At April’s meeting, the mayor accused Avanti of advertising events of a sexual nature that were in direct violation of their permit. Club owner Barry Ceriano continued to deny knowing anything about the ads, saying he was unaware that the singles night was being inaccurately portrayed as a swinger-type event.
Two Rhode Island women were recently arrested for prostitution in a Carle Place motel.
The arrest occurred April 20 when Janina Mendez, 21, and Gina Miranda, 21, offered to perform a sexual act on an undercover detective for an agreed upon amount of money. During a search after the arrest, Mendez was also found in possession of cocaine. Both women are being charged with prostitution and Mendez is additionally being charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. They were arraigned Sunday April 21 in First District Court, Hempstead.
A wedding day is one of the most memorable and stressful in a person’s life. In the months leading up to the big day, there are flowers to be bought, cakes to be tasted, and rings to be sized. But for a bride, one of the most, if not the most, important part is picking out the dress they have been dreaming of their whole life.
Bridal Reflections is here to make that dream come true a little easier.
Carle Place freshman Samantha Georges can now add, “published author” to her resume. Her book ,Timber: A Struggle for Survival, is now available on Amazon for the Kindle.
The book centers around a wolf named Timber. As Timber grows from pup to adult, he comes to realize the war humans have waged against wolves, and has to fight to survive against dangerous hunters.
Georges started researching and writing in November and finished the 100-page book in February, getting advice and feedback from her former tennis coach, Paul Mila, who is also a published author. She says that she’s always been a writer, writing picture books on construction paper as a kid.
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