Carving jack-o-lanterns is a fun and simple activity for people of all ages, but imagine being able to carve out lifelike 3-D pumpkin sculptures depicting the Wolf Man, angry fishes in the ocean or even a self-portrait. For Andy Gertler, sculpting pumpkins is just a part of his artistic lifestyle. He will have a pumpkin carving demonstration at Hicks Nurseries on October 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“I carved jack-o-lanterns as a kid. A few years ago I tried sculpting a pumpkin for the first time and fell in love with it," Gertler says
Much to the pleasure of parents, the Westbury Board of Education has decided not to change the bell schedule at Park Avenue school for a second time.
The Board first changed the bell schedule before the school year started. By having the Park Avenue school day start later, the district was able to save a signficant amount of money on buses. Many parents and faculty were frustrated not only with the 9:20 a.m. student arrival time, but the decrease in instructional time that resulted with the change. An option to extend the school day to 3:55 p.m. was presented, but parents openly expressed their disapproval of the idea. Dozens of parents came to the September 19 Board of Education meeting, urging the board not to make the change. 150 parents signed a petition and 230 signed a letter, asking the board to change the Park Avenue bell schedule back to how it originally was in the 2012-13 school year. Board president Rodney Caines said that after hearing the community input, the board agreed a second change would be a bad idea.
The village of Westbury held their second public forum on a proposed law that would prohibit overnight parking in certain sections of the village. If the law passed, it would not take effect until the end of the year, or early next year.
With this proposed law, cars would not be allowed to park on the street from 2 to 6 a.m., unless they have an exemption, which would be manifested in a parking sticker.
It began with a crucifix.
Alice Riordan was at St. Mary’s in Roslyn when she saw a crucifix by internationally renowned sculptor George Gach. She was inspired by the beautiful piece and decided to take Gach’s sculpting class. Now, 35 years later, Riordan has a
career making beautiful, intricately detailed clay sculptures.
“I fell in love with the medium,” Riordan said. “It’s very forgiving and easy to work with.”
Sharon Williams-McCrimmon is serious about her seafood. So when she heard that a Joe’s Crab Shack was opening in Westbury, she was excited to say the least.
It’s a Joe’s Crab Shack tradition to give free crab for a year to the first 100 people who eat at the restaurant. Over 200 people were lined up when the doors opened for the first time at 11 a.m. on September 24, and Williams-McCrimmon led the way, after waiting since 4:55 p.m. the night before.
According to the 2010 Census Bureau statistics, 17.5 percent of the New Cassel community lives below the poverty line. Reverend Duval Denis, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, sees that statistic come to life every day at his church located on Prospect Avenue.
“There’s a lot of need in the New Cassel community,” Denis says.
Hundreds of local educators from all over Nassau County joined Carle Place teachers in a rally last Thursday night, as the Carle Place Teachers Association (CPTA) continued their fight for a contract.
“We are all Carle Place today,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers who came in from Washington D.C for the rally. “This is a tragedy, because the district and educators have made this a great place
Educators from Massapequa, Hicksville, Westbury, Seaford, Port Washington, Levittown and more lined the block and crowded the lawn in front of Carle Place High School, supporting their fellow educators’ fight.
The Village of Westbury hosted its fifth annual Constitution Day celebration recently, giving residents and local legal experts the chance to discuss the hot button issue of the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment.
Held in Village Hall, several high-profile speakers were invited to discuss their viewpoints on a number of firearm-related issues and their effects. From the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012 to the recent rampage at the
Washington Navy Yard, gun control and the right to bear arms have become huge issues for Americans.
Eighty six years ago, audiences filled the Westbury Movie Theater on Post Avenue for the first time to watch the silent film “Hula” starring Clara Bow. That old vaudeville movie house has changed dramatically since that opening night almost nine decades ago, but anticipation and excitement was just as high as community members, local and county officials celebrated the ribbon cutting and official opening of the Space at Westbury.
“It’s truly a historic day in the history of the village and of this great old building,” Westbury mayor Peter Cavallaro said.
When Park Avenue school parents heard that the Board of Education was considering changing a schedule change for the second time this school year, they decided they had had enough.
“The last bell change came out only two weeks prior to school starting,” Marie Guilfn, president of the Park Avenue PTA said. “It got even more disruptive when I was told there would be a second bell change. It was never clearly presented.”
The first bell change was adopted back in May, as part of the budget. When administrators were putting the budget together earlier this year, they looked for different ways to cut costs in order to meet the two percent tax caps. One
method, used by other districts in Long Island, was changing the bell schedule. Park Avenue and Dryden Street have usually had the same time of arrival. But by starting the day at Park Avenue later, the district would be able to stagger the buses. By using five less buses (17 instead of 22), the district has a $168,000 savings. The district chose to change the schedule at Park because Dryden has a split session pre-K.
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