Before the malls, apartments, industrial buildings and paved roads, Westbury was a much different place. Settled by the Quakers in the 17th century and now a developed village of over 15,000 residents, there aren’t many traces of the original Westbury. But, that’s where the Historical Society of the Westburys comes in.
The Historical Society aims to preserve historical materials related to Westbury, Old Westbury, Carle Place and New Cassel. Housed in a small brick building attached to the Westbury Children’s Library and a few feet away from the main library, passersby might not even notice the red “open” sign hanging inconspicuously in the window of the old white door. The cottage, as it is aptly named, was built in the 1940s as a home for the children’s librarian, which can be evidenced by the kitchen, fully equipped bathroom and door that leads into the adjacent children’s library. Various librarians lived in the building up until the early 1970s. In the late part of the decade, interest for a historical society arose and with the cottage unused, it was deemed the perfect location.
The Carle Place Board of Education adopted their budget of $47,579,305 last week. The budget calls for a 2 percent tax levy increase, which is below the calculated tax levy limit of 3.08 percent. While they will be able to keep nearly all programs and services, the district is cutting 12 part-time teacher aide positions and the Foreign Language at the Elementary School (FLES) program.
The Westbury Board of Education voted to adopt a proposed budget of $117, 527,840 with a 1.67 percent tax levy.
The public budget vote takes place May 21. If the budget is not approved then, the district must cut an additional $1,221,015 to achieve a zero percent budget.
Westbury Superintendent Mary Lagnado said that with the tax levy increase, the average yearly cost of school taxes will be $9,167, (based on the average home market value in Westbury of $334,178).
Motorists driving along the Jericho Turnpike in Old Westbury will have to slow down, as the speed limit between Aintree Road and Glen Cove Road has been reduced by 5 mph to 50.
Westbury mayor Peter Cavallaro has been urging the state department of transportation to lower the speed limit to 40 mph since last year, when a motorcyclist was killed after being hit by a car.
Joan Boes loves Westbury. And she has the resume to back that up – more than 40 years worth of resume.
The recently re-elected village trustee has made getting involved in her community not just a hobby, but a lifetime commitment. Boes moved to Westbury in 1969 and, eager to get involved in the community, went to the library to find out what other residents were doing. There was a meeting of the League of Women voters there, and Boes, who was always interested in politics, immersed herself in the group.
The Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI) is to break ground on a major expansion next month, a project that will allow more space for teaching and events.
According to first vice president Habeeb U. Ahmed, the village of Westbury has approved the expansion and the center is now waiting for a plan review from the Nassau County Department of Public Work before meeting with the village building inspector. Ahmed says that the center is expecting to break ground the first week of May and builders expect the work to take 15 to 16 months to complete.
The center, which is on Brush Hollow Rd., is expanding to add another building in the rear of the property, which will have extra classrooms and meeting space. There will be a covered walkway connecting the two buildings. Parking will go from 30 to 90 spaces.
Carmela Inga was struggling with the responsibilities of caring for her disabled adult daughter and herself. She also was unable to drive, which made getting groceries difficult.
“It was hard for me to cook and I wasn’t eating the way I was supposed to,” Inga says. Two years ago, she reached out to Meals on Wheels. And she is so glad she did.
“Before I got it, I went a whole day without eating. It’s been a big help. It’s helped me get nutritious food and I feel better. And it tastes good,” Inga says.
Due to rising, uncontrollable costs from the state, Westbury residents can expect a modest increase in their taxes. The Village Board has proposed a budget that includes the first increase in taxes in the past three years, but one that is still well below the state mandated tax cap.
“Because of the village’s fiscal discipline and conservative budgeting practices, this year’s budget reflects a modest 1.72 percent tax increase, well under the village’s state-mandated tax cap,” Mayor Peter Cavallaro said.
Westbury residents voted, 267 to 52, to approve the library’s $3,225,000 budget, which includes an increase in library services and a one percent decrease in taxes. The budget includes a $31,000 increase. The cost of library services passed along to tax payers will be $284.
The budget includes increasing spending for books by $15,000 and audiovisuals by $9,000. These increases will allow the library to purchase more bestsellers, both in print and for Nooks, as well as more music and movies.
Family, friends and Westbury residents came out to celebrate as mayor Peter Cavallaro and trustees Joan Boes and William Wise were sworn in for another term at a recent ceremony at Village Hall.
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