While an upbringing in the United States can provide a great many things — education, health, iPods — more substantial aspects of the world might slip through the cracks simply because most parents don’t have the context in which to pass them on.
For example, compassion and a sense of how the rest of the world lives; these are gifts that Lyn Dobrin and her husband Arthur first experienced doing social work in Africa back in the 1960’s, and the lessons they learned there are part of a family legacy that’s already made its way through two generations of their offspring and counting.
Lyn, a freelance writer, was born in New Jersey, but has called Westbury her home since 1968. Married for 49 years to Arthur, the couple has two adult children, Eric and Kori.
When Pilar Renteria came to America 21 years ago, her English was very limited. She could understand the language and speak it a little bit, but spoke mostly Spanish.
But now, thanks to the LIFE Lutheran Church’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program, Renteria can speak, read and write in English.
“I’ve been going for the past three years. It’s a very good program,” she says. “It’s very important and has helped me a lot.”
Joe and Debbie Lindner, co-founders and owners of Colorfully Yours, are used to hearing about people voting for County Executive Ed Mangano. But this time the vote is for them.
It’s all part of a campaign to help get their business $250,000 in funds from Chase Bank’s “Mission Main Street Grant.”
“We had a company Facebook page for people to vote. We couldn’t believe one of the votes came from the County Executive himself,” Joe says.
The Westbury Children’s Library will be offering its popular Circle Time and Toy Center program on Monday mornings throughout January and February at the Town of North Hempstead ‘Yes We Can’ Community Center.
The five-week program is open to children ages six months to four years old and their parent/caregiver. Each hour-long session will feature 15 minutes of song, stories and rhymes along with 45 minutes of free play time, led by library staff. Sessions will take place in the center’s new reading room.
A joint investigation between the Nassau County District Attorney and New York State Department of Labor has led to criminal charges against 17 Long Islanders, including three Westbury residents, accused of stealing approximately $270,000 in unemployment insurance benefits.
According to the DA's office, the defendants all failed to report employment as required by Department of Labor regulations, thereby fraudulently obtaining unemployment benefits. They were arrested over the past month and are all charged with a top count of
Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, which includes a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
With a childlike enthusiasm and zest for life, Paul Kolker can proudly wear the title of lifelong artist. Kolker has been creating art since his elementary school days in the 1940’s and now, at 78, his passion for art remains as strong as ever.
“Art to me has always been fun. It has always been a way to speak to people. Art is its own language,” explains the Old Westbury resident and Chelsea art exhibitor.
For most of his adult life Kolker has been a cardiothoracic surgeon by day and artist by night. His artistic craft became an outlet for the stress of lifesaving heart surgery in the operating room. “It was my recreation and a great stress reliever from my life-and-death medical career,” he states emphatically.
This year, a family in need will be able to have a normal Christmas, thanks in part to the generosity of the Conway family from Westbury. The Conways have been participating in the Family and Children Association’s Adopt A Family program for about three years, buying gifts for local families in need during the holidays.
“My kids look forward to it,” says Colleen Conway. “It teaches them we should look out for other people.”
The end-of-year holiday is the season of giving, when we are infused with the spirit of generosity, empathy for those in need and “good will to all” (not to mention a Dec. 31 tax deadline for deductions).
Unfortunately, this year the peak giving season is shorter than usual. The late Thanksgiving holiday truncated the number of fundraising weekends leading up to Christmas. That’s on top of a challenging macro-economic environment, and it is putting the squeeze on charities. Some local fundraisers have quietly indicated that they are worried about meeting year-end objectives.
Joseph Pascarella Sr., long-time veterans’ advocate and Westbury resident, died Monday, Dec. 16 at 80 years old.
Pascarella was best known for his work helping Long Island veterans. At the time of his passing, he was Director of the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, a position he had held since October 2011.
Past county commander Andy Booth says Pascarella made many positive changes during his short time at the agency, including increasing transportation for veterans out east and making sure Eisenhower Park’s Veteran’s Memorial was well maintained.
At last, New Cassel has a supermarket and it’s a place where I intend to spend a lot of time shopping, not only because it is just a five minute walk from my house but because it gives me the opportunity to easily explore food products that I am unfamiliar with.
Located at 735 Prospect Ave., a few blocks from the intersection of Prospect, Brush Hollow Road and Union Avenue, Ideal Food Basket especially caters to the Hispanic and Haitian residents in the community, offering fresh vegetables and fruits, frozen and canned specialties and other prepared items from Mexico, Central America and Haiti, as well as typical supermarket items.
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