At the last Village of Westbury Board of Trustees Meeting before the fall equinox, Mayor Peter Cavallaro and the other board members looked back on the events of a busy summer and highlighted some of what the village can expect in the coming months.
Benevetto Soccer Club, located on Post Avenue, had received what Cavallaro called “complaints of illegal gambling” on the premises and as a result, the mayor temporarily suspended operations because of several unresolved issues at the site.
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy sat down with editors of Anton Community Newspapers last week to discuss some of the hot-button issues in Washington and some specific to the 4th District that she represents.
She addressed various topics ranging from local airplane noise to Iraq, Afganistan and education. But it is her work on childhood obesity that she says has become one of her champion causes. McCarthy started working on the issue when she took over the chairmanship of Education and Labor Committee four years ago. She said that when she was considering the position, she researched the subject and it entailed everything she would want to work on. Prior to her political career, McCarthy was a nurse for 32 years.
Rick Collins, a Westbury resident and attorney in Mineola, brought his “Leap for Life” idea from a local, one-man jump in 2009 to a 75 person skydiving weekend throughout North America in support of Lance Armstrong’s LiveSTRONG Foundation.
“I did it last year as a solo effort and then I thought, ‘If I can raise 15 grand for an important cause on my own, let me get others involved and raise a lot more money,’” said Collins, whose daughter, Lauren, and family friends leaped alongside him.
Westbury School District Superintendent Dr. Constance Clark-Snead addressed a full house at the Aug. 26 board of education action meeting as most of the attendees remained for the duration of the lengthy meeting.
The action meeting, broken up by an extended executive session, featured several items of note, including proficiency standards, increasing achievement, upgrading cafeterias, retiring faculty members and a resident re-registration program.
Well-traveled hockey standout Louis Liotti has made his way back to the northeast, the place where he grew up, went to college and calls home – at least for the time being.
According to echl.com, the Reading Royals, a Pennsylvania-based team from the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) recently signed accomplished defenseman Louis Liotti, a 25-year-old Westbury resident. The Royals are an affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.
On Thursday, Aug. 12, Governor David Paterson held a news conference at the Nassau County Police Academy in Massapequa Park to announce a new provision to Leandra’s Law, requiring that all individuals convicted of a DWI, even first time offenders with, or without a child in the vehicle to install an ignition interlock system on any vehicle they operate. The provision went into effect on Sunday, Aug. 15.
Although only a planning meeting without votes being cast, the Aug. 19 Westbury Board of Education meeting marked the first time in a while where a full board was assembled in the same room – a possible return to normalcy after an eventful summer.
All seven members of the board were present at the meeting, as were about 30 members of the community.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been following Renauld Williams’ football career since he was at Hofstra nearly a decade ago.
Williams, a native of Westbury, spent two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and one with the Miami Dolphins before signing with the Canadian Football League. Williams played in seven NFL games during that span, but he was even more successful during two-plus seasons in the CFL.
The Cub and Boy Scouts Troop 233 of Westbury commemorated the organization’s 100th birthday in grandeur fashion as they hosted their counterparts from Westbury, U.K., and together celebrated a century of scouting worldwide.
In addition to the three days of local activities for the Scouts, which were planned by the Westbury United Methodist Church, the U.S. Post Office issued a memorial stamp and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) designed a special patch for the occasion.
Tuesday evening, Aug. 3, the Village of Westbury Planning Board adopted its resolutions granting site plan approval to Lowe Properties, the owner and proposed developer of the Westbury Movie Theater redevelopment project, thus completing the trifecta of village approvals needed to enable the project to commence.
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