Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced on Nov. 16 that a Los Angeles woman is facing multiple felony charges, including grand larceny, after holding herself out as a psychologist, treating patients and billing an insurance company despite not having a license to practice medicine.
Amora Rachelle, 35, of Los Angeles and formerly of Atlantic Beach, was arrested in Westbury on Nov. 15 by DA investigators and charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, and Unauthorized Practice, all felonies. Rachelle faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
A full house greeted veterans from several generations as U.S. Marines Staff Sgt. Trevano Barrett and Sgt. Daniel Peck spoke and honored the former servicemen and women residing at the Amber Court Assisted Living Community on Brush Hollow Road in Westbury on Nov. 11.
Ginger Bonner, activities director at Amber Court, introduced the two Marines on hand and offered a few words to commemorate those who have served in years past and present.
The final numbers are in – the most recent Relay for Life of Carle Place raised more than $76,000, which topped the previous two years’ fundraising totals. In addition, organizers incurred the least amount of event costs thanks to the extra hard work of getting donations for the stage, lighting, food and entertainment. “The event was an overall success. We had new entertainment including the extremely talented Jacks Over Aces student band and The Dancin’ Place’s Zumba performance. Student participation and involvement was high, thanks to the successful ambition of Carle Place High School students, Rachael Martines and Todd Offermann,” said event chair Jenna-Lyn Zaino.
Eagerly curious residents and performing arts advocates can start counting the days until the newly renovated Westbury Performing Arts Center at 250 Post Avenue finally opens its doors.
Theater owner Cyrus Hakakian, a fashion executive and real estate developer, and his brothers are confident the seven-year project will have an “enormous cultural impact” not only here in Westbury but beyond its borders as well.
The Westbury Village Board of Trustees held a brief meeting on Nov. 3 to update residents on current village events and issues, namely an intensified focus on locating and removing illegal housing units within the village.
According to Village of Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, the village has directed its building department to devote specific days entirely to housing enforcement issues in areas where it is required most.
Village of Westbury officials and local police representatives explained the steps currently being taken to address the situations and offered suggestions as to how community members can be a part of the solution.
The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) declared bankruptcy in 2010 and approached all 13 United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Unions, including Local 338 of Waldbaum’s in Carle Place, and asked for “concessionary bargaining to help the company recover financially,” according to Joe Fontano, political director, Local 338.
“The company is seeking savings to help them remain in business and emerge from bankruptcy and they’ve approached their labor force, through the union, basically seeking to re-open the contracts and are looking for savings to help them emerge,” explained Fontano, who couldn’t give specifics on negotiations.
Residents from New Cassel and Westbury dealing with dust and odor problems gathered at the Westbury Community Center on Oct. 18 and discussed ways to improve the quality of life in the area.
“We just try to keep our small piece of Westbury in order and looking nice and keep all of our members happy and safe,” said Stan Ercolano, president of the Poets Corner Neighborhood Association (PCNA), the organization that hosted the meeting.
Carle Place’s Paul Mila, an author, certified diver and tennis coach, recently answered a few questions for The Westbury Times regarding books, blogging, family and underwater photography.
When, and why, did you start diving and taking pictures?
“Ever since watching Sea Hunt in the 1950s and Jacques Cousteau’s underwater explorations in the 1970s, scuba diving has always captivated me. But I never tried it until my wife Carol and I went to Cozumel on a vacation in 1999 with our neighbors, the Catalanos. Our all-inclusive resort offered a free scuba lesson, so I tried it and was hooked like a fish.
Edward Tullio Smith, a resident of Carle Place for 22 years and partner at Tullio’s Pottery at 554 Westbury Ave., hopes this holiday season in the “Hamlet” is unlike any other.
Smith is hoping that “Winter Festival in Carle Place” will create a mini-wonderland of decorations and participation among residents and business owners along the town’s main thoroughfare.
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