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Lively Debate With Incumbent Jon Kaiman, Challenger Lee Tu

Written by Katie Piacentini Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00

Incumbent Supervisor, Challenger Dispute Town of North Hempstead Issues

Many people attended the Port Washington/Manhasset Chapter of the League of Women Voters Meet the Candidates forum on Oct. 11 in order to get a better sense of the North Hempstead Town Supervisor candidates, Incumbent Jon Kaiman (D) and Challenger Lee Tu (R). Mary Ann Fleming, a member of the League of Women Voters from an outside chapter, was the moderator of the forum. While she asked the crowd at the beginning of the debate to not applaud until the end, many people were so enthused by the lively debate that they could not contain their applause and were clapping for both candidates.


Town Clerk Visits Westbury School

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 14 October 2011 00:00

Town of North Hempstead Clerk Leslie Gross seems to be everywhere, even on her birthday.

On Sept. 20, Gross spoke at Westbury’s Powell’s Lane School, a small elementary school nestled just south of Jericho Turnpike.

“Local government is your opportunity to be involved in your community. If you have a question, you can be involved, you can be a leader in your community,” Gross said.


Westbury Village Eliminates Residential Uses in Garages

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 14 October 2011 00:00

Local Law Passed to Reduce Illegal Housing in Area

The Village of Westbury passed a local law at its monthly meeting on Oct. 13 to combat some of the illegal housing taking place in the village.

Mayor Peter Cavallaro said the village board unanimously adopted a law to eliminate residential uses for accessory buildings like garages and similar structures.


Westbury B.I.D. Holds Annual Fall Festival and Street Fair October 2

Written by Katherine M. Trager Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00

Community Enjoys a Day of Family Fun on Post Avenue

Despite a last-minute rain date rescheduling, the Westbury B.I.D.’s annual Fall Festival and Street Fair maintained its traditional mix of commerce, cuisine and community culture.  

From Orchard Street to Cross Street, Post Avenue was a shopper’s paradise.  A huge selection of jewelry, art, clothing, accessories and an endless assortment of toys and novelties awaited crowds of bargain hunters.


Residents, Officials Celebrate Ongoing New Cassel Revitalization

Written by Eric Holden Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00

National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra Tracking Progress

A year after the completion of key pieces of the long-awaited revitalization of New Cassel that included street improvements, shopping, and new buildings on Prospect Avenue, a continuing study by the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University (NCSS) has found that many residents are noticing a big difference.

To celebrate the publication of the study, hundreds of residents, public officials, students and church leaders gathered Oct. 1 in the parking lot of the First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury for a Farmer’s Market and special ceremony. Those who helped with New Cassel’s initial revitalization successes and continuing progress were recognized for their contributions and honored with commemorative certificates.


BOE Discusses Middle School Building Damage, STEM at Action Meeting

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00

Section of MS Needs Repairing; Possible Causes Are Hurricane, Earthquake

In the wake of two unusual events, at least by Long Island standards, Hurricane Irene or the aftershock of the earthquake in Virginia may have contributed to the structural damage at the Westbury Middle School, according to Superintendent Dr. Constance-Clark Snead.

The superintendent said that the damage was discovered when the building inspectors conducted their annual review of the district’s edifices, at which time cracks in the chimney and damage in the rear of the old wing of the middle school were reported to the district’s engineering, architectural and insurance firms.


Some Carle Place Streets Getting Makeovers for Improved Drainage

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00

Numbered Streets, Others Targeted for Repair in Upcoming Weeks

At the Sept. 21 Carle Place Civic Association, Manny Matos of Intercounty Paving announced that an upcoming street reconstruction project will affect 350 homes in Carle Place with the intent of improving drainage in the numbered streets area of town.

Matos said the project would improve and increase the existing drainage system by replacing around 34 catch basins (storm sewers) to handle more water and adding 12 “leaching” rings underground to collect water and percolate it through the soil.


Westbury BOE Talks Upcoming School Year at Meeting

Written by Katherine M. Trager Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00

State Regulations, New Educational Program Discussed

On the evening of Aug. 25, the Westbury Board of Education held its final meeting before the 2011-2012 school year. Primary items discussed included state assessments for pupils and educators, as well as contract approvals for services for the upcoming school year.

In her Superintendent of Schools report, Dr. Constance Clark-Snead informed the public that the board plans to conduct presentations on student state assessment results during the month of September.


A Walk and a Wedding for Westbury’s Nancy Safran

Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00

Westbury resident Nancy Safran never suspected retirement would be so frenzied.

Recently retired from Nassau BOCES after a 34-year teaching career – the past 24 years of which have been “extremely rewarding” as a speech teacher for the hearing impaired – Nancy is now focusing on a speech of a quite different kind. 


Village of Westbury Commemorates 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Written by Katherine M. Trager Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00

Community Gathers in Remembrance, Reflection at Ceremony

On the afternoon of Sept. 10, the Westbury community joined in solemnity and solidarity to honor those who perished 10 years ago in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Families, friends and neighbors assembled on the Community Center’s village green to share in an interfaith ceremony. The ceremony, which quickly became a standing-room-only event, included reflections from community politicians and clergy as well as patriotic music from Westbury Fire Department bagpiper Nicholas Burke and the Westbury Middle School Band.


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