It was a glee-filled afternoon last Sunday, Dec. 12, at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, when recording artist and Long Island tenor Michael Amante offered a powerful and touching performance during his fifth annual holiday and veterans tribute concert. The event featured very special guest soprano Marissa Famiglietti and the Garden City Middle School Festival Chorus, who appeared in their concert stage debut.
Opening with Christmas favorite Joy to the World, along with a host of other festive holiday selections, Amante showcased his remarkable ability to perform a wide variety of musical genres from Puccini to pop. One of the afternoon’s highlights was when Amante paid special homage to U.S. disabled veterans in a rendition of the U.S. Armed Forces Medley, which featured songs such as Caissons Go Rolling Along, Anchors Aweigh, Army Air Corps Song, The Marines Hymn, TAPS and America the Beautiful.
A five-month long wait for the Westbury School Board resulted in the dismissal on Dec. 6 of the Westbury School District petition (Karin Campbell was then president of the board of education) against David Steiner, the New York State Department of Education Commissioner.
Acting New York State Supreme Court Justice Michael Melkonian wrote in the decision:
Families, friends and neighbors chatted over hot cocoa and refreshments as the fireplace flickered cozily in the background. Live Christmas medleys performed by the American Concert Band’s Brass Quartet and Westbury High School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society added to the holiday spirit.
The Town of North Hempstead recently announced that Melville-based Racanelli Construction Company, Inc., along with The LiRo Group of Syosset, will be the general contractor and construction manager, respectively, for the $20 million environmentally friendly New Cassel community center.
The unique building, which upon completion in May of 2012, will measure 60,000 square feet and feature two above grade levels and a partially utilized basement space. The building will also be one of the first LEED-Certified Platinum-rated community centers in the nation.
On Nov. 30, parents and residents from the Carle Place community had questions answered and concerns addressed at a sex offender meeting that featured experienced officials in the field from New York State and Nassau County.
Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello, who described the situation as a “clear and present danger to the community,” hosted the two-hour session in the Carle Place High School Auditorium.
After all the counts, recounts, deliberations and court sessions, the 7th Senate District has a new senator. Mineola Mayor Jack Martins was declared the victor over incumbent Craig Johnson in the aftermath of the conundrum that was the 7th Senate District race last Saturday morning.
This past year has been a whirlwind of activity and exciting events for Forgotten Friends of Long Island (FFLI) Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation. With continued support from its donors, members and volunteers, FFLI has been able to expand its mission of rescuing the most disadvantaged animals from local municipal shelters.
Dogs and cats suffering from illness, injury, disability, abuse or neglect, or who continue to be overlooked and are consequently scheduled for euthanasia, are the animals of greatest concern to FFLI. Through the efforts of FFLI and its supporters, the animals in its care receive necessary medical treatment and therapy as well as the love and dignity that many of them have never before experienced. Through its careful and conscientious adoption screening process, FFLI is dedicated to matching each animal to its ideal “forever home.”
During a community presentation prior to the combined action and planning meeting, the Westbury Board of Education offered an overview of the strides made within the district over the past 10 years.
From 1999 to the present, the board covered the transformations at the Westbury Schools, which included myriad academic achievements.
The Carle Place Civic Association’s most recent meeting on Nov. 17 was standing room only.
Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman and district residents packed the high school’s north cafeteria in response to Superintendent David J. Flatley’s letter to the Carle Place community regarding the “presence of registered sex offenders in and around our community,” as he wrote in the letter.
Flatley issued the letter in response to concerns from several residents, and noted that Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello has organized a community meeting set for Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carle Place High School Auditorium.
As of press time, the recount for the New York State’s 7th Senate District was completed. Mineola Mayor Jack Martins has a 403-vote lead over the incumbent, Sen. Craig Johnson with all the undisputed ballots counted.
There are 879 contested paper ballots awaiting a judge’s review. As noted in editions of Anton Newspapers last week, Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner William Biamonte said that the count could last well into November and that indeed, has turned out to be the case.
However on last Thursday, New York Supreme Court Judge Jonathan Lippman issued an administrative order that the Johnson-Martins race, plus two other state senate races undergoing recounts must be completed by Monday, Dec. 6.
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