The manner in which 20-year-old Rahul Rai was discovered is, well, almost straight out of Bollywood – India’s equivalent to cinema culture here in the United States.
A graduate of Wheatley High School in Old Westbury and current student at Pace University, Rai was performing as a dancer in the Hicksville-based dance company Bollywood Performing Arts when movie director Nayan Padrai spotted Rai and asked him to audition for the leading role of Harry.
This past week, the Westbury Village Board of Trustees and I adopted the village’s 2011/12 budget. In putting this budget together, we undertook a disciplined and comprehensive review and evaluation of each and every village department and service, and a critical scrutiny of each and every expenditure line in the budget. We also had to take into account the effects on the village of the continuing budget difficulties on the national and state levels, which have presented us with serious challenges and potential revenue loss.
On April 5, Westbury’s Divine Church of God offered the community an evening of entertainment and fellowship as well as an opportunity to make a difference.
This year, the church was honored to host the Kuyasa Kids Choir on their seventh tour of the United States. The Kuyasa Kids, a children’s ambassador choir from Africa, serve as representatives and living testimonies of Christian charity organization Horizon International.
On April 9, elected officials and community members gathered outside the Westbury Recreation Center to celebrate the renewal of the Westbury Boxing Club program.
The Boxing Club program, which has a 30-year history of providing youths with training as well as leadership skills, has been able to continue its outreach through a partnership with the Village of Westbury and the Denis Dillon Cornerman Foundation.
His feet sink deeper and deeper into the cold, swampy terrain that cascades unmercifully across the barren Antarctic landscape.
He races toward the finish line that stands 30 feet ahead as mud sloshes about his ankles with every step. The wind swirls and twists violently over his head, howling like a hungry wolf. As he glances to the left, he sees an ice-covered mountain range and glacial melt-water that stretches for miles. In his perimeter vision, rays of sunlight peek through the ominous clouds that loom overhead. A wave of emotion encompasses his body as he completes the last leg of travel through the vast expanse and the awe-inspiring scene is one that not many will ever have the chance to witness in their lifetimes.
Fifty years ago, our federal government created the Peace Corps, an agency that plays a compound role in global interaction. By providing developing countries with volunteer assistance in various disciplines, the Peace Corps provides needed services while fostering positive international relationships.
To commemorate the Peace Corps’ half-century legacy of service, several local residents who are former Peace Corps volunteers shared their memories and encouraged future volunteers.
Children’s author and illustrator David Ezra Stein, whose book Interrupting Chicken recently received the 2011 Caldecott Honor Award, will visit the Westbury Memorial Public Library at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. During his visit, Stein will read from his New York Times bestselling book and answer questions.
“The Caldecott is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children,” said Westbury Library Director Cathleen Towey. “We are delighted that Mr. Stein, an honoree of this prestigious award, has decided to come and visit Westbury.”
After all the protests and disagreements, after all the proposals and changes, New York State has an on-time budget for the first time in 15 years and just a third on-time budget in 28 years.
New York State passed its $132.5 billion budget on March 31 around 1 a.m., just in time for the April 1 deadline. Overall spending will be cut $3.5 billion (2 percent) from the current year and closes a $10 billion deficit without raising taxes.
The Coalitition of New York State Alzheimer’s Association Chapters, Inc. and president Mary Ann Malack-Ragona, CEO for the Long Island Chapter, explained, “There is no one more worthy of this award than Henley.”
Westbury School Board Trustee Rocco Lanzilotta was sworn in as president of the Order Sons of Italy Donatello Lodge #2559 on Tuesday, March 22 at the Westbury Recreation Center on Post Avenue.
The catered affair was standing room only for some attendees and as Lanzilotta was installed in his new position, all guests offered a round of applause.
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