Bo-TIE, one of the nation’s largest private fiber-optic networks, offered by Nassau BOCES, has made its way to the Carle Place School District, allowing students and faculty to connect to the internet twice as fast this upcoming school year.
With the ever-growing technology demands of the 21st century, Bo-TIE’s high-speed fiber-optic network could not be more welcome in today’s modern classrooms which often make use of technology-aided instruction.
Concerns about the new gate at Westbury Middle School preventing residents from accessing the track were stilled at a recent Board of Education meeting. Superintedent Mary Lagnado assured community members that the gate would not be locked and that the community was still welcome to use the recently renovated track at the school.
Lagnado got a letter from residents in the area of the middle school asking them to refurbish the track, as many of them used it in the evenings. The district fixed the track as part of their summer construction, and also installed a new gate across the driveway. Some residents expressed concern over the necessity of the gate, and whether it would be locked, preventing community members from using the track.
The Westbury School District will start the year without an investigative service, as the Board of Education continued to hold off on making a decision on whether or not to approve a contract for L.C. Investigative Consultant .
The district has used L.C. Investigative Consultant, for many years. More recently, they also began using True Blue Investigative Services, LLC. The board is waiting to make a decision on contracts until they hear a presentation from True Blue Investigative Services, LLC.
A group of advocates gathered on the steps of the Nassau County Supreme Court last week to urge state officials to the raise the age a youngster can be tried as an adult. The Raise The Age Campaign, an advocacy group calling on the state to change the age, has garnered support from local officials to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to take action.
According to the Raise The Age Campaign, referencing a report by the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, some 50,000 16-and 17-year-olds are arrested and tried as adults in criminal court each year—the vast majority are minor crimes (74.4 percent are misdemeanors.)
When Janice and Michael Cunningham first signed up to host an inner city kid in their home for two weeks through the Fresh Air Fund, they never imagined they would be adding a new member to their family.
They first joined the program in 2005, but their initial experience didn’t meet their expectations. The child they were matched with didn’t have the same interests as their family, who loved playing sports and being active, and the couple had hesitations about continuing another year.
Come November, local residents might see a familiar name in the election booth. Westbury’s Anthony Bulzomi is running for the 1st District Town Council seat.
Bulzomi is running on the Republican, Conservative, and Tax Revolt line against incumbent Viviana Russell. The seat represents Westbury, New Cassel, Carle Place and Old Westbury. While the 41-year-old candidate is a newcomer to the political game, he has years of civic and community experience under his belt.
Dr. Faroque Khan remembers when the Islamic Center of Long Island was nothing more than a small two-story house and huge lawn.
“When we purchased the original house, it had a nice open lawn and that was the attraction,” Khan said. “On that unoccupied lawn, we built the mosque.”
Now, 20 years later, Khan stands at the start of another major building project. ICLI recently broke ground on a major expansion that will allow the center to continue their mission of promoting interfaith unity.
Mineola resident Joseph Wood is the newest hopeful to enter the race for North Hempstead town clerk, on the Conservative line. He’ll face off against incumbent Leslie Gross, who switched to the Republican Party in May, and Wayne Wink, a Nassau County legislator from Roslyn.
Wood, 73, is retired and a former director of stewardship for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Describing himself as a fiscal conservative, Wood said he was interested in the race because the election lacks a true right-winger.
Westbury’s Laura Schaefer is running for Nassau County Legislature for the 14th District. Schaefer is a first time candidate, running on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence lines in the general election this November. The 14th Legislative District is composed of the communities of Garden City, Carle Place, Westbury, Old Westbury, Hicksville, and Bethpage.
Schaefer is a lifelong resident of Westbury. She grew up in Wheatley Hills riding bikes, playing kickball and going to the movies.
“It was a nice neighborhood and there were a lot of kids. I have fond memories of it,” Schaefer said.
The afro is making a comeback. More and more African American women are saying no to the chemicals and embracing their natural hair. For Courtney Crandall, owner of Icon West in Westbury, the shift from chemicals to more natural hair patterns has been challenging but exciting. She opened her Maple Avenue salon in April, saying she saw a need in the area for an upscale salon that focused on hair care.
“There’s a lot of salons in the area that don’t focus on natural hair care,” Crandall said. “Women are moving away from chemicals and processing their hair and getting back to their natural pattern, and with that comes a totally different skill set.”
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