Jack Ruiz had his first seizure when he was 17 years old. Since then, epilepsy has been a huge part of his life, as he’s suffered from disorienting seizures two or three times a week for over 20 years. He was up to 13 pills a day, when he realized that something needed to change.
Last week, Ruiz underwent stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) and laser ablation, minimally invasive surgical procedures which will help treat his seizures.
Cancer can’t hold back Westbury resident Ellen Palmer, who recently helped raise $33,000 for the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program.
“I feel blessed and lucky,” said Palmer at a fundraising party thrown for her by family, friends and colleagues. For Palmer, the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program has special meaning, as it has helped her cope with being diagnosed with cancer three times since 2006, and having breast cancer that has spread to her lungs and brain, making her a person with stage 4 metastic breast cancer.
Westbury parents may have less of a run-around when it comes to registering their kids for school, as the district continues progress on central registration.
Currently, registration takes place at all seven buildings in the district. When a child joins the district, their parents register them at the school they would be attending. A sixth grader would be registered at the Middle School, while a third
grader would be taken to Drexel Avenue for registration. The process, which involves filling out and verifying several forms, takes an average of 30 minutes, and for non-English speakers it can take up to an hour. Secretaries must then enter the data into student data base Infinite Campus, which can take about 20 minutes. Central registration would allow new students to be registered at an office at Drexel Avenue, regardless of what school they were going to. The only exception would be students born outside of the country or non-English speakers, who would still need to go to the Pupil Personnel Services office.
If there’s one thing that Westbury has a lot of, it’s restaurants. But when it comes to the best Turkish cuisine, most locals can agree on one thing— Mediterranean Kebab House on Post Avenue is the only game in town.
Memet Arslan, owner of the Mediterranean Kebab House, came over to the United States from Turkey about 13 years ago. He had owned restaurants back in his home country, but the Mediterranean Kebab House is his first one in America. This year mark the tenth anniversary of when he first opened its doors to the public.
"I was always involved in food in my country, and when I came here, I still wanted to be involved in that business,” he said. “I started out in the kitchen, and that’s where I do my best work.”
It’s no surprise that the artists of Lark Tattoo are passionate about tattoos and piercings. But behind the needles are also a group of animal lovers, who are currently auctioning off intricately decorated skulls to raise money to help abandoned animals.
“The shop is full of animal lovers. We all have either a rescue dog or love for our dog,” says store manager Ed Niemczura. “There’s so many strays and abandoned animals on Long Island and no kill shelters need support. So anything we can do to support them we’re all for.”
When you picture a high school music recital, images that come to mind are tight rows of students wielding stringed instruments, their brows furrowed in deep concentration and seriousness while they adhere strictly to a rendition of a famous work by one of the classical masters.
What you don’t think of are multi-colored lights, smoke machines, and the energy and freedom that only a marriage of classical music and heavy metal can produce. That is the sensibility that Mark Wood is trying to bring to today’s young musicians; when it comes to creativity, music is indeed a blank slate screaming for experimentation and expression.
During a lively forum on Nov. 13, parents, teachers, taxpayers and students from Westbury, Carle Place and other local towns took State Education Commissioner John King and Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch to task over the “common core” standards, venting their concerns and outrage about testing, evaluations and student privacy.
“At what expense are our state leaders willing to gamble the childhood of students, as young as 8 years old, who have already being turned off to school?” asked Christine Corbett from the Westbury Teacher's Assosciation.
Among the members of the audience was Carle Place Superintedent David Flatley, who said that he was pleased parents had the opportunity to air concerns and get feedback from the Commissioner himself.
With more vigorous educational standards being implemented in schools, parents and educators are always looking for fresh new ways to make sure students grasp hard concepts, which can be tough when kids only spend around 45 minutes in a classroom. Many schools have tutoring programs and teachers often hold extra help sessions, and now there’s an additional resource coming to the neighborhood, with the opening of Mathnasium, an after-school math program for children in grades 2 to 12.
“Children at Mathnasium quickly learn that math can be fun and interesting, as well as extraordinarily useful, both in terms of succeeding in school and for the valuable life skills it provides,” said Bernard Cerrone, owner of the Westbury
Mathnasium. “We are thrilled to be able to bring our method to the parents and children of Westbury and the surrounding communities.”
The Westbury of 50 years ago was a much different place. Doug LeClaire, a native Westbury resident and founder of Asbury Shorts, will be sharing his memories and adventures of growing up in the village during the '60s and '70s during the next meeting of the Historical Society of the Westburys.
LeClaire grew up in what he describes as “absolute suburbia,” spending his days playing sports or riding bikes with his friends until his mother called him inside for dinner. He lived in central Westbury, on Asbury Avenue between Post
Avenue and Grand Street. He remembers fondly the days of playing hide and seek in the woods along the Northern State Parkway and hanging out in what his friends called “The Corner,” which was the intersection of Liberty and Plainfield
Street. There was a strong spirit of camaraderie in the neighborhood.
Westbury’s Joe Palumbo is putting up his dukes, as he gets ready for the upcoming Long Island Fight For Charity.
A variety of causes stand to benefit from the 10th annual Long Island Fight for Charity at the Hilton Long Island in Melville Nov. 25, as 20 fighters take a break from their day jobs as landscapers, marketers, construction workers, attorneys and more to enter the squared circle and become pugilists for a day.
The first $10,000 raised by each contender and half of every dollar raised thereafter will go to The Genesis School, for people with autism; Long Island Community Chest, which offers short-term financial assistance to needy families; and the National Foundation for Human Potential, which provides support for people with disabilities.
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