Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that Dwayne Dailey has been sentenced to 100 years to life in prison for murdering 17-year-old Edwin Mejia Alvarado and shooting three of his friends as they sat in a car behind the La Boom nightclub in Westbury. Dailey mistook Alvarado for a member of a rival gang, murdering him and seriously wounding the three other men in the car.
In June, Dailey, 23, of Hempstead, was convicted of murder – 2nd degree; three counts of attempted murder – 2nd degree; three counts of assault – 1st degree; and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon – 2nd degree.
In an effort to expand its menu of senior support services, North Hempstead Town last week launched a four-month long pilot program through which seniors can receive free taxi rides to run errands.
Through the trial program, which is funded by a grant from the United States Administration on Aging and falls under the umbrella of the town’s Project Independence initiative, North Hempstead seniors age 60 and older living at home will have access to door-to-door taxi service to go shopping.
“Our ultimate goal is to be able to help you get around to do the things that will help you maintain your independence and prolong your stay in the community of your choice,” said Supervisor Jon Kaiman, who was joined by Councilman Robert Troiano, Town Clerk Leslie Gross and New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine at an Oct. 7 press conference held at the Westbury Senior Center.
On June 14, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church of Westbury welcomed the Rev. Marcus De’Angelo Briddell as pastor. Pastor Briddell replaced Rev. Carlton Gibson, who was elevated by the bishop to a higher position as a presiding elder .
Pastor Briddell was born and raised in Delaware and attended local public schools prior to earning a bachelor of arts degree in social studies education from Delaware State University and a master of divinity degree from Duke University.
As the new school year opened, Powell’s Lane School in Westbury, a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, welcomed Claudia M. Germain as its new principal. Germain has replaced long-time Principal John Olgilvie, who retired, and under whose leadership Powell’s Lane was designated a New York State School of Excellence and National Blue Ribbon School.
Germain comes to Powell’s Lane with 19 years of experience in education. She was a teacher in the New York City Public Schools for approximately 15 years, and then served as an assistant principal in the Copiague School District for four years. In Copiague, she also served at the Copiague Middle School and at Deauville Gardens Elementary School.
County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi held a meeting at Nassau Coliseum to present his plan for a “New Suburbia” in Nassau, proposing that strategic development of 10 percent of the county would help preserve in the other 90 percent, “all that is good about suburban life.” He addressed and then took questions from community leaders, government officials, civic groups and business interests, all of whom were called upon to join the “90/10 Coalition,” which will collectively address the four major problems in this county - property taxes, a lack of young people, traffic congestion and pockets of poverty. The group will help maintain things like single family homes, low crime, good schools, parks and open spaces, while also planning “mega projects” - like the redevelopment of Nassau Coliseum and the Glen Cove Waterfront, meant to create industry, jobs and sales tax - and “cool downtowns,” which would bring young people back into Nassau.
“More than 60 years after Levittown, Nassau County has stopped growing. We are suburban sprawled and there is nowhere else to go. We’re seeing an exodus of young people - a brain drain of our next generation, we pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation, our roads are choked with traffic, and pockets of poverty are putting a strain on our economy. We must address these problems,” said Suozzi. “We can do that and still preserve what we love most about living in Nassau County. We have great schools, parks and open spaces, beautiful North Shore waterfronts and South Shore beaches, low crime, and low unemployment, all within a stone’s throw of New York City. New Suburbia won’t change any of that.”
A New school year can bring excitement as well as anxiety, but this year it also brings concern over the possibility of students and staff contracting the H1N1 or “swine flu” virus. The swine flu took hold during the last school year and it remains a possibility that people will continue to contract the virus.
While it’s natural for some children and staff members to become “under the weather” during the fall and winter, that doesn’t necessarily mean they have contracted swine flu. There is also the possibility that people can still contract the regular flu (commonly known as “Type A” flu), a common cold or other maladies that normally occur.
Masur, who was born in Brooklyn in 1937, went to school to become a doctor and has maintained a medical career that spans over 42 years; he still practices internal medicine today. After becoming a husband and father, Masur said he found a new pleasure: art. It began slowly with sculptures and soon grew to paintings. However, he did not start painting until about five and a half years ago. Masur was mainly a sculptor.
Roger Corbin’s 14-year tenure as legislator of Nassau County’s 2nd District came to an end last Tuesday. In primary Sept. 15, Democrats voted current North Hempstead Town Councilman Robert Troiano as their candidate of choice. Troiano received 1,261 votes to oust Corbin, who received 749 votes, and secure a place on the November ballot.
Milestone Birthdays at the
Arbors Assisted Living Community
Two very special Centenarians who are still young at heart, Gene Scala, 104, and Lucy Richter, 103, were honored Aug. 27 with a joint birthday party celebration at The Arbors Assisted Living Community at Westbury.
Gene Scala was born in Naples, Italy, in 1905. When he was 14 years old, he came to America to work as a barber and a tailor in Brooklyn. A seasoned musician for 70 years, Scala played in several bands and performed in a symphony orchestra. He still plays the saxophone and clarinet today, and every Wednesday you can find Scala showing off his bowling skills at the local bowling alley. He recently received the distinction of being the oldest active bowling member in the United States.
Carousel Day School in Hicksville has started the new school year fully licensed. Under the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), the agency that oversees a day care provider caring for three or more children more than three hours a day, Carousel is now licensed to accommodate 102 children.
Carousel, which has operated in Hicksville since 1956, made headlines earlier this year when 2-year-old Olivia Raspanti died after choking on a carrot she retrieved from a bag underneath her teacher’s desk. Further investigation into the toddler’s death determined that the school’s day care program was not licensed.
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