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Fighting Fire With Food

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:00

When a Florida pastor threatened to burn almost 3,000 copies of the Qur’an on September 11, he probably didn’t expect that his hateful display would result in such good. In response to the pastor’s threats, the Islamic Center of Long

Island donated almost 4,000 food items to the Long Island Council of Churches and the food pantry at St. Brigid’s Church. It took a little over a week for the center to pass their intital goal of 3,000 items, and collect nonperishables which included cookies and soups.


How Many Points For Friendship?

Written by Betsy Abraham Saturday, 14 September 2013 00:00

Every letter counts at the local Scrabble club 

Some people play Words with Friends online, but a group of Westbury ladies prefers to play the old-fashioned way: making friends in person. 


The Scrabble Club has been meeting at the Westbury Public Library every Friday since 1999. Usually about eight women come to play at two large square tables by a window, where on a nice day generous amounts of sunlight pour in to illuminate their games. It’s not uncommon for the women to play for four hours or more.


Westbury Cancer Survivors Give Back

Written by Lyn Dobrin Friday, 13 September 2013 00:00

Grateful residents volunteer with Adelphi breast cancer hotline 

Roz Catena of Westbury says that even though it was twenty years ago when she found out she had breast cancer, she can recall it as if it were yesterday. “First was denial,” she says, not believing it could happen to her, a healthy 49-year-old woman. Then she kept asking, “Why me?” Eventually with the support of her daughter, Theresa, and the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program, she moved to acceptance, rising above the disease.


Roz doesn’t think she could have moved forward without the support. There was Theresa at home. “If she was feeling fearful, she kept it in check,” says Roz. “We were going to get through it together.”  At the time, Roz was working as an executive assistant to the president of an international shipping company and her boss was supportive, allowing her time off when the chemotherapy threw her for a loop. Her next helper was her oncologist who, recognizing that Roz was depressed, recommended she call the Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline. It was there that Roz found a new direction in her life.


Renamed Street Celebrates Bethel AME

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church has already made its mark on the Westbury community, but now that mark will be official. As the church celebrates its 126th anniversary, a portion of Maple Avenue was recently renamed Bethel AME Way. 


The street renaming ceremony was held on Sunday, Sept. 8. The church worked with Nassau County Legislator Robert Troiano to change the name of the street, beginning east at School Street and ending west at Linden Street. 


Westbury's Acting Teachers

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 11 September 2013 00:00

Local Teachers Develop Confidence 

Michelle Vivona remembers being a shy child. The only time she wasn’t was when she was dancing, something she did a lot since her parents owned a dance studio. When she saw how much her already outgoing daughter flourished taking classes at Drama Kids, she wondered how much a program like that would have helped her as a child. So, she and her husband, Jerome, decided to open their own Drama Kids chapter. 


“I was so drawn to it from my background in theater and in being such a shy child,” Michelle said. “It’s a safe and a positive place for children to explore and express themselves. It’s wonderful to see the progression in the kids, as both a teacher and parent.”


Olympian Coming To Westbury

Written by Lydia Robledo Saturday, 07 September 2013 00:00

Champion cross skier to share story of living with diabetes

Professional cross-skier and Olympian Kris Freeman is coming to Westbury to talk to children and parents about his remarkable success story and record-setting victories in spite of his struggle living with type 1 diabetes.


“I love getting involved in community events. I do a lot of events in conjunction with diabetes. It’s a great way to talk to kids and parents about the struggles of living with diabetes,” Freeman said.


Carle Place Gets Bo-TIE

Written by Lydia Robledo Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00

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. 



Gate Not A Problem For Track Visitors

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

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. 


Discussions Continue On Finding Illegal Students

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 04 September 2013 00:00

Investigative firm explains process, fees at board meeting 

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. 


Residents Urge Gov To ‘Raise The Age’

Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 31 August 2013 00:00

Rally calls for criminal reform in trying minors as adults 

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.)


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