Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00
Earlier this month, Westbury officially renamed its village square in honor of a man who was not only the driving force behind its creation but who, as mayor for nearly three decades, served as the cornerstone of the village.
Family members, friends, residents and elected officials gathered with Ernest Strada on Aug. 6 as the parcel of land at the corner of Post and Maple avenues was dedicated “Piazza Ernesto Strada.”
In creating the village square, Strada hoped to provide residents with a relaxing and enjoyable place while making downtown Westbury more pedestrian-friendly.
The property, which once housed an unattractive gas station, serves as a village square in the center of Westbury’s downtown and features 13,000 square feet of community space, complete with flag mast, benches and aesthetic lighting not to mention a working stone waterfall and brick pavers designed and created by Augie Posillico and Frank Poscitelli. The piazza is also equipped with speakers and serves as a gathering place and prime location for village events.