Every Christmas Eve, Andrea Rossi’s mother, aunts, friends and neighbors would come together for the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes, a religious tradition that began in southern Italy but now is found throughout Italy and with Italian Americans. [Read more...]
Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) is an enormously successful live reality show on ABC in which celebrities, such as Brazilian auto racing driver Helio Castroneves, comedian Margaret Cho and designer Betsey Johnson are teamed up with professional ballroom dancers. The couple receiving the lowest combined total of points from the three judges and audience votes is eliminated each week until the last remaining couple is declared champion.
The professional dancers, relatively unknown when DWTS first aired, have become celebrities in their own right. Once such person is ballroom dancer Maksim (Maks) Chmerkovskiy, who is again bringing his dance show, Sway, to The Space in Westbury. Chmerkovskiy left DWTS in a blaze of glory two seasons ago as he and his partner, Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis, won the coveted first place mirror ball trophy. [Read more...]
By Linda Williams
The essence of this holiday season is the exchanging of gifts. We all know how to buy gifts—or do we? The meaning of the saying “It is more blessed to give than to receive” is that we should attain more happiness from giving gifts than getting them.
So is there an appropriate method to the giving of gifts? Absolutely! The following tips will guide you in gift-giving etiquette:
1. Make Thoughtful Choices Think about the person for whom you are buying the gift. What are their likes and dislikes? Do they have hobbies or collections that you can add to? Make the gift personable. Don’t buy clothing unless you know their size.
2. Refrain from Selecting Extravagant Presents Unless it’s for your spouse or child, buying a very expensive gift for someone can be embarrassing for them; especially if they did not do the same for you. Buying a moderately priced gift is usually a safe choice. [Read more...]
Westbury Avenue looks a little brighter as the Carle Place community held their annual tree lighting ceremony this past Sunday, Dec. 7.
Despite the cold, hundreds of families and community leaders came out to the corner of Westbury Avenue and Cherry Lane to usher in the holiday season by lighting the tree in front of Gino’s. The Carle Place High School brass band played for the crowd and the choir ensemble sang classics such as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” [Read more...]
City Cellar in Westbury has new owners and a new chef and the food, which has been good since the restaurant opened seven years ago, has gotten even better.
This large, high-ceiling restaurant has been tamed a bit with curvy room dividers and subdued lighting. Set off by dark cherry wood columns with waist-high partitions, a curved path leading from the reception area divides the space, with a dining area to the left and the long bar and another dining area to the right. Tucked away in the back is a very popular (reserve early) large table that can seat up to 15 people. There’s an open kitchen and a brick hearth oven where a variety of flatbreads are baked. [Read more...]
The Village of Westbury will be holding a remote renewal program at the Westbury Train Station for commuters looking to renew their parking permits.
Commuters can renew their permits on Tuesday, Dec. 9 and Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the station. Commuters can also renew their permits at Village Hall, 235 Lincoln Place on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 18 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. [Read more...]
The Village of Westbury’s Christmas tree lighting recently helped to bring the community together to remember the true meaning of the holiday season.
On Nov. 29, community members gathered in the Village of Westbury’s Recreation Center for the annual Christmas tree lighting festivities. Attendees enjoyed snacks and refreshments as a five-piece brass band played holiday tunes. Local community leaders gave speeches and toward the end of the ceremony they announced the various winners from the Recreation Center’s after- school art contest. [Read more...]
It’s not easy to break into the art field. You need patience, a strong network and of course, lots of talent. Perhaps no one knows this better than Westbury’s Jay Stuart. The local artist has a unique style which blends science fiction and history through cartoons and illustrations.
Stuart’s love of art started as a child, when he would doodle to keep himself busy. He was influenced by comic books such as Transformers, Batman, Spiderman and Star Wars at an early age, and took animation and cartoon classes at Hofstra University as a kid. In high school, he continued to take art seriously, taking AP art classes and then going onto the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He grew out of the superhero comics, exploring underground artists such as R. Crumb, known for his satirical cartoons and character, Fritz the Cat. [Read more...]
This weekend, get ready to book a stay in Hotel Suite, the newest theatrical work by Carle Place High School’s Fine and Performing Arts Department.
The show also serves as a homecoming of sorts for the production’s director, Edward Brennan. Brennan is a part-time adjunct teacher for Carle Place, returning after a self-imposed eight-year hiatus while running a not-for-profit theater in Suffolk County called Airport Playhouse. He had previously been with the school district for 16 years, and eventually found himself itching to return.
“I had directed a summer production that used a lot of high school-age performers, and I realized how much I missed working with this age group,” he said. “Joni Russo called me about returning, I was available…it was perfect timing.” [Read more...]
This year, shop owners and community organizations are encouraging you to save your holiday dollars to support local business on Small Business Saturday. Founded by American Express, the nationwide event serves to encourage people to shop at small businesses.
With Westbury and Carle Place nestled minutes away from several major malls, this event is a great reminder to not forget the “little guys,” said Westbury Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) President Bernard Ramchatesingh.
“Across the country, this event has picked up steam in driving home the message that it’s important to shop small and take care of local business owners. We want to support the downtown community and local business owners who are working hard by providing business to customers,” said Ramchatesingh. “And a lot of these local business owners are from the community.” [Read more...]