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Spreading Help To Those In Need

The word ‘community’ is synonymous with peanut butter and jelly every third Saturday of the month at St. Brigid’s School in Westbury as community members gather for the Peanut Butter Gang (PBG).

PBJ_022515AThis clever initiative, which began at Hospitality Too Soup Kitchen at St. Anne’s in Brentwood, gathers a community of kids from Westbury and East Meadow to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that help feed the hungry all across Long Island. While also helping hundreds of less fortunate folks, the middle-school aged kids obtain hours of community service for their respective Confirmations, and the older teens help the younger kids by demonstrating the proper techniques of creating these sandwiches and sanitizing their stations. Many parents volunteered as well by packaging the sandwiches into Ziploc bags, then packed them in boxes to be delivered to the pantry in Brentwood later that day. [Read more…]

Field Turf: Does It Pose A Danger?

Synthetic turf fields have been popping up across Nassau County, with the promise of longer playing time, decreased injury and fair competition. But the field’s underbelly, specifically its infill made of recycled tires, has local advocates asking for additional studies.

“I learned that more and more facilities are using turf fields,” Congressman Steve Israel said. He recently called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for an updated, detailed study into crumb rubber infill. “I saw reports that the EPA hadn’t adequately researched [field turf] safety.” [Read more…]

Camille La Vie Opens in CP

Camille La Vie is a dress lover’s dream. Whether you’re in the market for a prom dress, dress to wear to a wedding or something for your sweet 16, there’s a good chance you’ll find the perfect one among the rows and rows of elegant, sparkling dresses that fill the store.

The specialty dress store celebrated the grand opening of its Carle Place location Saturday, Feb. 21, just a week after moving into 210 Glen Cove Road. The store celebrated in style, with a DJ, candy bar and models walking the floor, showing off some of the latest dress trends. [Read more…]

Green Dragons Fall In Overtime

In what turned out to be a heck of a game, the Green Dragons boys basketball team fought hard to force overtime but ended up losing to the home team, Freeport, 68-59 in Thursday’s playoff quarterfinals game at Freeport High School.

The game started off at a fast clip as both teams tried to feel each other out in the early going. The Roughriders found the outside shooting touch early and their size and strength made it difficult for Westbury to get points in the paint. With Freeport taking the 19-14 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Green Dragons needed to figure out a way to get points without having to force shots inside. [Read more…]

Village Welcomes New Attorney

On Anna Vikse’s third day as Village Attorney, she found herself representing the Village of Westbury in Nassu County Supreme Court in a lawsuit against Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting’s proposal to put a video lottery terminal in the Fortunoff’s building.

“I kind of hit the ground running,” said Vikse with a laugh. “It was kind of inspiring to see all those different politicians and groups of people come together. To help draft those papers was very exciting.” [Read more…]

Dream Season Comes To A Close

After winning their first playoff game since 2005, the Carle Place Frogs had their incredible season halted by losing to Malverne 69-46 in the Class B championship on Feb. 20.

Head coach John Cantwell spoke glowingly about his players in an emotional postgame interview.

“These kids right here have paved the way for the future,” said Cantwell. “They always had that drive to get to CW Post—that was our goal every day in practice,” he added. [Read more…]

Market Accused Of Fishy Business

Richard Scores, Jr., the owner and CEO of Westbury Fish Co., was arrested and arraigned yesterday for allegedly selling over $100K in fish and shellfish.

Scores was arrested by District Attorney Investigators and Department of Environmental Conservation police officers. He is charged with selling over $100K in fresh fish and shellfish to Long Island restaurants without the proper permit and licenses.   [Read more…]

Ink And Steel Marks Homecoming

For director Jonathan Ehlers, his latest film Ink and Steel was more than just a way to portray great characters within the frame of a mob movie. It was a chance for a homecoming.

Ink and Steel tells the story of an aging mob enforcer sent to rural New York to protect the son of a syndicate boss. Though much of the film was shot in upstate New York, Ehlers returned to some of his old stomping grounds in Carle Place, such as the high school baseball fields and along Rushmore Avenue, to shoot some scenes from the movie.

“I knew I wanted to come back to New York to make the movie. I knew the territory and had more help,” said Ehlers. “It was great to come back and shoot in a place where a lot of my imagination was developed.” [Read more…]

WBY Dominates In First Round Of Playoffs

It was a dominating performance by the Westbury boy’s basketball team on Saturday, Feb. 14, as they rolled to a 76-40 victory over Hicksville in the first round of the County playoffs at Westbury High School. The fifth seeded Green Dragons will now face the number four seed Freeport this Thursday in the quarterfinals round. [Read more…]

Display Your Art At Hicks

The Greater Westbury Council for the Arts (GWCA) has some great artist opportunities with its upcoming art exhibit in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Hicks Flower and Garden Show on March 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. and March 6 from 4 to 8:30 p.m.

The art exhibit will afford artists exposure to hundreds of visitors at the Hicks Nurseries event. Art themes should be related to flowers, nature, botany, etc or other natural materials. [Read more…]