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General Taxes Due Feb. 10

Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman reminds taxpayers that the last day to pay the Town of North Hempstead 2015 General taxes – first-half bill without a penalty is Tuesday, February 10, 2015. The U.S. Postal Service must postmark mailed payments on or before February 10, 2015 to avoid a penalty. By law, office postage meters are not official postmarks. The Receiver of Taxes recommends that taxpayers mailing payments on the last day have their payments hand stamped at the post office to ensure a timely postmark. [Read more...]

Local Breaks Into NFL

Many people grow up with dreams of playing professional sports. However, very few end up playing in the pros. Yet, one Westbury man is currently living the dream. 

With the 220th pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected University of Connecticut graduate Shamar Stephen, a defensive lineman. This past season, Stephen appeared in all 16 regular season games for the Vikings. [Read more...]

Happy Hour In Westbury

Looking for a place to enjoy a drink after work? Westbury is filled with watering holes offering happy hours specials on both drinks and appetizers that will make getting through the workday a little easier. Whether you’re looking for someplace upscale and chic, or someplace more casual to let your hair down, here are some places that will allow you to ease off the workday, without sacrificing your paycheck.

City Cellar

Photo courtesy of City Cellar

Enjoy happy hour at City Cellar’s bar and cocktail lounge Photo courtesy of City Cellar

Happy hour is from Monday to Friday 4 to 7 p.m. at this upscale, yet casual bar and cocktail lounge. Enjoy half off beer, wine by the glass, and cocktails, such as the Miami Vice (with Ciroc Coconut, Fresh Lime Juice, Pineapple Juice and Mint) or the Moscato Martini (Skyy Moscato Vodka, Skyy Pineapple Vodka, Cranberry juice and fresh lime juice), which will run you about $7.50.

City Cellar is at 1080 Corporate Drive, Westbury. 516-693-5400.

Chi Lounge

This swanky lounge has half price appetizers and cocktails Monday to Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. The diverse cocktail menu includes the Melody Margarita (with peach schnapps and southern comfort), Pineapple Blossom (Coconut Vodka, Crème of Coconut, and Pineapple Juice) and the Lady Godiva (Godiva Chocolate Liquor, Van Gogh Chocolate Vodka, Crème de Cacao with chocolate syrup rum). There’s also almost 20 appetizers to choose from, including sushi rolls, octopus salad, calamari, crab cakes and vegetable spring rolls.

Chi Lounge is at 103 Post Ave., in Westbury. 516-385-3795.

Tocolo Cantina is a chic place to enjoy a drink

Tocolo Cantina is a chic place to enjoy a drink
Photo courtesy of Tocolo Cantina

Tocolo Cantina

This newly opened upscale Mexican eatery has happy hour Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Enjoy their cocktails, Tocola Margarita, beers, Red or white sangria  or wines on tap.

Tocolo Cantina is in The Gallery at Westbury, 920 Old Country Road, Westbury. 516-222-0060.


This casual Mexican eatery welcomes patrons for happy hour at the bar Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Sunday open through 3 p.m. Specials include margaritas for $3.25 and draft beers for $2.25-$3.25. The drinks go great with the food on the happy hour menu, which includes cheese quesadillas ($3.75), chicken flautas ($5.75) and beef nachos ($6.75).

Cozymel’s is located at 1177 Corporate Drive in Westbury. 516-222-7010.

Spuntino's happy hour menu includes truffle fries

Spuntino’s happy hour menu includes truffle fries
Photo courtesy of Spuntino


This wine bar and Italian tapas restaurant offers you double the chance to enjoy its happy hour menu. From Monday through Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close, you can indulge in $7 cocktails, $5-$9 wines by the glass and $4 beers. Pair that with $2 bruschetta (there are five types to choose from) or a $5 gourmet appetizer such as Arancini (risotto balls with peas, mozzarella and tomato sauce), polenta fries, margherita pizza or mussels.

Spuntino is at The Gallery at Westbury, 1002 Old Country Road in Westbury. 516-228-5400.



Break-Ins At Westbury Schools

More than 30 computers have been stolen from Westbury schools recently, in a continuing string of burglaries plaguing the district.

The Nassau County Police Department said that this past Sunday, Jan. 18, between the hours of 2:30 and 6:20 a.m., 13 computers were stolen from Powells Lane School. There was a broken window, and the incident is under investigation.

The Old Westbury Police Department is also investigating a burglary at Westbury High School which resulted in the loss of 20 iMacs, valued at approximately $35,000. [Read more...]

Victory For CP Bball

Buzzer beaters that decide the game are usually in the fourth quarter or overtime. It was to end the third quarter, however, that the Carle Place Frogs broke a 35-35 tie with a buzzer beating three-point shot to end the quarter. They never looked back—outscored the Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks 23-7 in the fourth quarter—and improved to 3-1 in league play with a 62-40 victory. The three wins matches their output from the 2013-’14 season. [Read more...]

New Interim Assistant Superintendent For CP

The Carle Place School District recently welcomed Richard Banyon to its administrative team. Banyon will serve as the district’s interim assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction starting this week, filling in for the spot left by Christine Finn who left the position for the same one at the Herricks School District.

Banyon has more than 40 years of experience as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, dean, building administrator and central office administrator in New York City and Long Island. He recently served as the Deputy Superintendent of the Malverne School District. He has also coauthored several books. [Read more...]

Thousands Protest On OCR

More than a thousand people lined Old Country Road in front of the Source Mall, in a continued protest against Nassau OTB’s plans to bring video lottery terminals to the Fortunoff’s building.

Protesters of all ages from Westbury, Carle Place, Meadowbrook Pointe and surrounding communities held up signs and chanted “no no casino,” as cars driving by honked in agreement. [Read more...]

United Front In Casino Fight

Over 1,000 residents, state and local officials and community leaders packed the St. Brigid’s School auditorium the evening of Jan. 15, joining together to make one thing clear-they do not want a video lottery terminal (VLT) at Fortunoff’s.

This was the first public information session about the highly controversial OTB project, and was hosted by Village of Westbury mayor Peter Cavallaro and organized by the grassroots organization Stop The Casino At Fortunoff’s. The group has mobilized over 3,000 locals to protest the gambling parlor poised to come to the former department store at the Source Mall, citing that accompanying traffic and crime would devastate the community. [Read more...]

Tocolo Cantina Serves Up Mexican Delicacies

Have you ever had the annoying experience of asking a waiter to advise you about what’s good on the menu and the answer is “everything?” Well, at Tocolo Cantina, the new upscale Mexican restaurant at The Gallery at Westbury if your waiter tells you “everything,” you’re being told the truth. I’ve eaten three-quarters of the dishes and will happily recommend them all. [Read more...]

Students Model Recycled Fashions

Paper, plastic, soda cans and more will see new life this Thursday at the Town of North Hempstead’s third annual Trashion Show.  [Read more...]