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Westbury Village Attorney Retires

Westbury’s Village Court loses a dedicated public servant on Oct. 2, as Village Attorney Dwight Kraemer retires after 19 years of service to the community.

Kraemer was appointed village attorney under Mayor Ernest Strada in April 1995, after serving as the village’s assistant prosecutor for seven months. Over the past 19 years, he has drafted up over 100 local laws, 400 variances and 20 special use applications.

DwightKraemer_100114AA lifelong resident of Westbury, Kraemer’s been a key player in helping the village develop, facilitating major condominium projects and the expansion of the Islamic Center of Long Island and the Space.

“I’m happy to have had the experience and proud of what has been accomplished,” says Kraemer. [Read more...]

Library Holds SAFE Seminar

The Westbury Memorial Public Library held a Self Defense Seminar for Women this past Saturday. S.A.F.E. “Surviving Attacks Females Encounter” was a three-hour self-defense seminar that provided awareness training on how to avoid conflict as well as demonstrate combative techniques. Sensei Johnnie Bray, a practitioner in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Ken Zen Ichi Karate, and organizer of “Competition is Healthy,” led the seminar. [Read more...]

Local Fights For Justice Seat

Westbury resident Michele Woodard has served as a Supreme Court Justice the last 14 years, and she’s confident she’ll be re-elected this November for another term…even if she has to do it without the help of the Democratic and Republican parties. 

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Woodard was surprised when she found out she was not going to be endorsed by the Democratic Party, which nominated two Republicans—District Court Judge Anna Anzalone and County Court Judge Angela Delligatti—along with one Democrat, District Court Judge Sharon Gianelli.

However, Woodard received the support of the Working Families Party and will be running on their ticket and the Independence Party line. [Read more...]

1 Musician, 2 Westburys & 3,000 Miles

It’s always notable when a musician plays two shows in one day. But two shows in one day on two continents? Now that’s impressive.

On Saturday, Sept. 27 Leander Morales, a musician from southern England, will attempt to play a show in Westbury, NY and Westbury, Wiltshire, UK in just 24 hours.

“Two shows in one day is usually no problem, but I haven’t done anything three and a half thousand miles apart,” says Morales. [Read more...]

A Sweet Start To A Lifelong Passion

Not many artists can say they have their art on the moon, but for Westbury artist George Burgess, it’s one of his greatest accomplishments.

The Westbury artist worked at the Northrop Grumman Corporation during the 1960s and helped silk screen the US Flag that went on the Lunar Module. And while he may have art in space, Burgess’ art had much sweeter beginnings. [Read more...]

Censorship: It’s Real And A Real Threat

By Donald Parker

Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn, ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. Alfred Griswold Whitney

The week of Sept. 21-28 has been designated Banned Books Week by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. During this time, libraries and schools around the country hold programs and readings to celebrate the “right to read.”
Think censorship and banning books are ancient history, or at least not problems we face here on Long Island? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. In fact, there are many myths and misconceptions about censorship that should be challenged. Here are four: [Read more...]

Arts Council Names New President

Chrissy Shelley

Chrissy Shelley

Chrissy Shelley was recently named president of the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts (GWCA), taking over for Rocco Lanzilotta who resigned to take a new job out of state.

“I’m so thrilled to have been elected president,” Shelley said. “It is a privilege to work with such a talented group of dedicated volunteers at the GWCA.” [Read more...]

Student-run Musical Is A Success

IMG_5839[1]Carle Place High School recently staged Nine to Five, this year’s student-run musical production.

A five-year tradition at the high school, the musical is directed, produced, choreographed and costumed entirely by students. Directing this year was junior Thomas Vestuto, who began the rehearsals for the show in July. All proceeds went toward the continuation of the program for next year.

“It’s nice to see the months and months of hard work pay off,” Vestuto said. “I couldn’t ask for a more dedicated cast.”

Find out more about the show and see more pictures here

Champions For A Cure Honors Locals

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, The Hispanic Network teams up with Legendary Events to host Long Island’s 2nd Annual Champions for a Cure Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Party at The Woodlands at Woodbury from 6 to 8 p.m. This year proceeds will benefit Moms Who Kick, a non-profit raising funds for breast and ovarian cancer research. [Read more...]

Westbury 7-11 Robbed

Detectives are looking for information regarding a robbery that happened at a Westbury 7-11 on Sept. 16 at 12:27 a.m.  [Read more...]