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Area Burglar Arrested

A New Cassel man was arrested on Monday, June 29 at 10:14 p.m. in connection to eight burglaries, after attempting to burglarize a home on Sixth Street. [Read more…]

Feast Celebrates Unity In Diversity

Neighbors, friends and families came together for carnival rides, music, food, and Italian heritage from June 24 to 28 for the annual St. Anthony’s Feast at Our Lady of Hope in Westbury. Held by the Durazzano Society, the festival celebrated its 89th year of celebration and delighted attendees with a vast selection of foods, drinks and games for kids and adults. As the ladies of the organization served up home cooked meals to those who truly wanted to feast, there were also Polish sausage sandwiches, gyros and empanadas available, making the fair quite unique. Kids ran through the carnival, going on rides and enjoying games with their friends, while parents enjoyed the popular spin wheel. Many of the organization’s members conversed with attendees and took photos. Community was a prevalent feeling and tradition of the annual festival and there was unity in the diversity.  [Read more…]

Seniors Begin New Chapter

The Westbury High School class of 2015 took a relatively small step in the present—and a huge step toward their destinites—when they attended their highly-anticipated graduation ceremony on June 26.

Held at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Greenvale, the Westbury graduation ushered a class of 291 students—led by valedictorian Tiffany G. Shaw and salutatorian Isabel Amaya—towards an uncertain yet bright destiny filled with endless possibilities. Countless family members packed the venue to the rafters, all offering their unbridled love and support for their loved ones. [Read more…]

Westbury Cancels Dual Language

The Westbury School District’s decision to cancel its successful dual language program has left many parents frustrated and petitioning the district to keep the program alive for at least a few more years.

“I hope they reconsider and keep the program,” said Dr. Renee Wright-Farnum, who has a fourth grader in the program. “This program gives children an advantage and it’s so beneficial.”

The district’s decision to cancel the program came after seeing that the elementary school reconfiguration, which takes place in September, would leave the program’s students unequally distributed among the elementary schools. [Read more…]

Bright Future For Val And Sal

This is the second time Westbury’s Tiffany Shaw will wear the title of valedictorian. She was also valedictorian of the Westbury Middle School graduating class.

“I was excited when I found out,” Shaw said. “I was happy and I felt very blessed.”

Shaw was born in Westbury and has attended Westbury schools throughout her whole academic career. Among the highlights of the last four years are going to all county for violin (she’s been a violin player for 10 years) and scoring 100 on her chemistry regents. She was also concert master for the orchestra and involved with the math and crochet clubs. Outside of school, she is actively involved in her church, Caldwell Temple A.M.E Zion in the Bronx. [Read more…]

Top Students Shine

For Carle Place’s Sarah Laga, being named valedictorian was a relief. It was a sign that all the hard work she had put in the last four years had finally paid off. But it wasn’t the highlight of her high school career.

“I applied through the Spanish National Honor Society for a trip to Spain and I was one of 24 kids nationwide who got to go. We spent a week in the south of Spain, that was a highlight,” Laga said.

She hopes to spend a lot more time traveling the world and to help her achieve that goal, Laga will be attending the University of Scranton in the fall, where she hopes to pursue a degree in International Studies and Spanish. [Read more…]

Westbury Man Arrested For Murder

After an investigation spanning five months, cops have arrested a Westbury man in connection with the murder of a Jericho gas station attendant back in January.

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Joshua N. Golson-Orelus 

Joshua N. Golson-Orelus, 23, of Westbury, was placed under arrest on June 17 at 8:40 a.m., according to authorities. Golson-Orelus is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree attempted robbery and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. [Read more…]

The Switch At Westbury

The Village of Westbury holds its next free concert in the summer concert series Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m. in the plaza.  [Read more…]

A Taste Of Portugal In Carle Place

Nestled within the heart of Carle Place, a new restaurant—Lisbon Café, located at 490 Westbury Ave.—is offering local residents a taste of authentic Portuguese continental cuisine, steeped in years of tradition and taste.

Jack Pinto, co-owner of Lisbon Café, came to the United States from Portugal in 1986. He’s been involved in the restaurant business for some time, having started an eatery in his native land with his brother Avelino. Upon arriving in this country, the two started a new restaurant in Mineola—Heart of Portugal—that they still successfully run to this day. [Read more…]

Student Wins Achievement Award

Award_061715AItzel Sanchez Emiliano, a seventh grader, from Westbury Middle School recently received a 2015 Nassau All-County Exhibition Achievement Award. Emiliano is a young lady of few words but her art speaks volumes. She would always give the teachers little art works to put up in their classrooms or take home to their children. Emiliano’s artwork certainly puts a smile on your face.