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Corner Bakery Cafe Coming To Westbury

Westbury will welcome the Corner Bakery Café Monday Sept. 15, marking one more option in the neighborhood for diners looking for a cozy place to get breakfast, lunch or dinner.

CornerBakeryCafe_091714AThe first 100 guests in line outside the restaurant at 6 a.m. will receive a commemorative Corner Bakery Cafe travel mug with free daily refills of coffee for one year. Throughout the first month, Corner Bakery Cafe will hold weekly drawings to award four lucky winners free grilled paninis for a year. [Read more...]

BID Street Fair Returns This Saturday

Over 10,000 people will stroll through Post Avenue Saturday, Sept. 13 for the annual Business Improvement District (BID) Street Fair and Fall Festival.

Fair attendees can enjoy live music in the piazza, a food court and perusing through the booths of over 100 vendors selling crafts, jewelry, handbags and other merchandise. There will also be family friendly attractions such as pony rides, a petting zoo and expanded inflatable kiddie carnival. [Read more...]

Advocates, Locals Rally For Minimum Wage Increase

Community members and advocates rallied at the Piazza Ernesto Strada in Westbury recently to demand that Albany lawmakers raise the minimum wage and allow cities and counties to supplement it by up to 30%.

strike 2“Our communities are suffering because of low wages,” said Diane Goins, president of the Long Island Chapter of New York Communities for Change. “It is sinful that a family with two working parents cannot make a living on Long Island. Working families desperately need a raise in New York. Higher wages will ensure families on Long Island will not have to choose rent over medicine or food over rent. These are heart-breaking choices that many of our neighbors make each and every day. It is time for higher wages.” [Read more...]

Boy Scout Membership Drive

Local boy Scout leaders and Boy Scouts will be providing information about local scouting programs and activities on Sept. 15 and 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westbury Memorial Public Library. Leaders and scouts will be available to meet parents and young people to introduce them to local neighborhood scouting activities, council programs and to assist families in the application process to become Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts.  

The membership drive will be hosted by the NC Theodore Roosevelt Council of Boy Scouts of America. This recruiting initiative gives Nassau County boys and their families an opportunity to learn first-hand about the broad scope of activities scouting offers and the benefits of joining Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.  Libraries across Nassau County will be hosting similar events.  Families that cannot make these events can visit www.beascout.org any time for information and local community contact.  For additional information about scouting programs and activities taking place in Nassau County visit www.trcbsa.org

Sinbad’s Bringing The Laughs

This Friday, actor and comedian Sinbad is bringing the laughs to Westbury with a performance at NYCB Theatre.

SinbadSinbad arrived on the comedy scene with a “ hit’em in the face” style of comedy that has kept audiences laughing in the aisles for over the past two decades.  He freely admits that he doesn’t knows any jokes, except for the ones that his dad told him “back in the day”.  The basis of his humor comes from everyone he’s meets, everything he’s seen, and everything he’s done. [Read more...]

Summer Luau Helps Wounded Warrior Project

On Sept. 11, The Sporting News Grill and BluChip marketing will be collaborating to throw a Summer Luau party to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

The party is expected to bring in hundreds of business owners, community members, and local veterans from all parts of Long Island to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and celebrate those who have sacrificed their well being to preserve our nation’s freedoms. [Read more...]

Village Board Meeting Recap

Missed the village board meeting on Sept. 4? Here are a few highlights: 

The board raised the speed limit on Maple Ave. in front of St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope to 20 mph.

97 people attended a recent tax exemption workshop at the Westbury Recreation Center. Representatives from the county Department of Assessment office helped residents file for exemptions and answered questions. [Read more...]

Village Raises Maple Ave Speed Limit

The village gave drivers on Maple Avenue a helping hand at last night’s board of trustees meeting, passing a law to increase the school speed limit in front of St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope from 15 to 20 mph.

The law was passed unanimously in what Mayor Peter Cavallaro called “an accommodation for residents who use the roads.” The school zone in front of St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope recently received a county speed enforcement camera, which St. Brigid’s principal Paul Clagnaz says has been flashing constantly since school started.

“People are slowing down to 15, but it’s nearly impossible to maintain,” Clagnaz said. “With all the vehicles trying to adhere to 15, mixed in with folks still going 40 and 50, you potentially have an even more dangerous situation. Even if it’s changed to 20, it’ll be a huge improvement.” [Read more...]

Meg Ryan Films In Westbury

Post Avenue turned into a movie set last week as film crews came to The Space to shoot Fan Girl, an upcoming movie starring Meg Ryan, Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka, Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom) and “30 Rock’s” Scott Adsit.

Last Thursday evening, residents and local shop owners stood nearby to watch as Ryan, sporting her signature pixie cut, stood in front of the Space talking to costars. Someone called “quiet on set,” and cameras rolled as Ryan walked out of the theater talking a male costar. The two then got into a limo parked in front of the theater.

On Friday, shooting resumed along Post Avenue, including at the parking lot next to Donohue Cecere Funeral Home. One scene involved Ryan loading grocery bags into the back of a Volkswagen and much to her disdain, dropping lemons across the parking lot.

The film crews traveled to Carle Place High School on Saturday afternoon. Carle Place Superintendent noted that the film crew was very respectful of the school’s schedule and that students also got the chance to see what goes on behind the scenes of a movie.

“The filming this weekend started in the evening and went quite late into the night so as not to disturb even our weekend activities,” Flatley said. “Some of our local students have an opportunity to serve as extras which gives them an interesting insight into the entertainment business and the not-so-glamorous world of TV and movie production.  It is fun to see them on the screen.”

Fan Girl is about a high school age girl (played by Shipka) navigating social networks and juggling priorities between her fandom for a pop music band and her love of filmmaking.

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Meg Ryan (center) could be seen standing outside the Space in between takes.

 

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Post Avenue was buzzing with camera crews

Post Avenue was buzzing with camera crews

 

Changing The Way You See Fruit

NancyColleary_090314CA bunch of fruit in a bowl may not be that exciting to look at, that is unless you’re looking at it from Nancy Colleary’s point of view. Through her still-life paintings, the Westbury resident explores shadows, colors and light to make the most ordinary objects appear beautiful.  [Read more...]