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B.I.D. Awarded Grant

The Westbury Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Town of North Hempstead’s Business Tourism and Development Corporation Downtown Beautification Matching Grant Program. Funds may be utilized for streetscape improvements such as tree planters and other landscaping, as well as street furniture, trash receptacles and signage. [Read more…]

Colombian Stew Warms The Soul

Angelica Medina likes to tell the story of how, after a meal of ajiaco, a hearty Colombian stew, the guests, sitting in the living room, one by one drifted off to sleep. Apparently, ajiaco, a chicken and potato stew that is especially popular in the capitol city of Bogota, brings tranquility to those who eat it.

And as warned, after I ate the soup at the Westbury home of the Medina family—Angelica and her parents Maria Borras and Alberto Medina—just as my hosts had predicted, I felt warm and sleepy and ready for a bit of a nap. [Read more…]

Lower Speed Limit For Ellison Ave

Motorists driving on Ellison Avenue might want to ease up on the gas pedal a bit, following a recent decision to lower the speed limit. The Village of Westbury board of trustees approved lowering the limit from 30 to 20 mph at last week’s board of trustees meeting.

While 30 mph is the standard speed limit for village streets, Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro said they decided to change it around the vicinity of the Ellison Avenue bridge as a “targeted provision” to address public safety concerns. [Read more…]

Ajiaco con Pollo (Chicken and Potato Soup)

Ajiaco is a hearty Colombia stew made with three kinds of potatoes—russet, red and yellow—and each adds a special property to the dish. The russet melts in and thickens the soup; the red and the yellow (papa criollo, available frozen at Spanish markets) add color. [Read more…]

Los Amigos Denied Later Hours

The Village of Westbury denied a local restaurant’s application to stay open until 4 a.m. on weekends, saying that it had a previous record of being a disturbance to the neighborhood.

Los Amigos Restaurant, at 501 Union Ave., had initially brought its request for a special use permit before the board in November 2015, asking to stay open past 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Sundays through Thursday, and until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturday. [Read more…]

NCPD Warns of Tire and Rim Larcenies


It has come to the attention of the Nassau County Police Department that tire and rim larcenies are frequently occurring throughout the county. Since September 2015, there have been 116 tire and rim larcenies. Individuals are targeting mostly newer model Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Toyota vehicles. The larcenies are occurring in the overnight hours between midnight and 4 a.m. [Read more…]

Free Microchips For Pets

The Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter will be offering free microchips for dogs and cats of town residents through their second pet mircochip clinic. The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon at the town animal shelter at 75 Marino Ave. in Port Washington, and is co-sponsored by the animal shelter’s not-for-profit partner The Shelter Connection. [Read more…]

Nominate An Amazing Senior Citizen

The county is now seeking nominations for the county’s 2016 senior citizen of the year. This annual award recognizes two individuals who have demonstrated outstanding concern and action for human services and community involvement relating to any age group.

“There are so many seniors who have dedicated themselves to enriching the lives of others,” said County Executive Ed Mangano. “While this award pays tribute to two residents, I commend all of our senior citizens for the vital role they play in our communities.” [Read more…]

County Warns Of IRS Phone Scams

Ed Mangano, county executive, and Thomas C. Krumpter, acting police commissioner, are urging citizens to be vigilant when receiving telephone solicitations or emails from people identifying themselves as employees of the Internal Revenue Service.

The Nassau County Police Department says that individuals are receiving calls from people claiming that they or a family member owe money for unpaid taxes. Individuals are contacted by scammers claiming that they are federal employees, and tell the individuals that they owe money. These victims are told they can avoid arrest, foreclosure, suspension or termination of services if they make payment. The IRS does not, and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. [Read more…]

A Season To Cheer About

In its first year as a recognized sport by New York State, the Carle Place varsity cheerleaders performed at three competitions this year and placed in each of them. The team placed fourth in a competition held at Valley Stream North, second in one at MacArthur High School and third in one at Eastport-South Manor. The competitions encompassed the best of Sections VIII and XI in sectional and invitational competitions. This was an outstanding season against tough competitors in Nassau and Suffolk counties alike. The team is led by senior captains Julianna Baratta and Diana Alvarado. —Submitted by the Carle Place School District