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Operation: Clean Sweep To Begin

Starting April 27, Town of North Hempstead crews will be hitting the streets to sweep up the debris this winter left behind in the annual Operation: Clean Sweep. This two week initiative is held each spring and aims to sweep every mile of North Hempstead roads. [Read more…]

Local Heads To The Hill

The National Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) recently rallied more than 50 of their Youth Ambassadors (YA), including Carle Place’s Steven Argenzio, for its National Advocacy Day—Trip to Capitol Hill program. This trip marks the association’s largest, most successful Advocacy Day, with TSA members representing 31 different states participating in a total of 169 meetings with 65 Senate offices, including with Senator Charles Schumer and 104 House of Representatives Offices. [Read more…]

Shirley McCoy: A Legacy Of Kindness

Longtime New Cassel resident, community businesswoman and activist Shirley McCoy passed away in Louisiana on Tuesday, April 7 at the age of 95. While she lived a long and full life, she also leaves behind a legacy of benevolence that is sure to continue to help people for generations to come.

One such individual touched by the spirit of kindness that McCoy exuded was William Pruitt, executive director of the McCoy Family and Youth Center. Pruitt was so touched by her generosity, he said, that he actually asked to use McCoy’s name for the community center he founded. [Read more…]

Young Artists Show Work

The Carle Place High School north cafeteria was transformed into an art gallery this past Friday, April 17, as students displayed their work for the annual art show.

More than 100 photos, ceramic pieces, drawings and paintings were displayed at the event, which is sponsored annually by the Carle Place Arts and Education Booster Club. The event gives students the chance to not only show off their work, but see what their peers are doing. [Read more…]

Art Show Blooms At Hicks

Surrounded by the beauty and aroma of flora, the Greater Westbury Art Council’s Art Show at Hicks Nursery hosted a variety of guests and artists last week. Each visitor, along with the council’s members and recognized artists, was joined in common bond at the show’s opening reception on Thursday, April 16.

Located at the entrance of the showcase was a craft booth, where guests could fabricate layered paper flowers with co-recording Secretary of the Westbury Art Council, Maureen Baranov. These colorful crafts were a bright and inventive way of introducing the art show’s theme: a correlation of Hicks Nursery’s 25th anniversary of their annual flower show and imagery of flowers. [Read more…]

Opt-Out Rates Soar

State assessments are in full swing and so is the opt-out movement. Thousands of parents across Long Island have chosen to have their students not take the tests in an effort to protest the teacher evaluation system and what they believe is a test-driven curriculum.

In Carle Place, 634 students were eligible to take the ELA test last week and 285 (45 percent) opted out. This is a significant increase from the 44 students (7 percent) of the 636 students who opted out last year.

Among the parents opting their children out is Carle Place parent Kathleen Alvino.

“The tests are being used for the wrong reasons,” Alvino said. “Teachers should not be evaluated based on one test score. Especially a test constructed to make children fail, not give enough time and cover information that is beyond there level of education.” [Read more…]

Veteran’s Advocate Coming To Library

Alyse Zwick, an actress, television host, and commercial print model in New York City, will be speaking at the Westbury Memorial Library on Sunday, April 19 about her affiliation with veterans and her special relationship with her grandfather, a World War II vet.

Zwick_Alyse_ photoAt the age of 1, Zwick booked her first national commercial for Downy Detergent. As a teen she attended Pebblebrook High School, The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts, in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating high school, Zwick received a talent scholarship to Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where she continued her training as a theater major.

Some of her acting credits include roles in Felony Friday, The View, national commercials, and Fugly!, the film. Her films have been seen in various film festivals such as The Palm Beach International Film Festival and The Beverly Hills Film Festival. [Read more…]

Parents Fight Testing

Discussions of Common Core, teacher evaluations and opting out of state tests have been prevalent the last few months. For several Carle Place residents, those conversations moved into action last week with a rally outside Sen. Jack Martins’ Mineola office. Parents, educators and local residents gathered outside his office in Mineola to protest his approval of the state budget—which they feel contains several unfair education reforms—as well as to voice their disdain for Common Core tests.

“He was completely against high stakes testing and the unfair evaluation process [at a forum last year]. And now with his ‘yes’ vote, he went against everything he stood for,” Carle Place mom Andrea Bergin said. “A lot of parents and teachers feel like he betrayed us and let us down.”

Parents rallied outside Sen. Martins' office in Mineola

Parents rallied outside Sen. Martins’ office in Mineola

“His vote left the evaluation process in the hands of the New York State Education Department (SED) and the board of regents. We need Sen. Martins to petition them and tell them we need fair evaluations,” Bergin continued. “Fifty percent of the teacher’s score can’t be based on student tests. If it is, all these children are going to learn is how to take a test.” [Read more…]

Legislation Seeks To Stop Illegal Drivers

New legislation could result in stiffer penalties for individuals who kill or injure someone while driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Sen. Jack Martins is working with Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas on the new legislation, which would create felony charges for individuals who drive with a suspended or revoked license. These drivers would face up to four years in prison if they seriously injure someone and up to seven years in prison if they take someone’s life. Currently, people driving with suspended or revoked licenses who kill or injure someone face only misdemeanor charges carrying a maximum sentence of 180 days in jail. [Read more…]

Town Honors Bishop Harvey


Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman, Town Clerk Wayne Wink, Bishop Lionel Harvey, Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Councilwoman Viviana Russell and Director of Operations Robert Troiano.

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Councilwoman Viviana Russell, Town Clerk Wayne Wink and Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman honored Bishop Lionel Harvey of the First Baptist Cathedral Church and the Unified New Cassel Community Revitalization Corporation (UNCCRC) at an event celebrating his 16th Pastoring Anniversary on March 28 at Verdi’s in Westbury. The town presented Bishop Harvey with a framed photo and proclamation in recognition of his service to the New Cassel community and to the congregants of his church.