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Daytime Assault In New Cassel

The Third Squad is investigating an assault that occurred in New Cassel on July 21 at 10:22 a.m.

According to detectives, Third Precinct Police responded to a call that a 19-year-old male victim  was involved in a large fight with at least 20 unknown male black subjects in front of  701 Prospect Ave. The subjects were armed with weapons that consisted of bats, pipes, hammers, knives, and at least one stun gun. Upon police arrival they discovered the victim was stabbed in the abdomen and left shoulder. All subjects fled on foot in an unknown direction. The victim was transported by a Nassau Police Ambulance to a local hospital and underwent surgery. He is listed in stable condition. A hammer and a pipe were recovered from the scene.

Police say it is unknown if it a gang related incident.

Detectives request that anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.


Love 101: Class Helps Couples Thrive

What’s the secret to a relationship that lasts? It’s a question that’s been asked time and time again, and Stefan Deutsch and Dr. Roberta Karant believe they have the answer.ForeverLove_072514A

This Monday at Westbury Manor, the two will present a Forever Love workshop aimed to help couples (both engaged and married) learn how to maintain a healthy relationship well beyond the honeymoon phase. [Read more...]

Westbury Hires Mobile Security Firm

The Westbury School District faced yet another burglary last week, further encouraging the Board of Trustees to hire Summit Security Services Inc. to provide mobile security services. 

Over 87 MacBook Pros have been stolen from district schools since April.

Over 87 MacBook Pros have been stolen from district schools since April.

At a Board of Education meeting July 17, the board discussed the seriousness of the recent string of burglaries and need for increased security in the schools. Summit was hired on a 30-day, month to month basis. They will be paid $20.68 per hour and $29.94 per hour for overtime/holidays. [Read more...]

Editors Win National Awards

Two editors at Anton Community Newspapers recently were named award-winners in the 2014 National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Editorial Contest. This is the first time Anton has entered the contest. [Read more...]

$120K Worth Of Laptops Stolen

Detectives are investigating three robberies at Westbury schools that resulted in the loss of 87 brand new MacBook Pros, valued at approximately $120,000. MacBook Pro

The break-ins occurred at Westbury Middle School, Powells Lane and Westbury High School. According to the district’s Chief Information Officer and Technology Director Jay Marcucci, at all three schools, 13” MacBrook Pros that were purchased in November were stolen after the building was closed and locked. With the exception of the high school, the laptops were all kept in COWs (computers on wheels)—steel cabinets with locks. [Read more...]

NBA Player To Host Sports Clinic

Nate Robinson helps kids at last year's camp

Nate Robinson helps kids at last year’s camp

NBA star Nate Robinson will be conducting a three-day basketball clinic at the “Yes We Can” Community Center July 21 through July 23. Robinson will train girls and boys ages 11-18 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Robinson, currently on the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, has played in the NBA for nine years and is a three-time NBA Slam Dunk Champion. [Read more...]

Spuntino Wine Bar And Italian Tapas

We put ourselves in the hands of Andrea Rossi and Ryan Keough, the general manager and executive chef at Spuntino in Westbury, and were rewarded with an excellent five-course tapas meal with wine. Spuntino is a new tapas and wine bar in the The Gallery at Westbury Plaza shopping center on Old Country Road, a large high-ceiling, gleaming space with an open kitchen and one wall of doors that open out onto the wide sidewalk, allowing for outdoor dining.Spuntino-dining room

Rossi, who is from Venice, is committed to Slow Food, a global grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries, which began in the 1980s in response to the proposal to build a McDonald’s at the Spanish Steps in Rome. As their web site explains, “Slow food was founded to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food unites the pleasure of food with responsibility, sustainability and harmony with nature.”

At Spuntino, efforts are made to locally source the ingredients used in the dishes, such as greens from Long Island’s Satur Farm, or to use Italian ingredients that are specific to a region such as olive oil from Bolgheri, an area that enjoys a unique micro-climate that is perfect for growing olives. Because the first Spuntino (the Westbury restaurant is the second) is in Clifton, New Jersey, the gelato comes from a family-owner manufacturer there who makes it fresh daily. “I order it fresh every day,” says Keough. Rossi adds: “We want to find the local guy so that our ingredients are traceable and people can trust the food.”

Our first course was a meat and cheese platter that included 18-month-old Prosciutto de Parma, prochetta Toscana and sweet sopressata; the cheeses were Parmigiano Reggiano, gorgonzola with fig jam and provolone. We started with a bellini of 2012 Prosecco Lunetta and peach puree. Prosecco, like Champagne, can pair with everything says Rossi. In this case it was a good accompaniment for the meat and cheese. Bubbles in general cut through everything. Prosecco is the only wine that can be paired with just about everything from appetizers to desserts.

Spuntino_071814CNext came a variety of bruschetta: gorgonzola, apple and walnut drizzled with honey; marscarpone and strawberry with basil; and watermelon and pickled fennel and ricotta with mint. This was accompanied with 2012 Vermentino Argiolas Costamolino. Says Rossi: The thought process is simple, to build up the flavor profile of the wines, starting from lighter wines with good minerality to fuller bodies offers a variety of good pairings without been too intrusive. Mascarpone and gorgonzola cheeses pais well with young, acidic, crisp whites such as Vermentinos.

Carciofo—fried long-stemmed artichoke hearts from Lazio—was next, along with speck in carozza (smoked prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and roasted red pepper on rustic bread), and hand-cut calamri. Our wine was 2012 Pecorino Saladini Pilastri. The Pecorino, an early-ripening grape produces a wine of great structure and character. Intriguing minerality, with notes of citrus and a little burnt toast characterize this high quality, classic wine, which pairs well with fried fish in this case as it has enough body to sustain the speck in Carrozza thanks to the touch of smokiness and nuttiness in this wine.

For our meat and fish course, we were served lamb chops, charred octopus, hanger steak and Mediterranean sea bass. The wine that accompanied it was Piancornello San Antimo Sangiovese Grosso 2012. We took into consideration the earthiness of the sarmoriglo and the texture of the hanger steak and found a wine in between that could have enough body and be delicate at the same time, such as the sangiovese grosso, the grape of the Brunello di Montalcino.

Finally, dessert. The big hit was ciambella, a hot little pillow of fried dough, served rustic style in a paper bag, with dipping sauce of your choice: chocolate, Nutella or salted caramel (we opted for all three). Other choices include affogato: vanilla gelato swimming in espresso and topped with whipped cream, a plate of almond biscotti, lavender panna cotta and chocolate torte. The wine? Fizz 56 Brachetto. Lastly we paired a nice brachetto with dessert — an effervescent finish with notes of sparkling strawberries are a palate cleanser and pleaser…nothing better to coat the palate.

All in all, an extremely satisfying meal.

Tech Students Win At Competition


Westbury Middle School technology students recently earned top honors at the Junior Solar Sprint Challenge (JSSC).

Through the JSSC students develop teamwork and problem solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, gain hands-on engineering skills, and use principles of science and math to get the fastest, most interesting, and best crafted vehicle possible. JSSC challenges students to use scientific know-how, creative thinking, experimentation and teamwork to design and build and race high-performance solar electric vehicles. Students learn by doing.

The competition had 17 teams competing for top honors and Westbury Middle School received first place and third place trophies.The students were led by Mr. Canalini and Mr. Gray.

Town’s Performance Management System Recognized

TownStat, a performance measurement and management program used by the Town, has been honored by International City/County Management Association for the fourth consecutive year with the Certificate of Distinction Award. [Read more...]

Prepare Your Tastebuds

Westbury and Carle Place, hope you’re hungry. The Chamber of Commerce is holding its first Taste of Westbury/Carle Place event July 15, dishing up a smorgasbord of signature fare from several local restaurants.  [Read more...]