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National Night Out Returns

Residents are invited to take a stand against crime at this year’s National Night Out, an annual event that focuses on anti-crime efforts, crime and drug-prevention, and strengthening the bonds between police and the community. Festivities take place Tuesday, Aug. 4.

The event kicks off with a parade, starting at 5 p.m. at the Salvation Army on 992 Prospect Ave. in Westbury. Activities begin at 6 p.m. at Martin “Bunky” Reid Park, located at Broadway and Swalm Street in Westbury. [Read more…]

Music Students Hit The Big Time

Westbury’s Center Stage Music School is certainly no stranger to having its members rub elbows with fame. A few years ago a group of their violin students performed at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury with popular musical group The Piano Guys. But now the kids of Center Stage have upped their ante by appearing on hitRECord, a television show created by Hollywood actor and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Gordon-Levitt, star of hit films such as Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, has often dabbled on the art and music scene on the side, creating hitRECord, a website where members can upload virtually any form of user-created media— music, art, video and more—that their fellow users can incorporate into their own unique creations. The website is tied to a television show of the same name on the channel Pivot, that highlights contributions from members of the hitRECord community. [Read more…]

A Dining Destination

New eateries make Post Avenue a foodie’s dream

Westbury is on its way to becoming a dining destination. This year we have seen the emergence of several new cafes and the return of an old favorite. We now have two new places where we can get ice cream and frozen yogurt, and cafes where we can savor food from the Dominican Republic and Korea.

Westbury’s Business Improvement District (BID) can take some of the credit for these welcome additions. [Read more…]

Book Fairs Provide Enrichment

For many kids, reading might not be the first thing on their summer “to-do” lists. This causes a problem for teachers, who must help students readjust to learning once they return to school in the fall. But Westbury’s SEPTA is helping eliminate that gap with their summer book fairs, which provide reading material to children for a very reduced price.

Last week, SEPTA held a book fair at Drexel Avenue School, where children in the summer school program could peruse tables filled with a wide selection of donated books. Students were able to purchase the new and used books for 25 cents to $2, and those who still couldn’t afford a book could often have it in exchange for a simple hug and thank you. [Read more…]

Scout Receives Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Diani Williams, a recent graduate of Westbury High School and incoming student at Nassau Community College, for earning the Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Movement. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue or need in the community and that serves to educate and inspire others. [Read more…]

A Gym For People Of All Ages

Mark Doyle has been a gym rat for most of his life. Big Al’s Family Fitness, located at 51 Frost St. in Westbury, offers the retired professional all he could ask for in a gym including state of the art Cybex machines, elliptical machines, treadmills and stationary bikes.

“I am a general workout type of guy and I’m not looking to do heavy duty weight lifting at my age,” said Doyle. “I’ve been coming to this particular location for 12 years to workout and this gym suits me fine.” [Read more…]

Crazy For Code

Local youngsters will soon become masters of the web, thanks to a new coding class at the Westbury Memorial Public Library.

Matthew Kates, an information technology aide at the library, is currently teaching a four-week class for teens on the basics of HTML and CSS. The class meets once a week for an hour, and by the end of the sessions, students will be able to learn how to program a website and code.

“We’re going over the basics of web stuff and how to program a website and getting an understanding of how to code,” Kates said. “We want to get kids to think in more of a mathematical way and to use the computers not just to play games or talk with friends, but be productive on them.” [Read more…]

Retirees, Volunteers Honored

The Carle Place Union Free School District and the board of education paid tribute to retirees, volunteers and a corporate ally during the June 11 board of education meeting.

Retirees were presented with certificates and thanked for their service by Superintendent David Flatley. District volunteers were recognized with certificates of appreciation as well. The board commended those who helped raise money this year in the fight against juvenile diabetes, and the highest fundraisers from first, second and third grade were spotlighted. [Read more…]

A Passion For Poultry

Jimmy Madonna still remembers the first customers that walked into his dad’s Chicken Delight store on Post Avenue  50 years ago.

“I was 10 years old and at the counter. The first customers were a father and son, they looked like they were blue collar workers,” Jimmy recalled. “After that, it took off a lot.”

Decades later, thousands of customers have passed through the doors of Chicken Delight. While some things have changed, such as the store’s location and look, much has also stayed the same, such as the quality of the food and the Madonna family’s commitment to satisfying customers with delicious poultry. [Read more…]

Firefighters Turn Up The Heat

Fairway Market in Westbury played host and sponsor to the fourth annual barbecue competition of the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center on July 1 to test the grilling skills of Nassau’s bravest, while delivering a message of summer BBQ safety. Six teams from Westbury, Bethpage, East Meadow, Malverne, Oceanside and Syosset competed, along with the Nassau County Police Medics Association, to see who would take home the title of grill master for 2015.

The Police Medics were named the winners.

The Police Medics were named the winners.

Smoking out the competition to win the coveted first place trophy adorned with a smoker was the Nassau County Police Medics Association, who bested the firefighters and some seasoned winners. The group took home a $300 gift certificate and bragging rights for a year.

The Police Medics rose to the top with a rib recipe from Kevin Keyer of Hicksville, a paramedic for six years. “I had a dry rub, smoked the ribs for four hours and then I sauce them up with barbecue sauce,” he said. “It was exciting to win first place and very shocking.” [Read more…]