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Board Talks Bond

At their Aug. 20 meeting, the Westbury School District Board of Education introduced a potential $172.6 million bond referendum, which if passed, would allow the district to do much needed facilities improvements and build a new middle school.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Lagnado opened the bond referendum presentation, suggesting that there was a tremendous need to improve the school buildings because of the age and physical condition of the facilities, as well as to keep up with the enrollment growth projections and subsequent space issues. There’s also a need for additional instructional support space, certain areas that need to be brought up to ADA compliance, and health and security upgrades that need to be made.

“With these kind of conditions, something has to be done,” Lagnado said. “With the enrollment growth, we need additional classrooms, bathrooms, expanded gymnasiums and cafeterias.” [Read more…]

Village Welcomes Car Lovers



The inaugural classic car meet up in the Village of Westbury was a success, drawing almost two dozen cars to Parking Field 4.

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Westbury resident and event organizer Tom Verni said part of his motivation for starting the weekly event was to draw people to the village and its businesses. Modeled after similar classic car meet-ups in surrounding communities such as Oyster Bay, the meet-up allows automobile enthusiasts a chance to not only show off their vehicles, but spend time with others who share a love of classic cars. [Read more…]

NBA Star Teaches Young Ballers

Getting to meet an NBA player in real life is a rare opportunity, but playing basketball with him for a week is pretty much unheard of. Yet that’s exactly the once-in-a-lifetime chance more than 100 young athletes were treated to last week, as part of the Tobias Harris Basketball and Life Skills Workshop.

Held by the Orlando Magic forward, Harris taught young athletes not only basketball, but invaluable life skills at the five-day clinic at the “Yes We Can” Center in Westbury.

“The kids are the next generation, so the way I look at is you have to hone the kids into what they can be,” said Harris, a former Islip resident and Half Hollow Hills graduate. “There’s too many kids out there who aren’t fulfilling their potential, so the camp is a great time to use the sport of basketball to teach them that.” [Read more…]

A Treat For Dogs And Their Humans

When the Scardino family switched over to a healthier diet 10 years ago, it only made sense that the four-legged members of their family would do the same.

“My dogs are family, I want them to eat the good stuff,” said Doreen, the Scardino matriarch. “The FDA checks and regulates human food but there’s nothing when it comes to animals. No one’s watching what they’re putting into dog food.”

Doreen makes her four dogs special food, but it was a challenge finding healthy treats. Four years ago, she and her husband started making Doggie-olis, ravioli-shaped dog treats free of preservatives, out of their Carle Place home. [Read more…]

Car Break-Ins Rattle Carle Place

Lindsey Reiersen was greeted with a nasty surprise on July 30, when she walked out of her driveway and saw the back windows of her new car smashed and all four tires stolen.

“They used bricks from the side of my house to prop up the car,” Reiersen said. “I woke up and was just in complete shock. It’s a new car, I’ve had it a month.”

She had no personal belongings in the vehicle, and while nothing was stolen, the experience still left the 24-year-old shaken up.

“I’m thankful I had no personal belongings in the vehicle and there wasn’t anything worse done but it’s a shame,” she said. “It’s very nerve wracking to think I had people on my property and that close to my house.” [Read more…]

Stepping Out To Fight Crime

The communities of Westbury and New Cassel gathered together on Aug. 4 to parade through the streets of their neighborhood in order to send a message loud and clear—that they stand with the police in the fight to keep their streets free of crime and violence.

The 32nd annual National Night Out is a series of annual events that takes place throughout the country, aimed at promoting unity between police and the communities they serve, all in the name of ending the scourge of crime. Neighborhoods nationwide host festivals, parades, block parties and cookouts, and receive special visits and demonstrations from police and fire department personnel. [Read more…]

Carle Place Holds Bball Camp

Coach John Cantwell, along with junior varsity coach Conor Reardon, and assistant varsity coach Michael Ferreira, recently held the annual Boy’s Basketball Camp at Carle Place High School. Athletes from 3rd through 11th grade were able to participate in the fun, high-energy camp. The main focus of the program is skill development, learning fundamentals and learning to compete. [Read more…]

Local Named Academy Of Law Dean

LawDean_072915AAttorney Mary Ann Aiello of Westbury was recently elected the 22nd Dean of the Nassau Academy of Law, the educational arm of the Nassau County Bar Association. Aiello is a principal of the law firm Mary Ann Aiello, P.C. in Garden City. The firm concentrates in the practice of family law and matrimonial law. Aiello has extensive trial experience, including contested custody and equitable distribution issues. [Read more…]

New Cassel Church Set For New Building


A rendering of the new Eben-Ezer Haitian Baptist Church of Westbury.

Eben-Ezer Haitian Baptist Church of Westbury will soon be seeing a major facelift.

The Town of North Hempstead Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) recently granted the New Cassel church approval to construct a new building at its existing location at 859 Prospect Ave. The church applied for the approval because their current building, which can only hold about 100 people, is too small for their growing congregation. [Read more…]

Local Named All-American

Westbury resident and Morrisville State College senior offensive lineman Fahraad Johnson was recently named to the 2015 preseason All American second team at right tackle.

FootballPlayer_080515AJohnson had an outstanding 2014 season campaign that saw him start all 11 games for the Mustangs. He was part of the offensive line that sat at the top of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) in scoring, total offense, rushing offense and first downs. [Read more…]