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Westbury Remembers Ann Sweat

The Westbury community remembered the legacy of Ann Sweat last week. The well-known community and education advocate passed away at her home April 24. She was 85 years old.

AnnSweat_050615The joyful, service-oriented Westbury resident was involved in numerous organizations, doing anything she could to make her beloved community a better place. Sweat was an active member of the Central Westbury Civic Association, New Cassel/Westbury Health Community Center and NAACP, amongst other organizations. [Read more…]

Whither Common Core

Just about every U.S. President in recent times have declared bold, and challenging polices towards education, often with interesting and compelling mantras that encapsulate the essence of what is to be expected from their administration on this matter. Some can be construed as simply an extension of the policies of their predecessor, while others chart clear and definite departure from previous approaches, and impart, or attempt to impart, serious challenges to the status quo. [Read more…]

Dorothy Dotty Murphy Angevine

Dorothy “Dotty” (Murphy) Angevine, 85, of Windsor Locks, CT, loving wife of the late Charles N. Angevine, passed away peacefully after being visited by her family on Sunday, April 12, 2015. Dorothy was born February 28, 1930, in Westbury, NY the daughter of the late Walter and Anna (VanWickler) Murphy. She was a graduate of the Westbury High School Class of 1948. Dorothy was employed with Northern CT Bank and Trust as a teller for over 10 years and later held various office positions until her retirement. Dorothy and Charles were married 57 years and the marriage was a “match made in heaven”. Together they moved to Lake City, FL in 1994 and she moved back to Windsor Locks in 2012 after Charles passed to be closer to family. Dorothy was an avid painter, voracious reader and letter-writer. [Read more…]

Thomas Myers

ObitMyers_032515AThomas J. Myers longtime resident of Westbury for over 60 years was laid to rest on Monday, March 16 at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton NY. Thomas will be remembered by his loving, inspirational, stern and caring ways.

He was loved by all who knew him and will be missed immensely. [Read more…]

Anthony (Tony) Iovino Jr.

ObitIovino_032515AFortified with the sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 surrounded by family. Devoted husband of Barbara Joan (nee Albert) for 56 years; dear father of Lisa Ellen Iovino (John Schalda), Anthony III (Cara) and Leslie Anne Banks (Dale); dear grandfather of Monica, Michael and Emily Howald and Anthony IV, Nicholas and Anne Iovino; dear brother to Josephine Romano; beloved uncle, great uncle, cousin and friend; predeceased by his parents, Anna (nee Vecchione) and Anthony Sr. [Read more…]

Carolyn J. Beardsley

Carolyn J. Beardsley passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 15, 2014 due to lung cancer after a full, happy and blessed life. She is survived by her children Nancy (Tom) Lyon of North Babylon, NY, Ruth (Tom Sansone) Beardsley of Bethany, CT, James (Karen) Beardsley of Bethesda, MD and Susan (Marcell) Easter of Charleston, SC, and by her brother C. William (Gail) Jones of Frisco, TX, and their families. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 57 years, Herbert. 

Beardsley was born on July 17, 1935 in Schenectady, NY and graduated from St. Agnes School (now Doane Stuart School) in Albany, NY. She and her husband began life together at the Church of the Advent in Westbury, NY where he was the curate, moving to Trinity Episcopal Church in Gulph Mills, PA when Herb became rector there, and returning to Advent when he became rector in 1965. For the next 30 years they raised their family in Westbury. She worked as a secretary for several organizations. Upon their retirement in 1995, they moved to eastern Long Island where she indulged her passion for knitting and socializing with friends and family. She was active in the Episcopal Church throughout her life. Her greatest pride and joy was as a loving, caring wife, mother and grandmother.

Remembering A Cartoon Legacy

The community of Westbury recently lost one of its most famed and groundbreaking members. Brumsic Brandon Jr., the political cartoonist of “Luther,” one of the first African American cartoons to be nationally syndicated in the mainstream press, died on Nov. 28 at the age of 87.

Family members say Brandon Jr. passed away from complications of Parkinson’s disease in Cocoa Beach, FL where he had retired.

Brumsic Brandon Jr.

Brumsic Brandon Jr.

Brandon Jr. and his wife of 64 years, Rita, together raised their three children in Westbury. In fact much of his syndicated cartoon, which ran from 1968 to 1986, was created right inside of his Westbury home.

“Everyone loved being around my father,” said his son Brumsic Brandon III, who is a teacher at his alma mater, Westbury High School. “I would come home from school and find my friends already there sitting and talking with my dad.” [Read more…]

Edna Keifer Gallardo

Edna Keifer Gallardo was born Aug. 5, 1931 in Mineola, NY. She died peacefully in her sleep early Monday morning, Nov. 24, 2014, at the home she shared with her husband Leo Gallardo in Westbury. She was 83-years-old. [Read more…]

A Plum Tree For Joseph Cascio

People remember Joseph Cascio for many things—his outgoing personality, the love he had for his wife and four kids, the motivational talks he would share at the beginning of every meeting of the Carle Place Senior Center. And though he passed away in April, Cascio will not be forgotten; generations to come will get a glimpse into Cascio’s legacy every time they see the purple plum tree planted in his honor at the entrance of Charles J. Fuschillo Park in Carle Place. [Read more…]

The Man Behind The Lens

When Claire Kelly was 8 years old, she became one of the first girls in Westbury to join the Little League team. The addition of girls to the all-boys team was a huge deal; not everyone was ecstatic about the change and Kelly received several negative comments about her participation. The Westbury Times included coverage of the team, coverage that included photos by Alphonse “Al” Posillico.

Al Posillico

Al Posillico

“He made me such a celebrity in the newspaper, and that made it easier,” says Kelly. “It really helped people accept that I was a good baseball player and that it was a good thing to have a girl playing baseball. For an 8-year-old, that made a really big difference. Through his pictures, he said it was okay, let this little girl play.”

As the official photographer for The Westbury Times, Village of Westbury, the Westbury Fire Department, as well as numerous local societies and organizations, Posillico captured the moments that made the everyday lives of residents special for over 30 years. He passed away Oct. 30 at age 87, after a four year battle with cancer. [Read more…]