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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…]

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…]

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…]

More Than A Meal

Local food bank Island Harvest is helping to alleviate the issue of hunger on Long Island and Park Avenue Elementary School students recently voiced their gratitude to the charitable group.

The Kids Weekend Backpack Program, started and run by Island Harvest, supports nearly 1,700 students across Long Island in 26 schools by giving them packets of food to bring home every weekend. According to Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest, last year they distributed about 60,000 packets of food to needy schoolchildren. [Read more…]

Seniors Begin New Chapter

The Westbury High School class of 2015 took a relatively small step in the present—and a huge step toward their destinites—when they attended their highly-anticipated graduation ceremony on June 26.

Held at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Greenvale, the Westbury graduation ushered a class of 291 students—led by valedictorian Tiffany G. Shaw and salutatorian Isabel Amaya—towards an uncertain yet bright destiny filled with endless possibilities. Countless family members packed the venue to the rafters, all offering their unbridled love and support for their loved ones. [Read more…]

Westbury Cancels Dual Language

The Westbury School District’s decision to cancel its successful dual language program has left many parents frustrated and petitioning the district to keep the program alive for at least a few more years.

“I hope they reconsider and keep the program,” said Dr. Renee Wright-Farnum, who has a fourth grader in the program. “This program gives children an advantage and it’s so beneficial.”

The district’s decision to cancel the program came after seeing that the elementary school reconfiguration, which takes place in September, would leave the program’s students unequally distributed among the elementary schools. [Read more…]

Bright Future For Val And Sal

This is the second time Westbury’s Tiffany Shaw will wear the title of valedictorian. She was also valedictorian of the Westbury Middle School graduating class.

“I was excited when I found out,” Shaw said. “I was happy and I felt very blessed.”

Shaw was born in Westbury and has attended Westbury schools throughout her whole academic career. Among the highlights of the last four years are going to all county for violin (she’s been a violin player for 10 years) and scoring 100 on her chemistry regents. She was also concert master for the orchestra and involved with the math and crochet clubs. Outside of school, she is actively involved in her church, Caldwell Temple A.M.E Zion in the Bronx. [Read more…]

Top Students Shine

For Carle Place’s Sarah Laga, being named valedictorian was a relief. It was a sign that all the hard work she had put in the last four years had finally paid off. But it wasn’t the highlight of her high school career.

“I applied through the Spanish National Honor Society for a trip to Spain and I was one of 24 kids nationwide who got to go. We spent a week in the south of Spain, that was a highlight,” Laga said.

She hopes to spend a lot more time traveling the world and to help her achieve that goal, Laga will be attending the University of Scranton in the fall, where she hopes to pursue a degree in International Studies and Spanish. [Read more…]