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Students Break Free

Carle Place students are getting their heads in the game as they prepare for their upcoming student-run production of High School Musical. 

The show, which originally premiered as a popular Disney movie in 2006, centers around a jock and geek who shake up the cliques at their school when they audition for the school musical. The play is filled with fun, upbeat dance numbers, and has a timeless message of staying true to yourself that can appeal to audience members of all ages.

And though a play about high school might seem like an obvious choice for a bunch of high school students, director Thomas Vestuto said that he was initially hesitant about doing the show, even though people have requested it for years. [Read more…]

Young Players Look To Lead On The Gridiron

In his fourth year as head football coach at Westbury High School, Savalis Charles now has a group of seniors that are fully integrated in his system.

“These seniors came into ninth grade during my first year here so the only thing they know is my system,” said the former LIU Post star. “Last year’s seniors came in under a different coach.”

That will be a huge confident boost for a young team that is returning only six starting players from last year. They will be forced to transition from All-County quarterback Raeco Jackson, who has moved on to play at Div-III Cortland.

Last year, Jackson led the squad to a 3-5 record, which left them one victory out of the playoffs for the third consecutive season. They were on pace for a postseason berth when they began the season at 3-1. Then the injury bug hit. [Read more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]