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In Their Blood

It was a remarkable season for Carle Place’s varsity field hockey team.

After crushing their competition all season (including highly-contested Garden City—which they hadn’t beaten in 15 years—and Oyster Bay), the girls went on to compete in counties, Long Island championships and then on to states. After advancing against East Rochester in the semi-finals, the girls lost to Whitney Post 1-0 in the Nov. 15 game in Binghamton. It was a tough loss for the team, but they’re not discouraged.

“This loss will help us work harder next year to achieve that goal,” said tenth grader Samantha Reed. [Read more...]

Civic Talks Drugs And Alcohol Use

Carle Place residents talked about drug and alcohol use in the community last week, during a Civic Association meeting held on Nov. 19. Attendees were able to hear about problems in the county and nation, and prevention methods from a panel, which included Bryn Catapano from the Nassau County Department of Human Services, Loretta Hartley-Bangs, Director of the Mineola Community Treatment Center and Pamela Stark from the Nassau County Police Department. 

Catapano noted that after pot and alcohol, prescription drugs—including sedatives and anti-anxiety medication—were the most commonly abused by teens over 14 years old.

“Typically teenagers are only able to access what they have available to them. They’ll use what they find in the medicine cabinets and that could include stimulants that will cause them to get high,” said Catapano. “We don’t often think of these things as abuseable, but we need to be careful with how we keep these things and put them away so they can be kept out of the hands of curious teenagers.” [Read more...]

Windy Maniacs Come In First

When it comes to wind turbines, Westbury Middle School students know their stuff. Rachel Worsham, Marisa Sorto, Elizabeth Gilbert and Alahna Perez made up The Windy Maniacs, a team of Westbury eighth graders that recently took first place in the Kid Wind Challenge at the Cradle of Aviation. 

The STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) focused project allowed students a hands-on way to learn, as students in Richard Canalini and William Gray’s technology classes worked in groups to create wind turbines. The three groups with the wind turbines that created the highest voltage then went on to the Cradle to compete against more than 40 other teams from seven other schools. [Read more...]

Drumline Beats Path To Victory

Next to an enthusiastic cheerleading squad, nothing can help give a high school football team the much-needed edge on the gridiron quite like an expertly-coordinated drumline team pounding out the beats to a crushing victory. With that being the case, it comes as a bit of a surprise that the Carle Place School District has been lacking a drumline of any sort…until now, that is.

Kevin Kavanagh has spent his entire 21-year teaching career at Carle Place Middle and High School, where he serves as band director. He notes that the district had a “casual” drumline several years ago, but a lack of cohesion and focus soon saw that effort dissipate after only a small handful of performances.

However, chairperson Joni Russo, knowing of Kavanagh’s talents as a percussionist, came to him and suggested that he use those talents in assembling and training a true, official drumline dedicated to supporting the school’s efforts on the football field. [Read more...]

Rain Doesn’t Dampen Dragon Spirit

All day rain on Saturday, Nov. 1, moved Westbury’s Homecoming parade inside, but the atmosphere was still lively and festive as students, teachers, staff and community members crowded inside the high school gym to show off their Dragon pride. Several groups performed for the packed house, including the high school and middle school marching bands, cheerleaders and high school flag team. [Read more...]

Alumni Honored At Homecoming

In the midst of the parade, football game, and other Homecoming festivities this weekend, there’s one tradition that is honoring the legacies of two local heroes. The Westbury School District and Village of Westbury will honor Irving Eannaccone, Ph.D. and Ernest J. Strada with the J. Alfred Cannon Alumni of Distinction Award.

This is the second year the award has been given. The inaugural award was dedicated to and named after the late J. Alfred Cannon, a renowned physician who dedicated his life to community service. He graduated Westbury High School in 1946.

Strada and Eannaccone will be honored this Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Westbury High School Lobby at 9 a.m. “To get this award is truly so overwhelming. I don’t think I deserve it. I’m very humbled,” says Eannaccone. “I feel like I’ve lived a normal life and tried to help people, so I think this is a wonderful award.” [Read more...]

Bravery Above And Beyond The Job

It was just a regular day for Westbury School District Security Guard Tony Hollie. He was driving near the high school on his 15-minute break when he noticed a young woman struggling in the back of a car. Then Hollie saw the driver of the car run two stop signs. When the driver stopped for traffic at a third one, the girl jumped out of the car and hit the ground in front of Hollie’s truck.

“I jumped out to assist her, and then the guy jumped out to recapture her. We had a conversation and then he didn’t want any part of that, so he got in his vehicle and she got back in the car with him,” Hollie says. “I called my superiors and we called the police.” [Read more...]

Drexel Students Thank Board Trustees

At the Oct. 16 Board of Education meeting, students and administrators recognized the board trustees for their work in the district. After giving each trustee a certificate, fourth grade students from Drexel sang “Put A Little Love In Your Heart.” [Read more...]

Powells Lane Students Thank Board

At the Oct. 16 Board of Education meeting, students and administrators recognized the board trustees for their work in the district. Powells Lane students sang Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy” to the delight of the trustees and audience. [Read more...]

Schools Keep Watchful Eye On Enterovirus

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders—enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). One of the first cases was identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, led school officials to close the school as a health precaution. 



Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

“It’s [enterovirus] typically mild and parents should treat it like they would any other cold or viral infection in their child,” said Schleien. [Read more...]