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BOE Passes Veterans Exemption

The Carle Place Board of Education passed the veterans exemptions at their Dec. 11 meeting, a move that will allow local vets and Gold Star parents (people who have lost a child in combat) to receive school tax breaks. 

The deadline to vote for the exemption is Jan. 2, 2015 and residents had previously expressed frustration over the board’s delay in passing the resolution, which many nearby districts had approved earlier in the year.

“It’s important to the future. We want good people coming back to Carle Place. If you don’t have this in effect, a veteran might not come back to Carle Place and we don’t want that,” said meeting attendee James Dimaio, before the vote. [Read more...]

Wrestlers To Watch

Westbury wrestling is poised for a strong season, with a dozen experienced seniors on the team. Here’s a look at some of the key players to keep an eye on this season. 

Raeco Jackson

Wrestling_RaecoJacksonSenior, 126 weight class
“I’m looking forward to going to counties and then going to states. I’m trying to fly through Nassau and go to states because that’s where I lost last year. I want to beat the person who beat me last year,” Jackson said.
Jackson currently has several colleges looking at him and is hoping to get a wrestling scholarship.
“There’s a lot of new kids. We teach them moves and if anyone needs help, it’s team first and then the individual,” he said.

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Westbury Wrestling Poised For Strong Season

Westbury Varsity wrestling head coach Pat McGovern is feeling very optimistic about this year’s season. And with good reason.

“This is the strongest program we’ve had in the last couple years,” said McGovern. “It’s a strong team with lots of seniors and a good underclassman group.” [Read more...]

Westbury Considers Grade Shift

The Westbury School District is currently looking into making a major change to its elementary schools, as it explores the option of no longer separating students by grades, but putting grades 1-5 at Park Avenue, Powells Lane and Drexel Avenue. 

The board has been in talks to change the grade structure at the schools for several years and at the Nov. 20 board of education meeting, they authorized the superintendent to follow through on the planning process. The district currently operates under the Princeton Plan, which separates schools by grade. [Read more...]

CP Books A Room At Hotel Suite

This weekend, get ready to book a stay in Hotel Suite, the newest theatrical work by Carle Place High School’s Fine and Performing Arts Department.

The show also serves as a homecoming of sorts for the production’s director, Edward Brennan. Brennan is a part-time adjunct teacher for Carle Place, returning after a self-imposed eight-year hiatus while running a not-for-profit theater in Suffolk County called Airport Playhouse. He had previously been with the school district for 16 years, and eventually found himself itching to return.

“I had directed a summer production that used a lot of high school-age performers, and I realized how much I missed working with this age group,” he said. “Joni Russo called me about returning, I was available…it was perfect timing.” [Read more...]

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...]