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Town Honors Remarkable African Americans

The Town of North Hempstead held its sixth annual celebration of Black History Month on Feb. 4, honoring six outstanding African American residents who have all made a positive difference in their community.

Held at Westbury’s “Yes We Can” Community Center, the event was originally founded by Councilwoman Viviana Russell —herself the first African American woman to serve on the town council—who said that she noticed an immediate need for it as soon as she was first elected to her office.

Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Councilwoman Viviana Russell

Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Councilwoman Viviana Russell

“We hadn’t had a Black History Month program in the town, and I felt that it was important that we did,” she said. “We have a very diverse community, so I felt it was important to highlight some of the attributes of the great African American population here.”
Supervisor Judi Bosworth agreed with Russell, noting that the wonderful diversity of North Hempstead is one of its very greatest strengths.

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Author Visit At St. Brigid’s

Foot__012716ASister Mary Leonora Tucker, SSND, recently visited St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School in Westbury to discuss her book, I Hold Your Foot: The Story of My Enduring Bond With Liberia.

Sister Leonora was the principal of St. Brigid’s School from 1978 until 1984. After she left St. Brigid’s she joined the School Sisters of Notre Dame mission in Liberia. Last year she wrote a book about her 30 years as a missionary in Liberia and West Africa through civil war and violence. [Read more…]

School Personnel Invited To Overdose Prevention Workshop

School nurses and administrators are invited to an Overdose Prevention Workshop entitled “Schools in the Know,” to learn life-saving techniques related to heroin and pain pill misuse. Attendees will learn about current drug use trends among school-aged individuals and how to recognize and prevent an opiate overdose death. Free Narcan kits will be provided to attendees and their respective school districts at the workshop.

“I encourage school personnel to take advantage of this opportunity that could save students’ lives,” said County Executive Ed Mangano. “The rise in substance use among our youth and the increasing number of unintentional overdoses, here and nationwide, demonstrates the need for communities to work together to solve substance abuse problems.” [Read more…]

Students Take Safari On The Road

Westbury Middle School students are enjoying a working safari in Ms. Haller’s science classes. The young scientists have learned so much about the animals in their classroom that they are able to teach other children. The elementary schools in the Westbury School District bring their children to the middle school to learn about fish, snakes, lizards, turtles, chinchillas, rabbits and other creatures. The middle school students are able to teach others about these living things, as well as how to care for them. [Read more…]

Valentines For Veterans

Members of the Carle Place High School SPARC/Interact Club recently assembled entertainment gift packages, or Valentines for Veterans. [Read more…]

Educator Of Excellence

Educator__011316AKea Grabinski, an English Language Arts teacher at Westbury Middle School, was presented the 2015 Educator of Excellence Award from the New York State English Council at this year’s New York State English Council’s annual conference. Each year, the New York State English Council recognizes excellence in teaching by presenting the award to teachers who inspire excellence in students as well as teachers. The award recipients are leaders, collaborators, and mentors in their field. Grabinski was one of only six middle school English teachers selected this year.


–Submitted by Westbury Middle School

Students Reimagine Cardboard

Park AveCardboard__010615Anue students recently took place in the National Cardboard Challenge. The challenge was started in 2011 by Los Angeles 9-year-old Caine Monroy, who spent his summer vacation building his own arcade out of cardboard boxes in his dad’s auto body shop. He was discovered by a film maker, who partnered up with the Imagination Foundation to make this a worldwide challenge. Now, every year, children around the world are invited to design and build awesome creations using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. [Read more…]

St. Brigid Holds Christmas Pageant

The Pre-K classes at St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School came together recently to stage a traditional Christmas pageant for their families.  After the performance, the kids enjoyed breakfast together, and the morning concluded with a special visit from Santa Claus himself!  [Read more…]

Broadway Comes To Carle Place

 Prior to the holiday break, the History of Theatre class at Carle Place High School had the privilege of hearing Broadway and stage actress Hazel Anne Siegel speak about her experiences in theatre. [Read more…]

Cherry Lane Sends Care Packages

During the month of December, first-grade students at Cherry Lane School have been exploring the differences between wants and needs. [Read more…]