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WHS Senior Pens Winning Essay

Westbury High School senior Danielle McDougall was recently recognized for winning first prize in Optimum Community’s Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest. 

Middle and high school students were invited to write an essay about a Latino, past or present, with whom they would choose to spend the day with and why. For her winning essay, McDougall wrote about Servero Ochoa, a biochemist and molecular biologist who won the Nobel Prize for discovering an enzyme integral to the synthesis of RNA. [Read more...]

95 Years Young

To say Geraldine Goldner is age defying is putting it mildly. The Westbury resident has an irrepressible and unstoppable zest for life. Just ask any one of the friends in attendance at her 95th birthday party, who unanimously and laughingly agree they want to be just like their beloved friend Gerry when they “grow up”.

“To me the secret to a long life is friends, staying active and being positive,” said Goldner, who turned 95 on Jan. 17. “Do something every day and whatever you do enjoy it.” [Read more...]

Casino Fight Heads To Court

The battle against the casino will be taken before the courts, as the Village of Westbury, Town of Hempstead, Town of North Hempstead, Meadowbrook Pointe Civic Association and several residents announced their plan to file for a temporary restraining order to prevent Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting from moving into the Fortunoff building.

“We think there is a legal basis for doing that, and that OTB is not following the law,” said Village of Westbury mayor Peter Cavallaro at a press conference at Village Hall Thursday, Jan. 29. [Read more...]

Get Messy For A Cause

Parents usually discourage their kids from getting covered in whipped cream, paint, dirt and slime; but this Saturday, getting messy will be the rule as Carle Place High School hosts the Muddy Puddles Project. 

The event, run by the Student Organization and Key Club, will help raise money as part of Carle Place’s annual Battle of the Classes. Every year, the high school’s four grades battle it out through various activities to see which can raise the most money for a different charity. This year’s charity is the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation, which raises money to find new innovative ways to treat pediatric cancer. [Read more...]

Anti-Casino Crowd At Civic Meeting

Almost 1,000 local residents attended the Jan. 21 meeting of the Carle Place Civic Association in a continued protest against Nassau Off Track Betting (OTB)’s plan to turn the former Fortunoff’s into a casino. 

Residents from Carle Place and its surrounding areas packed the auditorium of Carle Place High School, with overflow seating available—complete with live video and audio feed—in the cafeteria to handle the massive turnout. Civic Association President John Hommel, who served as moderator for a number of guest speakers on both sides of the controversial casino topic, reiterated the obvious feelings of nearly everyone present—that OTB’s proposed casino was not welcome in the community. [Read more...]

BOE Talks Crime, Budget

At the Jan. 22 Westbury Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Mary A. Lagnado addressed the recent break-in and subsequent theft of school property from one of the district’s elementary schools earlier in January, as well as an act of vandalism at the high school the very same day.

“A robbery occurred Jan. 18 at Powells Lane with 15 desktops stolen. A window was broken at the high school that same morning,” she said. “These incidents were reported to the respective police precincts and an investigation using Crime Stoppers is in progress.The district’s notification sequence has been changed and simplified, and enhanced coordination of all agencies involved has been confirmed.” [Read more...]

General Taxes Due Feb. 10

Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman reminds taxpayers that the last day to pay the Town of North Hempstead 2015 General taxes – first-half bill without a penalty is Tuesday, February 10, 2015. The U.S. Postal Service must postmark mailed payments on or before February 10, 2015 to avoid a penalty. By law, office postage meters are not official postmarks. The Receiver of Taxes recommends that taxpayers mailing payments on the last day have their payments hand stamped at the post office to ensure a timely postmark. [Read more...]

Local Breaks Into NFL

Many people grow up with dreams of playing professional sports. However, very few end up playing in the pros. Yet, one Westbury man is currently living the dream. 

With the 220th pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected University of Connecticut graduate Shamar Stephen, a defensive lineman. This past season, Stephen appeared in all 16 regular season games for the Vikings. [Read more...]

Happy Hour In Westbury

Looking for a place to enjoy a drink after work? Westbury is filled with watering holes offering happy hours specials on both drinks and appetizers that will make getting through the workday a little easier. Whether you’re looking for someplace upscale and chic, or someplace more casual to let your hair down, here are some places that will allow you to ease off the workday, without sacrificing your paycheck.

City Cellar

Photo courtesy of City Cellar

Enjoy happy hour at City Cellar’s bar and cocktail lounge Photo courtesy of City Cellar

Happy hour is from Monday to Friday 4 to 7 p.m. at this upscale, yet casual bar and cocktail lounge. Enjoy half off beer, wine by the glass, and cocktails, such as the Miami Vice (with Ciroc Coconut, Fresh Lime Juice, Pineapple Juice and Mint) or the Moscato Martini (Skyy Moscato Vodka, Skyy Pineapple Vodka, Cranberry juice and fresh lime juice), which will run you about $7.50.

City Cellar is at 1080 Corporate Drive, Westbury. 516-693-5400.

Chi Lounge

This swanky lounge has half price appetizers and cocktails Monday to Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. The diverse cocktail menu includes the Melody Margarita (with peach schnapps and southern comfort), Pineapple Blossom (Coconut Vodka, Crème of Coconut, and Pineapple Juice) and the Lady Godiva (Godiva Chocolate Liquor, Van Gogh Chocolate Vodka, Crème de Cacao with chocolate syrup rum). There’s also almost 20 appetizers to choose from, including sushi rolls, octopus salad, calamari, crab cakes and vegetable spring rolls.

Chi Lounge is at 103 Post Ave., in Westbury. 516-385-3795.

Tocolo Cantina is a chic place to enjoy a drink

Tocolo Cantina is a chic place to enjoy a drink
Photo courtesy of Tocolo Cantina

Tocolo Cantina

This newly opened upscale Mexican eatery has happy hour Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Enjoy their cocktails, Tocola Margarita, beers, Red or white sangria  or wines on tap.

Tocolo Cantina is in The Gallery at Westbury, 920 Old Country Road, Westbury. 516-222-0060.


This casual Mexican eatery welcomes patrons for happy hour at the bar Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Sunday open through 3 p.m. Specials include margaritas for $3.25 and draft beers for $2.25-$3.25. The drinks go great with the food on the happy hour menu, which includes cheese quesadillas ($3.75), chicken flautas ($5.75) and beef nachos ($6.75).

Cozymel’s is located at 1177 Corporate Drive in Westbury. 516-222-7010.

Spuntino's happy hour menu includes truffle fries

Spuntino’s happy hour menu includes truffle fries
Photo courtesy of Spuntino


This wine bar and Italian tapas restaurant offers you double the chance to enjoy its happy hour menu. From Monday through Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close, you can indulge in $7 cocktails, $5-$9 wines by the glass and $4 beers. Pair that with $2 bruschetta (there are five types to choose from) or a $5 gourmet appetizer such as Arancini (risotto balls with peas, mozzarella and tomato sauce), polenta fries, margherita pizza or mussels.

Spuntino is at The Gallery at Westbury, 1002 Old Country Road in Westbury. 516-228-5400.



Thousands Protest On OCR

More than a thousand people lined Old Country Road in front of the Source Mall, in a continued protest against Nassau OTB’s plans to bring video lottery terminals to the Fortunoff’s building.

Protesters of all ages from Westbury, Carle Place, Meadowbrook Pointe and surrounding communities held up signs and chanted “no no casino,” as cars driving by honked in agreement. [Read more...]