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Woman Attacked On Post Ave.


Detectives are looking for a man who attempted to sexually assault a woman early the morning of Oct. 22.

According to detectives, a 22-year-old woman was walking north on Post Avenue in the vicinity of Maple Avenue around 12:40 a.m. when she was approached by an unknown male subject that grabbed her from behind, causing her to fall to the ground. The subject attempted to sexually assault her. An unidentified male witness intervened and caused the subject to flee on foot eastbound toward Maple Ave. The victim suffered a minor laceration to her ear and refused medical attention at the scene.  [Read more...]

Community Hero Honored

Ivan Johnson remembers his older brother Marvin as hardworking, inspirational and fun loving. But the most notable quality about Marvin, who passed away unexpectedly this past May at age 48 after a three- week battle with pneumonia, was his love for the community. 

“He was so active in the community. He always threw parties. He was the go-to guy when there was an event in the community, whether it was someone coming home from serving active duty or graduating high school,” says Johnson. “He was so involved with different causes in the community and if you needed his help, he would do it. He always stepped it up for the community, and for New Cassel in particular.” [Read more...]

Unlocking The Mind With Art

Robert Ferguson, a scholar turned artist, identifies more with Freud than with Van Gogh. He is a self taught painter who worked as a clinical psychologist for more than 20 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from The Pratt Institute.

He graduated from Adelphi University in 1990, where he studied art therapy.

“It uses art to unlock the unconscious process,” says Ferguson. “That was very useful for me. I stayed in that for many years. Art was always in the background for me and as clinical psychology started to change, I became dissatisfied.” [Read more...]

Lotto Underway For New Homes

Fifteen New Cassel homes are up for grabs through the new North Hempstead Workforce Housing Program. 

The town, North Hempstead Community Development Agency (CDA) and Nassau County, along with the Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc. will be holding a home ownership lottery for the new initiative, which consists of 15 homes in New Cassel for homebuyers who meet certain income requirements.

“It’s a very exciting project,” says Dermot Kelly, executive director at the Town of North Hempstead CDA. “The motivation was to get people who care about the area and have a commitment through it through home ownership, and to provide housing for people who want to work and live in an area that’s affordable.” [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...]

Startup Keeps Discount Savings On Long Island

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Westbury.

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. [Read more...]

Painting Cures The Pain For Artist

They say music soothes the soul, but for Westbury artist Barbara Lewin, it is painting that uplifts her spirits, and as she explains, it is literally just what the doctor ordered.

“My doctor knew that I was an artist and for physical and mental therapy he told me to paint,” says Lewin. [Read more...]

Small Business Seminar

Legislators  Siela A. Bynoe, Kevan Abraham and Carrie Solages will be hosting small business empowerment seminars to help empower and engage new and small local business owners. While all are invited to the seminars, minority, women and first generation American entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend with enthusiasm.

The seminars take place Oct. 22, 29 and Nov. 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m at 1550 Franklin Ave. (Room 136) in Mineola.  [Read more...]

Couple Wins $10K Toward New Home

Buying a home can be a long and tedious process. Finances have to be in check, paperwork has to be filled out and there are numerous open houses to attend. But for one Westbury couple, the home buying process recently got a whole lot easier, as they were the winners of a $10,000 prize from the Great Home Giveaway, a nationwide contest that gives prospective home buyers money towards their new home.

HomeGiveaway_101514AKeith Boyle and Lavender Rouzier are the first Long Island winners of the contest.

“We’ve been looking for a new house for a few years,” says Keith. “The $10,000 certainly doesn’t hurt.” [Read more...]

Alleged Church Burglar Arrested

A New Cassel man was arrested Oct. 13 for burglary and trespassing.

According to detectives, on Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Raleigh Maddox, 44, of New Cassel, entered Eglise Baptist Haiti Enne Church located at 859 Prospect Ave., by prying open the front door.  Once inside, the defendant removed audio/visual equipment valued at approximately $12,000.  [Read more...]