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Moore Walks In Westbury

Who is going to walk the dog? That is usually one of the first questions asked by dog owners or those considering getting a four-legged friend. For some, that person is a dog walker.

Carolyn Moore knows all too well the demands of juggling work, home life and pet ownership. That’s why she recently opened up her business “Moore Walks,” which caters to the needs of dog owners.

“I have a passion for animals and I am a dog owner myself,” explains Moore. “People work long hours and don’t always have the time to walk their dog. That’s what I’m here for.” [Read more…]

Carle Place Celebrates A Century

The tight-knit community of Carle Place will celebrate its 100 year anniversary this weekend, and the hamlet is celebrating in style with a four-day carnival at Carle Place Middle/High School.

“Carle Place has a rich tradition and it’s a close knit community. Given that its the 100th year of Carle Place being known as Carle Place, we felt it was suitable to throw a grand celebration,” said Carle Place Civic Association president John Hommel. [Read more…]

Westbury Resident Is Good Citizen

Each year St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Carle Place honors a citizen who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to their community, and presents them with the Raymond Parish/John Wasiewski Good Citizenship Award. The honoree is given a plaque to hang on a wall of their home, and another plaque bearing their name is placed in the church.

This year’s award is being given to Westbury’s Lawrence F. Zaino, Jr. His plaque is to be presented on Sunday May 24 at the church’s 10 a.m. service. A reception will follow in the adjacent Parish Hall. Zaino is the fourth recipient of the award. Preceding honored citizens were John Heslin, Alfonso Piscatelli and Peggy Wilde. [Read more…]

Talent Shines At Student Art Show

ArtShow_052015EOn Wednesday, May 13, the gymnasium of Westbury High School was packed to the rafters with all manner of artistic whimsy and cutting-edge creativity as the school hosted its annual Student Art Show, giving kids in grades 9-12 the chance to show off the fruits of their passionate and personal work for all to see.

The show boasted work from approximately 900 students and featured a vast array of mediums on display, including paints, pastels, photography, graphic art, computer animation, ceramic sculptures, decorative masks, 3D printed objects and pretty much anything else that the vivid imagination can envision and a talented hand conjure up, said Lisa Fernandez, District-Wide Art Chairperson. [Read more…]

Students Go Beyond The Page

Have you ever wanted to get inside the mind of an author to learn exactly how they come up with their imaginative and captivating books? Carle Place students and their families recently had the chance to do just that.

Cherry Lane Elementary School hosted an author/illustrator meet and greet night on May 13, featuring authors of children’s books.

Twenty-five Long Island authors were on hand to speak to fans, display their books and of course answer questions. [Read more…]

Westbury Budget Breakdown

Proposed Budget: $130,718,342

Tax Levy: 1.85 %

Budget Vote: Tuesday, May 19 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Polling Places: Dryden Street School, Park Avenue School, Drexel Avenue School and Westbury Middle School

The Westbury School District is proposing a $130,718,342 budget. The budget will be offset by the tax levy (59%); state aid (31%), reserves and appropriated fund balance (8%), and PILOTS and other revenues (2%). This year the district received $40.6 million in state aid, about $2.9 million more than last year. The district is also taking $10 million from the reserves and appropriated fund balance, $2.7 million more than they took last year.

The budget allows for the addition of 25.8 staff positions throughout the district. This includes 19.8 full-time employees and six full-time administrative staff positions. Superintendent Dr. Mary Lagnado is proposing putting seven full-time teachers at the elementary school level and 10.8 at the secondary levels. She also proposes adding two assistant principals to the high school, as well as one at Drexel Avenue School and one at Powell’s Lane School. The new staff positions also include two full-time district positions dedicated to enrollment growth.

The new budget also includes the grade reconfiguration for Drexel, Park and Powells Lane schools. Starting in September, these schools will each house grades 1 to 5, instead of being split by grade levels.

The budget vote is Tuesday, May 19 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. See the complete proposed budget and presentation at www.westburyschools.org

Three Running For Two Westbury Seats

On Election Day, May 19, Westbury School District residents will take to the polls to vote for the proposed budget, as well as the two open seats on the Board of Education that are up for three-year terms. Running for those seats are current trustees Dr. Pless Dickerson and John Simpkins and former trustee Larry Wornum.

Dickerson, the current Board of Education president, is running for his fourth term, saying he wants to contribute to the educational system of his community’s children. The 40-year Westbury resident and 45-year educator noted increased enrollment and maintaining the budget within the 2 percent cap as some of the district’s biggest problems. [Read more…]

Westbury Welcomes The Cake Boss

Westbury is the new home and the first Long Island location of the renowned Carlo’s Bakery shop, and the spot was hand picked by none other than the “Cake Boss” himself.

IMG_8093“I couldn’t have thought of a better place than this, it is in a central location on Long Island and the main hub in Nassau County,” explained Buddy Valastro, otherwise known as the Cake Boss. “A lot of Long Islanders come to our bakery in New Jersey so we thought why not come to them.”  [Read more…]

Get Your Fix At Chocolate Works

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Of course, there must be someone out there that doesn’t delight in the copious consumption of that wonderful confectionery creation, but certainly none of them were at the grand opening of Chocolate Works on May 2.

Located at 916 Old Country Rd. at the Gallery at Westbury Plaza, Chocolate Works is a chocolate lover’s dream come true and part of an east coast franchise that is currently growing by leaps and bounds. Chocolate Works specializes in hand-crafted treats of a staggering variety, and all of it is prepared right on the premises, according to Garden City franchise owner Richard Benchuk of Jericho. [Read more…]

Stabbing In Carle Place

Police are investigating an assault that occurred Sunday, May 10 at 4:30 a.m. in Carle Place.  [Read more…]