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Justice Court Holds Law Day

The Village of Westbury Justice Court held its second annual Law Day last Thursday, April 30. Westbury Village Justice Thomas Liotti was the principal speaker with other speakers including Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Vivianna Russell and Nassau County Legislator Siela Bynoe. Former Village Attorney Dwight Kraemer was this year’s Law Day honoree.

Kraemer was presented a plaque by Liotti and Mayor Peter Cavallaro, and was also given a glass encased English translated version of the Magna Carta. This year is the 800th anniversary of the Great Charter which was drafted in England in 1215. [Read more…]

Marathon Marks Familiar Path

On May 3, thousands of runners are expected to show their athletic prowess at the Long Island Marathon. Among those runners is Westbury’s Will Shelley, who will be running the course for the 11th time.

For Shelley, the event has a personal connection. Growing up, the marathon route went by his house and his family would stand alongside Wantagh Parkway to cheer runners on. [Read more…]

Crowdfunding Site Helps Local Family

When her children’s father passed away suddenly in December 2014, Krystal Miller found herself facing the challenge of being a single mom trying to raise three kids.

“My initial concern was their well-being,” Miller said. “Their dad was a big part of their life. I know their pain is going to carry on, so I’m trying to support them and raise them on my own and make sure they’re okay.” [Read more…]

If You (Re)Build It They Will Come

More than 40 excited boys and girls came to the Village of Westbury Recreation ballfield this past Saturday, April 25, for the opening day of Westbury Little League.

LittleLeague_042915EFor many of these youngsters, Little League marks their first foray into playing baseball. According to Beaumont Jefferson, who heads up the Westbury Amateur Baseball Association (which is affiliated with Little League), the program is in a rebuilding period. The once robust program faces the challenge of declining enrollment, and Jefferson said the focus now is instilling the love of baseball in the community’s youngest players.

“We plan on really trying to rebuild from the young kids and getting them a good experience,” Jefferson said. “We’re spending a lot of time with clinics that teach the game to youngsters, to the 4 to 6 year olds, and starting with a nice feeder program.” [Read more…]

Pitch Perfect

Westbury students perform with a capella group
A group of Westbury School District singers recently got the chance of the lifetime, as they performed with five-piece a capella group Ball in the House during their recent concert at The Space at Westbury.

About 40 students joined the group on stage for their performance of “My Girl” by The Temptations and “Happy” by Pharrell. The students began working on the songs a few months ago in their choir classes, and got to rehearse with Ball In The House (BitH) the day of the show. [Read more…]

Boxing Gym Packs A Punch

Westbury Boxing Gym held its annual fundraiser April 23, inviting the community to come to the M. Phipps Recreation Center on Post Avenue and see the impact they are continuing to have on young boxers.

BoxingGym_042915CWestbury Boxing Gym aims to help keep kids out of trouble, in addition to keeping them healthy. One of the things that makes the gym unlike any other is that it free for those who want to work out; men and women of all ages are invited to come in and use the equipment and coaches also volunteer their time to help boxers improve. Because the gym is free, donations and fundraisers are incredibly vital in keeping this community safe haven running. [Read more…]

Operation: Clean Sweep To Begin

Starting April 27, Town of North Hempstead crews will be hitting the streets to sweep up the debris this winter left behind in the annual Operation: Clean Sweep. This two week initiative is held each spring and aims to sweep every mile of North Hempstead roads. [Read more…]

Shirley McCoy: A Legacy Of Kindness

Longtime New Cassel resident, community businesswoman and activist Shirley McCoy passed away in Louisiana on Tuesday, April 7 at the age of 95. While she lived a long and full life, she also leaves behind a legacy of benevolence that is sure to continue to help people for generations to come.

One such individual touched by the spirit of kindness that McCoy exuded was William Pruitt, executive director of the McCoy Family and Youth Center. Pruitt was so touched by her generosity, he said, that he actually asked to use McCoy’s name for the community center he founded. [Read more…]

Young Artists Show Work

The Carle Place High School north cafeteria was transformed into an art gallery this past Friday, April 17, as students displayed their work for the annual art show.

More than 100 photos, ceramic pieces, drawings and paintings were displayed at the event, which is sponsored annually by the Carle Place Arts and Education Booster Club. The event gives students the chance to not only show off their work, but see what their peers are doing. [Read more…]

Art Show Blooms At Hicks

Surrounded by the beauty and aroma of flora, the Greater Westbury Art Council’s Art Show at Hicks Nursery hosted a variety of guests and artists last week. Each visitor, along with the council’s members and recognized artists, was joined in common bond at the show’s opening reception on Thursday, April 16.

Located at the entrance of the showcase was a craft booth, where guests could fabricate layered paper flowers with co-recording Secretary of the Westbury Art Council, Maureen Baranov. These colorful crafts were a bright and inventive way of introducing the art show’s theme: a correlation of Hicks Nursery’s 25th anniversary of their annual flower show and imagery of flowers. [Read more…]