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Sway With Maks Chmerkovskiy

Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) is an enormously successful live reality show on ABC in which celebrities, such as Brazilian auto racing driver Helio Castroneves, comedian Margaret Cho and designer Betsey Johnson are teamed up with professional ballroom dancers. The couple receiving the lowest combined total of points from the three judges and audience votes is eliminated each week until the last remaining couple is declared champion.

The professional dancers, relatively unknown when DWTS first aired, have become celebrities in their own right. Once such person is ballroom dancer Maksim (Maks) Chmerkovskiy, who is again bringing his dance show, Sway, to The Space in Westbury. Chmerkovskiy left DWTS in a blaze of glory two seasons ago as he and his partner, Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis, won the coveted first place mirror ball trophy. [Read more...]

Wrestlers To Watch

Westbury wrestling is poised for a strong season, with a dozen experienced seniors on the team. Here’s a look at some of the key players to keep an eye on this season. 

Raeco Jackson

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“I’m looking forward to going to counties and then going to states. I’m trying to fly through Nassau and go to states because that’s where I lost last year. I want to beat the person who beat me last year,” Jackson said.
Jackson currently has several colleges looking at him and is hoping to get a wrestling scholarship.
“There’s a lot of new kids. We teach them moves and if anyone needs help, it’s team first and then the individual,” he said.

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Westbury Wrestling Poised For Strong Season

Westbury Varsity wrestling head coach Pat McGovern is feeling very optimistic about this year’s season. And with good reason.

“This is the strongest program we’ve had in the last couple years,” said McGovern. “It’s a strong team with lots of seniors and a good underclassman group.” [Read more...]

Christmas Comes To Carle Place

Westbury Avenue looks a little brighter as the Carle Place community held their annual tree lighting ceremony this past Sunday, Dec. 7. 

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Despite the cold, hundreds of families and community leaders came out to the corner of Westbury Avenue and Cherry Lane to usher in the holiday season by lighting the tree in front of Gino’s. The Carle Place High School brass band played for the crowd and the choir ensemble sang classics such as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” [Read more...]

City Cellar Gets Better And Better

City Cellar in Westbury has new owners and a new chef and the food, which has been good since the restaurant opened seven years ago, has gotten even better.

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Chatham Cod

This large, high-ceiling restaurant has been tamed a bit with curvy room dividers and subdued lighting. Set off by dark cherry wood columns with waist-high partitions, a curved path leading from the reception area divides the space, with a dining area to the left and the long bar and another dining area to the right. Tucked away in the back is a very popular (reserve early) large table that can seat up to 15 people. There’s an open kitchen and a brick hearth oven where a variety of flatbreads are baked. [Read more...]

Commuters: Renew Your Parking Permits

The Village of Westbury will be holding a remote renewal program at the Westbury Train Station for commuters looking to renew their parking permits.

Commuters can renew their permits on Tuesday, Dec. 9 and Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the station. Commuters can also renew their permits at Village Hall, 235 Lincoln Place on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 18 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. [Read more...]

Robbery In New Cassel

The Third Squad is investigating a robbery that occurred on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 11:20 p.m. in New Cassel.

According to detectives, a 36 year old male driver working for Centro American Taxi responded to the vicinity of 3 Dogwood Lane to pick up a fare. At this time an unknown male subject approached and opened his cab rear door while pointing a black handgun and demanded cash.  [Read more...]

Remembering The Spirit Of The Season

The Village of Westbury’s Christmas tree lighting recently helped to bring the community together to remember the true meaning of the holiday season. 

On Nov. 29, community members gathered in the Village of Westbury’s Recreation Center for the annual Christmas tree lighting festivities. Attendees enjoyed snacks and refreshments as a five-piece brass band played holiday tunes. Local community leaders gave speeches and toward the end of the ceremony they announced the various winners from the Recreation Center’s after- school art contest. [Read more...]

Local Artist: Jay Stuart

It’s not easy to break into the art field. You need patience, a strong network and of course, lots of talent. Perhaps no one knows this better than Westbury’s Jay Stuart. The local artist has a unique style which blends science fiction and history through cartoons and illustrations.

Stuart’s love of art started as a child, when he would doodle to keep himself busy. He was influenced by comic books such as Transformers, Batman, Spiderman and Star Wars at an early age, and took animation and cartoon classes at Hofstra University as a kid. In high school, he continued to take art seriously, taking AP art classes and then going onto the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He grew out of the superhero comics, exploring underground artists such as R. Crumb, known for his satirical cartoons and character, Fritz the Cat. [Read more...]

Man Shot After Run-Down Attempt

A Baldwin man attempted to run over police officers in Westbury on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 4:19 a.m. after attempting to flee Clinton Street in a stolen vehicle. [Read more...]