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Local Named All-American

Westbury resident and Morrisville State College senior offensive lineman Fahraad Johnson was recently named to the 2015 D3football.com preseason All American second team at right tackle.

FootballPlayer_080515AJohnson had an outstanding 2014 season campaign that saw him start all 11 games for the Mustangs. He was part of the offensive line that sat at the top of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) in scoring, total offense, rushing offense and first downs. [Read more…]

Tilbrook Gives Westbury A Squeeze

The building at 170 Post Ave. has a long and storied history as a Westbury landmark, dating back to its days as the Wheatley Hills Tavern starting in the 1930s. Now Mirelle’s Restaurant, the venue has been featuring occasional live music for the last several years. One of the restaurant’s biggest musical events so far happens on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 9, when singer and songwriter Glenn Tilbrook, arrives for an intimate solo acoustic concert as part of the My Father’s Place Concert Series.

As half of the dynamic duo of Difford and Tilbrook, leaders of the band Squeeze, Tilbrook has been responsible for creating some of the best known pop songs of the last 40 years, including “Black Coffee in Bed,” “Tempted,” and “Pulling Mussels from the Shell.” Squeeze, which first formed in the 1970s, broke up in 1999 but reformed in 2007. Tilbrook’s last appearance in Westbury was in 2012, when Squeeze played at the NYCB Theater. [Read more…]

National Night Out Returns

Residents are invited to take a stand against crime at this year’s National Night Out, an annual event that focuses on anti-crime efforts, crime and drug-prevention, and strengthening the bonds between police and the community. Festivities take place Tuesday, Aug. 4.

The event kicks off with a parade, starting at 5 p.m. at the Salvation Army on 992 Prospect Ave. in Westbury. Activities begin at 6 p.m. at Martin “Bunky” Reid Park, located at Broadway and Swalm Street in Westbury. [Read more…]

Men Sold Stolen Car

Police are looking for two men who sold a stolen vehicle to a Westbury resident.

According to detectives, a 33-year-old male victim responded to a “Craig’s List” advertisement regarding the sale of a 2012 Honda Civic on Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. An arrangement was made with the sellers, who claimed to be the owners, to meet the victim at his house where the eventual sale was conducted for $8,000. [Read more…]

Local Indicted For Fatal Dog Beating

A Westbury man was indicted Wednesday, July 22 for allegedly beating his Pomeranian to death in April.

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Bing Jie Yang

Bing Jie Yang, 23, was arraigned on one felony and one misdemeanor animal cruelty charge from a grand jury indictment. Acting Supreme Court Justice Patricia Harrington released Yang on his own recognizance and ordered the Chinese national to surrender his passport. Yang is due back in court before Acting Supreme Court Justice Jerald Carter on July 29. Yang faces a maximum sentence of two years in jail if convicted of the top charge. [Read more…]

Teens Arrested For Robbery

Two Westbury teens were arrested in connection with a robbery Thursday, July 23 at 2:25 a.m. in Westbury.

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Quraan Williams

According to Robbery Squad detectives, a local taxi was dispatched to Cedar Road for pickup. Upon arrival the driver observed four suspects sitting on the curb.  Two of the suspects entered the car, one of them reaching around the driver and grabbing him by the neck in a chokehold. The other two, standing nearby, approached the taxi. One of them displayed a handgun, demanding money from the victim. The victim advised the suspects he did not have any money. One of the suspects from outside the car reached in and removed the keys from the vehicle. All of the suspects fled on foot. [Read more…]

Music Students Hit The Big Time

Westbury’s Center Stage Music School is certainly no stranger to having its members rub elbows with fame. A few years ago a group of their violin students performed at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury with popular musical group The Piano Guys. But now the kids of Center Stage have upped their ante by appearing on hitRECord, a television show created by Hollywood actor and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Gordon-Levitt, star of hit films such as Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, has often dabbled on the art and music scene on the side, creating hitRECord, a website where members can upload virtually any form of user-created media— music, art, video and more—that their fellow users can incorporate into their own unique creations. The website is tied to a television show of the same name on the channel Pivot, that highlights contributions from members of the hitRECord community. [Read more…]

A Dining Destination

New eateries make Post Avenue a foodie’s dream

Westbury is on its way to becoming a dining destination. This year we have seen the emergence of several new cafes and the return of an old favorite. We now have two new places where we can get ice cream and frozen yogurt, and cafes where we can savor food from the Dominican Republic and Korea.

Westbury’s Business Improvement District (BID) can take some of the credit for these welcome additions. [Read more…]

Book Fairs Provide Enrichment

For many kids, reading might not be the first thing on their summer “to-do” lists. This causes a problem for teachers, who must help students readjust to learning once they return to school in the fall. But Westbury’s SEPTA is helping eliminate that gap with their summer book fairs, which provide reading material to children for a very reduced price.

Last week, SEPTA held a book fair at Drexel Avenue School, where children in the summer school program could peruse tables filled with a wide selection of donated books. Students were able to purchase the new and used books for 25 cents to $2, and those who still couldn’t afford a book could often have it in exchange for a simple hug and thank you. [Read more…]

Woman Violates Leandra’s Law

The Nassau County Police report the arrest of a Syosset woman for Driving While Intoxicated (Leandra’s Law) on July 14 at 10:40 p.m. in Westbury. [Read more…]