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Westbury

Westbury
Beginnings: Westbury sits on a small portion of the Hempstead Plains. Indians did not live there, but they traveled through on paths approximately where Old Country Road and Jericho Turnpike are now. English Quakers Edmond Titus and, a few years later, Henry Willis were the first to live in Westbury, using it for farming in the 1650s. Willis named it Westbury for a town in his home county of Wiltshire. Westbury soon became a center of Quaker life. Meetings of the Religious Society of Friends there in 1671 were among the first in America. Westbury Quakers also were among the first New Yorkers to free black slaves, doing so for reasons of conscience in 1776.
Photo: A view of Post Avenue a...
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Beginnings: Westbury sits on a small portion of the Hempstead Plains. Indians did not live there, but they traveled through on paths approximately where Old Country Road and Jericho Turnpike are now. English Quakers Edmond Titus and, a few years later, Henry Willis were the first to live in Westbury, using it for farming in the 1650s. Willis named it Westbury for a town in his home county of Wiltshire. Westbury soon became a center of Quaker life. Meetings of the Religious Society of Friends there in 1671 were among the first in America. Westbury Quakers also were among the first New Yorkers to free black slaves, doing so for reasons of conscience in 1776.
Photo: A view of Post Avenue at the intersection of Schneck Avenue looking north in the Village of Westbury. Newsday / Kathy Kmonicek
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  • All NYC Schools Open; Hundreds Other Schools, Colleges Closed

    All NYC Schools Open; Hundreds Other Schools, Colleges Closed
    All New York City public schools are open Wednesday, despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg's declaration of a weather emergency for New York City due to the overnight snow storm. New NYC School Chancellor Cathie Black made the announcement at 5 a.m. and stated...
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    NYC Public Schools Closed; Hundreds Other Schools, Universities Delayed or Closed
    All New York City public schools are closed Thursday, as well hundreds of other schools and universities have a delayed opening or are closed. NYC Schools Chancellor Cathie Black announced the city-wide school closure just before 5 a.m., as 10- to 12-...
  • Sleeping Driver Kills Cop on LIE

    Sleeping Driver Kills Cop on LIE
    A police officer sitting in his cruiser with lights flashing during a traffic stop on the Long Island Expressway died Saturday after being hit by a flatbed truck. Nassau County Officer Michael Califano had pulled a vehicle over near exit 39 in Old...
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    EMT Who Allegedly Let Pregnant Woman Die Arrested For Shoplifting
    An FDNY emergency medical technician who allegedly stood by and watched while a pregnant woman died of an asthma attack, was arrested Monday for shoplifting, police said. Melisa Jackson, 25, was off-duty when she stole $49 worth of makeup from the...
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    Free Friday: Movie in the Park and Turkish Tastings from Kebab House
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  • Tournament of Champions: Day 1 Scores and Highlights

    Tournament of Champions: Day 1 Scores and Highlights
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  • Bass Pro Tournament of Champions:Westbury Christian, TX advances to championship with win over Christ the King

    Bass Pro Tournament of Champions:Westbury Christian, TX advances to championship with win over Christ the King
    SPRINGFIELD, MO - Westbury Christian rode an incredible offensive performance into the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions title game, as the Houston, TX team shot its way past NYC’s Christ the King High School 90-75.  Offense was the name of the game...
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    Crosby, Stills & Nash coming to Portsmouth in July
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    LI Man Charged With Exposing Himself To Girl, 7, At Walmart
    A Long Island man was arrested over the weekend after police say he allegedly exposed himself to a 7-year-old girl in a Walmart store in Westbury. According to Nassau County Police, Lautaro Zambrano, 59, of Port Washington was charged with endangering...
  • Brandon Barnes wins Isle's main event, $212K

    Brandon Barnes wins Isle's main event, $212K
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    Humans are light-sensitive beings. Whether it comes from the sun, a laser or a fluorescent bulb, light can affect our bodies and minds in ways that scientists are just beginning to understand. If you believe actor Robert Wagner, a little light can banish...
  • Burglar Busted In LI Cell Phone Store Robbery

    Burglar Busted In  LI Cell Phone Store Robbery
    Nassau County police nabbed a man in connection with a robbery at a New Cassel cell phone store after the suspect apparently dropped a stolen phone during his getaway. Rodney Jones, 27, of Westbury, reportedly made his way into 'Benitos Communication,'...