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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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  • And it's a rousing start to Nassau campaign season!

     
    The election season in Nassau got off to smashing start Wednesday. Republicans to Democrats: You???re sophomoric. Democrats to Republicans: You???re thugs. It was great theater as the Democrats stuck their thumb in the Republicans??? eye by holding a...
  • Online faith community takes on Glenn Beck

     
    Faithful America, an online community of more than 100,000 people of faith, is sponsoring radio ads that challenge Fox News host Glenn Beck for his criticisms of churches that preach social justice. The ads, which will run in cities Beck visits on his...
  • Junior dog handlers prep for Hampton dog show

    If 11-year-old Mckenzie Dunford looks like a natural when it comes to handling show dogs, that's because she is. Not only did she grow up in a family where champion Akitas are an integral part of life, but she also made her first appearance in the ring...
  • Restaurant Owner Arrested For Sex Abuse Of 16-Year-Old Girl

    Restaurant Owner Arrested For Sex Abuse Of 16-Year-Old Girl
    The owner of a Westbury, Long Island restaurant has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a teen girl. Memet Arslan, 32, of Bellmore is accused of locking the girl inside his Mediterranean Kebab Restaurant on June 17, grabbing and forcibly...
  • Cops: Woman Caught Stealing in Church

    Cops: Woman Caught Stealing in Church
    Nassau County police have nabbed a woman who is accused of turning the house of worship into a house of theft, PIX News has learned. Patricia Adams of Westbury, was attending Sunday services at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Westbury, when an...
  • LI Man Arrested for Selling Fireworks to Kids

    LI Man Arrested for Selling Fireworks to Kids
    A man has been arrested in New Cassel for selling fireworks to children on the eve of Independence Day, Nassau County police said Saturday. Acting on a tip from neighbors, cops saw children 13 and younger go into a home on Third Avenue between 5 p.m. and...
  • Nassau DA: Wealthy Couple Scammed Medicaid

    Nassau DA: Wealthy Couple Scammed Medicaid
    A wealthy Long Island couple are in police custody Wednesday on charges of stealing more than $33,000 in Medicaid benefits, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said. Daniel and Dalia Mairzadeh, of Old Westbury, reportedly under-reported their...
  • LI Cops on Hunt for Possible Cop Imposter

    LI Cops on Hunt for Possible Cop Imposter
    Police on Long Island are investigating reports that someone may be posing as a phony cop. Nassau County police say a man and woman were confronted Thursday afternoon in Westbury. A man in his 40s wearing a dark puffy jacket and an NYPD turtleneck told...
  • John "Junior" Gotti May Write True Crime Stories

    John "Junior" Gotti May Write True Crime Stories
    Now that prosecutors have given up on trying to land John "Junior" Gotti behind bars, Gotti says he's considering leaving New York to write a book on real-life crime. The son of the notorious mob boss, John Gotti celebrated his freedom over dinner Friday...
  • NJ Transit, LIRR Shuffle Service In Wake Of Snow Storm

    NJ Transit, LIRR Shuffle Service In Wake Of Snow Storm
    As another major winter storm hits our area, officials are taking the proper precautions on the roads and rails. The National Weather service warns the Tri-State area could be in for significant snow, sleet, and ice accumulations. The storm has the...
  • Officials: FDNY Captain Attempted to Fill Phoney Vicodin Prescription

    Officials: FDNY Captain Attempted to Fill Phoney Vicodin Prescription
    A 26-year veteran of the FDNY was arrested and charged Monday after she attempted to fill a phony prescription for a large quantity of Vicodin, Nassau County police said. According to investigators, 47-year-old Faye Baughman attempted to fill a...
  • Michael Lohan Publicly Urges Lindsay To Get Rehab

    Michael Lohan Publicly Urges Lindsay To Get Rehab
    Michael Lohan once again summoned TV cameras to his lawyer's office Tuesday. This time the alleged purpose was to make a cross-country plea, urging his starlet daughter to check herself into rehab. "Lindsay is not ok. I think we've seen that and we all...