The Village of Westbury has received $200,000 in state funding...

The Village of Westbury has received $200,000 in state funding to resurface and improve local roads. Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

Hanukkah will be celebrated earlier this year in the Jewish calendar, and in Westbury it appears so will Passover.

The cover of a village holiday newsletter wished residents a “Happy Passover,” rather than the more timely “Happy Hanukkah.”

Hanukkah begins at sundown Wednesday. Passover is not until April.

In an email sent to residents Wednesday, Mayor Peter Cavallaro apologized profusely for the error.

“I take personal responsibility for not catching the error before the printing and mailing of the newsletter,” he wrote. “I am sure you understand that it is never our intent to offend anyone, and so it is regrettable if we have done so.”

Cavallaro said later the village had gotten several calls catching the error. “It’s very embarrassing. It’s just a typo; whoever prepared it made an error.”

He directed residents to read the trustees’ holiday messages — “which accurately share our wishes for a blessed and happy Hanukkah.”

“While we try to do our best in all instances, in this case we failed, and I am sorry if we offended anyone,” the statement read.

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