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Saturday, Feb. 16

WinterFest

Levittown Community Council 12th Annual WinterFest will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville. A day of games, crafts, entertainment and activities for families, free. Free raffles to all adults who attend. Refreshments available for purchase. Contact Pat Patane at (516) 579-2831 or Louise Cassano at (516) 735-5901 for more information.

Gun Buy Back Program 

Gun Buy Back Program to be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at Grace Cathedral, 944 Jerusalem Avenue in Uniondale. The program is anonymous and individuals will be paid $100 cash for every turned in operable rifle, $200 cash for each turned in operable handgun and $400 cash for each turned in operable assault rifle. Not accepted are: licensed guns, BB Guns, air pistols, long guns and replicas. Guns transported by car must be transported in the trunk of the car and must be unloaded and put in a plastic or paper bag or in a shoebox.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

League Of Women Voters: Is Democracy For Sale?  

New York’s campaign contribution limits are sky high. Learn what can be done to increase voter participation in elections and to enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office. Learn why we need Fair Elections in New York State. Come to the League of Women Voter’s meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at the Levittown Library, 2 Bluegrass Lane. The speaker, Carol Mellor, is a member of the LWV of NYS Board. For information, call 516-785-3213 or 516-221-1948.

Widow And Widowers Club Meets

The Stepping Out Widow and Widowers Social Club will be meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at St. James Church, located at 80 Hicksville Road in Seaford. The group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Coffee and cake will be served. Call 516-735-8048 for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 21

Stock Market DayTrader Group Meeting

Meet with the Long Island DayTrader Meetup Group, a team of enthusiastic investors who share your interest in the stock market to discuss investing, day / swing trading strategies and all markets. All levels welcome. Free. 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., 516-385-8244  www. meetup.com/ LISTMG for more information.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

Preservation Society Lecture

Enjoy and evening of suspense, secrecy, code breaking, bravery and patriotism! The Wantagh Preservation Society will be hosting the lecture, “George Washington’s Long Island Spy Ring,” by guest speaker, Sandy Leonard (Regent Jerusalem Chapter- Daughters of the American Revolution), on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave. Call 516-221-1200 for more information. All are welcome; refreshments will be served.

Monday, March 4

ILR At Farmingdale State College

Institute for Learning in Retirement at Farmingdale State College will offer classes, workshops, lectures, special events and tours starting on March 4.  For further information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 631-420-2160 to receive a brochure.

Saturday, March 16

Free Legal Assistance For Veterans

On Saturday, March 16 Hofstra Law will host a free legal assistance clinic for all veterans. Free consultations with pro-bono attorneys who specialize in elder law, tax, wills, estate, family law, VA benefits, claims, disability, employment, USERRA, housing, bankruptcy, debtor/ creditor matters, medicare/medicaid, landlord-tenant issues and more. To schedule a consultation, contact the Hofstra Veterans Law Student Association at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-468-3551.

Sunday, May 26

Memorial Day Service

The UVO Memorial Day Service will be held at Veterans Plaza in Eisenhower Park, near parking field #6 on Sunday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. For information call: 516-343-0106.


News

 

While Island Trees School District officials plan to reexamine a proposal to develop senior housing on 11.3 acres of property currently used to house the Stephen E. Karopczyc and Geneva N. Gallow schools, district officials have so far been unwilling to identify the developer. 

 

The plan to sell the Farmedge property was first conceived in 2010, when BOCES dropped its lease on the Gallow school. The school district issued a request for proposals. After reviewing its options, the Island Trees Board of Education selected and presented to the

public a proposal to develop 160 to 247 housing units for seniors over 55.After public outcry against the project, the district said it would go back to the drawing board, re-opening discussions and engaging a wide range of stakeholders. However, despite requests from the public and the press, the district has steadfastly declined to identify the developer of the initial proposal—which may yet end up being the winning bid. 

 

After announcing his resignation from the Levittown School District last January, Superintendent Dr. James Grossane has accepted a new job as Superintendent of the Smithtown Central School District. 

 

“I look forward to the new challenges awaiting me in the Smithtown Central School District,” Grossane said. “I wish the Levittown Public Schools and its students, parents and staff all the best as they continue to move forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”


Sports

The Farmingdale State College baseball team earned an 8-2 victory over the College of Staten Island in a recent non-conference home game.

 

In the bottom of the second, left fielder Richard Sullivan of Farmingdale broke broke the scoreless tie on a two out RBI single. Senior third baseman Sal Sanquini of Levittown would go on to hit an RBI single through the left side to increase the lead 2-0. Sanquini was 2-for-4 at the plate with a game-high of 3 RBIs.

The Island Trees varsity softball team had an amazing 8-3 win in extra innings on April 2nd against a previously unbeaten Clarke team to improve their league record to 2-0.  Ashley Melendez opened up the scoring with a solo homerun to lead off the 4th inning. 

 

Although the team relinquished the lead in the 4th and 5thinnings, they did not let the negative turn of events get the best of them.   Down one with three outs left, Sam Scharff led off the top of the 7th with an amazing bunt for a hit.  Christie Ciaramitaro and Kelly Cembrale both reached on errors to keep the inning and team’s hopes alive.  Morgan Petry roped an RBI single up the middle to score courtesy runner, Kim Ahrens with the tying run.   


Calendar

Bellmore FD Fundraiser - April 25

Earth Day Cleanup - April 26

Bowling For Scholars - April 26


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com