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Wrestling Tournament - January 4

Baseball Tryouts - January 5

Schools in Session - January 6

 

Saturday, January 4

Ted Peterson Varsity Wrestling Tournament

The Island Trees Memorial Middle School, located at 45 South Wantagh Ave. in Levittown, will host the Ted Peterson Varsity Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4. For more information on the event call 516-520-2136. 

 

Sunday, January 5

Levittown Cardinals Baseball Tryouts

The Levittown Cardinals travel baseball club will hold tryouts for the upcoming 2014 season on Sunday, Jan. 5, at the Levittown Memorial High School from 12 - 2 p.m. for U16 and from 2 - 4 p.m. for U14. For more details or to pre-register for tryouts, call Bill Naughton at 516-509-4612. 

 

Monday, January 6

Schools In Session

Students in the Levittown and Island Trees school districts will be returning to school on Jan. 6, 2014. 

 

Tuesday, January 7

Substance Abuse Coalition Meeting

On Jan. 7, the Island Trees School District will hold a substance abuse coaltion meeting at Stokes Elementary School, located at 101 Owl Place in Levittown. The event starts at 3:30 p.m. For more information call 516-520-2103. 

 

Friday, January 10

Wisdom Lane Musical

On Jan. 10, join the Wisdom Lane Middle Schoolers for their upcoming musical production starting at 7:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, January 11

WMCC Mayflower Hall Fundraiser

On Sat., Jan. 11, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, the  Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church will host a fundraiser at Mulcahy’s, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh.   There will be an open bar  which will include bottled domestic bear, mixed drinks, wine, soda and a buffet dinner.   Live music will be provided by Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band. Tickets are just $65.00 per person.  Presale through Eventbrite.  Includes free raffle ticket for door prize. Tickets can be purchased at htpp://www.eventbrite.com/event/9208963257 or at the door. All of the proceeds from this event will go towards the renovation of Mayflower Hall at Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church. Mayflower Hall is 125 years old!  The Hall is used every day by Pixie Nursery School, Boy Scout Troop 96, Cub Scout Pack 96, and several other community groups.  Help us to renovate Mayflower Hall for everyone’s use and enjoyment!  www.wmcc1845.com.

 

Sunday, January 12

Levittown Cardinals Baseball Tryouts

The Levittown Cardinals travel baseball club will hold tryouts for the upcoming 2014 season on Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Levittown Memorial High School from 12 - 2 p.m. for U16 and from 2 - 4 p.m. for U14. For more details or to pre-register for tryouts, call Bill Naughton at 516-509-4612. 

 

Tuesday, January 14

 

LPOA Elections

Postponed due to inclement weather in December, the Levittown Property Owner’s Association will hold its elections on Jan. 14, at the Levittown Public Library, Bluegrass entrance. The elections will determine who will succeed former LPOA President Jim Morrow and Vice President Andy Booth, who are stepping down after 43 years. 

 

Wednesday, January 15

Levittown Board of Education

The next meeting of the Levittown School District Board of Education will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Levittown Memorial Education Center. 

 

Thursday, January 16

Active Parenting Group

Starting on Jan. 16, YES Community Counseling Center will be conducting a six-week Active Parenting program for parents with elementary school age children at their offices, located at 152 Center Lane in Levittown, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

If you were faced with the responsibility for designing and building a home, would you consult a builder?  Before piloting a plane, would you want to take flying lessons?  Would you seek medical training before attempting heart surgery?

If the answers seem obvious to you, consider this:  Should your skills as a parent be learned only through “trial and error?”

All the love we have for our children does not automatically make us effective parents.  Parenting, like any other skill, is something we learn, and learning “on the job” can be frustrating.  As parents we become confused when, after constant repetition of the same theme, children still do not respond. “Active Parenting” is perhaps the most effective program ever offered in the “how to” of raising children.

The cost of the program is $60.  If you are interested in attending please contact Angela Piccininni at YES Community Counseling Center, 516-799-3203. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.  

 

Saturday, January 18

Irish Family History Forum

On Saturday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m., the Irish Family History Forum will hold a special presentation from Joseph Coen, archivist of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, at the Bethpage Public Library, located at 47 Powell Ave. He will be discussing his research on the records of the old St. Malachy’s Home, a residence for orphaned and destitute children, which opened in Brooklyn in the 1870s and later moved to the Rockaways.

Preceding this lecture, starting at 10 a.m., genealogist Kathleen McGee will moderate a help session for those researching their Irish roots.

 

Chamber of Commerce

The Levittown Chamber of Commerce will hold its next general meeting on Jan. 18, at Domenico’s Restaurant, located at 3270A Hempstead Turnpike, from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, January 19

MLK Memorial Service 

On Jan. 19, the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown will be holding a special memorial service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., from 4-6 p.m.474 Wantagh Avenue, Levittown, NY. 

In honor of Race Relations Sunday in the Presbyterian Church USA, The First Presbyterian Church of Levittown would like invite the community to attend a Martin Luther King Memorial Service honoring the legacy of preacher and civil rights activist, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This ecumenical and interfaith service will feature local gospel choirs and clergy speakers from the area. Please contact the church for more information (516) 731-3808.  A freewill offering will be accepted.  


News

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.”

Five year projection shows tough road ahead

The Levittown Board of Education unanimously adopted a $198.7 million spending plan for the 2014-2015 school year, which comes with a proposed tax levy increase of 1.62 percent. This represents a $2.1 million increase from last year, for a proposed levy of $133.2 million.   

 

The Levittown school district will receive $49,163,299 in state aid for the 2014-2015 school year, which increased by $690,049 from last year’s budget. The other revenues also show an increase of $684,250 from last year. 

 

In the past seven years, the district received its largest percentage of state aid in 2008-2009 with 30 percent. According to Assistant Superintendent Bill Pastore, state aid has decreased since then, leveling off for the past few years and coming in at slightly below 25 percent for 2014-15.


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

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