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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

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, nearly 2,000 military veterans and Gold Star families in Levittown and Island Trees will have to wait for their tax break until next year. 

 

Both the Levittown and Island Trees school districts are among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, trustees in both districts voted unanimously to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year. 

In response to the criticism from the community over the proposed sale of 11.3 acres of school district property housing the Stephen E. Karopczyc and Geneva N. Gallow school facilities, the Island Trees  Board of Education has revealed the details of an $18 million proposal to develop housing for seniors (age 55 and up).

 

“People should be aware of the whole story,” said Island Trees Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy. “There is this perception that [the board] acted hastily... It was not just a quick decision over chump change.”


Sports

Kaitlyn Gerdes and Kelly Gerdes, seniors at MacArthur High School in the Levittown School District, have signed National Letters of Intent to continue playing soccer on the college level at Hofstra University this fall. They will each pursue a degree in exercise science.

 

Both girls are co-captains of the varsity soccer team and received All-County designations this fall. As sophomores, the twins assisted their team in winning the county, Long Island and New York State championship titles. As a junior, Kaitlyn was designated as an All-

Class player, while Kelly garnered an All-Class designation in her junior year and has been named an All-Long Island and All-Conference player. Kaitlyn and Kelly also play for the Farmingdale United travel soccer team and are peer leaders at their school.

 

— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District 

An international soccer conference featuring the legendary Pelé is coming to the local area. Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity and Politics is at Hofstra University in Hempstead through April 13.

 

“Pelé transformed and transcended the game of soccer,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “While the world first came to know him for extraordinary athletic feats, his soccer career was, in many respects, simply a prelude to an extraordinary life of service as a philanthropist and advocate. He understands the power and responsibility his soccer legacy carries, and has used it to improve the lives of others.”

 

Members of the Long Island Junior Soccer League are invited to join the conference as a guest and at no charge on Saturday, April 12 at Hofstra University. Panels and discussions on Saturday will include experts in coaching, leagues and sports media and were designed with the soccer enthusiast in mind.


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