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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

U.S. Air Force Veteran Mario Dell’aera, 80, of Levittown said he first volunteered for service in 1952, during the Korean War.

 

“They called volunteers ‘regulars,’” he said, reflecting back to when he first enlisted.

 

From 1952-1956, Dell’era called the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. home. The base, he said, operated 24 hours, 7 days a week, training pilots to fly overseas into Korea.

A clown named Renaldo performed magic tricks for an enthusiastic audience as part of the National Circus Project, which visited Levittown Public Library on Wednesday, July 16.

 

All 150 tickets available for the performance were sold out in this interactive magic show for children. Throughout the entire circus act, children laughed and raised their hands as high as they could to be chosen as one of Renaldo’s helpers.

 

Raising her hand to participate was three-year-old Kirsten Cantwell from Seaford. “She was upset that she didn’t get picked,” said her mother Melissa Cantwell.

 

Kirsten Cantwell goes to any activity offered at the library, and is starting to enjoy watching magic shows. According to her mother, she really enjoyed the performance.

 

In the circus show, National Circus Project performer, Al Calienes, acted as Renaldo the clown.

 

“The show has different components of acts in the circus,” explained Calienes. “We teach children circus moves.”

 

With the National Circus Project, children get to see magic tricks performed live. “We infuse enthusiasm by showing them, and they in turn will be able to repeat the process,” said Calienes.

Renaldo performed plate spinning, where he spun a plate on a stick and passed it along to the stick of one of his helpers from the audience, who then passed the plate down a line of three more helpers. This interactive way of teaching the children magic tricks really allows them to absorb what they are learning.

 

The National Circus Project travels and performs for elementary schools, as well as middle and high schools. When the National Circus Project is not going to schools, they perform at library shows, summer camps, and other types of events.

 

The performance entertains the adults as well as the children. “We involve everybody,” said Calienes. “Everybody’s engaged on some level or another. “

 

At every library performance, Calienes donates the children’s book he wrote and illustrated Renaldo Joins the Circus to the library. He feels that he owes a lot to the library system. “Anything that ever meant anything to me I learned in the library,” said Calienes.

 

Calienes learned how to draw from the library, which is how he became a commercial artist. One of the main characters he would always draw would be Renaldo the clown. “I wanted to make him real so I joined the circus,” he said.

 

Calienes has been performing with the National Circus Project for seven years and has been in the circus business going on 26 years.

 

The National Circus Project brings magic to children at any school, camp or library all over Long Island as well as across the country.


Sports

Levittown’s Division Avenue High School varsity baseball team, under the direction of coach Tom Tuttle, won the Class A County Championship, garnering a third-place ranking in New York State. This is the team’s 13th county championship win and the second county championship for the school in the past four years.

 

In addition, senior Chris Reilly was named Championship MVP for throwing a complete game shutout in game two and going three for four with two RBIs. 

Taylor Traenkle, a junior at Division Avenue High School recently received the MVP award for the Nassau County Varsity Hockey League Association.

 

Traenkle, who plays no. 9 for the Levittown Ice Falcons, led the way averaging 2.8 points a game with a total of 25 goals and 23 assists in just 17 games. 


Calendar

Lazy Days Of Summer - July 26

Flea Market - July 27

Darlene Prince and the Bragg Hollow Band - July 28


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