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Update From Kaplan

It was evident Councilwoman Anna Kaplan had done her homework when she reported to a standing room only crowd at the March 13 Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations.

Plandome Road

When Plandome Road was repaved the yellow line to make a left turn onto Northern Boulevard from Plandome Road was painted too short. Once warm weather arrives, Councilwoman Anna Kaplan said, it should be extended by an additional two car lengths.

Regarding the Plandome Road Visioning Project, the town, she said, is waiting to hear from the DOT as to the specifications of the projected work, for example, where it will begin and end. To the relief of her audience, Kaplan added, “We do have the OK.”

Additionally, along Plandome Road, new garbage cans have been ordered and in the summer planters and flowers will be a welcome addition. The town, she said, is on board to water them. Kaplan thanked Sabereh Samet, her legislative aide, and Lois Silva, Silva Real Estate, for canvassing the town delivering a letter from her office-requesting shopkeepers, in effect, sweep and shovel so “shoppers feel welcome to use the sidewalk.”

Post Office

Kaplan acknowledged the frustration of mail trucks and other vehicles parking in such a way as to block motorists who wish to use the drive-by mailbox located on Orchard Street. It will be moved, Kaplan indicated, although she did not specify when. Rumors have circulated that the post office on Maple Place in Manhasset would close, and a storefront on Plandome Road would be maintained. When Ed King, who holds the lease on the building, was reached by phone he said he is not aware of any plans for change. King indicated the lease expires in October when it will be renegotiated.

Onderdonk Avenue

Residents in the area of Onderdonk Avenue requested a stop sign as a traffic calming measure to deter motorists rushing to make a train. The dangerous behavior is widespread they had complained. Kaplan explained that she had received calls and letters in opposition to the request; that it was unsafe to place a stop sign between the two existing lights.

Bayview Avenue

Kaplan indicated the town was investigating a grant to fund a walkway. One complication is ownership of the property along the road.  A transfer of property occurred when the town took over ownership of Manhasset Valley Park from Nassau County. Research is ongoing, she indicated, as to what property is still in the county’s name.

Manhasset Valley Park

Snowstorms in February halted construction at Manhasset Valley Park, although it has resumed, Kaplan reported, hopefully to be completed by April 27 in time for the scheduled grand opening between noon and 1 p.m. Kaplan said one of the new fields will be named in honor of Jim Brown who has been invited to throw the first ball. Children from the EOC will perform and popcorn and cotton candy will contribute to the festive atmosphere.

Christ Church

Construction has begun on the Christ Church property. March 12 the blue house was demolished, a member reported, and another affirmed that a bank would be built on the site.

News

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.

Seven in contest for three seats on school board

On April 8, members of the Levittown Property Owners Association invited all seven candidates in the running for Island Trees School District Board of Education to a “Meet the Candidates” forum. Of the seven only four attended, and only three spoke on the dais. 

 

According to Levittown Property Owners President Diane Kirk, members of the Island Trees School District were invited to attend the forum, but declined stating that they were going to attend their own forum on May 12.

 

Challenger Brian Fielding, a 1995 Island Trees High School graduate, opened the forum with the promise of more transparency.  


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero. 

 

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more.  The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season. 

Friday Pins, Pizza & Pepsi

Trevor Williams 166,101

 

Keith Kyte 137,119,115

 

Anthony Baio 111,73

 

Alyssa Williams 141,133,120

 

Lauren Walpole 114,105,96

 

Kaitlyn Insinna 106,68,67

 

Robert Brooler 107,97

 

Frank Pietraniello 94

 

Friday Bumper Stars

Matthew Banfich 140,95

 

Nicky Barrera 115,99

 

Jake Mauro 107

 

Anthony Barrera 97,79

 

Michael Pietraniello 97,87

 

Ty Peranzo 95

 

Steven Tiemer 92

 

Nick Bevinetto 90,82

 

Ava Banfich 103,101

 

Julianna Mauro 103,87

 

Gianna Centonze 102,91

 

Victoria Gray 91,87

 

Mike Rosen 87,86

 

Steven Brauer 85,83

 

Stephan Mandola 83

 

Joey Mohaudt 81

 

Pantelis Siriodis 80

 

Kelsey Casperson 85,73

 

Stephanie Tiemer 71,67

 

Kathleen Hoffman 68,65

 

Friday Rising Stars

Jason Tiemer 191,169,138

 

Max Benson 179

 

Andrew Scarpaci 168,162,148

 

Avery Benson 151,149,135

 

Matthew Brezinski 143,110

 

Ted Fiber 128,115,114

 

Paul Klein 126,107

 

Nicholas Pisano 123,115

 

Billy Walsh 108

 

Saturday

Levittown Island trees

 

Michael Beck 117,89

 

Zach Pilser 114,110

 

Sophia Bloom 93,90

 

Olivia Bloom 81,79

 

Christian Tucci 88,85

 

Louis Bonaventura 84,79

 

Ava Tucci 74,65

 

— Submitted by the South Levittown Lanes


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