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A Showcase Of Skills

Students enrolled in Levittown’s Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center acquired 35 awards during the school’s annual showcase and competition. Orchestrated by the technical center’s teachers, this event provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their skills for prospective employers and colleges, as well as for family and district staff and administration. 

 

During the showcase, students competed against participating schools’ students in the areas of architectural drafting, automotive service technology, carpentry, computer animation, cosmetology, culinary arts, electrical technology, graphic arts, medical assisting and police science. Spectators also enjoyed demonstrations that highlighted mock police arrests and forensic investigations, fantasy hairstyling, and food preparation and baking. 

 

The following Levittown students won awards in their areas of competition:

 

John Amon – Second Place – Carpentry (Junior)

 

Victoria Antonacci – Second Place – Job Demonstration

 

Donato Antonelli – Second Place – Food and Beverage Service

 

Shujawodin Azizi – Second Place – Medical Assisting

 

Arthur Bain – Third Place – Police Science Skills

 

Amanda Blum – Second Place – Food Preparation Assistant

 

Marc Braun – Third Place – Job Demonstration

 

Brittany Bufinsky – First Place – Senior Evening Hairstyling

 

Shannon Cahill – Second Place – Action Skills

 

David Colletti – Third Place – 3D Visualization and Animation

 

Brittany Crivillaro – Second Place – CPR/First Place Aid

 

Joanna Dittrich – Third Place – Commercial Baking

 

Greg Donnelly – First Place – Graphic Communications

 

Shane Dwyer – Second Place – Graphic Communications

 

Brigid Fitzpatrick – Third Place – Food Preparation Assistant

 

Colin Gettings – First Place – Food Preparation Assistant

 

Rebecca Guerrero – Third Place – Senior Evening Hairstyling

 

Adam Jackson – Third Place – Graphic Communications

 

Victoria Jimenez – First Place – 3D Visualization and Animation

 

Brendan Kirk – First Place – Carpentry (Senior)

 

Helen Lopez – First Place – Action Skills

 

John Morales – First Place – Automotive Technology (Senior)

 

Lara Oliva – Second Place – Junior Evening Hairstyling

 

Stephanie Ponce – Third Place – Automotive Technology (Senior)

 

Carla Primiani – First Place – Food and Beverage Service

 

Rodolfo Ramirez – Third Place – CPR/First Place Aid

 

Danielle Roa – Second Place – Senior Nail Art

 

Brianna Roben – First Place – Medical Assisting

 

Nicholas Sanita – First Place – Automotive Technology (Junior)

 

Codin Simone – First Place – Graphic Communications

 

Tyler Smith – Second Place – Graphic Communications

 

Christina Talal – Third Place – Junior Evening Hairstyling

 

Julia Vargas – First Place – 3D Visualization and Animation

 

Lawrence Yip – Third Place – 3D Visualization and Animation and First Place – Job Demonstration


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


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