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GC Tech Students Complete Program

The Wisdom Lane Middle School auditorium was filled with applause and well wishes from family, administrators and staff as 163 students received their certificates of completion from Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center program on Thursday, June 13.

 

Director Audre Midura congratulated the students on being part of the 31st graduating class, which has grown to accommodate programs including police science/EMT studies, cosmetology, computer animation, architectural drafting, automotive technology, carpentry, culinary arts, electrical technology, graphic arts and medical assisting. 

 

“All of you are on the right track for success and have been given an advantage by receiving technical training,” Midura said.  

 

During the student address to the Class of 2013, SkillsUSA President Michelle Licciardo thanked the administration and staff for their support throughout her enrollment in the program and told fellow classmates that she would describe the program as exceptional. “Our experiences have prepped us for college and the real world,” she said. “In addition, I have learned a great deal about myself.”

 

Student awards and scholarships were bestowed upon many of the graduates. Outstanding students also received commendations, including:

 

Architectural Drafting – Louie Bruni

 

Automotive Technology – Nicholas Genari and Patrick Kelly

 

Carpentry – Kyle Von Glahn

 

Computer Animation – Lawrence G. Timpano

 

Cosmetology – Stephanie Esposito and Kaitlin Moss

 

Culinary Arts – Stephanie Hsu

 

Electrical Technology – Brian Johnson

 

Graphic Arts – Frankie Piacente

 

Medical Assisting – Shujawodin Azizi

 

Police Science/EMT-B – Victoria Capone

 

The students were then called one by one to receive their certificates. Prior to the closing of the ceremony, the audience and graduates watched a slide presentation that recapped the year, put together by students enrolled in the computer animation program.


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.

Something about the warmth and sunshine of summer makes it the perfect season for lounging around. 

 

On July 26, the Levittown Community Council hosted its 17th annual Lazy Days of Summer Picnic at the East Village Green Park for families to take advantage of this season of relaxation and laidback fun free of charge.  

 

The DJ played Latin songs as children shook neon colored macarenas and followed the dance moves of a Zumba instructor. Other children enjoyed pony rides, shooting hoops, playing Can Jam and

Tug-of-War, petting farm animals, jumping in a bouncy castle, and fishing for plastic fish in a kiddie pool. 


Sports

Those looking to take swimming lessons and exercise classes at a nearby aquatic center can register for the fall 2014 session at Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow.  

 

On Friday, Aug. 1 is the last chance for open registration. It begins at 8 a.m. for any remaining spots.  The availability of remaining classes will be made public the day before at 5 p.m.

 

On Monday, September 8 the first day of classes for the fall session begin.

 

Swim lessons will be offered for all levels: 

Eric Haslbauer of Levittown scored fourth overall in the 11th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run held on the streets of Plainview on July 20. 

Haslbauer, 21, who has done  most of his running lately for Molloy College, crossed the finish line in 17 minutes, 53 seconds, earning him the second place award in the highly competitive 20-24 age group.

 

A near record field of 531 runners and walkers completed the run, only ten less than the record set last year. The Heart & Sole has clearly become an important summer road race in Nassau County.  The

Run benefits programs at Plainview and Syosset Hospitals.  Race management was handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club. 


Calendar

Erik's Reptile Edventures - July 30

Rich Vos At Governor's - August 1

Worship Without Walls - August 2 


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