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Police: Details Emerged From East Meadow Assault

Victim assaulted for urinating near defendant’s car

Nassau County Police Department’s Third Squad has reported an arrest for an assault that occurred in the parking lot at 2571 Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow on Nov. 9.

According to the initial police report, John Applewhite, a 34-year-old utility worker who was on assignment from Florida, said he was approached by an unknown subject, who punched him in the face and then fled in a dark colored BMW.

After further investigation and information, Nassau County Police Inspector Kenneth Lack said that Applewhite was urinating in the parking lot of Texas Roadhouse in East Meadow, in the vicinity of defendant Thomas Libretto’s vehicle when the altercation began. Lack said the public urination sparked a verbal altercation, which then led to Applewhite kicking gravel toward Libretto’s vehicle, causing no damage.

Lack said it was then that Libretto punched Applewhite, who sustained a broken nose, and swelling and bruising of his left eye. He was transported to Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) where he was treated and released.

Lack dispelled rumors that the assault was an attack on Applewhite for being a utility worker. Lack said Libretto did not file cross charges, or report initially that he was assaulted. “If he [Libretto] would have stayed at the scene, helped us with the investigating, it would have been easier for us to determine whether this was a cross complaint.” Police said that Applewhite was not re-interviewed since the initial complaint on Nov. 9; he has since returned to Florida.

Libretto, 34, of Levittown, was arrested on Nov. 13 at his home, following an investigation. He is charged with third degree assault, and is scheduled to appear at First District Court in Hempstead on Nov. 27.

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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