Written by Jenna Grasso and Christy Hinko, email@example.com Friday, 07 December 2012 00:00
With 40,000 thousand members worldwide, and 18,000 thousand members just in New York alone, the Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization , that participates in an immeasurable ense amount of charitiescharity, a, as well as raising e money to help organizations, as well as helpingand its members who are in need. This year marks the 148th anniversary of the organization.
The Knights of Pythias was founded in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 19, 1864. Members worldwide are involved in their community. Along with being an international fraternity, it is one based on charity, principle, friendship, and benevolence. The Knights are dedicated to universal peace.
The Knights of Pythias organization is the first fraternity to receive a charter under the act of the Constitution of the United States; approved on May 5, 1870. President Abraham Lincoln investigated the organization and approved of the type of work that this fraternity does. The Knights are involved with charities such as the Diabetes Research Association, researching for a diabetes cure. The Knights have donated more than over $500,000 dollars toward the cause.
Pythian Camp, another organization which the Knights support, with a mission to help send underprivileged children to summer camp, since 1942. Each year, 100 kids are sent to camp.
In the past ten 10 years, the New York chapter has raised over more than $5 milliondollars , which has been used for college scholarships for members’ children, as well as the charities that the organization is involved in.
Notable Pythian Knights: Louis Armstrong, jazz musician; Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black; Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan; Senator Robert Byrd; Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo; President Warren G. Harding; Vice President Hubert Horatio Humphrey; Freddie Martin, musician, band leader, President William McKinley; Sun Ra, jazz musician, composer, and band leader, Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller; President Franklin D. Roosevelt; Senator Charles Schumer.
Some of the most notable Knights of Pythias members on Long Island include Congressman Peter T. King, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. and Legislator David Denenberg.
Recently, Congressman King presented an American flag that had flown over the United States Capital and a citation in honor of the 148th Anniversary of the Knights of Pythias.
Michael Horowitz, vice chairman of the Boy Scouts Connection Committee of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York for the Knights of Pythias told Anton Newspapers that the Knights have many exciting local events and activities planned for the anniversary of the organization.
“The first project is the refurbishment of the Peter Woodland Monument in Jersey City; Woodland, a Pythian and Sandhog, built the rail tunnels under the Hudson River back in the 1870s,” said Horowitz. “He gave his life so others would live; the monument is in dire need of repair and this committee will be leading refurbishment project on multistate level.”
Horowitz said a second project would include working on the 150th anniversary projects for 2014. “We can take pride that our fraternal order will be in existence for 150 years,” he said. “In our Pythian family we have groups for teenagers, women and men; we raise money for many charities and organizations.”
Horowitz said that members have lots of fun attending social charitable activities and events, making new friends and getting college and camp scholarships for their families.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
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.