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Couple Lights Up Westbury Gardens

Written by Emily Cappiello Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00

It’s been a long time since Nicole Shaw and Chris McCabe first met—years, in fact—but after taking a chance on each other, the couple realized that they were meant to be with

McCabe recently proposing to Shaw at Old Westbury Gardens’ annual Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns after six years of dating. 


McCabe, now an NYPD officer, and Shaw, who works for Mill Neck Services for Deaf Adults, met in middle school and developed their friendship through high school, said Shaw. 


A Quaint Family Business

Written by Jennifer Fauci Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.


Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.


LIRR Parking Problems

Written by Levittown Tribune Staff Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 


“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Training Kids For Superstardom

Written by Chris Boyle Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

A little bit of Hollywood has come to Plainview. The Loft Sound Studio, a Plainview-based vocal and performance training facility, is the creation of lifelong music artist Donnie Klang

and Matthew LaPorte. The duo says that they draw upon their personal experience of the ups and downs of the recording industry to give kids today the chance to be superstars.


“Essentially, we’re looking for the next Justin Bieber, someone we can train and teach them how to really become an artist, put them on YouTube and hope they really blow up,” said

LaPorte. “If they do, through our connections that we made while we were in the music industry the past 15 years, we would try and get them a record deal.”


The Loft Studio, located at 1530 Old Country Road, already has a list of achievements, including protégé Madison Beer, who got attention after Justin Bieber tweeted a link to a video of her singing. She is currently signed to a record deal on Bieber’s label in Los Angles.


Flash Mob Feature Film: Avi’s Farewell Tour

Written by Dan Offner Saturday, 08 November 2014 00:00

Over the summer, more than 100 loyal customers from all across Long Island and beyond, lined up outside the Center Lane Stationary store in Levittown to surprise one of their favorite local business owners, Avi Ghandi. Operating the Center Lane stationary store for the past 10 years, Ghandi has left a memorable impression on many of the residents of the Levittown community and beyond, with his smiling demeanor and never-ending supply of stories.


So, to show Ghandi just how much he means to the Levittown community, former Long Islanders Celeste Hamilton-Dennis and her husband Craig orchestrated a “cash” mob to try and help clear out his inventory and help send Ghandi out in style before Center Lane Stationary shutters its doors.


Local Author Debuts First Novel

Written by Levittown Tribune Staff Saturday, 08 November 2014 00:00

Seaford resident, Charlee Fam has released her debut novel, Last Train To Babylon, which printed on Oct. 28. 


“I grew up on the south shore of Long Island in a town so much like Seaport [in the novel] that I actually only changed half the name in a futile attempt to mask its identity; I’m not really sure why I felt compelled to change the name,” said Fam. “But regardless of how it’s portrayed, I always felt a strong connection to my community—to Long Island; it’s home and it will always be home—even when I’m living a train ride away.”


Wantagh FD Prepares For Ebola

Written by Harry Loud Friday, 07 November 2014 10:58

With the constant media blitz in reference to the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa and the fact that it has arrived here in the states, the Wantagh Fire Department in full cooperation with the board of fire commissioners of the fire district has instituted an Ebola protocol.


The membership of the department as well as department employees and dispatchers all were instructed in the new guidelines in a special meeting held Monday, Oct. 27. 


Chamber Holds October Meeting

Written by Levittown Tribune Staff Friday, 07 November 2014 10:57

The Levittown Chamber of Commerce held its general meeting on Oct. 15 at Domenico’s Restaurant. The guest speaker was Peter Florey from D & F Development Group, LLC. Florey gave a presentation on new senior housing, which is coming to Levittown. 


The officers and board of directors welcomed new members to the chamber with a plaque presentation to:


Super Lawyer

Written by Marla Seiden, Thursday, 30 October 2014 16:07

Alan W. Clark, Esq., managing partner and founder of the Levittown-based law firm Alan W. Clark & Associates has again been named a leading personal injury and medical malpractice plaintiff attorney in the 2014 New York Metro Super Lawyers publication for his seventh consecutive year.

Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. The comprehensive roster represents no more than 5 percent of lawyers in each state who have attained high peer recognition, professional achievement and met ethical standards. With a patented multi-phase, sophisticated selection process, Super Lawyers is based on peer nominations and evaluations combined with independent third party research.  


Sub Shop Extinguishes Hunger

Written by Levittown Tribune Staff Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00

Firehouse Subs announces the grand opening of its first Long Island location in Levittown on Oct. 17. The award-winning fast casual restaurant chain is famous for serving premium meats and cheeses steamed piping hot and piled high on a toasted sub roll, which is served “Fully Involved” with fresh produce and condiments. Founded by former firefighting brothers, the restaurant’s firehouse décor is based on the founding family’s decades of fire and police service, and the new location is decorated with firefighter memorabilia from the Levittown Fire Department.


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