The Levittown Community Church has embarked on a new venture with the Parkway Community Church in Hicksville. After 63 years of separate church work, the two congregations are uniting their services to their communities.
The two congregations will celebrate a united worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 95 Stewart Avenue in Hicksville. It will be both Grandparent’s Day and the start of the new school and church year. The focus will be on children, and there will be religious classes for all children from nursery through eighth grade.
With the peak of hurricane season approaching, American Red Cross volunteers, such as Pete Weiler of Levittown, are helping ensure the organization is ready to deal with potential hurricane evacuations before they occur.
Recently, Weiler joined a group of volunteers at a Port Washington firehouse to scrub down 346 cots that will be pre-positioned at the 50 largest Red Cross shelters located throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The 17th hole is considered to be a signature hole of the course. During the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open Championships, which were held at Bethpage Black, a loud and enthusiastic crowd helped to put a New York stamp on those tournaments. Barclays tournament directors are hoping for that same excitement as players arrive at the challenging hole.
Officers from the newly reorganized Second Precinct were on hand to meet the community, and share their safety tips. They offered safety reflectors and coloring books to the children and their parents. Officers Paul Lamonica and Tom Field told the Levittown Tribune that, although the local precinct has moved to join with the Second Precinct, local residents can still meet with the auxiliary units at the office on Polaris Drive in Levittown.
Several weeks ago the Island Trees Football Alumni Association completed the Fallen Heros Memorial at the high school. The newly installed bronze plaque now sits adjacent to the original memorial and bears the names of Island Trees graduates who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, as well as those who were members of local and city police and fire departments and lost their lives in 9/11.
Alumni Association Chairman Nick Tonno told Levittown Tribune that three days after the presentation of the second memorial, it had been vandalized. It has since been restored.
This November marks the 30-year anniversary of the dedication of the national monument, the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. On the memorial, 58,195 names of this nation’s military service members who fought in the Vietnam War and who lost their lives in service are inscribed. This includes soldiers who are still Missing In Action (MIA). April 30 marked 37 years since the recorded end of the Vietnam War.
Last week, on Thursday, Aug. 2 a scaled-down replica of the national monument was presented to the public for a temporary display at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. Dozens of service members and their families gathered for the opening ceremonies, which included a keynote speech from New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Many Levittown alums may remember Bob Calabritto, class of 1989, as the captain of the Division Avenue High School All-Conference football team, or as the captain of the Division All-County lacrosse team, but next week, Calabritto will be competing as an “Ironman” in the Ironman U.S. Championship in New York City.
Calabritto, a native Levittowner, moved to Indonesia in 2000 for “life adventure,” he told the Levittown Tribune. He is a freelance writer and magazine editor, and owns a garment-trading company. His mother, an Island Trees High School graduate herself, class of 1965, still resides in Levittown.
On Wednesday, Aug. 2 dozens of Vietnam War veterans and local officials gathered at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow during the construction of the Traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall to honor Purple Heart veterans.
Bob Chiappone, commander of the Military of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Chapter 417, led the ceremony for the Purple Heart veterans. The medal was placed at the apex of the memorial wall, a tradition since 1982 when a construction worker threw his brother’s Purple Heart medal into the apex of the memorial. Some say the wall has a heart and it is a living tribute to the wounded and deceased.
On Thursday, July 27, officials at Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage hosted Project SAFEguard, an educational program that will be rolled out to local school administration. It is a program of the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security (ASFHS), a member of the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) family of companies.
Project SAFEguard is a program developed in response to New York State’s regulations, including the “Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act” (SAVE) and revised regulations of the commissioner of education mandating schools to have sound safety plans.
The breakfast was sponsored by Literacy Nassau, based in Freeport. Since its inception 40 years ago, when it was known as Literacy Volunteers of America – Nassau County, Literacy Nassau has had a single and unwavering mission: to promote and foster literacy in Nassau County among adult learners in need of improved skills in basic literacy and English for speakers of other languages.
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