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NYPD Commissioner Gives Speech At War Memorial

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

NC hosts Vietnam War Memorial replica

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.


Bob Calabritto To Compete In Ironman Championships

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

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.


Long Island Veterans Honor Purple Heart Recipients

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

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.


Project SAFEGuard Being Introduced To Schools

Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

The project addresses enhanced emergency preparedness

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.


Literacy Nassau Hosts Executive Breakfast With Pat LaFontaine

Written by Mark Leff Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00
On July 11, Literacy Nassau hosted an executive breakfast, held at the offices of Farrell Fritz in Uniondale, featuring Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine as the special guest speaker. The attendees from the Nassau County business community got to hear LaFontaine’s perspective on giving back to the community, his support for children’s hospitals via his foundation, Companions in Courage, and his recent success in coaching the Long Island Royals junior hockey team to a national championship.

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.


Hailey Orgass Crowned Miss Wantagh 2012

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00
Hailey Orgass, 17, was recently crowned Miss Wantagh 2012, out of eight other teen candidates, a tradition in the south shore community since 1956. She has just completed her junior year at Wantagh High School.

Her service and accomplishments include National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and Foreign Language Honor Society. She has received a scholarship from University of Rochester, including the Xerox Award of Innovation and Technology for her accomplishments in science.


NCCCA Holds Grumman Plume Meeting

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Public comment period expires July 30

On Thursday, July 19, Nassau County Coalition of Civic Associations (NCCCA) hosted “Stop the Grumman/Navy Toxic Plume” presentation with the Seaford Harbor Civic Association and Massapequa Water district at the Seaford Fire Department headquarters.

Massapequa Water District Commissioner John Caruso gave a detailed presentation to approximately 100 community members and residents.  He said, “Most people, especially the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), really don’t get it when it comes to our sole source aquifer; what’s below us is our drinking water supply, broken up into three distinct aquifers.” Long Island mostly draws from middle, the Magothy aquifer, from a range of 50 to 900 feet below the earth’s surface; Massapequa water is screened from about 850 feet below the surface.


School District Reorganizes For School Year

Written by Christy Hinko and Elizabeth Sobel Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00
During the July 11 board of education meeting, the Levittown School District Board of Education and administration reorganized for the official start of the 2012-13 school year.

Re-elected trustees Ed Powers and Kevin Regan took the oath of office, which was administered by school district attorney Bob Cohen of Lamb & Barnosky, LLP. In addition, the board reappointed trustees Michael Pappas and Peter Porrazzo as president and vice president, respectively.


Maragos: Bonding Failure Increases Budget Deficit

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

NIFA, Democratic legislators targeted for criticism

Last week, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced that the 2011 unaudited budget deficit would reach $50.4 million. He added that the projected deficit for 2012 is set at $45 million. However, he placed the blame on both NIFA and the Democratic Party caucus in the county legislature.

Maragos said that the failure of both NIFA and the Democratic caucus to work with County Executive Edward P. Mangano and approve $43.1 million in bonding for property tax refunds caused the deficit to balloon. With such approval, he said the deficit for 2011 would be at only $7 million and the 2012 projected budget would be nearly balanced.


Ready For Life’s Next Chapter

Written by Elizabeth Sobel Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Division Avenue High School class of 2012 graduation

Hofstra Arena was a sea of blue and white caps and gowns as 309 graduates from the Class of 2012 celebrated a long-awaited milestone in their educational careers during Division Avenue High School’s 53rd Commencement Ceremony. Led by Superintendent of Schools Dr. James J. Grossane, High School Principal Dr. Francesco Ianni and Assistant Principal Joan Lorelli, the graduates filed in to the orchestra’s serenade of “Pomp and Circumstance,” performed under the conductorship of Mark Martufi.

Student Council President Ellen Chaleff began the ceremony by leading the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, after which the senior chamber singers, under the direction of conductor Andrea Galeno, sang the national anthem.


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