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Allison Ekberg Wins Hampton Classic Division

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00

HorseAbility trains riders with special needs

On Aug. 26, Allison Ekberg, a sixth-grader at Wisdom Lane Middle School, and her horse Remo, were dubbed grand division champions in the Hampton Classic Horse Show, the elite horse jumping show, held in Bridgehampton each year.

Allison told the Tribune that she has ridden in many horse shows throughout the past couple of years. She explained, “Each time you ride you are given points according to how you place; last year I missed qualifying to go to the Hampton Classic, but I made it this year.”


Remembering The Local Victims of September 11, 2001

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00
Tuesday, Sept. 11 will be the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

There are many local memorial services available for residents. Nassau County’s ceremonies were scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 6 at Eisenhower Park.


Novel Examines One Man’s Life After War

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00

Levittown takes center stage in this tribute to American veterans

In an uncanny parallel of one man’s life after returning home from World War II and the state of a nation in the latter half of a century, William Panzarella brings Levittown to life in his fourth novel, American Horse. The characters are genuine with a certain familiarity, especially to Levittown.

“I always wanted to write a ground-level view of the ‘Greatest Generation’, but did not want to just write a history book. In American Horse, I am able to take the reader on a personal journey through the ’40s to early ’80s, as seen through the eyes of the main character, Frank Keller.”


Levittown Community Church Announces New Fall Schedule

Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00

Church to combine with Parkway Community Church

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. 


Pete Weiler Helps Red Cross Prepare For Hurricane Season

Written by Lyn Dobrin Friday, 24 August 2012 08:18

Red Cross can use more volunteers

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. 


Barclays Tournament Tees Off At Bethpage

Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 24 August 2012 00:00
It’s about the length of two football fields, but for the world’s best golfers, it is 200 yards that can crush the dreams of winning a prestigious golf tournament, or propel a player into glory with an accurate tee shot and a well-executed putt. It’s the 17th hole of the Bethpage Black, where the Barclays Golf Tournament is being held this week.

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.


NCPD, Target Host Annual National Night Out

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 17 August 2012 08:26
On Tuesday, Aug. 7, Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) and Target hosted the annual National Night Out in the parking lot of the Levittown Target. The event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; and to generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs. The program also strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

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.


Island Trees High School Fallen Heroes Memorial

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 17 August 2012 08:21

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.


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.


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