The Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee presented its report on the 2011-12 district budget to the Levittown School Board in a public hearing on Wednesday, March 16 at the Levittown Memorial Education Center.
The committee is comprised of a wide range of volunteers who represent a full spectrum of the Levittown School District. In their reports, they concluded that they do not support the current version of the 2011-12 budget proposal.
The summary of the committee’s documents presented to the board states that “with the proposed State Aid of about $4,510,575 and the combination of unrestricted reserve ($6,586,911), as well as leftover federal stimulus funds ($342,209) from the District account, we feel that some of the money available could be used to reduce the tax burden on this community.”
Supervisor Kate Murray and members of the Hempstead Town Board honored nine women who live or work in the Town of Hempstead for their outstanding contributions to the community at the town’s annual Pathfinder Awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 8.
Sister Christine Sammon of Levittown was among the nine women honored at the ceremony. Community service is an essential part of Sister Sammon’s life. As the Director of Parish Social Ministry for St. Bernard’s Church in Levittown, Sister Christine coordinates countless efforts to reach out to the less fortunate members of our community. Since joining the parish staff in 2003, Sister Christine has provided help for those in need and inspired many people to engage in works of community service. Among her many duties, Sister Christine works with the St. Bernard’s Parish St. Vincent de Paul Society to coordinate outreach efforts. Under her guidance, a very active food pantry serves over 100 Levittown families a week, providing basic food and toiletries.
As if the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter didn’t need any more bad press, a video was anonymously posted on Sunday, March 13 on YouTube. The 17-year-old footage depicts then-kennel foreman Pat Horan watching shelter workers slip a catch-pole around the neck of a kitten and lift it into the air, as they allegedly prepare it to be euthanized.
One worker is seen making obscene and lewd gestures, even mocking the killing of the animal, while Horan is seen laughing and giving the middle finger to the person filming the video. As the kitten squirms wildly, someone off-camera cheers, “Kill the kitty; kill the kitty.”
According to Town officials, Pat Horan was a kennel foreman at the time the video was allegedly taken. The video labeled Horan as kennel supervisor.
Peter Gibbons, director of Music and the Fine Arts for the Island Trees School District, will be honored at the Nassau BOCES “Education Partner” awards dinner for his commitment to public education in Nassau County. Proudly, Island Trees has been on the list for “Best Communities for Music Education” three times in the last 10 years. This achievement is due in large part to the outstanding contributions made by Gibbons. His exemplary work and dedication to the Island Trees music and arts programs has fostered a culture of success where education thrives. The gala will be held Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crest Hollow County Club.
Members of the Levittown District Board of Education met at the Memorial Education Center on Wednesday, March 2 to discuss a revised budget plan for the 2011-12 school year.
In the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Herman Sirois gave an overview of the current fiscal situation that the district is facing and a line-by-line review of the school board’s budget planning for the upcoming school year.
Due to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed statewide education cuts, Levittown’s Board of Education has been forced to dig deep to find solutions to tighten their budget.
Members of the Long Island Shields police organization opened their recent meeting, held in Farmingdale, by speaking in honor of the fallen Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano of Wantagh. Califano was tragically killed when a truck struck his patrol car while he served a summons on the Long Island Expressway on Friday, Feb. 4.
First Precinct Officer Danny Corry was Califano’s patrol partner. Corry was in attendance at the meeting and spoke about what an upstanding person Califano was.
“I quickly found that I could always depend on him, for both assistance with a call or a good laugh when morale was low,” said Corry. “When I became a new father I looked to his example as the gold standard of a family man; he liked his job, but he loved his family.”
Gym participants can sign up for guided classes with certified instructors, sign up for school break camps, have their own birthday party at the facility, or take part in the ‘Parent Survival Night’ offering parents a couple of hours drop-off service in a safe, fun setting. Classes are specially tailored for ages ranging from 10 months to 12 years old.
“All children, at any age and ability level, can benefit from the self-confidence that comes from experiencing achievement and success,” said Tina Lopano, owner of The Little Gym of Levittown.
Levittown Kiwanis members and other community members packed the club’s usual meeting to honor two middle school students who took an extraordinary stand to protect a younger schoolmate from a bully.
On Dec. 2, 2010, a seventh grade boy was bullying a sixth grader on the bus. When the bully began asking other students if he should start a fight with his sixth grade target, many of the other students became bystanders and ignored the bully’s threats. However, Barbara-Ann Reyman and Caitlin Harrs refused to sit back and become bystanders. They stepped up and told the bully to leave the sixth grader alone. They also told him that they were going to tell their parents and the staff at Wisdom Lane Middle School if he didn’t stop. The young ladies even stayed on the bus until they were sure that the bullying had stopped and the target was safe.
The St. John’s University Track & Field team captured its first Indoor Metropolitan Championship title since 1989 in dramatic fashion, edging Rutgers 147-142, in action at the New Balance Armory in New York City on Saturday, Jan. 29. Island Trees High School alumna Michelle Duffy helped capture this title for the school.
Duffy is a sophomore English major at St. John’s. She placed second in the 1,000-meter and scored eight points, qualifying for the Big East Championship that was held on Saturday, Feb. 19. This was a career-best for Duffy.
On Saturday, Jan. 29 the Joey Foundation held its first annual safety fundraiser at the South Levittown Lanes. Over 120 bowlers turned out in support of the Foundation’s cause, including supporters of the Marty Lyons Foundation, Kiwanis members, dozens of friends, residents, and local officials.
“It was a very emotional day for me because I had one of Joey’s doctors there, one of the therapists, and Joey’s best friend Cameron, from Queens,” said mother of the late Joey, Ann Torcivia.
The Joey Foundation was started six months ago to honor the memory of the late Joey Torcivia. Joey was initially diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, but died in 2000, when he was in first grade, from complications of pneumonia.
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