On Monday, March 19 the Levittown Tribune sat down with Island Trees Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy to get some first-hand information on the district’s budget proposal.
Dr. Murphy said, “We started off last summer, really concerned about the budget because of the tax cap; at the time we were projecting some tremendous increases with the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and employees’ retirement system as well as their healthcare.” This would have put the district $1.8 million over the tax cap. But Murphy said that these things did not materialize this year, as projected.
If you think government is a bit bloated these days, it has just been put on a strict “diet,” according to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who delivered his official State of the County address on Wed., March 14, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.
During the speech, Mangano touted his administration’s accomplishments and equally stressed the challenge of dealing with the county’s ever-increasing property taxes, warning of a potential 13-percent property-tax hike in the future.
One board member asked District Director of Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Susan Kelly about a line item in the English Department’s “wishlist” request for textbooks, and how it appears there may not be a purchase this year. Kelly said she has been discussing with department staff how to achieve the common core standards without purchasing new textbooks. She explained that publishers come out each year with changes to books. “I’m not seeing anything that’s big quality just yet and I don’t think any of us are anxious to put money into something that we really don’t think is a wonderful product,” Kelly said. She added that the staff is more prepared to deliver the curriculum through their own professional development, rather than upgrade textbooks each year.
The first woman supervisor in the Town of Hempstead’s long history, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray praised the women pathfinders for going to great lengths to accomplish their goals. “We’re doing it. From shattering the glass ceiling in business and breaking records in sports to achieving impressive victories in science and blazing a trail in government, women are making their mark and refusing to let anyone define their roles in any facet of our society,” Murray exclaimed to a crowd of spectators at Town Hall.
On Thursday, March 1 the Levittown Tribune sat down with Levittown Schools Superintendent Dr. James Grossane and Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Mark Flower for an informal chat about the upcoming school budget.
Dr. Grossane said he plans to have Flower explain the tax cap at each public budget planning session. He feels there is a lot of confusion and misconception about the tax cap and what it means for residents. It’s his goal to have enough people understand the tax cap before the budget is presented, so the community can focus more on the budget rather than the “fear of not understanding a tax levy.”
Within an hour of the doors opening at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City on Sunday, March 4 a three-hour line stretching down to the children’s museum formed with chocolate lovers excitedly waiting to enter the Chocolate Expo’s first Long Island event.
Inside the museum, more than 50 vendors displayed a wide variety of products, mostly chocolate, some offering items that pair with chocolate, and some things were just a fun addition to the “farmer’s market” appeal of the expo.
On Monday, Feb. 27 James A. Slattery, Jr. of Levittown was laid to rest at St. Margaret’s Cemetery in Plainview. Dozens of friends, family, and community members gathered at Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home to pay their final respects over the weekend and share their memories of a man, known to many as a regular “Mr. Levittown.”
Whenever people would ask Slattery’s wife, Nancy, what her husband’s hobby was she would say, “It’s Levittown; he loves Levittown.” She said her husband began suffering from dementia about five years ago, but he never completely forgotten the memories he made and the friends he met along the way.
No vote was taken on Monday, Feb. 27, on the plan to close four Nassau County police precincts and convert them into Community Policing Centers.
The Nassau County Legislature’s Republican majority had hoped for such a vote, one that would close the First and Fifth and Sixth and Eighth precincts. However, according to a spokeswoman for Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R-Massapequa), County Executive Edward P. Mangano asked the legislature to delay the vote for at least a week, while his office remains in negotiations over unspecified issues with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA).
Dr. Francesco Ianni, principal of Division Avenue High School (DAHS) is proud to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2012. Both young men are exceptional students whose academic achievement is equaled by their athletic, cultural, and philanthropic pursuits.
Evan Rosati, with an average of 101.93, is the class Valedictorian. He is an AP (advanced placement) scholar with distinction, an RPI medalist, president of the Science Olympiad, vice president of the Student Council, vice president of the Math Honor Society, captain of both the Mathletes, and the Long Island Challenge team. While following a schedule entirely consisting of AP coursework, he is a member of the National Honor Society, the World Language Honor Society, the Mathematics Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society.
On Valentine’s Day, love was a many splendored thing for one Levittown couple who renewed their wedding vows during a romantic ceremony performed by Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale.
Standing among a collection of vintage American aircrafts and fighter planes, a group of Nassau County GIs with compelling wartime love stories gathered together to renew their commitment to each other in front of a large crowd of friends and family.
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