Kate Murray, the first woman elected Supervisor of America’s largest township, was inducted for her fifth term during a ceremony at Hempstead Town Hall on Jan. 3, 2012.
Murray focused her remarks at the inauguration on the township we call home, the unity among neighbors and officials, as well as economic growth. She detailed the initiatives she has undertaken for the future of the township, specifically speaking about the town’s economic and budgetary strength, development, housing, senior citizen programs and efforts to preserve the environment. One of the coming projects to which Murray pointed out with a personal sense of pride, is the construction of a building to house the ANCHOR program for special needs children and adults. “Of all the work our town’s administration has undertaken, the construction of a permanent home for ANCHOR will be the most rewarding project in my tenure as supervisor,” said Murray. The recreation center will be named in memory of three Camp ANCHOR counselors who died in a tragic accident on their way to work.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance and a brief welcome and holiday greetings to guests and students by Board President Michael Pappas, the regular board meeting of the Levittown School District on Wednesday, Dec. 14 was reconvened following a usual executive session.
A lengthy discussion about the district’s class rank policy was held. Assistant Superintendent Debbie Rifkin said, “Colleges use a variety of factors when making admission decisions for students; they look at their GPA, they look at their activity sheets, they look at the level of challenge of the course they’ve taken throughout their high school career, they look at SAT scores, their personal essays and if schools provide ranking information they look at that information as well.”
(Editor’s note: AMC Loews Theatre in Levittown was unable to make an official statement and calls to obtain a statement from the AMC Corporation were not returned.)
On Saturday, Dec. 17 hundreds of community members turned out in support of the Town of Hempstead’s rally against the AMC Theatres Nassau Metroplex 10’s application with the New York State Liquor Authority to begin serving alcohol to moviegoers.
It’s been documented that the first hamburger sandwich was served in 1900 in New Haven, Ct. After more than 100 years of flipping out for burgers, Americans can still recapture the ultimate burger experience at Bobby’s Burger Palace at Roosevelt Field Mall.
On Monday, Dec. 5, Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Hempstead Town officials held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay to Garden City. “America’s largest township and America’s favorite chef are cooking up a recipe for success together and if anybody knows how to put the right ingredients for success together, it’s Bobby Flay,” Murray said.
Governor Cuomo’s proposal to open New York to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has come under fire for failing to protect the state’s residents from a method of gas drilling that pollutes the environment, explained a host of speakers at a rally to ban fracking held Dec. 15 at Mary Jane Davis Green in Manhasset.
In this challenging economy the buzzword is job creation and Cuomo has also been criticized for claiming fracking will create jobs, but, as speaker Patti Katz, Reach Out America (ROA), said, “You can’t drink money.” The complaint period against fracking has been extended to Jan. 11, 2012 and rally speakers encouraged everyone to visit amillionfrackingletters.com and to send Governor Cuomo one of their own letters.
On Thursday, Dec. 15 the Division Avenue High School PTA sponsored a bookfair at the Barnes & Noble of Carle Place.
The DAHS Varsity Football players treated child patrons to storytelling in the store’s children’s section. The school’s Jazz Band performed on the store’s mezzanine, a real treat to browsing patrons. Aside from the music, a group of seniors relaxed in the café area of the store, while working on a poetry assignment. Some elementary students participated in a store scavenger hunt. Always a crowd favorite, School Principal Dr. Francesco Ianni served pastries and desserts to customers in the café.
On Saturday, Dec. 3 the Schupbachs, Jim, Kathy, and Shannon, of 15 Copper Lane hosted their ninth annual Christmas Tree Lighting to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The tree, a 40-foot Vermont pine that was planted at the house by its previous owners, more than 20 years ago when it was merely two-feet tall, now holds more than 4,000 Christmas lights and has become a annual holiday tradition for the friends and neighbors of Levittown and surrounding communities.
Many people know Nick as “Big Nick,” the driving force behind the newly formed Island Trees Alumni Football Association. He and his wife, Linda are high school sweethearts, also graduates of Island Trees High School.
The Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers club recently held their annual Winter Open House at Cue Nine Billiards, 2953 Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown.
The display hosted by Cue Nine, in its basement, is permanent, not modular or able to be moved. When asked about the man-hours needed to assemble something of such intricacy John Brendle, officer and member of the club said, “Not hours, years; we have been in this location for almost 11 years.”
On Thursday, Nov. 17, just days after Mayor Bloomberg tried to shut out the voices of Occupy Wall Street in New York City; members of MoveOn.org joined a nationwide day of action called, “We Are the 99%.”
Marking the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, nearly 70 local community members from Long Island and beyond rallied at the former K-Mart property on Hempstead Turnpike at Gardiners Avenue in Levittown to demand that the politicians in Washington focus on creating jobs and making millionaires on Wall Street pay their fair share.
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