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Spotlight on Child Abuse Prevention Services

Written by Rachelle Blidner Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

When Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) began its work on Long Island 28 years ago, the non-profit organization focused on educating about and intervening in the cycle of abuse and neglect, said Alane Fagin, who has been executive director since the organization’s founding. Soon, however, CAPSs’ staff began focusing on additional issues that were affecting children, including sexual harassment, rape, bullying and Internet safety.

 

Division Avenue High School Class of 2011

Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

Congratulations to the 2011 graduates of Division Avenue High School and to Valedictorian Karolina Ksiazek and Salutatorian Peter Harvey. 

 

Island Trees Board Recognizes Bob Condela’s Service to District

Written by Eric Holden Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

The Island Trees Board of Education convened on Wednesday, June 22 at the Karopczyc School for their final regular meeting of the 2010-11 school year.

Superintendent Charles Murphy opened the proceedings by recognizing Trustee Bob M. Condela, who is retiring after 24 years of service to the district.

“Bob attended approximately 600 board of education meetings and hundreds of events and ceremonies on behalf of the community,” said Murphy. “That’s a lot of personal time and time away from his family. On a personal note, it has been a real privilege working with Bob for two of the 24 years he’s been in the district. On behalf of the board of education and Island Trees community, we say thank you.”

 

Kristen Stuart Earns All-State Title in Track

Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

The Dragons’ Spring Track and Field team had an impressive post-season finish to their season this year. Fourteen of their athletes qualified for the County Championship meet. Top finishers for the Dragons at the County Championship meet were Ryan Billian (first place and County Champion in the 110 hurdles), Kristen Stuart (second place and All-County in the 400 hurdles), and Tyler Mack (third place and All-County in the 3000m steeplechase.) Juniors Jennifer Addamo and Joanna Capitelli competed in the 400 hurdles, along with freshmen Nicole Connolly and Chelsea Moran in the 2000 steeplechase. The Dragons also qualified a boy’s 4x100 and 4x800 relay along with a girl’s 4x800 relay. For the field events, Ryan Billian, Chris Bradley, and Tim Schweitzer competed in the triple jump.

 

Brimstone Comics World Premiere a Huge Success

Written by Christy Hinko and Matt Sagona Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

Wrestler Brimstone Wrestles Success

Levittown native and retired pro wrestler Brimstone keeps very busy these days. Aside from the initial catapult from his sporting career, he is an actor, author, philanthropist, and the influence for a comic book character and series.

The Hound Comics CEO, William “Brimstone” Kucmierowski, is focused on pioneering unique ways of branding the Brimstone name through current projects including an upcoming autobiography titled, Brimstone: From the Barren Wastelands of My Mind, and a branded clothing line, “BrimWEAR.”

 

Dozens Turn Out at Levittown School Board Meeting in Support of Teachers

Written by Eric Holden Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

Community Thanks Jim Ward for

Service to School District

Over 150 local educators attended the Levittown Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, June 8 wearing all black, in a show of solidarity against the district’s plan to lay off at least 66 teachers.

Levittown teachers’ union President Therese Rogers noted that the LUT met with the district since March 29 of this year to see if they could reach a reasonable agreement that would save the district money through union sacrifices.

 

Pro Bono Lawyers Honored for Service to Domestic Violence Victims

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

In tough economic times when many charitable organizations are finding it increasingly difficult to provide the same range of services to its most deserving, 56 lawyers and five law firms have joined the Legal Resource Network (LRN) to provide services to victims of domestic violence through the advocacy of Nassau County’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CADVNC).

CADVNC hosted a recognition luncheon to honor the pro bono services of these attorneys on Friday, June 10 at the University Club on the campus of Hofstra University.

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy gave the keynote address to celebrate the commitment to the dedicated volunteer lawyers and law firms that have joined the LRN to provide pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence.

 

Island Trees School District Congratulates Three on Tenure

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

Out of 5,000 student entrants statewide, Island Trees had two teams of four students who placed first and second overall in the New York State E-Cybermission Competition.

The first place team, The G-Razors, created a product to cover PVC fencing, to eliminate destruction from graffiti. Each of the first place team members was awarded $1,000 savings bonds.

The second place team, The Toothbrush Squad, designed a special brace to aid arthritis sufferers with gripping. Each of the team members was awarded a $500 savings bond.

 

Gillibrand Announces More Than $80,000 for Levittown Fire District

Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced $80,580 in federal funding for the Levittown Fire District. These federal dollars will be used by the Levittown Fire District to recruit additional first responders. The funding is allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.

“This is a great investment for Levittown,” Senator Gillibrand said. “This federal investment will help improve the fire department’s ability to respond and keep families safe. I will continue working to ensure our first responders have the tools and resources they need to keep our communities safe.”

 

Significant Unpaid Student Lunch Bills Raises Flag

Written by Eric Holden Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00

District Continues to Find New Ways to Save

Dr. George Chesterton, a consultant to the Levittown Business Office, announced at the most recent Levittown Board of Education Planning Session on Wednesday, May 25 that the district is owed $12,821 for school lunches that have never been paid for. According to Chesterton, $2,722.09 of that total is from Division Avenue High School, where 482 students have fallen behind on their lunch payments.

Based on the numbers, Chesterton noted that one single student could be responsible for a significantly higher sum than the average amount owed per student, which is $9 at Salk and $5 at Division.

 

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