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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.


County Residents to Decide Fate of Coliseum August 1

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00

Immediately following the passage of the public referendum law by the Nassau County Legislature to allow county residents to decide the fate of the Nassau Memorial Coliseum, New York Islanders owner Charles Wang, sports fans, union leaders and community members joined County Executive Edward Mangano for the bill signing ceremony. The plan could hold up to a $400 million price tag.

Just minutes before, County Legislators passed the referendum, 11-7, allowing residents to vote on the County Executive’s Economic Development and Job Creation Plan at a public referendum to be held on Monday, August 1, 2011.


Notification of Possible Layoffs Go Out to 108 Levittown Teachers

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00

Final Cuts to Be Decided
After Contract Negotiation

Last week the residents of the Levittown School District narrowly approved the $197,907,475 school budget. With the passed budget will come some layoffs; the Levittown School District has sent notification to 108 district teachers, informing them that they may be among those to be laid off.


Hundreds Rally for New Nassau Coliseum

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00

Monday and Tuesday Showcased Fans

Demanding the Islanders Get a New Arena

Long Island business and construction union leaders rallied Monday and Tuesday of this week for a new Nassau Coliseum in an effort to keep the New York Islanders on Long Island.

The rallies were aimed at getting support from the Nassau Legislature on whether to proceed with a referendum on up to $400 million in borrowing to build a new Coliseum and a minor league ballpark.


District Honors Some of Levittown Schools’ Finest Students

Written by Eric Holden Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00
At most recent Levittown Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 10, President Michael Pappas urged the Levittown community to come out and support the School District Budget in a vote that was scheduled to be held on Tuesday, May 17.

The meeting opened with Pappas leading the rest of the board in a special ceremony to honor several talented students from around the district.

Division Avenue High School artists Stephanie Shisko and Giana Sini took first and second place, respectively, in the Heckscher Museum of Art Best Young Artists search and the board presented them with certificates for their tremendous talent.


Budgets Pass in Levittown, Island Trees School Districts

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00

On Tuesday, May 17 both neighboring school districts, Levittown and Island Trees, were able to announce passed budgets.

Although by a narrow gap, the resident voters of the Levittown School District passed the adopted budget with 2,967 votes. There were 2,414 no votes.

Levittown’s adopted budget totals $197,907,475, up 2.6 percent from the 2010/11 total budget of $192,843,816.

Proposition One also passed with 2,967 yes, and 2,414 no.


Levittown’s Jodie Schoppmann Wins LI Marathon

Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

Levittown athlete Jodie Schoppmann continued her incredible 2011 string of performances on Sunday, May 1 by winning the RXR/TIA-CREF Long Island Marathon.  Her finishing time of 2 hours, 42 minutes, 54 seconds brought her to the finish line more than 25 full minutes in front of runner-up Noni Accetturi of Port Washington.

Schoppmann’s 2:42:54 finish made her eligible to compete in the United States Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston in January of 2012, with a chance to make the U.S. Olympic Team. The qualifying time for the Trials was 2:45:00, and Schoppmann bested that by more than two minutes.

Schoppmann is a proud member of the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) and runs competitively for the Runner’s Edge Racing Team of Farmingdale.


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