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American Airpower Museum Unveils Vietnam Veteran Tribute

Friday, 11 February 2011 00:00

On Sunday, Jan. 30 more than 40 years after the start of the bloody Tet Offensive seen as the turning point in the Vietnam conflict, the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in Farmingdale unveiled a permanent tribute to the American veterans who served in that war and all those who did not return home.

The display, conceived and constructed by two Purple Heart Vietnam veterans Leonard Partiss of Bohemia and Joseph Pelligritti of West Islip, includes a mannequin depicted as an American “grunt” loaded down with gear and weapons in the middle of a jungle clearing. Another element of the display is a model of an American firebase engaged in defending its position somewhere in Vietnam’s “I Corps.”


Astoria Federal Helps ITHS Students Reach For the S.T.A.R.S.

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00

On Friday, Jan. 14 at the Long Island Marriott, the students enrolled in Career Advantage at Island Trees High School (ITHS), participated in the 5th annual S.T.A.R.S (Students Taking Action for Real Success) Interview Conference made possible through a grant from Astoria Federal Savings.

One hundred 11th and 12th grade students were required to attend the conference for a very different kind of mid-term exam. The S.T.A.R.S Interview Conference is the product of the Island Trees School to Business Partnership headed by the district’s Career Coordinator Carol Siegel, with planning assistance from Astoria Federal Savings Levittown Branch Manager Lois Cornibert, Beth Dalton-Costello of Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes and Evelyn Gorelik of ITHS.

Business participant Ann Torcivia of Friends Travel said, “This program helps high school students get ready for the workforce; it teaches them how to do a résumé and an interview.”


ITHS Alum Eberlein Earns Wins for Oneonta

Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00

On Saturday, Jan. 15 Oneonta State wrestling sophomore Matt Eberlein of Levittown scored the first of two recent wins for the team against Muhlenberg College Mules’ Keith Swanson (Mfor.) The second win was by decision (11-10) against Ithaca Bomber Steve Andolena on Thursday, Jan. 27.

Eberlein is coming off an impressive win and is currently 12-10 this season with three falls. He has had a strong sophomore season placing second at the Red Dragon Invitational, and fourth at the Ursinus Homecoming Invitational.

“Matt is a very talented and highly explosive wrestler capable of great things; he started this season at the 149 lbs weight class, but moved up to 157 lbs. primarily to cover a void left by an injured teammate,” said Oneonta’s Head Wrestling Coach and Fitness Director Duane Ritter. “Despite giving up some size at 157 lbs. weight class he has managed to perform very well; Matt has been a major contributor to our team’s success this season.”


Cat Rescuer Lashes Out at TH Board

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00

Town Releases Progressive

Pet Care Agenda Initiative

Among the throng of animal lovers who stormed the Town Board meeting at the Nathan Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead on Tuesday, Jan. 25, Randi Diamond was the most adamant in her stance on the function of the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh.

Diamond, a self-employed, non-profit animal lover, started her own TNR (trap, neuter, return) program recently, which has her working at least 60 hours a week. Diamond has not filed to be determined a 501 3 (c) as of this time. She can be found on under Randi’s Rescues.

According to Diamond, the Town’s “bare bones” TNR program is just in place for the sake of having one. She feels that every shelter needs a comprehensive program.


Flight Patterns Set for Big Changes

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00

NJCAAN Supports Noise Level Debate

Residents in Levittown live near an airport, and are not far removed from larger ones. So aircraft noise is often on people’s minds. That issue may heat up again in a year’s time. In 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is set to implement a major re-routing of its flights from several Long Island airports, including John F. Kennedy and Republic of Farmingdale.

Westbound routes heading towards the Midwest and some southbound routes, namely those in Washington, DC, will be re-routed away from their current over-water patterns to ones that will take flights from the airports over neighborhoods in Suffolk County, Nassau County, New York City, and northern New Jersey.

It was reported that the new routes would take place this spring. However, according to FAA officials, that won’t happen until 2012. What will happen this spring, officials said, is an operation that will combine air-based sectors that are now the responsibilities of the New York center. Certain offices handle air space traffic above 17,000 ft. and others handle it for traffic under that same number. The realignment of airspace management is all part of the FAA’s plan of preparing for the flight traffic patterns changes that are expected to take place in 2012.

“The purpose of the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Airspace Project is to increase the efficiency and reliability of the airspace structure and Air Traffic Control system and reduce delays while maintaining or increasing the safety of the National Airspace System,” the FAA’s website states. “The Selected Project, Integrated Airspace Alternative with Integrated Control Complex with Mitigation, does this by combining high and low altitude airspace to create more efficient arrival and departure routes. For over nine years, we conducted studies and evaluations that cover an area of approximately 31,000 miles, which included five states and 21 airports. This selection offers the most significant operational benefits and anticipates full integration of the airspace by 2012,” the statement concludes.

Noise Level Debate


The New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise (NJCAAN), a New Jersey-based group that is opposed to the plan, passed information onto Anton Community Newspapers, claiming that noise levels will increase in the North Shore.

However, a spokesman at the


‘Children of Hope’ Becomes Jaccard’s Safe Haven

Written by Terri Rizzi and Christy Hinko Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00

On July 16, 1997, after being called to the scene at Nassau’s First District Courthouse in Hempstead, Nassau County Police Paramedic Tim Jaccard found the body of ‘Baby Angelica’ dead in the toilet of the first stall. These paramedic calls are named ‘baby not breathing’ calls and after finding two more dead babies shortly thereafter, Jaccard knew he needed to do something about it.

Jaccard, a 37-year veteran with the police department and resident of Wantagh, started researching how many infanticides – the homicide of an infant - were received monthly and learned that within a month, in just three cities – New York, NY, Mobile, AL and Houston, TX - 41 babies were found dead.  


ITHS Alum Justin Heisig Sinks Winning Shot for RIT Tigers

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00

On Friday, Jan. 7 Levittown resident and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Junior Justin Heisig hit a three-pointer with 27 seconds left in the second half of RIT’s men’s basketball game against Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks.

Erasing a 70-69 deficit after the RIT Tigers squandered a 15-point lead with 2:54 remaining, Tigers won a wild contest, 73-70 over Stevens Tech Ducks.

On the ensuing play for RIT, teammate Marcus Lowe (Anchorage, AK/Service) penetrated the lane and kicked a pass out to Heisig, whose 3-pointer from the left wing was flawless, capping off a career-high 22-point performance.


Peter King Regains Committee Chairmanship

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

Lists Priorities for New Congress

Members of the 112th Congress were sworn in last Wednesday with the lone Republican from the Long Island delegation back in his old job as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.

When the Republicans took control of Congress last November it was widely expected that Rep. Peter King (R.-Seaford) would return to the post he served in from 2005 to 2007. And in early December, he was formally elected to his old chairmanship by members of the Republican Conference all on a recommendation by the Republican Party Steering Committee.

“I am honored to have been selected as Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee by the Republicans of the 112th Congress,” King said upon his election. “I look forward to working with Speaker John Boehner, the new Republican Leadership, and the entire incoming Republican Majority to protect our homeland from the terrorists who continue to plot and execute attacks against our nation.” 


Town Recognizes Miss El Salvador NY

Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

Town Clerk Mark A. Bonilla (fifth right) presented an official Town of Hempstead Certificate of Recognition to Miss El Salvador/NY Ivania Nieto of Levittown (sixth right) on the occasion of the Comite Civico Salvadoreno Christmas Gala. Also pictured are Chandi Kawaljit, Americanas and Vivian Pereira, Max Rodriguez, Marlina Baquero, Dora Nieto, Dilmar Nieto, Consulado El Salvador Dagoberto Torres, Alex Padron and Comite Civico Salvadoreno Founder Maria T. Avelar.  


Tiger Scouts Make a Difference

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

The boys of Tiger Scouts Den 1, Pack 600 worked very hard over the past month to help Santa bring Christmas to some very special children. The seven boys of the pack, all age 6, worked on chores for family, neighbors and friends to earn $1 per chore.

The boys set a goal of raising $175 over a two-week span, but earned $260 for their hard work. They met at the Levittown Target, pooled their money and went on a shopping spree in the toy department.  

While most children were making plans and fantasizing about what toys they would like to buy for themselves, the boys of Den 1 spent weeks prior thinking about what toys they would pick out for needy children.


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