Heard of Four Loko? Popular drinks such as Four Loko and Joose contain as much as 2-3 coffee cups worth of caffeine and twice the amount of alcohol as a bottle of beer per container – a potent, dangerous mix that can be extremely hazardous for teens and adults alike
In July, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the FDA to investigate the safety of these drinks. In his letter to the State Liquor Authority Nov. 10, Schumer noted that the FDA has never approved or determined that caffeine in alcoholic beverages like Four Loko is “generally recognized as safe,” which therefore allows the New York State Liquor Authority to implement a state ban on their sale. While the FDA continues its review, Schumer said the state must act now and immediately to ban these drinks in New York, and on Nov. 10 he called on the New York State Liquor Authority to immediately ban caffeinated alcoholic beverages, including the drink Four Loko, from being sold in New York State.
On Wednesday, Nov. 17, a special public session was called by the Levittown Board of Education to appoint the newest members of the 2011-2012 Citizens Advisory Committee for Budgets. After a brief moment of silence for the troops fighting abroad, six new members were appointed to the already formed committee. The committee is made of the following 21 district residents:
William Bogdanowich, Dan Bornstein, Eddie Callaghan, Thomas Carman, Fred Carroll, Jason Feiner, Fred Gray, Sharon Katz, Thomas Kohlman, Michael Nersesian, Jane Rosi, Aileen Shapiro, Kenneth Siegel, Richard Snizek, Patricia Stillwaggon, Tracey Thomas, Roxanne Toomey, Kathleen Vaughan Ware, Nicholas Voulgaris, Frank Ward, and Maria Xenios.
Committee members will focus on a thorough review of the current (2010-2011) budget, a study of the multi-year budget process and its implications, and an analysis of the 2011-2012 budget proposals as they are developed.
On Friday, Nov. 12 the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security held a commissioning ceremony for its Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage. It is the first and only privately owned homeland security center in the nation that serves emergency first responders (fire, police, transportation, etc.) and other security services. The building also supports companies on the leading edge of homeland security technology development and academia resources.
“There have been enough examples over the past 12 to 18 months so that everybody very well understands that national security, homeland security, emergency preparedness and response, and law enforcement at all levels are linked together,” said Chairman of the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security Paul Schneider. He is the immediate former deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
School taxes and questions about the district’s kindergarten classes took center stage at the most recent meeting of the Levittown Board of Education held in the Levittown Memorial Education Center on Wednesday, Nov. 3.
Following the board’s recognition of a vibrant art display by students from Northside Elementary School, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Herman Sirois reported on the results of a 15-year Internal Benchmark Analysis regarding the district’s taxes.
Prefacing his report by noting that NYS school taxes are among the highest in the nation, Sirois told the audience of 40 that school districts are usually more fiscally conservative than any government agency.
For a small, non-profit organization, the Long Island based, Semper4Soldiers is blazing new paths and setting new standards for serving the needs of returning veterans and their families.
Through coincidence, and word-of-mouth, executives at the East Meadow Walmart heard of a young veteran, Carlos Espinoza, executive director of Semper4Soldiers who was providing extraordinary support to disabled, active, needy veterans across Long Island. Walmart Community Development offered its support toward the mission of Semper4Soldiers when, on Saturday, Oct. 9, 25 employees of Walmart and several volunteers from Semper4Soldiers joined forces to help repair a needy veteran’s home.
The crew painted, repaired a fence, cut grass, and performed some minor repairs. Walmart also provided some new house wares for the veteran, a single father and marine veteran of Vietnam, and his family.
At their most recent meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 27, the Island Trees Board of Education recognized six students who had been chosen winners at the New York State Music Association 2010 Electronic Music Composition Showcase.
The selected winners are: John Goh, David Mannlein, Colleen McKenna, Phuong Pham, Brianna Tortorelli, and Amanda Agosta. Equally important, the board recognized the student’s teacher, Peter Hansen for his outstanding efforts with the students.
It was an exciting occasion on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m., when the doors opened for a cocktail reception, celebrating the Grand Opening of Billy Joel’s 20th Century Motorcycles. This by-invitation-only event afforded guests a sneak preview of his shop. Among the guests were County Executive Edward Mangano, and Congressman Peter King. Joel’s dog, a sweet-faced pug, named Sabrina was also present for the festivities.
The showroom is located at 101 Audrey Avenue, in the previous location of Carpets by Barnao. The shop is primarily intended to draw in bike enthusiasts, so that they may glean ideas about how to customize their own bikes. It is filled with bike memorabilia, and also vintage signs, and gas pumps. The spacious room, which has a high ceiling and multiple skylights, houses Joel’s impressive collection of bikes including vintage British and Italian bikes from the World War II era, as well as modern Harley Davidsons, which have been rebuilt to impart more of a retro-look.
In August of 1998 Miss Pullen’s kindergarten class, at Levittown’s Summit Lane School, came together and buried a time capsule in the backyard of their class mother Sue Kinder. Levittown was celebrating its 50th anniversary with many special events. The students celebrated the anniversary by each placing an envelope with a letter and their kindergarten picture, in a time capsule. They filled out information in the letter, such as their best friend, favorite actor, favorite TV show, movie, book, song, food, tape, sport, singing group and other information. They also brought novelty items of 1998, such as a Tomagotchi and a rooster Beanie Baby. Kinder included a copy of the August 14, 1998 edition of the Levittown Tribune, August 7, 1998 edition of Newsday, two editions of TV Guide, and Teen People magazine, a copy of the Levittown School News newsletter, and the class photo in the capsule. The kids took turns digging the hole, and then covering it with dirt, after the ‘time capsule’ was placed in it.
Students from 10 local high schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties attended ReNew New York’s high school convention entitled “Considering New York’s Structures and Challenges” on Oct. 28 at Hofstra University.
At the all-day event, students discussed major issues regarding American politics and the 2010 midterm elections. They also engaged in debate with and proposed solutions to major issues to current or former politicians and political science professors.
Prior to the convention, each school created an issue brief compiled with research and interviews. Some students from each school also attended lectures by public officials and journalists to add to their briefs in a summer program at Hofstra. The briefs covered issues such as the national election process, the legislative redistricting procedure, and the state funding of education. Students then discussed their findings on each issue in small groups during the convention.
On Thursday, Oct. 21 two students from Island Trees Memorial Middle School in Levittown were transported to an area hospital with complaints of difficulty breathing after participating in physical education activities. One of the students has a known asthma condition.
Upon hearing the call for a second ambulance, the Levittown Fire Department suggested further investigation at the school to rule out any environmental factors. The school was evacuated at approximately 10:30 a.m.
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