As the high school seniors depart on their own adventures, so too, do students finishing fifth and eighth grades, look to the road ahead.
Last June, students in the Levittown Public School District’s six elementary and two middle schools celebrated a new chapter in their academic careers with a host of celebratory speeches and awards from exemplary students in the district. In celebration of Moving Up Day, the Levittown Tribune takes a look at some of the academic accomplishments from students “moving up” out of elementary and middle school.
For more on Levittown’s Moving Up Day ceremonies, see page 28A.
Sebastian, a two year-old pit mix with chocolate and caramel fur, wags his tail and splashes inside of a kiddie pool outside of the Forgotten Friends of Long Island rescue center in Levittown. The energetic pup is looking for a home, just like the four other dogs housed at this location in the basement of the Animal Hospital at 4 East Village Green.
“He’s good with other dogs and actually likes cats,” said Beth Marzo of Plainview, a dog coordinator at Forgotten Friends of Long Island. Sebastian was rescued from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter where he lived for one year.
A little thunder and lightning couldn’t prevent American Legion Post #1711 in Levittown from throwing its annual Forth of July barbecue. Instead, Legion headquarters was transformed into a dining hall for members and their families out to celebrate Independence Day.
Bill Miller, a WWII veteran who has served with the Legion for the past 43 years, said Post #1711 has been holding its Independence Day barbecue for as long as he can remember.
“This is our birthday party,” said 2nd Vice President Frank Marcinek, as he thanked all the veterans and their loved ones for coming out to celebrate. Because of the weather, all of the food and drinks were brought inside for the festivities.
When the Pubic Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) took over Long Island power operations in January of 2014 after what many perceived as one folly after another on the part of the Long Island Power
Authority (LIPA)—culminating, of course, with their chastised performance during Superstorm Sandy in 2012—Long Islanders held their collective breath, hoping that the new guard would be an improvement over the old.
However, even the best-run operations need time to dig in their feet and push, and while PSEG does their best to shoulder the great task of providing power to 1.1 million customers in Nassau, Suffolk and
Queens, it stands to reason that New York State would be keeping a watchful eye over them.
U.S. Army Veteran James Boyle, 86, of Levittown served five years of active service, making three trips overseas during both World War II and the Korean War.
Despite never seeing combat, he remembers witnessing first-hand the repercussions of wartime. Serving a non-combative role, working as a radio technician, Boyle still recalls marching with his troop in the aftermath of a battle on the streets of Munich during his first tour of duty.
Gallow lease puts kibosh on development
After plans to develop senior housing on the 11.3 acres of school district property fell through, members of the Island Trees School Board of Education met to discuss a new lease agreement for the Geneva N. Gallow school building.
According to Island Trees Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy, proposals for the development of 160 to 247 condominium units for seniors over 55 years old were tossed aside when the board voted, on June
25, to approve a four-year lease agreement with the Syosset-based Variety Child Learning Center, a not-for-profit learning center providing special education and support services for students with developmental and learning disabilities.
Move over vampires. The wizards that graced the pages of popular children’s books in the early 2000’s may have taken a short break from casting spells and travelling between different realms, but one local author is bringing them back. Levittown’s own Cris Pasqueralle has written the exciting young adult fantasy book titled Destiny Revealed: The Destiny Trilogy (Volume 1). It is the first book to be released from the electrifying three part series that will soon be coming to a book store near you.
Nassau County Police are on the hunt for a hit-and-run driver, who struck and killed a 13-year-old Levittown student along Hempstead Turnpike early Father’s Day morning.
According to police, Wisdom Lane Middle School student Brianna Soplin was crossing at the corner of Gardiners Ave. when she was struck by the driver of a blue Town and Country minivan at 12:02 a.m. on
Sunday. She was immediately rushed to Nassau University Medical Center with head and body trauma and was pronounced dead by hospital staff at 4:30 a.m.
After serving in the U.S. Army from 1961-1962, Levittown resident Joe Simpson was told he was not eligible to join the American Legion. Now, decades later, he is its Post Commander.
With the United States on the verge of the Cold War, Simpson was assigned to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. While he was stationed in Huntsville, Simpson specialized in repairing
“I was never sent to Vietnam,” Simpson said. “The only exciting thing that happened was the Cuban Missle Crisis.”
The Levittown Property Owners Association (LPOA) enjoyed one of the largest turnouts in its existence on June 10. However, the occasion itself was not one to crow about, as the meeting room at the
Levittown Public Library was jam-packed with residents furious over plans to install a Verizon cell tower within a residential neighborhood.
The proposed cell tower would be located on the property of the Veterans of Foreign Wars [VFW] Post 9592, located at 55 Hickory Lane.
At the meeting, audience members claiming to live as close as 300 feet within the potential site, voiced complaints ranging from possible health concerns to lowered property values if the tower’s installation is eventually allowed to go forward.
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