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.
At the Levittown Fire Department’s Open House Kristin Rochon of Troop 3114 and Levittown Fire Department Explorer Post 620 had a chance to show the Pet Oxygen masks that she is providing as part of her Gold Award Project. Rochon raised funds for some of the masks and received a generous donation of several masks from Dr. Blauvelt of the Carman Avenue Veterinary Clinic. The Pet Oxygen masks will be placed on the three ambulances of the Levittown Fire Department. The masks will be used to help resuscitate dogs and cats that are exposed to toxic fumes. Along with the donation of the masks, Rochon demonstrated the use of the masks to the public at the open house, distributed “PET-CALS: PETS INSIDE” decals, and answered questions on pet first aid and safety. She will assist the Department’s Training Committee in the teaching the use of the masks to department members, and administering first aid to pets.
Officers and members of the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center (KPTC) Service Leadership Committee enjoyed the elegance of this year’s Black & White Ball while doing their part to make the evening a success. The annual ball raises fund for the KPTC at North Shore-LIJ Hospital.
KPTC Service Leadership Committee members helped President Joe Corace distribute commemorative lapel pins recognizing KPTC’s 20 years of life-saving work.
County Executive Edward P. Mangano campaigned for and won his current position with a clear promise to lower spending and taxes for Nassau. The day draws near when he must deliver, arriving at a balanced budget for 2011 without raising taxes or increasing the deficit. This has led to painful proposals, drawing protests on extreme moves like cutting loose the entire Long Island Bus system and turning the high expense of tax refunds over to schools, towns, villages and other special districts including libraries and fire districts.
On Friday, Oct. 1 the Kiwanis Club of Levittown’s held their 61st Annual Installation Dinner. Pictured: (seated) Gail Cummo, Linda Crozier, Lisa Santer, and Kim Scharoff. Standing: Steven Dalton, Gary Crozier, Fred Interdonato, Legislator Dennis Dunne Sr. Assemblyman Joe Saladino, Ann Torcivia, Glen Lachow, Mauro Cassano, Peter Ryan, Legislator Joe Belesi, and Kevin Regan.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) shared the power of mentoring with 450 guests at their 12th Annual Presidential Gala on Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The event honored Men of the Year Andrew Corrado and James Metzger.
Little Brothers George and Elijah along with Little Sister Emily shared the podium and read letters to their “Bigs” with the audience. Emily, matched for over five years with Big Sister Lori Diamond of Lynbrook wrote, “Lori, I am grateful for your presence in my life. I appreciate that you’ve given so much of your time and energy to make me a better person.” Little Brother George, who towers over Big Brother Tom Cucitro of Floral Park, also shared his gratitude. “Growing up without a father was hard until you showed up. I just can’t express how much your kindness and friendship has meant to me.”
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