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A New School Year Brings Fresh Faces to IT School Board

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 16 July 2010 00:00

Board Swears In New Trustees, President, Vice President

At their annual reorganization meeting on Wednesday, July 7, the Island Trees Board of Education swore in its new trustees, president and vice president.

Trustees Kristen Daum and Barbara Medellin were sworn in under oath, as were Patricia Mahon and Kenneth Rochon.


An Inspired Song Leads to Open Doors For One Man

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 16 July 2010 00:00

Pat Seminario’s Freedom’s Cry Motivated By, Written for American Troops

It was seven years after Pat Seminario wrote the song Freedom’s Cry that his son, also named Patrick, suggested they upload the song and accompanying video to YouTube. Now, a few months after the stirring song and slideshow appeared online a positive series of events have occurred that Seminario says he never expected.


Levittown BOE Creates Subcommittee to Search for Superintendent

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00

Will Consider Dr. Sirois for Position Even After He Retires

At their meeting on Tuesday, July 6, the Levittown Board of Education established a three-member subcommittee to “begin the search process for identifying, recruiting and hiring a successor to Dr. Sirois, on or prior to the June 30, 2011 expiration of his contract.”

Dr. Herman Sirois, the superintendent of schools, submitted his letter of resignation to the board last July, but he said at this July 6 meeting that he was hoping he would still be considered for the position.


Turning 50 and Reuniting With Old Friends

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00

Division Avenue High School Class Reunion, 50th Birthday Bash

The idea of turning 50 may have some people in shock but Shara Shapiro-Nagel and a high school friend, Tom Mayeski, decided not to let the number get in their way of having a good time and reuniting with old friends.

Shapiro-Nagel and Mayeski attended Division Avenue High School, graduated in 1978, are both turning the big 5-0 in October and since their high school friends will also be hitting the number soon, why not make a reunion of it?


320 Names Added to “Walls of Honor” in Eisenhower Park

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00

Ceremony Honors Both

Living and Deceased Veterans

Marking 18 years since the first of several Walls of Honor went up in Eisenhower Park, about 1,500 people gathered there last weekend to pay tribute to men and women who served in the armed forces.

On a bright and sunny Saturday morning on June 26, among the numerous American flags, small and large, officials from Nassau County government and the Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund held a short but meaningful ceremony where 320 veterans’ names were added to the walls.


Levittown Tribune Gets Musical with Eddie Money

Written by Kyle Bluth Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00

It’s kind of like the show before the show. For anyone who might picture peace and quiet backstage before a concert, especially at an Eddie Money concert, better think again. Eddie Money emerges and sits down at one of the picnic tables, almost unaware of his success. He is about as approachable, down to earth and funny as they come.  Upon meeting this icon you almost forget who he is for a moment and you get the sense he might even do the same, but it isn’t possible, not here, and definitely not on Long Island. Everyone seeks an autograph, a picture, or at the very least, just wants to bask in the glow of his charismatic smile. He takes it all in stride and you get the sense he’s seen this before. After all these years one thing is certain, Eddie is still Money. The Levittown Tribune sat down with the Island Trees High School alum for a little Q & A at his recent concert at Point Lookout.


Levittown Resident Among Six People Charged With Fraud

Friday, 25 June 2010 00:00

Faces Seven Years for

Workers’ Compensation and Insurance Fraud

A Levittown resident is one of six people who were arrested and charged with stealing more than $239,000 combined in taxpayer money through workers’ compensation and insurance fraud, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice recently announced.

A sweep targeting county residents who steal undeserved workers’ compensation and insurance benefits was the result of an investigation by the District Attorney’s Office, Nassau County Attorney’s Office, New York State Insurance Department, MTA, New York State Insurance Fund, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, Office of the Fraud Inspector General and the Social Security Administration.


Town ‘Sounds the Alarm’ for Pool Safety

Friday, 25 June 2010 00:00

Safety Brochures Available to Town Residents

Before the summer solstice marked the official start to the 2010 summer season on June 21, three Long Island children had already drowned in homeowner swimming pools. In the wake of these recent tragedies, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has partnered with Cablevision and King Kullen to promote pool safety and help prevent accidental drownings. The group has commenced a media campaign and will disseminate a brochure to all town residents on the subject of swimming pool alarms and pool safety.


After Litigation Fails, Able-Ride Supporters Try Other Avenues

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 18 June 2010 00:00

Jacobs, Foye in Talks With MTA LI Bus to

Work Out Agreement

About three weeks after MTA Long Island Bus instituted cuts to its Able-Ride services, elected officials and private individuals have teamed up to make the most of a bad situation that has left disabled people throughout Nassau County at a loss.

On May 27, after over a month in litigation brought by disability advocates, a judge for the Federal U.S. District Court ruled that the MTA could go ahead with making cuts to its Able-Ride program as planned since March.


NuHealth System Announces First Ever Operational Surplus

Written by Kyle Bluth Friday, 18 June 2010 00:00

At a recent press conference held at Nassau University Medical Center, the president and CEO of the NuHealth System, Arthur A. Gianelli, was all smiles. He was pleased to announce the 2009 fiscal year numbers had been tallied and crunched to show a surplus of $804,000, marking the first time NuHealth has been able to report positive operating cost outcomes in its 10-year history. The financial data was compiled and received by Ernst & Young, the independently certified public accounting firm used by the organization.

For the formerly named Nassau Health Care Corporation, which runs NUMC, the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility and several outlying clinics, the news has been a well-received change of pace. Gianelli emphasized it is important for people to recognize what got the organization to this point, and although future challenges might not always afford breaking into the black in subsequent years, this accomplishment was no small feat.


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