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The ELIJA School: Empowering Long Island’s Journey Through Autism

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

Levittown School Serves as a Model


For Educating Autistic Children

From Monday, April 5 through Friday April 9, volunteers from the community lent a helping hand to The ELIJA School in Levittown for Autism Awareness Week. They painted the inside and outside of the building, weeded the flowerbeds, planted flowers and removed clutter, all in the name of philanthropy and community building.

Debora Harris and Nicole Dibra founded The ELIJA School in 2006, a school dedicated to improving the quality of education for children with autism. The school, whose name stands for Empowering Long Island’s Journey Through Autism, held its week-long event to spruce up the building and grounds but also to connect with the community and reach out to residents.


Former Island Trees Teacher Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

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

Sentence May Be Lessened

After Cooperation With Officials

Less than a year after he was arrested and charged with child pornography trafficking, former Island Trees Memorial Middle School science teacher Richard Hartig, a Lindenhurst resident, has pled guilty to the charges.


Levittown Historical Society, Museum: Bringing History Into Today

Written by Polly Dwyer Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00

The Levittown Historical Society is celebrating its 22nd anniversary and the Levittown Historical Museum’s 13th anniversary this month. The historical society continues to give the Levittown schools’ second-graders museum tours, showing them what life was like in early Levittown.


Levittown SD Budget Calls for 3.81 Percent Tax Levy Increase

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

Board Makes Cuts, Adopts Budget

At March 25 Meeting

The Levittown Board of Education adopted the proposed 2010/11 budget at a recent meeting, calling for a 3.81 percent tax levy increase.

At the March 25 board meeting Levittown Schools Superintendent Dr. Herman Sirois and Board President Dan Bornstein discussed a proposed 5.4 percent tax levy increase that Sirois said, ”We all agreed would not result in a passed budget.”


Census Bureau Says Return Your Form, Avoid a House Call

Friday, 02 April 2010 00:00

The 2010 Census is under way and those working on it urge residents to return their forms as soon as possible. The bureau hopes to receive as many back in the mail as possible prior to April 12. For those who do not mail back the form, a Census enumerator will begin knocking on doors after to record the information personally.


‘Everything Irish’ Event Raises Money for Pediatric Trauma Kit

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 26 March 2010 00:00

Event Was Kick-Off for Trip to Ireland Fundraiser

On March 13, in the midst of a storm that left tens of thousands of people without electricity, Ann Torcivia and the Levittown Kiwanis forged ahead and held the “Everything Irish” kick-off event to the “Spirit of Ireland” trip fundraiser. In the Feb. 5 issue of the Levittown Tribune, an article entitled, “Levittown and Westbury Travel Agents Team Up to Fundraise in Memory of Loved Ones,” detailed Torcivia’s, owner of Friends Travel in Levittown, fundraiser as a way to remember her son, Joey, who passed away 10 years ago.


IT Superintendent: 3.9 Percent Tax Levy Increase With 2010/11 Budget

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 26 March 2010 00:00

If Employees Forgo Raises,

All 20 Positions on the Chopping Block Would Be Saved

Island Trees School District Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy recently presented a proposed 2010/11 budget to the Board of Education that calls for a tax levy increase of 3.9 percent.


Levittown Superintendent Presents Recommended Budget to School Board

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 19 March 2010 00:00

Dr. Sirois’ Recommended Budget Calls for 3.47 Tax Levy Increase

At a special meeting of the Levittown Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Herman Sirois presented to the board his recommended budget, which calls for a tax levy increase of 3.47 percent.


State of the County: ‘Deeply Troubled’

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 19 March 2010 00:00

Mangano Touts ‘Real Time Reform’ and Tax Stabilization

In his first State of the County address, County Executive Edward P. Mangano criticized the previous administration, listing numerous problems in Nassau’s government and saying that because of past planning, “Tonight, I am here to tell you: The state of our county is deeply troubled.”


Bullying Expert: Schools Must Initiate, Maintain Anti-Bullying Programs

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00


Bullying is not something parents and kids need to tolerate, Barry McNamara, Ed. D, told Island Trees SEPTA recently. McNamara is a professor of special education at Dowling College and author of several books on bullying and Attention Deficit Disorder. He provided information to parents and teachers at a program with Island Trees Special Education Parent Teacher Association entitled, “Bullying at Home and School: Intervention, Prevention and School Policy.”


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