Temperatures were cool but spirits were warm as residents participated in the 27th annual Levittown Education Against Destructive Decisions Walk and Community Fair. Each year, this much-anticipated event precedes a week of school assemblies and activities in the Levittown School District that highlight ways for students to live healthy lives and learn to make decisions that will have positive outcomes.
“Go mommies, practice chasing those babies,” cheers a UPS delivery driver walking by a group of mothers with their babies in the corridor of Broadway Mall on any Friday morning. The moms and their babies are members of the local Stroller Strides fitness group that meets at Broadway Mall in Hicksville.
While completing an hour-long circuit training routine, that makes use of the length of the mall, many passersby cheer the moms, give thumbs up or even stop to talk with the babies who are nestled in their strollers.
Continuing the Levittown School District’s tradition of honor and excellence, 31 students were inducted into the Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center’s Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society during a candle lighting ceremony. Of these students, 18 are currently enrolled in the district.
This prestigious society honors the best and brightest students enrolled in career and technical education. Selection is based upon careful consideration of a student’s scholarship, leadership, service, and character. To be inducted into the society, a student must maintain an 88 percent grade point average, display discipline in and outside of the classroom, procure an attendance record with 12 or less absences, and receive a teacher recommendation. Since the chapter’s adoption in 1996-97, the career and technical center has inducted 482 students into the society, including this year’s inductees.
On Wednesday, April 3, members of the Island Trees community came out to have a town hall style discussion with the school board, principals of the schools and Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy to openly talk about issues that are plaguing the district, as well as answer any questions attendees may have about anything in the school district.
Our veterans courageously served in the United States Armed Forces to defend this country, and now the Town of Hempstead is seeking to return the favor for men and women in uniform. The town’s Veterans Services Counselor, Rick Gales, will be visiting local senior centers in the coming weeks to educate veterans on important information, services and benefits available to them. Gales also helps residents to complete and file applications for veterans benefits. His services can benefit surviving spouses and children of veterans as well.
At its annual installation event, the Levittown Chamber of Commerce honored local service groups for the commitment and dedication they provide to Levittown. The honorees included American Legion Post 1711, Kiwanis Club of Levittown, Knights of Columbus, Levittown Community Council, Lions Club of Levittown and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
This year marks the six year anniversary of the death of Daniel Fuentes, killed in Iraq on April 4, 2007. The “Spc. Daniel Fuentes Memorial Bowling Fundraiser” will be held on April 6 at 6 p.m. at South Levittown Lanes, 56 Tanner Lane, Levittown. Admission is $20, kids under 7 are free. Lane sponsorship available for $50, or $100 per pair. Raffles, door prizes, three hours of bowling, pizza, soda included.
Tickets can be purchased from Coach Garcia or Susan Lyons at Island Trees High School; Coach Tuorto at Memorial Middle School, or at South Levittown Lanes.
If you are unable to attend, you can still support the event by addressing your donations to: Daniel Fuentes Memorial Scholarship Fund, Attn: Susan Lyons/Coach Garcia, 59 Straight Lane, Levittown, NY 11756.
For more information call Nancy Fuentes at 516-491-9156.
During the 17th annual Recognition Night for Community Service, a banquet hosted by the Levittown Public School District at the Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center, community volunteers were honored for their tireless efforts and hours of service.
In his opening remarks, Levittown Superintendent of Schools Dr. James J. Grossane thanked those in attendance for their support of the school district’s educational programs. He also noted that despite its population of approximately 50,000 residents, Levittown remains a tightly knit community. “Everyone sitting here knows that by working together, it makes us a close community.”
A resident of East Meadow, Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest hunger relief agency has been named by Governor Andrew Cuomo as one of the newest members of the Farmingdale State College Council. Under her leadership, Island Harvest has consistently been rated a 4-Star charity by the nation’s largest charity watchdog, Charity Navigator, an honor held by only seven percent of those they monitor nationally.
So what’s the next Island Trees school budget going to look like? Well, that depends on our elected officials in Albany.
At this month’s Board of Education meeting at Karopczyc, superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy provided an update, saying a final number to present to the public is not quite ready. This is due to state legislators’ deliberations taking longer than expected.
State handgun laws, such as those involving magazine capacity, have taken precedent. The school board will hold a budget work session on April 2, where they hope to finalize the 2013-14 budget.
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