Dear Island Trees School Community,
The Island Trees community in Levittown has a long, proud and storied tradition of military service. Traveling through the neighborhoods, our country’s red, white and blue colors are proudly displayed. Our parks, streets and schools have many monuments and memorials to our servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. In 1972, 20-year-old Island Trees graduate, William “Billy” Henaghan, died in a helicopter crash in Vietnam. Billy who played football and wrestled for Island Trees High School is remembered by Island Trees teacher Bob Amato for his leadership qualities, athletic ability and devotion to his family, friends and country. Bob recalls, “Billy had the opportunity to be an outstanding collegiate wrestler, but instead devotedly chose to serve his country.” A year later, the Island Trees School District honored his sacrifice by dedicating the high school athletic field in his honor. The inscription on the plaque reads, “This field named in memory of William Henaghan who through desire, devotion and self discipline dedicated his mind, body and soul to touch the highest goals in athletics and as a human being.”
(This letter is in response to the “Hannon Opposes Mosques Near Ground Zero” letter from Senator Kemp Hannon that appeared in the Friday, Aug. 27 edition of the Levittown Tribune.)
Once again the platform of the right wing has infiltrated the platform of the National Republican Party. Senator Kemp Hannon’s recent letter opposing the building of a mosque in downtown Manhattan is an example of the Republican Party to run on emotional issues to garnish votes rather than developing party policies to improve our country during these difficult economic times.
It was bound to happen. The county marina in Wantagh Park lost its power three days ago. Park administration was notified but boat owners, who reside throughout the county, were not. To effect a repair the entire park electrical system was shut down leaving the boats literally in the dark each night. Two hundred boats valued at well over a million dollars were left unprotected by the police department and Department of Public Security, apparently because they weren’t notified about the problem by the parks department.
(This letter is in response to a letter to the editor, “Hannon Opposes Mosque Near Ground Zero” from Senator Kemp Hannon that was printed in the Friday, Aug. 27 edition of the Levittown Tribune.)
I am responding to the letter from Sen. Kemp Hannon in the August 27, 2010 edition in which he opposes the building of the mosque near Ground Zero. He states that the land surrounding Ground Zero should “remain sacred” to honor those who lost loved ones on Sept. 11. However, it is well known that this area already contains many businesses that might be described as less than sacred.
Welcome Back Parents! The Island Trees School District is not only delighted to have the children back to school starting Tuesday, September 7th, but wishes to welcome all of our parents to our annual “Meet the Teacher” nights. The schedules are as follows:
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m. at Stokes Elementary School
Wednesday, Sept.15, 7 p.m. at Sparke Elementary School
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m. at Island Trees Memorial Middle School
Thursday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. at Island Trees High School
I would like to inform your readers of some information passed along to me from Lawrence W. Mulvey, commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department.
The police department has noticed a correlation between large house parties and the likelihood of violence occurring at such gatherings. The level of violence in the incidents has varied from moderate to severe. However in most cases, the police were not informed of the gathering until it was too late.
(Editor’s note: Our Election Times Policies state that although generally we do not publish letters from candidates, there may be instances when we would. Because of the uniqueness of the subject, we will accept one letter from candidates on the subject of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero. The letter should only address the candidate’s view and not that of the opposing candidate.)
As the controversy of building a mosque near Ground Zero continues to fill national headlines, I would like to express my opposition regarding the placement of a mosque in such close proximity to this sacred ground of New York City.
Dear Island Trees School Community,
Earlier this summer, the Island Trees administrative offices, as well as our SCOPE pre-school, moved from the Geneva N. Gallow School to the Stephen E. Karopczyc School a few hundred feet away on the same campus. We are truly honored to work in the school building named for Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Stephen Karopczyc. Although the move was not an easy one, thanks to the outstanding work from our custodial and maintenance staff we are now settled in comfortably.
Please note we share our parking lot with the Island Trees Public Library, so the main entrances for the district and the pre-school program are located in the back of the building. The community should be aware that we will have a lot more traffic, as well as more parents walking their pre-school children in this area—please drive cautiously. Additionally, our Board of Education meetings are scheduled to take place here in the Karopczyc gymnasium and conference room. Our school calendars will be delivered shortly with a list of our Board of Education meeting dates or please find us on the web at: www.islandtrees.org for more information about our school district. Our mailing address will remain the same: 74 Farmedge Road, Levittown, New York 11756.
Remember school begins the day after Labor Day this year, Tuesday, September 7th.
Everyone in the Levittown Public Schools looks forward to welcoming back our students and to sharing a wonderful year filled with learning and growth.
In preparation for the 2010-11 school year, many of our teachers worked on curriculum projects over the summer. Curricula were developed for some new courses and others were revised to ensure that Levittown students continue to be exposed to high standards of education. As always, our buildings were thoroughly cleaned and maintained. The custodial staff has worked diligently to ensure that our students have safe, clean schools to return to in September.
Dear Parents, I cannot believe I have already flipped the calendar pages from June to July and from July to August, and now the next change will be to September and a new school year in Island Trees. Although at one point I never thought the endless summer heat wave would come to an end, here we are with the cooler weather beginning, and the opening of the school year upon us. On behalf of the Board of Education and the staff, I welcome you back to another wonderful year in Island Trees.
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