When we first campaigned for two of the trustees who still sit prominently on the Island Trees Board of Education, we had such hope and faith in them. Together, we were going to win the Memorial School’s name back and replace the old boys’ club with honest, caring people. There was talk of a new superintendent, solar energy and running a clean administration with all-American values. When the votes were counted and we won two seats, we were so excited. We were in good hands.
And at first we were. The Island Trees Memorial Middle School was rededicated. Our two trustees put in thousands of hours—attending dozens of meetings, studying stacks of material and scrutinizing the budget. It was tedious work, often boring, and it took them away from their families and leisure time. They were hard workers.
Why is Farmedge Property being put on the referendum when you haven’t set up the committees yet to decide what the taxpayers want to do?
I was at the March 1, 2014 Levittown Property Association meeting when a person in the audience directed a question to Superintendent Murphy, asking the value of the Farmedge property. The Superintendent was asked at least four times and did not respond.
The person then asked if he could say how much it was valued at that he’d found out through the Freedom of Information Act. The Superintendent gave him the okay to say it. The young man said it was $5.5 million, not the $11 million that was told earlier to the public.
The MacArthur Track and Field team recently held a Night at the Races fundraiser at Levittown Hall. The event was a huge success with 230 people in attendance. The Mercury Club, the parent booster club for the Cross Country and Track and Field teams, put on the event.
We would like to thank Levittown Board of Education Members Mike Pappas and Peter Porazzo for stopping by and supporting us. Also, we would like to thank Bob Howard, district assistant Business Manager, for his support. Many, many thanks to all the parents of the Mercury Club who either cooked, baked or donated an item to the event. The parents of the current track and field team are very supportive.
King James I understood it in 1621 when he said he’d govern England not by the common will but by the commonweal. This point has eluded us today and not merely because we’ve confused the common will with the commonweal, but because the former, having been usurped by individualism, no longer seems sufficiently definable to sire a public consensus.
My father was a great linguist. He used to sit in his recliner and read the dictionary. He spoke English, German, and some French and Italian. He learned the latter 3 languages while serving overseas in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO) as part of America’s Greatest Generation. As a young 20 year-old, his very survival sometimes depended on his ability to communicate with the enemy. It also didn’t hurt when the young G.I. had liberty and may have had an opportunity to meet a young fraulein, signorina, or mademoiselle.
Each time I graduated from grammar school, high school, and college, I received the same gift from my father. It was always the current massive, heavy edition of Merriam Webster’s Dictionary. My children’s generation is fortunate in that they are not burdened with having to lug this anvil-sized anchor around school. They are equipped with iPhones.
This letter is in response to a recent advertisement in the April 9th issue of The Levittown Tribune. In that issue, there was an advertisement for three individuals running for the Island Trees Board of Education in which certain statements were made about the current Board of Education and we would like to clarify them.
The Board of Education is elected by the community to oversee and make decisions on district spending. The Board of Education’s area of responsibility is to the Island Trees Schools, the children they educate and the residents of the district.
Gallow has not been used for Island Trees students for approximately 20 years. We actively looked and continue to look for tenants since BOCES—much to the Board’s disappointment—decided to vacate the Gallow building in 2013.
I went to the Levittown Property Association on April 8, 2014, for the “Meet the Candidates” forum. It was in the Levittown Tribune that the 6 candidates running for Island Trees School Board would be there. The 3 Board members—the President of the Board and 2 other board members did not show. However, the 3 new candidates were present.
I’ve attended the Feb. 10 community forum at the Island Trees High School, where 500 people were in attendance. I’ve been to the Island Trees Library Board meeting, the Island Trees budget meeting, another Library Board meeting and a Levittown Property Association meeting. I have not yet heard the Island Trees Board of Education’s answers on any of the questions asked by the public, from the Feb. 10 community forum to the Levittown Property Association meeting on April 8.
Nassau County’s animal protection agency just launched a new website feature that offers another way to report animal cruelty, and at the same time announced cash rewards of up to $5,000 for folks who turn in abusers. Officials were joined at a press conference by Miss Harper, a rescued pup whose ears and a leg had been cut off.
There is a crisis brewing in this country and it is one that does not get enough attention. That crisis is the growing number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and the fact that there is no way to prevent, stop or even slow its progression. Over 5 million people are currently living with this disease, with over 300,000 living in New York State. If left unchecked, there may be as many as 14 million people living with this disease by mid-century.
There are also 15.5 million friends and relatives who work tirelessly as caregivers for their loved ones who slowly forget who they are, how to take care of themselves and how to do basic things like go to the bathroom and swallow. In addition to the human toll,
Alzheimer’s is the most expensive condition in the nation, costing $214 billion a year. This number will rise to the trillions by 2050. If we could eliminate Alzheimer‘s tomorrow, we could save half a million lives every year, not to mention the cost savings that would result.
The Island Trees School Board adopted a resolution on February 12, 2014, to reduce property taxes for military veterans and Gold Star parents - those who have lost a child serving in the armed forces. The new law signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo in December provides eligible veterans with a partial tax exemption by lowering their property’s assessed value. Dennis Dunne, Nassau County legislator, thanked the Board on behalf of all Nassau County veterans. For questions about the new law or eligibility requirements, please call the Nassau County Department of Assessment, (516) 571-1500.
Island Trees Board of Education
Kenneth Rochon, President
Kristen Daum, Vice President
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