(Editor’s note: Our Election Times Policies state that although generally we do not publish letters from candidates, there may be instances when we would.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.
As I take the helm from the previous editor, Rachel Shapiro, I want to thank everyone for the warm welcome. The community members have no shortage of pride and enthusiasm for Levittown and its surrounding neighbors, which makes me excited to share the commitment in being a collective voice. The abundant support is much appreciated; I encourage each person to help me continue to tell the stories that shape the Levittown community.
With the deadline for paying the second half 2010 General Tax approaching, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin reminds taxpayers of the convenient payment options offered by his office including extended hours, satellite offices, mobile tax office, drive through payment window and online payments. Payments for the second half 2010 General Taxes received or postmarked by the August 10 deadline will be penalty-free.
“Take advantage of our drive through payment window, where you can pay your taxes from the comfort of your car, or pay your tax bill electronically using e-check,” said Clavin. “Our mobile office brings town government to local neighborhoods, while satellite offices in Hicksville and Lawrence serve communities some distance from Town Hall.”
(This letter is in response to a letter printed in the July 16, 2010 issue of the Levittown Tribune, entitled “Discrepancies in Schumer Speech at MacArthur Graduation.”)
Washington critics often joke that, “the most dangerous place to stand in our nation’s capitol, is between Senator Charles Schumer and the nearest television camera.” Tune into the evening news, on a hot and sultry “slow news night,” and you’re bound to see Schumer expounding on any issue that will gain him media coverage. The man is obviously a media hound, yet, over the past decade has risen to become one of the most powerful and influential members of the United States Senate.
No urban myth seems more pervasive and troublesome than the myth of “white flight” to the suburbs in the post-WWII years. Unlike other urban myths - UFOs, ghost sightings, JFK conspiracy theories, Bigfoot, creationism, a Republican-orchestrated 9/11, and President Obama as a foreign-born national - the myth of “white flight” has been perpetuated by journalists, academicians, and civil rights activists who know it’s a myth.
Too, over the years, Levittown has become to “white flight” what Roswell, New Mexico is to UFO buffs. Consider the facts:
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