I do not know many of you, but I have been blessed to meet a few through the shared intrests of our children and ourselves. I am about to celebrate only a year in our first home here and I am thrilled with how welcoming this community has been. It is living up to everything I expected and was told by family members who grew up or still live here.
This truly is a family community, with children everywhere it has been a wonderful experience for my kids. I grew up in Long Island, so I knew what to expect. My kids spent their early lives in Queens, and as some of you personally know—there’s plenty of reasons why we left.
I found Maryann Sinclair Slutsky’s article on Michael Dowling (“An Immigrant Who Hasn’t Forgotten”) very interesting.
My parents also immigrated from Ireland, with an 18-month-old daughter, after waiting two years for permission to come. My mother was nine months pregnant with me at that time, but decided to come anyway.
This was in 1929, and they were here two weeks when I was born. So, you talk about struggle, no job, and then came the start of the Depression.
Levittown’s history can be periodized into five approximate eras; a Jerusalem Period (1664-1837) in which Quaker and Puritan settlers and their descendants established an agricultural community south of Hempstead Turnpike and thence into present-day Wantagh; an Island Trees Period (1837-1900) in which the arrival of the LIRR on the Hempstead Plains facilitated the establishment of farmsteads from Hicksville southwards to the Turnpike; a Period of Modernization (1900-1936) whereupon automotive technology and aviation and electricity made their appearance; and a Suburban Period (1936-1980) in which explosive population growth, commercial expansion, and residential development remade the face of the land.
When first hearing that Coach Bons was removed from the football program it would be an understatement to say I was shocked. The administration was obviously looking at simply wins and losses and not the changes that were made from when he originially took over. I should know. When I was a freshman on the JV team in high school, it was also Coach Bons’ first season as the head of the varsity team. He taught all of his players how to play together as a group and cooperate with constructive criticism thrown into our play. I can honestly say that my high s hool years of football were some of the most influential years on my life. I may have not known it at the time, but I sure do know and understand it now. Coach Bons made a lasting impression on us players and I still can say
I’m great friends with 15-plus of my former teammates. His teachings not only prepared us for games but for life as well. Pushing ourselves to the limits and then pushing more—proving that we can accomplish what we need in life if we put our mind to it. When we lost it only would show that life doesn’t always go as planned: but you overcome and adapt and move on to the next game and move on to the next step in life.
Confidence and trust in government appears to continue to erode because of political infighting, and the perception of waste, fraud, and limited transparency. This is why my office has taken small yet significant steps to attempt to restore some trust through transparency.
Recently the Comptroller's Facebook page made available all 2013 Nassau County contracts with vendors as well as all the bills paid by the county. In keeping with my office’s prudent standards of controlling costs and promoting innovation, we used the latest social media tools to make this information available to the greatest number of residents. Not a single taxpayer dollar has been spent for this important public service.
As an Island Trees resident, I am very concerned about the Island Trees School District’s recent proposal to sell the Farmedge property. This is particularly disconcerting because the Island Trees Public Library currently resides in a small portion of the Karopczyc building. Without the Karopczyc building, the library will return to the Island Trees Middle School, where it was housed from 1989-1997.
I was also informed that the new space would be “comparable” to the library’s current location. However, others I’ve spoken to said this would not be the case, especially since the space being offered is the same space allocated to the library in the past, which had been much smaller than what the library currently has. Regardless, I find this suggestion problematic for several reasons.
I have serious doubts about some aspects of the Common Core curriculum; I have serious doubts about some aspects of the Common Core curriculum; I have serious doubts about some aspects of the Common Core curriculum. I reiterate this thrice because, in more than one public venue, this has morphed into “Paul Manton is 100% in favor of the Common Core curriculum and thinks that anyone who does not share his enthusiasm is an idiot” - thence to diatribes about Obamacare, the war in Iraq, Bill Gates, global warming, and respiratory illnesses in children. I don’t understand the confusion. Is I because I don’t suffer from America’s self-imposed Attention Deficit Disorder and can comprehend the English language above the Third Grade reading level? But permit me to make things perfectly clear. As clear as an azure sky on a summer’s day. Let me remove all doubt as Dickens removed all doubt anent the death of Jacob Marley. There are some things I dislike about the Common Core curriculum and some things about it I like.
By in large, most parents want their children to attend a four year college. However, more often than not, affordability becomes a concern. In fact, for many families, it is a decision they agonize over. Clearly, parents want what is best for their children, but they also do not want to saddle their children with tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of debt after graduation. Incredibly, many top colleges also come with an impressive tuition—something most working families are not impressed with. Again, this expense is a major concern for families across the country, and for this reason, parents will often guide their children toward state universities. Interestingly enough, this week I saw a link online for Kiplinger’s “Best Value in Public Colleges.”
Here, they list the top 100 best value colleges in the country. New York State has nine colleges on the list, including an outstanding university right here on Long Island: SUNY Stony Brook University which ranked No. 29 on their list. If you plan on sending your child to college, you may want to access the link. Remember Island Trees also has more college information on their College Planning website www.islandtrees.org/iths/college/college.htm. For additional information, please call the high school guidance office.
Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State address presented an ambitious agenda for the upcoming legislative session, and many of the proposals present positive steps for Long Island. New York’s property taxes continue to rank among the highest in the nation, and I agree with the governor that addressing this issue is absolutely critical. I also look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that our education system is righted after the disastrous implementation of the Common Core Curriculum. Our children and grandchildren are our future, and a quality education is a must if they are to be the leaders of tomorrow.
While I wait for the additional details that will come in the governor’s budget proposal, I remain confident that there will be many positive ideas we can use to build a stronger more prosperous New York.
— Assemblyman Dave McDonough (R,C,I-Merrick)
The year 2013 proved to be an exceptionally active year for the Levittown Historical Society, with our participation in such regular annual community events as the Levittown Memorial Day Parade, the Levittown Fire Department Open House, the LEAD Walk, Lazy Days of Summer, Winter Festival, and the Levittown Community Recognition Night where we honored volunteer Geri Raab for her tireless endeavors in sundry capacities over the years; not the least of which has been as a teacher in the many elementary school field trips to the Historical Society’s open-to-the-public museum of at the Levittown Memorial Educational Center.
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