(Editor’s note: This letter was originally sent to the Levittown School Board and is being printed at the author’s request.)
We were very dismayed to learn that the transportation proposition passed.
By the passage of the transportation proposition you lowered the tax on each homeowner by pennies while devaluing homes by hundreds of dollars, made the situation unsafe for the children, added to congestion around the schools and lowered the reputation of the Levittown Public School system.
The Town of Hempstead is pleased to announce its 12th Annual Calendar Photograph Contest. Each year the town produces a calendar, which is delivered to every resident.
What makes our calendar unique is that it includes photographs that are all taken by town residents. Friends and neighbors are asked to submit their own original photographs that depict a seasonal Town of Hempstead event, park, neighborhood or other inspiring subject matter. The pictures must be taken within our township.
Originally designated as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our great nation. There are varying stories in American lore of exactly how the holiday began. Over two dozen cities and towns around America claim to be the original birthplace of Memorial Day. There is even some evidence that the ritual of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers began with women’s groups of the Confederate south during the Civil War. New Yorkers will be proud to learn that the debate was settled in May of 1966 when then-President Lyndon Johnson declared the birthplace of Memorial Day as Waterloo, NY. Most historians agree that the holiday began in many separate places largely during the American Civil War when communities planned and organized dates to honor the fallen soldiers by decorating their graves.
I am proud to inform the residents of Levittown that through close coordination and cooperation with the Levittown Fire Department my office has been able to secure nearly $50,000 in grant funding to provide firefighters with four new thermal imaging cameras. The cameras allow our firefighters to detect different levels and sources of heat within a burning building, helping them to identify hotspots as well as victims who may be in need of assistance. These life-saving pieces of equipment will better prepare our brave volunteers to do their jobs more effectively and safely.
Christine Holt and Kim McDonough are running for the Island Trees school board and I hope that our community elects them. They are two women who have dedicated their lives to serving the best interests of our students. They have volunteered countless hours in the PTA and other committees and activities in the district. They do this without any personal agendas. They do it for the right reasons: Our students, schools and community.
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