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Letter: Peter King Should Not Lead Us To War

Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00



Congressman Peter King is misguided in opposing the easing  of sanctions on Iran.   It is far better to negotiate than to rush into war.   We must remember that in war there are no winners!


Eleanor Krebs




New York State STAR Tax Exemption Program

Written by Island Trees Superintendent Of Schools Dr. Charles Murphy Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

Dear Island Trees School Community,


This year New York State has required all homeowners to re-register for the STAR tax reduction program.  This is an approximate $700 rebate for the average New York State home.  Recently, New York State has announced that about 800,000 homeowners have failed to re-register for this program.   We hope that all Island Trees homeowners take notice and make sure they have re-registered for the STAR program.  The deadline is December 31, 2013. Please find the following link for registration information.  


Encouraging Parents Read To Kids

Written by Island Trees Superintendent Of Schools Dr. Charles Murphy Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

In this era of high stakes testing, reading is still the key to success. Simply put, the more children read, the more successful they will be with the new Common Core assessments.  Naturally, the foundation for reading success starts at home.

Generally, children learn by imitating their parents – they watch our every move as they learn to make their way through this very complex world.


Board Members Support Less Testing For Eighth-Graders

Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

School board members in New York overwhelmingly support eliminating double-testing of eighth-graders in math, according to a new poll by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).


Eighty-four percent of board members believe the state should seek a waiver from the federal government to allow eighth-grade students who take the Regents Algebra 1 exam to skip the regular eighth-grade math test. Twelve percent of respondents believe the state should not seek a waiver, while 4 percent were not sure.


The Levittown Museum

Written by Island Trees Superintendent Of Schools DR. Charles Murphy Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

This week I was invited for a personal tour of the Levittown Historical Museum. At the time, I thought I was receiving the red carpet treatment because of my position with Island Trees. Surprisingly enough, I soon discovered that all patrons are shepherded through the museum with this personalized service. A wonderful group of volunteers. One nicer than the next. 


Letter: Thanks To Constituents

Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the residents of the Town of Hempstead for their overwhelming support on election day. As my history as a local businessman and community activist has served as my foundation, I have continually done my best to build upon that foundation through community service. Government must be “customer friendly,” government representatives must serve with dedication to those we are elected to represent.


Share Your Holiday Spirit

Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00


Have you decked your halls? Have the children shared their wish lists? The Levittown Tribune wants to help the community celebrate the season. Send us photos of your decorations, your tree, or your children’s holiday-themed artwork. Share reminiscences of past holidays or your hopes for the coming year. Send by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or the old-fashioned way to 132 E. Second St., Mineola, NY 11501. 


Eighty Percent Of Success

Written by Island Trees Superintendent Of Schools DR. Charles Murphy Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

“Eighty percent of success is showing up” is a quote attributed to Woody Allen. Although Mr. Allen may have been facetious with his delivery, in truth, being present is very meaningful.  


Too often in recent times, individuals who miss work, classes, practices or tryouts have a very difficult time understanding why they didn’t receive the promotion, the good grade or the coveted spot on the team. Naturally from time to time, people don’t feel well.  


Maragos Thanks Supporters

Written by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

I want to thank everyone who voted on November 5 and participated in the most important part of the democratic process. The results clearly show that Nassau County residents want lower taxes, less expensive government and high quality services. These are not incompatible objectives. These objectives can be accomplished by continuing to make government more efficient by finding and eliminating waste, fraud, and unnecessary expenses while growing our economy to provide jobs, opportunities and additional sales tax revenues. 


Letter: Veterans Should Speak To Their Doctors About Risk For Lung Cancer

Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

As we salute the men and women who served our nation on Veterans Day, the American Lung Association wants veterans and their loved ones to know that those who served have a higher incidence of lung cancer than the general population. November is also Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and the message that veterans have an increased risk for acquiring this dreaded disease is an important one that’s too often overlooked in the stories we typically read about both veterans and about lung cancer.


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