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Sunday, April 21

Detective Sgt. John Mateer, NCPD Fundraiser

Friends and family will gather to raise funds for Detective Sgt. John Mateer of Nassau County Police Department on April 21 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Avenue in Wantagh. Mateer was a dedicated member of the Nassau County Police department since 1985. He lost his wife Carol to cancer in 2003 and was raising his four children by himself when he also became terminally ill. After a brave five-year battle, Mateer passed away on Dec. 29, 2012. If you wish to donate and cannot attend, please mail your donation to: Mateer College Fund – Acct 212980, N.C.P.D. Federal Credit Union, 777 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY 11803. Tickets to the event are $60 and include live music featuring Secret Circus and Half Step, a dinner buffet, open bar, raffles and giveaways. 

Nunsense II: The Second Coming

St. Bernard’s Parish, 3100 Hempstead Tpke in Levittown presents Nunsense II: The Second Coming on April 21, at 2 p.m. in the church’s auditorium. Fun for all. Tickets $10 adult, $5 children. Purchase at rectory.

Monday, April 22

General Meeting 

Levittown Community Council’s general meeting will be held on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the large boardroom of the Levittown Memorial Education Center. The Levittown School District budget for 2013-14 will be discussed by a school district representative. All district residents are welcome to attend. Call Pat Patane at 516-579-2831 for more information. 

Tuesday, April 23

Preservation Society Meeting

The Wantagh Preservation Society will be having their meeting on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wantagh High School, north cafeteria, 3301 Beltagh Ave. Featuring presentation on the Wantagh Schools Financing of Education by Christopher Wendt. All are welcome, free admission. Refreshments will be served. 516-826-8767.

Wednesday, April 24

Drinking Water Meeting

The League of Women Voters is hosting an information session, “What About Our Drinking Water?” at the Levittown Public Library on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. Topics include potable water for generations, existing problems and solutions, and more. Join Sarah J. Meyland, an associate professor in the department of environmental technology at New York Institute of Technology. 

Fire Department Fundraiser

The Levittown Fire Department Rescue 4 will be having a fund raising event at the T.G.I. Friday’s at 3535 Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown on April 24 from 4 to 11 p.m. Spend $20, T.G.I. Friday’s will donate $5 to the fire department. Patrons must present a flyer for the event. 

Thursday, April 25

Spring Job Fair

Farmingdale State College will hold its Spring Job Fair on April 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on campus at Roosevelt Hall’s multipurpose room at 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale. Visit www.farmingdale.edu for updates and information.

Sunday, April 28

Musical Tribute To Danny Kaye

Join Congregation Beth Tikvah, 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh, on Sunday, April 28, at 5 p.m. for a musical review honoring the life and work of the multi-talented Danny Kaye. Bob Spiotto will present song, dance, and an uncanny impersonation. Hors d’oeuves. Dinner, and show for $36 per person. Everyone is welcome. Call 516-785-2445 for reservations.

Tuesday, April 30

Blood Drive

Wisdom Lane and IDC Service Club Blood Drive on April 30 from 3 to 9 p.m. at 120 Center Lane, in Levittown. Donating blood takes less than an hour and you get free cookies and juice. Eligibility criteria: bring ID with signature or photo; minimum weight 110 lbs.; age 16 – 75 (16 year olds must have parental permission. Age 76 and over need doctor’s note); eat well (low fat) and drink fluids; no tattoos for past 12 months. To make an appointment call Tatiana Laimit at 917-261-8832. Donors will be eligible to win a Target giftcard. 

Thursday, May 2

Casino Night

Treat yourself to a good bet while raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention. Join the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for an exciting evening of fine food and drink, delectable desserts, and fantastic casino fun on May 2 at The Carltun located in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., a fabulous night of casino fun with great prizes. Tickets are $125. Checks may be made payable to AFSP, 25 Pepperidge Road, East Rockaway, NY 11518. Credit cards are also accepted. On-line ticket sales are available at www.afspli.org. Proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Tuesday, May 7

Keeping Kids Safe

News stories continually alert us to a child whose trust has been betrayed by a predator. Thankfully, there are things that parents can do to prevent it. Join Anthony Zenkus, LMSW, director of education and mental health services, on Tuesday, May 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Island Trees Public Library, to learn to recognize warning signs in adults who may wish to harm children, and some simple steps to help you minimize the opportunity that your child could ever be harmed.

Thursday, May 9

Free Voice Lessons

Ladies, do you love to sing? Twin County Chorus has a place for you. Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to join the Twin County Chorus of Sweet Adelines International in the joys of a cappella harmony. For four weeks starting May 9, at 7 p.m., the chorus will offer free voice lessons at an open house at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, at 3434 Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown. Call Bobbi at 516-983-2128 or Susan at 516-729-8323 for more information. Or visit www.twincounty.org.

Saturday, May 11

POW-MIA service 

Non-sectarian memorial service held for the remembrance of all brethren who are still listed as POW-MIA. Service on May 11 at 2 p.m. at St. Francis DeChantal, 1309 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh. 

Scholar In Residence

Join Congregation Beth Tikvah, 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh for the annual Scholar in Residence program on Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 at 9:15 a.m. The guest speaker will be Rabbi Jonathan Porath who will be addressing several topics including “Visits to Jews in Russia.” Everyone is welcome. Optional meals available for purchase. Call 516-785-2445 for information.

 

News

Five year projection shows tough road ahead

The Levittown Board of Education unanimously adopted a $198.7 million spending plan for the 2014-2015 school year, which comes with a proposed tax levy increase of 1.62 percent. This represents a $2.1 million increase from last year, for a proposed levy of $133.2 million.   

 

The Levittown school district will receive $49,163,299 in state aid for the 2014-2015 school year, which increased by $690,049 from last year’s budget. The other revenues also show an increase of $684,250 from last year. 

 

In the past seven years, the district received its largest percentage of state aid in 2008-2009 with 30 percent. According to Assistant Superintendent Bill Pastore, state aid has decreased since then, leveling off for the past few years and coming in at slightly below 25 percent for 2014-15.

Seven in contest for three seats on school board

On April 8, members of the Levittown Property Owners Association invited all seven candidates in the running for Island Trees School District Board of Education to a “Meet the Candidates” forum. Of the seven only four attended, and only three spoke on the dais. 

 

According to Levittown Property Owners President Diane Kirk, members of the Island Trees School District were invited to attend the forum, but declined stating that they were going to attend their own forum on May 12.

 

Challenger Brian Fielding, a 1995 Island Trees High School graduate, opened the forum with the promise of more transparency.  


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero. 

 

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more.  The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season. 

Friday Pins, Pizza & Pepsi

Trevor Williams 166,101

 

Keith Kyte 137,119,115

 

Anthony Baio 111,73

 

Alyssa Williams 141,133,120

 

Lauren Walpole 114,105,96

 

Kaitlyn Insinna 106,68,67

 

Robert Brooler 107,97

 

Frank Pietraniello 94

 

Friday Bumper Stars

Matthew Banfich 140,95

 

Nicky Barrera 115,99

 

Jake Mauro 107

 

Anthony Barrera 97,79

 

Michael Pietraniello 97,87

 

Ty Peranzo 95

 

Steven Tiemer 92

 

Nick Bevinetto 90,82

 

Ava Banfich 103,101

 

Julianna Mauro 103,87

 

Gianna Centonze 102,91

 

Victoria Gray 91,87

 

Mike Rosen 87,86

 

Steven Brauer 85,83

 

Stephan Mandola 83

 

Joey Mohaudt 81

 

Pantelis Siriodis 80

 

Kelsey Casperson 85,73

 

Stephanie Tiemer 71,67

 

Kathleen Hoffman 68,65

 

Friday Rising Stars

Jason Tiemer 191,169,138

 

Max Benson 179

 

Andrew Scarpaci 168,162,148

 

Avery Benson 151,149,135

 

Matthew Brezinski 143,110

 

Ted Fiber 128,115,114

 

Paul Klein 126,107

 

Nicholas Pisano 123,115

 

Billy Walsh 108

 

Saturday

Levittown Island trees

 

Michael Beck 117,89

 

Zach Pilser 114,110

 

Sophia Bloom 93,90

 

Olivia Bloom 81,79

 

Christian Tucci 88,85

 

Louis Bonaventura 84,79

 

Ava Tucci 74,65

 

— Submitted by the South Levittown Lanes


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