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Acting Parenting Group - January 16

MLK Memorial Service - January 19

Island Trees Board of Ed Meeting - January 22

 

Wednesday, January 15

Levittown Board of Education

The next meeting of the Levittown School District Board of Education will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Levittown Memorial Education Center. 

 

Levittown Chamber of Commerce Induction Ceremony

On Jan. 15, the Levittown Chamber of Commerce will host its annual installation of officers dinner at Domenico’s restaurant, located at 3270 Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown. The induction ceremony begins at 7 p.m., with a general meeting to follow. 

 

Thursday, January 16

Active Parenting Group

Starting on Jan. 16, YES Community Counseling Center will be conducting a six-week Active Parenting program for parents with elementary school age children at their offices, located at 152 Center Lane in Levittown, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

If you were faced with the responsibility for designing and building a home, would you consult a builder?  Before piloting a plane, would you want to take flying lessons?  Would you seek medical training before attempting heart surgery?

If the answers seem obvious to you, consider this:  Should your skills as a parent be learned only through “trial and error?”

All the love we have for our children does not automatically make us effective parents.  Parenting, like any other skill, is something we learn, and learning “on the job” can be frustrating.  As parents we become confused when, after constant repetition of the same theme, children still do not respond. “Active Parenting” is perhaps the most effective program ever offered in the “how to” of raising children.

The cost of the program is $60.  If you are interested in attending please contact Angela Piccininni at YES Community Counseling Center, 516-799-3203. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.  

 

Friday, January 17

Levittown American Legion Meeting

Local veterans with the American Legion Post #1711 in Levittown will be meeting at 3123 N. Jerusalem Rd., on Jan. 17, at 8 p.m.

 

Saturday, January 18

Irish Family History Forum

On Saturday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m., the Irish Family History Forum will hold a special presentation from Joseph Coen, archivist of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, at the Bethpage Public Library, located at 47 Powell Ave. He will be discussing his research on the records of the old St. Malachy’s Home, a residence for orphaned and destitute children, which opened in Brooklyn in the 1870s and later moved to the Rockaways.

Preceding this lecture, starting at 10 a.m., genealogist Kathleen McGee will moderate a help session for those researching their Irish roots.

 

Chamber of Commerce

The Levittown Chamber of Commerce will hold its next general meeting on Jan. 18, at Domenico’s Restaurant, located at 3270A Hempstead Turnpike, from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, January 19

MLK Memorial Service 

On Jan. 19, the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown will be holding a special memorial service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., from 4-6 p.m.474 Wantagh Avenue, Levittown, NY. 

In honor of Race Relations Sunday in the Presbyterian Church USA, The First Presbyterian Church of Levittown would like invite the community to attend a Martin Luther King Memorial Service honoring the legacy of preacher and civil rights activist, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This ecumenical and interfaith service will feature local gospel choirs and clergy speakers from the area. Please contact the church for more information (516) 731-3808.  A freewill offering will be accepted.  

 

Wednesday, January 22

Island Trees Board of Education

The next public meeting of the Island Trees School District Board of Education will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stephen E. Karopczyc School, at 74 Farmedge Road in Levittown. 

 

Levittown Board of Education Planning Session

The next planning session of the Levittown School District Board of Education will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Levittown Memorial Education Center. 

 

Friday, January 24

Island Trees Public Library Board of Trustees

The next meeting of the Island Trees Public Library Board of Trustees will be held on Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. inside the community room.

 

Saturday, January 25

Rosie O’Donnell at Governor’s 

Actress/Comedian Rosie O’Donnell will take the stage at Governor’s in Levittown for five special performances on Jan. 25, Jan. 30, and Feb. 1.

Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $40 - $70 online. Admission is 18 and up and there is a two drink minimum at the tables. 

 

Monday, January 27

Levittown Community Council Meeting

Join members of the Levittown Community Council for a discussion with guest-speaker Ken Heino of the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs about consumer complaints, identity theft, social host laws and food expiration dates. The local civic organization meeting will be held at the Levittown Library on Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. 


News

A clown named Renaldo performed magic tricks for an enthusiastic audience as part of the National Circus Project, which visited Levittown Public Library on Wednesday, July 16.

 

All 150 tickets available for the performance were sold out in this interactive magic show for children. Throughout the entire circus act, children laughed and raised their hands as high as they could to be chosen as one of Renaldo’s helpers.

 

Raising her hand to participate was three-year-old Kirsten Cantwell from Seaford. “She was upset that she didn’t get picked,” said her mother Melissa Cantwell.

 

Kirsten Cantwell goes to any activity offered at the library, and is starting to enjoy watching magic shows. According to her mother, she really enjoyed the performance.

 

In the circus show, National Circus Project performer, Al Calienes, acted as Renaldo the clown.

 

“The show has different components of acts in the circus,” explained Calienes. “We teach children circus moves.”

 

With the National Circus Project, children get to see magic tricks performed live. “We infuse enthusiasm by showing them, and they in turn will be able to repeat the process,” said Calienes.

Renaldo performed plate spinning, where he spun a plate on a stick and passed it along to the stick of one of his helpers from the audience, who then passed the plate down a line of three more helpers. This interactive way of teaching the children magic tricks really allows them to absorb what they are learning.

 

The National Circus Project travels and performs for elementary schools, as well as middle and high schools. When the National Circus Project is not going to schools, they perform at library shows, summer camps, and other types of events.

 

The performance entertains the adults as well as the children. “We involve everybody,” said Calienes. “Everybody’s engaged on some level or another. “

 

At every library performance, Calienes donates the children’s book he wrote and illustrated Renaldo Joins the Circus to the library. He feels that he owes a lot to the library system. “Anything that ever meant anything to me I learned in the library,” said Calienes.

 

Calienes learned how to draw from the library, which is how he became a commercial artist. One of the main characters he would always draw would be Renaldo the clown. “I wanted to make him real so I joined the circus,” he said.

 

Calienes has been performing with the National Circus Project for seven years and has been in the circus business going on 26 years.

 

The National Circus Project brings magic to children at any school, camp or library all over Long Island as well as across the country.

 

Last June, Nassau County passed legislation that allows for the deployment of a speed enforcement camera system in school zones for each of the 56 public school districts in the county. 

 

The new systems will be implemented throughout the county on July 25, and will be operational on scheduled school days throughout the year. 


Sports

Levittown’s Division Avenue High School varsity baseball team, under the direction of coach Tom Tuttle, won the Class A County Championship, garnering a third-place ranking in New York State. This is the team’s 13th county championship win and the second county championship for the school in the past four years.

 

In addition, senior Chris Reilly was named Championship MVP for throwing a complete game shutout in game two and going three for four with two RBIs. 

Taylor Traenkle, a junior at Division Avenue High School recently received the MVP award for the Nassau County Varsity Hockey League Association.

 

Traenkle, who plays no. 9 for the Levittown Ice Falcons, led the way averaging 2.8 points a game with a total of 25 goals and 23 assists in just 17 games. 


Calendar

Lazy Days Of Summer - July 26

Flea Market - July 27

Darlene Prince and the Bragg Hollow Band - July 28


Columns

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