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Souper Bowl Of Caring - February 1

PTA Council - February 3

Levittown Board of Ed - February 5

 

Wednesday, January 29

Levittown PTA Council

On Jan. 29, the Levittown PTA Council will host an evening with New York State Deputy Commissioner of Education Ken Slentz. The event is being held at 7 p.m. inside the auditorium at Wisdom Lane Middle School, located at 120 Center Lane, where Slentz will discuss the Common Core Learning Standards and other issues in Education. 

There will also be a question and answer session following the presentation, however, only questions submitted in advance will be considered. To submit a question e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it along with name, address and phone number.

 

Thursday, January 30

Business Honor Society 

On Jan. 30, MacArthur High School will hold its Business Honor Society induction ceremony at 7:30 p.m.  

 

Saturday, February 1

Souper Bowl of Caring 

Charitable KIDZ with St. Bernard’s Catholic Church will collect canned food donations after all masses, from Feb. 1 through Feb. 3, as part of the Souper Bowl of Caring fundraiser event, held across the nation on the weekend of the NFL Super Bowl. 

 

Monday, February 3

PTA Council

The next public of the Island Trees PTA Council will be held on Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Karopczyc School, located at 74 Farmedge Road.

 

Wednesday, February 5

Levittown Board of Education Meeting

The next public meeting of the Levittown Board of Education will convene at 7:30 p.m., on Feb. 5, at the Levittown Memorial Education Center, located at 150 Abbey Lane. 

 

Friday, February 7

Girl Scout Brownie Night

Girl Scouts in the Island Trees School District will be holding Brownie Night on Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. at Stokes Elementary, located at 101 Owl Place in Levittown. For more information on the event call 516-520-2103. 

 

Scout Shabbat

Temple B’nai Torah, located at 2900 Jerusalem Avenue and Oakfield Avenue in Wantagh, will be holding its annual Boy and Girl Scout Family Shabbat on Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Scouts are invited to attend in uniform with friends and family.  During the event, members of the clergy will give a special blessing to the scouts.

 

Saturday, February 8

Rosie O’Donnell at Governor’s

Actress/Author/Comedian Rosie O’Donnell will be performing two shows a night, on Feb. 8 and 9, at Governor’s Comedy Club, located at 90 Division Ave. in Levittown. Tickets range from $40 - $70, and admission is 18 and up. Visit tickets.govs.com for more details on show times. 

 

Monday, February 10

Levittown SEPTA Meeting

The next meeting of the Levittown Public Schools’ Special Education Parent-Teacher Assoc. will convene at 7:30 p.m., on Feb. 10, at the Levittown Memorial Education Center, located at 150 Abbey Lane. 

 

Wednesday February 12

Island Trees Board of Education Meeting

The next public meeting of the Island Trees Board of Education will convene at 7:30 p.m., on Feb. 12, at the Karopczyc School, located at 74 Farmedge Road.

 

Thursday, February 13

Levittown PTA Council

The Levittown PTA Council will hold its next meeting on Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Levittown Memorial Education Center, located at 150 Abbey Lane. 

Friday, February 14

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

 

Saturday, February 15

13th Annual Winter Festival

On Feb. 15, enjoy a day of crafts, activities, magic and entertainment, at the Levittown Community Council’s 13th annual Winter Festival. The event will be held at Levittown Hall, located at 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and food and beverages will be available at a minimal cost. There will also be free hourly raffle drawings and donation bins for anyone looking to give non-perishable food or toiletries for local food pantries. For more information about the Winter Festival, contact Louise Cassano at 516-735-5901.

 

Monday, February 17

Winter Recess

Levittown and Island Trees School Districts will be closed from from Feb. 17 to Feb. 21 for Winter Recess

 

Monday, February 24

Levittown Community Council Meeting

At the Feb. 24 meeting of the Levittown Community Council, special guest Martha Kinney will discuss “A Soldier’s Life in the first World War.” The meeting will be held at the Levittown Public Library, located at 1 Bluegrass Lane, at 7:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and are free of charge. 

 

Tuesday, February 25

IT Public Library Board

The next meeting of the Island Trees Public Library Board of Trustees will convene on Feb. 25, at the Karopczyc School, located at 74 Farmedge Road. For more information call 516-520-2100

 

Friday, February 26

Governor’s Open Mic

On Friday, Feb. 26, join host Lori Palminteri for open mic night at Governor’s of Levittown. Tickets are $12 and are availabLe online. Admission is 18 and up. Doors open at 6 p.m 

For anyone looking to participate call Governors at 516-731-3358. Comics get seven minutes of stage time and are required to bring six paying customers. Acts should be kept relatively clean and original. To participate call Governor’s at 516-731-3358. 

 

Thursday, February 27

MacArthur Winter Concert

The Levittown Public Schools invite parents to MacArthur High School, on Feb. 27, for its Winter Concert. Students will perform at 7:30 p.m. sharpe inside the high school auditorium. 

 

Senior Fashion Show

Island Trees High School seniors will host a fashion show, on Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. inside the high school, located at 59 Straight Lane in Levittown.

For more information call 516-520-2136. 


News

U.S. Air Force Veteran Mario Dell’aera, 80, of Levittown said he first volunteered for service in 1952, during the Korean War.

 

“They called volunteers ‘regulars,’” he said, reflecting back to when he first enlisted.

 

From 1952-1956, Dell’era called the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. home. The base, he said, operated 24 hours, 7 days a week, training pilots to fly overseas into Korea.

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.


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

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com