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Levittown Schools Meeting - February 11

Island Trees Public Hearing - February 12

Levittown PTA Council - February 13

 

Monday, February 10

Island Trees Community Forum

On Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m., the Island Trees School District will hold a community forum at the high school, located at 59 Straight Lane, to discuss proposed development at the Gallow and Karopczyc schools along Farmedge Road. 

 

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. 

 

Levittown Lion’s Club

The next meeting of the Levittown Lion’s Club will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Domenico’s Restaurant, located at 3270A Hempstead Tpke. 

 

Tuesday, February 11

LPOA Meeting

The next meeting of the Levittown Property Owner’s Association will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 11, inside the Levittown Public LIbrary. 

 

Levittown Schools Meeting

On Feb. 11, the Levittown Public School Board of Education will hold its first budget meeting at the Levittown Memorial Education Center on Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday February 12

 

Island Trees Public Hearing
On Feb. 12, the Island Trees School District will hold a public hearing to discuss whether or not to authorize a partial exemption of school district real property taxes for qualifed veterans. The hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. inside the Stephen E. 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. 

 

MMS Musical

Island Trees Memorial Middle School students will be performing a school musical on Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. inside the school, located at 45 Wantagh Avenue. For more information call 516-520-2157. 

 

Friday, February 14

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

 

Scholar In Residence

Join Congregation Beth Tikvah, located at 3710 Woodbine Ave. in Wantagh, for its annual Scholar in Residence program and services on Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 15 at 9:30 a.m.

Our guest speaker will be Danny Siegel, a well known author, lecturer and poet who is known as “The Mitzvah

Man”. Everyone is welcome. Call 516-785-2445 for more information.

 

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

 

Wednesday, February 19

Chamber of Commerce

On Feb. 19, the Levittown Chamber of Commerce will gather at the “YES” Community Counseling Center’s offices, located at 152 Center Lane in Levittown at 12:30 p.m. 

 

Friday, February 21

Levittown American Legion

The next meeting of the Levittown American Legion Post No. 1711 will be held on Feb. 21, at 8 p.m., inside the American Legion Hall, located at 3123 N. Jerusalem Rd. in Levittown. 

 

Monday, February 24

Levittown Community Council

At the Feb. 24 meeting of the Levittown Community Council, special-guest speaker 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

 

South Shore Historic Houses 

On Feb. 25, the Wantagh Preservation Society will have guest-speaker Christopher Collora, author of Long Island Historic Houses of the South Shore, come to the Wantagh Public Library, located at 3285 Park Ave., for a presentation on communities along the Great South Bay.

 

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 availabe online. Admission is 18 and up. Doors open at 6 p.m 

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. 

 

Levittown Schools Meeting

The Levittown Public School Board of Education will hold its next budget meeting on Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m., at the Levittown Memorial Education Center. 

 

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. 

 

Friday, February 28

Island Trees Library Board

The next meeting of the Island Trees Public Library Board of Trustees will be held on Feb. 28, at 8 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

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