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Island trees Library Board - February 28

Blood Drive Bone Marrow Registry - March 1

23rd Annual Parade - March 2

 

Thursday, February 27

MacArthur Winter Concert

The Levittown Public Schools invite parents to MacArthur High School on Thursday, Feb. 27, for its Winter Concert. Students will perform at 7:30 p.m. sharp 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 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.

 

Island Trees Talent Show (Grades 7 and 8)

On Feb. 28, at 2:45 p.m., Island Trees Memorial Middle School will hold its 7th and 8th grade talent show. 

 

Saturday, March 1

Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry 

Jessy Davidson, a junior at MacArthur High School, will be holding a scholarship blood drive and bone marrow registry drive on March 1 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the John Theissen Children’s Foundation, located at 1881 Wantagh Ave. in Wantagh. Davidson is hoping to earn a small college scholarship through the New York Blood Center Bloodstock Scholarship Program. Blood supplies are at a severe shortage due to the winter storms and cancellations of many blood drives. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Sunday, March 2

Long Island String Festival Association Elementary Concert

On March 2, local elementary school students participating in this year’s Long Island String Festival Association’s elementary concert, will take the stage at Uniondale Senior High School, located at 933 Goodrich Street in Uniondale, for a performance at 1 p.m.

 

23rd Annual Bethpage St. Patrick’s Parade

Festivities begin at 1 p.m. with a Mass at St. Martin of Tours Church. The parade steps off at 2 p.m. and begins along Central Ave. in Bethpage, down Stewart Ave. and returning on Broadway to the Showmobile where the Grand Marshal and elected officials will view the parade. 

Grand Marshal Tess Steubing, family, friends and visiting dignitaries will join the color guard, pipe bands and marching units to lead the parade through downtown Bethpage.

 

Monday, March 3

Division Avenue PTSA Meeting

The next meeting of the Division Avenue High School PTSA will be held on March 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Division Avenue High School.

 

Salk/MacArthur PTSA Meeting

The next meeting of the Salk Middle School/MacArthur High School PTSA will be held on March 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Salk Middle School. 

 

Chamber of Commerce Board

The next meeting of the Levittown Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will be held on March 3, from 8-10 a.m., at the Astoria Federal Savings Bank, located at 3105 Hempstead Tpke. 

 

Wednesday, March 5

Schools Budget Workshop

The Levittown Public School Board of Education will hold its third budget workshop on March 5, at 7:30 p.m., at the Levittown Memorial Education Center. The Island Trees School District Board of Education will also be holding a budget workshop on March 5, from 7-10 p.m. at the Karopczyc school, located at 74 Farmedge Road in Levittown.

 

Friday, March 7

Division Avenue Fundraising Party 

On March 7, at 7 p.m., Division Avenue High School, at 120 Division Ave. in Levittown, will host the 14th annual Division Avenue HS PTSA Sweeps and Chinese Auction—a family friendly night filled with great prizes. Admission to the gym for the Sweeps portion of the evening is only $5.00 a person and includes one game card, good for nine sweeps games, door prize raffle, desserts and coffee/tea during intermission. The Chinese auction portion of the event will be held in the cafeteria and is open to all. The Chinese auction starts at 3 p.m. and closing at 7 p.m., when Sweeps begins.  Auction baskets include Walt Disney World Tickets, Oheka Castle overnight, Coach bags and more. This event supports the Levittown PTA’s Senior Award. Last year the organization gave out 28 monetary awards to qualifying seniors graduating from Division Avenue.

 

Jim Florentine at Governor’s 

On March 7, comedian Jim Florentine will be dropping by Governor’s Comedy Club, located at 90 Division Ave., in Levittown, for a one-night special event. Admission is 18 and older, and tickets are $22 - $52. Doors open at 6 p.m. 

Florentine is best known as the voices of “Special Ed” and “Bobby Fletcher” from Comedy Central’s “Crank Yankers” and as the guy who spends his days turning the tables on Telemarketers. He recently just filmed a movie “A Little Help” with Jenna Fischer and Chris O’Donnell and recently released a new CD called “Terrorizing Telemarketers Volume 5 Wanted Dead or Alive.” 

 

Sunday, March 9

Rockin’ For Autism

The Developmental Disabilities Institute will once again be heating things up with Long Island’s best rock-n-roll bands to benefit children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities at Mulcahy’s Pub and Music Hall on March 9, at 3 p.m. For a $30.00 donation guests will enjoy the sounds of legendary local bands, gift baskets auction, raffles, food, cash bar and the company of hundreds of fellow Long Islanders. An all-star lineup of legendary Long Island bands will be set to hit the stage including 1 Step Ahead, The Cold Spring Harbor Band paying tribute to Billy Joel, 3, and Generation.  For advance tickets, call 631-366-2978 or visit www.rockinforautism.org

 

Wedensday, March 12

Levittown Board of Education

The next meeting of the Levittown Public Schools Board of Education will be held on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Levittown Memorial Education Center, located at 150 Abbey Lane. 

 

Friday, March 14

Les Miserables At Island Trees

On March 14 and 15, students at Island Trees High School will put on two performances of the Broadway classic Les Miserables. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. in the high school at 59 Straight Lane in Levittown.

 

Saturday, March 15

Celebrate Purim

The community is invited to come in costume to participate in the celebration of Purim at Temple B’nai Torah, 2900 Jerusalem Avenue and Oakfield Avenue, Wantagh, on Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m.

News

 

While Island Trees School District officials plan to reexamine a proposal to develop senior housing on 11.3 acres of property currently used to house the Stephen E. Karopczyc and Geneva N. Gallow schools, district officials have so far been unwilling to identify the developer. 

 

The plan to sell the Farmedge property was first conceived in 2010, when BOCES dropped its lease on the Gallow school. The school district issued a request for proposals. After reviewing its options, the Island Trees Board of Education selected and presented to the

public a proposal to develop 160 to 247 housing units for seniors over 55.After public outcry against the project, the district said it would go back to the drawing board, re-opening discussions and engaging a wide range of stakeholders. However, despite requests from the public and the press, the district has steadfastly declined to identify the developer of the initial proposal—which may yet end up being the winning bid. 

 

After announcing his resignation from the Levittown School District last January, Superintendent Dr. James Grossane has accepted a new job as Superintendent of the Smithtown Central School District. 

 

“I look forward to the new challenges awaiting me in the Smithtown Central School District,” Grossane said. “I wish the Levittown Public Schools and its students, parents and staff all the best as they continue to move forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”


Sports

The Farmingdale State College baseball team earned an 8-2 victory over the College of Staten Island in a recent non-conference home game.

 

In the bottom of the second, left fielder Richard Sullivan of Farmingdale broke broke the scoreless tie on a two out RBI single. Senior third baseman Sal Sanquini of Levittown would go on to hit an RBI single through the left side to increase the lead 2-0. Sanquini was 2-for-4 at the plate with a game-high of 3 RBIs.

The Island Trees varsity softball team had an amazing 8-3 win in extra innings on April 2nd against a previously unbeaten Clarke team to improve their league record to 2-0.  Ashley Melendez opened up the scoring with a solo homerun to lead off the 4th inning. 

 

Although the team relinquished the lead in the 4th and 5thinnings, they did not let the negative turn of events get the best of them.   Down one with three outs left, Sam Scharff led off the top of the 7th with an amazing bunt for a hit.  Christie Ciaramitaro and Kelly Cembrale both reached on errors to keep the inning and team’s hopes alive.  Morgan Petry roped an RBI single up the middle to score courtesy runner, Kim Ahrens with the tying run.   


Calendar

Bellmore FD Fundraiser - April 25

Earth Day Cleanup - April 26

Bowling For Scholars - April 26


Columns

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