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Les Miserables at Island Trees - March 14

Celebrate Purim - March 15

British Invasion - March 17

 

Wednesday, 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. 

 

Thursday, March 13

Community Recognition Dinner

On March 13, 2014 the Levittown School District is having their 18th Annual Recognition Dinner. The Levittown Chamber of Commerce is honoring Bill Mullan from LevitStyle Home Remodeling.  This event will be held in The Panther Room Restaurant at Levittown Memorial Education Center, 150 Abbey Lane, Levittown at 6:30 p.m.

 

Protect Your Child Legally and Financially

The ELIJA school will be holding an informative seminar on March 13, at 7 p.m., which will address the legal and financial preparations crucial to safeguarding assets and benefits for your child with special needs. 

Topics discussed will range from government benefits for individuals with disabilities, how to accumulate and preserve assets without disqualifying eligibitliy for benefits, establishing guardianship, estate planning and wills, special needs trusts and strategies for funding trusts.

 

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.

 

Taste of Italy

Stew Leonard’s Wines of Farmingdale, located at 210 Airport Plaza, and Dalla Terra Wines, importers of wines hailing from some the most esteemed family-owned wineries in Italy, will host four Italian winemakers for a tasting of 20 wines on March 14 from 4-7 p.m. 

 

The winemakers, each from small to medium sized family-owned and multi-generational Italian estates, will offer customers a free tasting of their wines.  A complimentary light menu of Italian fare: including rustic bread and cheeses will be served and bottles of each wine will be available for purchase. 

 

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.

Hear the story of Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus, who planned to kill the Jews, but his plans were foiled by Mordecai and Queen Esther. After the celebration, there will be a gathering in the social hall.

 

Lenten Soup And Bread

Once again, the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, 1845 Wantagh Ave., will be hosting Soup and Bread Suppers during Lent. There is no charge for this supper, which will be held March 15, March 22 and March 29 at 6 p.m., in the Parish Hall. All are welcome to join us for a delicious soup and bread supper, beverage and dessert. Kid friendly food, too.   There will be a short presentation/activity. If you wish to do so, you can bring a non-perishable food  item which will be donated to the Freeport Emergency Food Pantry.

 

Reservations are requested for an accurate count for food and supplies. For reservations or more info,  please call the church at 516-785-1829.

 

Town of Hempstead E-Cycling

The town’s sanitation department will be helping residents dispose of any electronic waste, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 15, at the Division Avenue Parking lot in Levittown.

Monday, March 17

The British Invasion 

At the Levittown Public Library, on March 17, join pop-culture historian Bob Koenig at 7:30 p.m., for a nostalgic walk down memory lane commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival to America and the ensuing revolution in modern music. 

 

Tuesday, March 18

When Behaviors Reach Crisis

On March 18, the ELIJA school in Levittown will hold a workshop, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This workshop is part of the Long Island Behavior Analyst Group professional development series and is open to parents and professionals. 

 

Night With The Islanders

On March 18, join the Island Trees PTSA at Nassau Coliseum on March 18, at 7 p.m., when the New York Islanders will host the Minnesota Wild. During the game, watch our very own Island Trees music staff and students perform. Mr. Stephen Connolly, will open the game with the singing of the National Anthem. This will be followed by a performance from the Island Trees 5th and 6th grade band at the first intermission, as well as, 5th and 6th grade chorus at the second intermission. 

The deadline to register to join is March 14. Tickets are $23. With your ticket purchase, you will be entered in a raffle to win an autographed New York Islanders jersey.

Friday, March 21

Advocacy Training

The ELIJA School in Levittown will be holding a workshop with Pete Wright Esq. on March 21, from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wrightslaw special education law and advocacy training programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, advocates, attorneys, educators, health care providers, and others who represent the interest of children with disabilities and their families.

The training program will focus on four areas, including: special education law, tests and measuring progress and regression, SMART IEP’s, and strategies and tactics for effective advocacy.

 

Wednesday, March 26

Active Parenting Of Teens

Families In Action is a six session family program developed around the premise that parents and teens are more likely to learn successfully when they learn together.  Teens and parents will spend part of the time in separate groups learning complementary skills and then come together for discussion of the skills learned.

 

The YES Community Counseling Center will be holding this six session Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action program on March 26, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the YES offices, located at 152 Center Lane in Levittown. The fee for the six week program is $120. To register or if you have any questions contact Kathleen Coletta at 516-799-3203.  

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