Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00
IT Honor Society Induction - March 20
Explorer Post Dinner - March 23
The fourth planning session on the proposed 2014-2015 Levittown School District budget will be held on March 19, at 7:30 p.m., at the Levittown Memorial Education Center, located at 150 Abbey Lane.
The next workshop on the proposed 2014-2015 Island Trees School District budget will be held on March 19, from 7-10 p.m. at the Stephen E. Karopczyc school, located at 74 Farmedge Road.
The Island Trees Dollars for Scholars program invite the community to this family friendly evening with comedians Isaccs and Baker, on March 19, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. All the proceeds raised will go to benefit the Island Trees Dollars for Scholars program. Dollars for Scholars is a non-profit organization that provides scholarship opportunities to graduating Island Trees High School seniors wishing to continue their education. For more information on the event call Christine Eckhoff Hold at 516-606-3811.
On March 20, at 7 p.m., the Island Trees High School will induct honor students who have excelled in a foreign language.
The next meeting of the Levittown School District PTA Council will be held at 7:30 p.m., on March 20, at the Levittown Memorial Education Center.
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.
Explorer Post 690 of the Wantagh Fire Department will host a Pasta Dinner, on March 23, from 4-7 p.m. The festivities will be held at Wantagh Fire Department Station No. 1, at 3470 Park Ave. in Wantagh. The dinner will consist of salad, pasta, meatballs, cake, soda and coffee, and costs $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Proceeds raised from the dinner will be used to offset expenses incurred by the Explorers as they participate in yearly activities and to become future firefighters of the Wantagh Fire Department.
The next meeting of the Island Trees School District PTSA will be held on March 25, at 7 p.m. inside the Memorial Middle School.
The next meeting of the Island Trees Public Library Board of Trustees will be held on March 25 at 8 p.m.
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.
On March 29, join the Island Tress PTSA, from 9-10:30 a.m., for an informative, fun, and free breakfast at the Island Trees Memorial Middle School.
On March 30, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Wantagh Fire Department will host a Pancake Breakfast at their headquarters, at 3470 Park Ave. in Wantagh. Breakfast will be served between 8-11 a.m. for a donation of $6 per person, or $3 per child under the age of 9. Start your Sunday morning with a delcious home-cooked breakfast of pancakes with syrup, bacon, sausage and orange juice. Complete your meal with a cup of coffee or tea and a home-cooked breakfast cake or muffin. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to assist in sending a severely burned child between the ages of 8 and 18 to summer camp at the Children's Burn Camp. For more information about the event, contact Dee at 516-781-3689 or Barbara at 516-679-8021.
Homemakers Club Levittown Day Chapter meeting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays at the VFW Hall Post #9592, Hickory Lane, Levittown. Call 516-579-4420.
Monthly meeting on the third Monday of every month (except July and August) at American Legion Post #1711, 3123 N. Jerusalem Rd., Levittown. Call 516-334-1025. KWVA is seeking all who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and UN Command during the Korean War between Sept. 3, 1945 to Jan. 31, 1955 or Feb. 1, 1955 to the present. You did not have to have served in Korea to be a member.
The object of “Faith on Tap” is to address concerns of people in their 20s and 30s on issues of faith and morals, which have an impact on the lives of individuals, families, local communities and society at large. 7 to 9 p.m. on the last Monday of the month at the Wantagh Inn, across the street from the Wantagh railroad station. Admission is free. Call 516-378-0665. Not held in December, May, June, July or August.
Meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the council headquarters, 3581 Jeffries Rd., Levittown, at 8 p.m. The newly renovated meeting hall is also available for party rentals. Call 516-735-1724 for rentals.
Anyone with a loved one suffering from addiction knows all too well that it affects more than just the person addicted; everyone close to the addict feels the effects. Residents of Nassau County who are affected by drug or alcohol addiction are urged to call the county department of drug and alcohol addiction’s free, anonymous 24/7 hotline, run by Long Island Crisis Center, at 516-481-4000.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
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.