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Into The Woods - April 3

Art Reception - April 4

Junior Prom - April 5

 

Thursday, April 3

Division Avenue Presents Into The Woods

From April 3 to April 5, the Division Avenue High School Music Department will present the Stephen Sondheim production Into the Woods. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. on April 3, and at 8 p.m. on April 4-5. Tickets are $10 and $8 for senior citizens. For more information or to make reservations, call 516-520-8350. 

 

Blood Drive

Come give blood at the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown, located at 474 Wantagh Ave., on April 3, from 2-8 p.m. For more information, contact 516-731-3808. 

 

Friday, April 4

Artist Reception

All month long, local artist Louise Cassano will be displaying several of her works at the Levittown Public Library. On April 4, join Cassano for an artist’s reception, from 7-8:30 p.m., at the Levittown Public Library located at One Bluegrass Lane. 

 

American Legion Post 1711

The American Legion Post 1711 in Levittown will be meeting on April 4 and April 18, at 3123 N Jerusalem Road, at 8 p.m.. New Members welcomed.

 

Saturday, April 5

Island Trees Junior Prom

On April 5, students will don their formal attire for the annual Island Trees Junior Prom. The prom will be held at the high school, located at 59 Straight Lane in Levittown, from 7-11 p.m. For more information call 516-520-2136.

 

Sunday, April 6

27th Annual Spring Festival

The Eyes of Learning, Inc. is holding its 27th annual Spring Festival on April 6, from 11-5 p.m., at Levittown Hall, located at 203 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville. There will be lectures, vendors, psychic readings, tarot, astrology, numerology and more. Admission costs $5 and children under 12 are free. 

 

Monday, April 7

Island Trees PTA Council 

The next meeting of the Island Trees School District PTA Council will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 7, at the Stephen E. Karopczyc administrative offices, located at 74 farmedge road in Levittown. 

Tuesday, April 8

Island Trees Public Library Budget Hearing

On April 8, members of the Island Trees Public Library Board of Trustees will vote on a proposed spending plan for the 2014-2015 school year. 

 

Wednesday, April 9

Levittown Board of Education 

The next meeting of the Levittown Public School District will be held on April 9, at the Levittown Memorial Education Center, located at 150 Abbey Lane, at 7:30 p.m.

 

Special Town Meeting 

On April 9, the Island Trees School District will hold a special Town of Hempstead meeting, at 7 p.m., inside the Stephen E. Karopczyc administrative offices, located at 74 farmedge road in Levittown.  

 

Blood Drive

Come donate, on April 9, when the Michael F. Stokes Elementary School, located at 101 Owl Place in Levittown, will hold a day-long blood drive. 

 

Thursday, April 10

38th Annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Luncheon

On April 10, join the Levittown Kiwanis Club for the 38th annual Brotherhood and Sisterhood Luncheon at Domenico’s Restaurant in Levittown. The luncheon will run from noon to 2 p.m., and will feature guest speaker Rev. Harold W. Lay with the Parkway Community Church. 

 

MacArthur Honor Society Induction Ceremony

On April 10, MacArthur High School will hold an induction ceremony, beginning at 7:30 p.m., for students making the National Honor Society this year. 

 

Friday, April 11

Urban to Suburban XI

On April 11, Governor’s Comedy Club, located at 90 Division Ave. in Levittown, will be bringing out some of Manhattan’s up-and-coming urban comics for a special one-night only performance. Tickets are $20 and admission is 21 and up. Doors open at 10 p.m., with showtime starting promptly at 11 p.m. 

 

Saturday, April 12

Charlie Murphy at Governor’s

Come to Governor’s Comedy Club, located at 90 Division Ave. in Levittown, on April 12, for a special performance by comedian Charlie Murphy. Tickets are $30-$60 and admission is 18 and over. Doors open at 5 p.m., with showtimes scheduled at both 7 and 10 p.m.

Weekly Events

Knights Of Columbus Holy Innocents Council #3581 

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.

 

Faith On Tap

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.

 

 

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous meeting every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 474 Wantagh Ave., Levittown. We are a 12-step group for those who eat compulsively. Call 516-794-1333.

 

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


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