Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00
Town Budget Hearing - May 6
Shopping Extravaganza - May 7
Bobby Collins - May 10
On May 6, the Island Trees School District will host a public hearing on the Hempstead Town budget. The hearing will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Stephen E. Karopczyc school at 74 Farmedge Road in Levittown.
The next budget hearing / regular meeting of the Levittown Board of Education will be held at 7:30 p.m., on May 7, at the Levittown Memorial Education Center at 150 Abbey Lane in Levittown.
On May 7, Gardiners Avenue Elementary School PTA will be holding a shopping extravaganza at Levittown Hall in Hicksville. From 5:30-9:30 p.m., come and shop from over 50 vendors, where you are guaranteed to find a great gift for Mother’s Day. For more information call 516-351-9462.
On May 10, funny guy Bobby Collins will give two performances at Governor’s Comedy Club, at 90 Division Ave. in Levittown. Collins will perform at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $28-$58. Admission is 18 and over.
On May 12, the Island Trees School District Board of Education will hold its “Meet the Candidates” night to introduce the incumbents/challengers running for the board this May. The forum will be held at the Island Trees High School at 7 p.m.
On May 12, the Island Trees PTSA will hold a special volunteer dinner at 7 p.m., inside the Island Trees Memorial Middle School, at 45 South Wantagh Ave.
On May 15 and May 16, MacArthur High School seniors will take the stage, from 7-9 p.m., to perform in the school variety show.
Chorus and Orchestra students from Island Trees High School will be performing at 7 p.m., on May 15, inside the Island Trees High School auditorium, at 59 Straight Lane.
On May 17, join comedian John Valby aka “Doctor Dirty” as he performs at Governor’s Comedy Club, located at 90 Division Ave. in Levittown. Doors open at 5 p.m., with showtime starting promptly at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$55. Admission is 18 and over.
In celebration of National Emergency Medical Services week, the Wantagh-Levittown Volunteer Ambulance Corps. will be hosting an Open House on May 18, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Events will include free blood pressure screenings, ambulance tours, Vial of Life kits, membership drive, and so much more. Children are also invited to bring a teddy bear to the first Teddy Bear Clinic where they will learn basic first aid. Additional information will be available on both the volunteer ambulance corps. website at www.wlvacems.com.
On May 19, art students from Island Trees Memorial Middle School and High School will get the chance to showcase their work, at the Memorial Middle School, at 45 Wantagh Ave. in Levittown, from 7-8:30 p.m. For more details on the art expo call 516-520-2157.
On May 19, Levittown Homemaker’s Day Chapter invites the public to join in for “Gift Card Bingo” at 11 a.m. at the VFW Hall Post #9592, at 55 Hickory Lane in Levittown. Admission is $7 and includes light lunch, coffee, tea and cake. Chances on beautiful raffle prices will be available. More info: Jo McDonagh at 516-520-4601.
Whether you reside in either of the Island Trees or Levittown school districts, on May 20, registered voters can cast their ballots on the school budget. Levittown currently proposes a $198.7 million, which comes with a 1.62 increase in the tax levy. Island Trees is proposing a $59.6 million budget, which comes with no tax levy increase this year.
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.
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 meeting every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 474 Wantagh Ave., Levittown. This is a 12-step group for those who eat compulsively. Call 516-794-1333.
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.
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.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
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.
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.