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BOE Work Session - June 18

Division Avenue Career Awards - June 20

Surprise Fete For Local Businesses - June 21

 

Wednesday, June 18

Northside Moving Up Day

On June 18, Northside Elementary School will hold its moving up day ceremony at 9:45 a.m., for the fifth-grade students heading to middle school next year. 

 

Island Trees Moving Up Day

On June 18, Island Trees Memorial Middle School will hold its moving up day ceremony at 9 a.m. for eighth-grade students heading to Island Trees High School next year. 

 

Board of Education Work Session

The next work session of the Island Trees Union-Free School District Board of Education will be held on June 18 at 7 p.m. at the Stephen E. Karopczyc administrative building at 74 Farmedge Rd. in Levittown.

Friday, June 20

Division Ave Career Awards

Division Avenue High School will be holding its career development awards ceremony on June 20, at 8:30 a.m. 

 

Abbey Lane Moving Up Day

On June 20, Abbey Lane Elementary School will hold its moving up day ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at Wisdom Lane Middle School, for fifth-grade students headed into middle school next year.

 

Fun Fair

On June 20, the J. Fred Sparke Elementary School will be holding its annual fun fair all-day at 100 Robin Place in Levittown. For more information on the event call the school at 516-520-2126. 

Saturday, June 21

Surprise Fete For Local Businesses

Want to get in on a fun surprise for a Levittown store owner?  Just show up at Center Lane Playground at 11 a.m. on June 21. All you need to bring is yourself, your Levittown pride, a few dollars, and we’ll take it from there. The event will be videotaped. For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 503.308.8404.

MacArthur High School Commencement

MacArthur High School’s graduating Class of 2014 will don their caps and gowns at 10 a.m. for the 2014 commencement ceremony at Hofstra University.

Division Avenue High School Commencement

Division Avenue High School’s graduating Class of 2014 will don their cap and gown, at 1 p.m., for the 2014 commencement ceremony at Hofstra University.

Sunday, June 22

Youth Day

On June 22, the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown will be celebrating youth day with confirmation and a church school picnic. This promises to be a festive day. All confirmands are encouraged to read their faith statements during the worship service, and graduates of all grades will be acknowledged. Following the worship service, everyone is invited to the Church school picnic on the front lawn.

Monday, June 23

Gardiners Ave. Moving Up Day

On June 18, Northside Elementary School will hold its moving up day ceremony at 9:45 a.m., for the fifth-grade students heading to middle school next year. 

Tuesday, June 24

Stokes Moving Up Day

On June 24, the Michael F. Stokes Elementary School will hold its moving up day ceremony at 9:15 a.m. at the Memorial Middle School, for the fifth-grade students headed to middle school next year. 

 

Lee Road Moving Up Day

On June 24, Lee Road Elementary School will hold its moving up day ceremony at 9:45 a.m. at Wisdom Lane Middle School, for fifth-grade students headed into middle school next year.

 

Summit Lane Moving Up Day

On June 24, Summit Lane Elementary School will hold its moving up day ceremony at 11:45 a.m. at Wisdom Lane Middle School, for fifth-grade students headed into middle school next year.

 

Eighth Grade Dance

Eighth grade students in the Island Trees Memorial Middle School will celebrate ‘moving-up’ with a special dance, at 5 p.m., at Zachary’s Nightclub at 1916 Hempstead Tpke. in East Meadow. 

Wednesday, June 25

Board of Education

The next meeting of the Island Trees Union-Free School District will be held at 7:30 p.m. on June 25.

 

East Broadway Moving Up Day

On June 25, East Broadway Elementary School will hold its moving up day ceremony at 9:45 a.m. at Wisdom Lane Middle School, for fifth-grade students headed into middle school next year.

Thursday, June 26

Senior Prom Breakfast

On June 26, Island Trees High School seniors will gather at the school from 12:30-3 a.m. for a special senior prom breakfast. 

Friday, June 27 

Island Trees High School Commencement

Island Trees High School’s graduating Class of 2014 will don their caps and gowns at 6:30 p.m. for the 2014 commencement ceremony at the Island Trees High School field.

 

Eyes of Learning Lecture

On June 27, join Bobby Allison, a Board Certified Psychic Medium by the Forever Family Foundation, at 8 p.m., when she visits Levittown Hall in Hicksville to share her unique style and insights into our spiritual paths. Unlike others in her field, Allison can relay messages from master guides through automatic writing and is a remote viewer, which enables her soul to be transported to locations of missing items and people. To attend costs $10 for members, $15 for non members. No pre-registration is required. 

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

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