Anton Community Newspapers  •  132 East 2nd Street  •  Mineola, NY 11501  •  Phone: 516-747-8282  •  FAX: 516-742-5867
Attention: open in a new window. PDFPrintE-mail

theLevittownTribune.com Calendar

Fun Run - July 9

Understanding Energy - July 11

NYS Mandated Reporter Classes - July 12

 

Wednesday, July 9

Fun Run

On July 9, the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, Pixie Nursery School and Boy Scout Troop 96 will sponsor a fun run to support the Freeport Emergency Food Pantry. The run will take place at Eisenhower Park, 1878 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, at 6 p.m. sharp. There will also be a 1k run for children 12 and under that will begin at 6:30 p.m. The adult 5K run for entrants 13 and older will start prompty at 7 p.m. All children 12 and under will receive a ribbon. 

 

Cost for children 12 and under is $5; 13 and older $10 (non-refundable). Price includes a t-shirt for the first 50 to sign-up.  Training session to be held by Donna Morandi of Fit Coach NY. For more info or to sign up, please call the church at 516-785-1829. 

 

Friday, July 11

Understanding Energy 

On July 11, join Dina Vitantonio, an energy therapist, intuitive healer, author, editor, and yoga instructor, at 8 p.m., when she will stop by Levittown Hall at 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville, for a discussion on the fundamentals of energy and the practical approach to enlightenment,

 

Head Games

Come and be a “jukebox hero” as the elite-Foreigner tribute band Head Games takes the stage, on July 11 at 8 p.m., at Speno Park in East Meadow.

 

Saturday, July 12

NYS Mandated Reporter Classes

YES Community Counseling Center is approved by the state Education Department to provide the 2-hour certification training for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect.

The next training program will be held on July 12 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 75 Grand Ave. in Massapequa. The cost is $25.00 per person, payable in advance. For information and registration, contact YES at 516-799-3203.

 

Sunday, July 13

Community Ice Cream Social

On July 13, join the Levittown First Presbyterian Church after services conclude at noon on the front lawn for an ice cream social, which will once again be sponsored by the Deacons. The event is free and open to the community. 

Wednesday, July 16

Child Car Seat Safety Program

When it comes to both children and automobiles, driving home the message of safety is of utmost importance. Supervisor Kate Murray and the Hempstead Town Board are doing just that, announcing the start of the town’s 2014 Child Car Seat Safety Inspection Program, which will be stopping by Levittown, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on July 16, to help residentsnspect the installation of their car seats, free of charge.

 

In order to participate, you must make an appointment in advance by calling the town Department of Public Safety at 516-538-1900 ext. 7709. 

 

Friday, July 18

Paul Reiser

Actor, writer and stand-up comedian Paul Reiser will be coming to Governor’s Comedy Club in Levittown from July 18-19 for a special stand-up event. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is 18 and over. Tickets range from $30-$60 and are available online at govs.com. 

 

Fire and Ice

Get “All Fired Up,” on July 18, when Pat Benatar-tribute band Fire and Ice takes the stage at 8 p.m., on the East Village Green in Levittown. 

 

Summer Programs

Sports Camp

The Levittown-Island Trees Youth Council will host a sports camp program for students in grades 4-8 and grades 9-12 from 8-9 a.m. every weekday from now through Aug. 22. For more information contact the Island Trees Director of Physical Education and Athletics at 516-520-2173.

 

Chorus

From now through July 25, the Island Trees Memorial Middle School will be holding a summer program for students in grades 4-12 who wish to learn vocal techniques that will help them sing all different styles of music. 

 

Most of all this program is geared towards the further development of musicianship through a vocal setting. Students will receive one hour of lessons and rehersal a day, all leading up to an exciting concert on July 25. This offering is dependent upon sufficient student enrollment and is limited to the first 40 applicants.


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


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