Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Fire and Ice - July 18
Child Car Seat Safety Program - July 19
Face Painting Jam - July 22
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.
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.
On July 18, join the Levittown First Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m. for girl’s night out at Riella’s Restaurant on N. Jerusalem Ave. in Levittown.
On July 18, join Darlene Graham at 1:30 p.m. for this family-friendly summer show at Azalea Park. During this interactive performance children will be invited on stage to play beach bucket drums, wear funny glasses and do a funny dance. Admission is free and open to the public.
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 19, 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.
On July 21, join magician/comedian Jim McClenahan at Veterans Memorial Park in Levittown at 1:30 p.m., for this family-friendly performance featuring comedy, sing-a-longs and magic. Admission is free and open to the public.
On July 22, join Tricky Business at 2590 Hempstead Tpke. in East Meadow, at 6 p.m. for a night of face painting and practicing. Doors will be open to anyone looking to work on specific ideas and designs or to talk to fellow performers and shoot the breeze.
The next planning session of the Levittown Public School District Board of Education will be held at 7:30 p.m. on July 23, at the Levittown Memorial Education Center, 150 Abbey Lane in Levittown.
On July 23, come to Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, from noon-2 p.m., for a free performance by Stan and Edie at field 6/6A.
On July 26, join the Levittown Community Council from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for the annual Lazy Days of Summer Picnic at the East Village Green Park on Jerusalem Ave. in Levittown. This event is free of charge and fun for the whole family. “This is always a great event,” said Community Council Co-President Tom Kohlman. “We offer a lot of families and kids...bounce house, pony rides, a petting zoo, basketball games, food, the whole works. It’s a nice day.”
On July 26, join AMF Bowling Center at 1300 Wantagh Ave., from 8-10 p.m. for a fun-filled evening of bowling with family, friends, and members of the Forgotten Friends Animal Rescue. Admission is $20 per person and includes bowling shoes, two hours of bowling, pizza and soda. There will also be a Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will go to help provide top quality care for all of the animals housed at the Rescue’s new center in Levittown. For more information contact 516-781-1460.
On July 30, come to Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Pkwy. in Hicksville, at 10:30 a.m., for this free “edventure” designed to teach youngsters about the importance of science and nature and learn more about reptiles, amphibians and bugs.
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.
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.
From now through July 25, the Island Trees Memorial Middle School will be holding a summer program for students in grades 5-12 who wish to continue their studies over the summer.
Fourth graders will also be offered a course to study the instrument of his/her choosing. At the end of the program each child will be evaluated and recommendations made to parents. Sessions will be held from 8 a.m.-noon every weekday.
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.