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MacArthur Students Take Part in Fair Trade Sale

A group of students from Mrs. Fritch’s Facing History & Ourselves class created a service learning project to help support women from impoverished countries in their efforts to rise out of poverty.

 

Working with the non-profit organization Eternal Threads, the students sold handmade artisan goods created by women and girls from India, Nepal, Uganda, and Mongolia. Kaitlyn Maniscalco, Courtney Maloney and Emilie d’Hedouville sold jewelry, bags, headbands and other crafts during their lunch periods and after school the week of December 16-20, 2013. The $650 raised from selling the items will go directly back to the women to help pay for school fees and fight against poverty.

 

This project not only benefits the poverty stricken women that created the items but also impacts the students who participated and the customers who supported this great cause. “There is so much need worldwide. If everyone could put in a little effort, we could make a huge impact on the world,” said Maniscalco. Maloney agreed, “It was a wonderful experience to be doing such a small thing and yet making such a big impact on those women’s lives.” D’Hedouville said, “It is so sentimental to have something made by poverty-stricken women around the world and having the satisfaction that I can make a difference by supporting them.”

 

— Submitted by the Levittown School District

News

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.

“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”

During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.

Hempstead town officials recently announced plans to improve the roadway along Longfellow Avenue in Levittown.

“One way we invest in our communities is by improving our roadways,” said Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “Upgrading our streets saves money in the long term, while making roadways safer and more aesthetically pleasing for neighbors.”

Construction is slated to begin as early as this month and is expected to be complete by October. The project will include repairs to Longfellow Avenue and Byron Place, as well as portions of Milton and Emerson avenues.


Sports

Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.

Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.

Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.

Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).


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Thursday, Aug. 28

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Friday, Aug. 29



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