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Salk To Participate In UCPN Trivia Challenge

Students at the Jonas E. Salk Middle School in Levittown have supported the United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County, Inc’s Trivia Challenge Contest for over 20 years.  Each year the National Junior Honor Society conducts  a contest for students in grades 6-8.

 

Students compete in teams of four to answer 100 questions on diverse academic and cultural topics.  The winning teams, a grade 6 team and a grade 7- 8 team,  then represent Salk at the countywide contest at the UCPN Roosevelt Center. Students participating are encouraged to bring in monetary contributions to sponsor them in the contest.  

 

Over the years, Salk students have contributed significant amounts of money to UCPN. This year, students raised over $2,500 in support of UCPN's research and equipment. The students are rewarded by UCPN with individual prizes based on the individual’s contribution. In recognition of Salk’s efforts, Salk has been recognized with an Award of Excellence. This plaque is prominently displayed in the school’s main office.

 

In the past, Salk students have won the county competition, enabling them to house the winning trophy in the school for the year. 

 

Winners this year include: 

 

Grade six: Declan Gillespie, Mairead Gillespie, Jason Razzo, and Vlad Rudnick 

 

Grade eight: Timothy Konovitch, Jared Schwartz, Robert Wright, and Andrew Zabatta.   

 

These students will represent Salk at the February competition.  They are anxious to return the trophy to Salk once again.

 

“We are so grateful to the students, faculty and families at Jonas Salk who show us such great support,” says Charles Evdos, development director at UCPN. “We truly appreciate their efforts and congratulate them on making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.”

 

The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. has been assisting individuals with disabilities since 1948.  

 

For more information go to www.ucpn.org or call 516-378-2000.

 

— Submitted by the United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County


News

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


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