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Levittown Students Attend Hofstra MathApps

Levittown students Bhargava Arunachalam, Khushi Desai and Caroline Doglio of Wisdom Lane Middle School and Casey Butcher of MacArthur High School are among 50 Long Island students who have been selected to attend Hofstra University’s MathApps Saturday Academy. 

 

Last October, Hofstra University was allocated a $30,000 grant from Motorola’s Innovation Generation Program to create the MathApps Academy. The goal of the program is to allow students to expand their math skills and explore STEM—standing for science, technology, engineering and mathematics—education and career pathways through enrichment experiences with experts and industry professionals on a more advanced level. 

 

The students were chosen through a highly competitive selection process with consideration of their interest in STEM education and their desire to create apps that can solve a problem in their community. Bhargava proposed an app to help locate public buses to determine whether or not they are on schedule, while Khushi suggested the development of an app to locate dogs. Caroline recommended an app for students to receive alerts about upcoming quizzes, tests and homework. Casey also proposed an app to enable a person to charge a cell phone by linking up to another user’s cell phone. 

 

— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District

News

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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