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MacArthur Inducts 150 To Honor Society

The National Honor Society of MacArthur High School in Levittown inducted 111 students during a traditional candlelighting ceremony in the auditorium. The evening was punctuated with words of wisdom, ceremonial milestones, musical interludes and the honoring of teachers and staff. 

 

“You have gotten off to a very good start; what happens from now on is up to you,” said Principal Kathleen Valentino. “We have many people here wanting to help you along that path and it gives us much pleasure to do so.”

Board of Education trustee Michael Pappas expressed his pride in the inductees. “Being inducted into the National Honor Society means you have made it,” he said. “The future is unlimited for you.” 

 

NHS President Andrew Spinelli, Vice President Brianna DeVincentis, Recording Secretary Brian Zilli, Treasurer Jennifer Race and Corresponding Secretary Erin McCarthy lit the ceremonial candles, representing the tenets of scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship prior to the induction of new members. With the candles lit, the inductees were asked to raise their right hand and take an oath before being called to the stage to receive their certificates.   

 

Before the conclusion of the ceremony, the National Honor Society named Gail Fagan, a 20-year high school administrative assistant, as this year’s Community Advocate for her availability to students. Laura McCue, a 17-year social studies teacher, was named Teacher of the Year. 

 

—Submitted By the Levittown 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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