Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00
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
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
In response to the county’s fly-by-night decision to remove 176 old oak trees along Seaman’s Neck Road, earlier this month, New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon has issued a letter to Nassau County Department of Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias regarding constituents’ concerns with the appearance of the roadway.
In his letter, Hannon asks Commissioner Shah-Gavnoudias if the removal of the trees were under the jurisdiction of LIPA or PSEG.
“If not, I would like to know who made the decision to remove these trees and why,” Hannon states. “I request you review this case and take whatever course of action necessary.”
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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).