Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00
The Island Trees Middle School students were fortunate enough to receive a very powerful, inspirational presentation made by a former student. Danielle Cassar, an Island Trees alum, visited Ms. Jaime Roche’s health classes to speak about strength and perseverance. Danielle — who has survived cancer and foster care — has clearly overcome greater obstacles by the age of 10 than most people will face throughout their lifetime.
Danielle made it clear that giving up was never an option for her, nor should it be for anyone else. She emphasized how important it is for us to understand that we are capable of reaching our dreams; conquering anything we put our heart into. Danielle is one of the most positive and influential students that has passed through Island Trees. When asked what her biggest obstacle was thus far in life, Danielle stated, “Being a survivor, and knowing there are so many individuals with cancer that are not that lucky.” Danielle’s motto is now to give back. She believes she has been given a second chance for a reason and hopes that she will have the opportunity to touch the lives of many with her positive outlook on life. She is currently a student at Farmingdale State College who wishes to pursue a career in the medical field. She volunteer’s much of her time to fundraising for different causes.
She also works at Camp Sunshine, while being a full time student and maintaining a part time job. The students were listening intently to Danielle’s very inspiring, heartfelt message. Teachers and students were both speechless when hearing how her determination paid off and made her the incredible, mature young lady she has become today. The following is an excerpt of what Danielle spoke to the students about.
As I tell my story from beginning to end, my audience will hear me present about all the obstacles I have overcome and the way I have survived in my mere twenty years of life. As I present the challenges in my life such as dealing with the foster care system, dealing with parents who have drug issues, surviving stage 4 Cancer, medical setbacks and lastly adoption, I like to think that anyone who listens can learn and see first-hand that what you go through in life does not define who you are or who you’ll ever be. If you really want something in life, nothing in this world can stop you. I believe that I was given so many chances at life, and many people will call it a miracle. However, it’s really part of a bigger plan in which I am able to talk about, give people strength, and spread the word about what I have learned so others can learn too.
—Submitted by Island Trees School District
Friday, 19 September 2014 08:29
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.
Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 19 September 2014 08:34
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.
Friday, 19 September 2014 08:33
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.”