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Island Trees Alum Visits Health Classes

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.

Danielle Cassar

 

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

News

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Levittown.

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.

The featured speaker at the Levittown Historical Society’s September meeting was John Owens, editor in chief of Anton Community Newspapers, the publisher of the Levittown Tribune.

Historical society Vice President Bob Koenig opened the meeting, which was held at the Levittown Public Library.

Owens discussed the opioid epidemic that has swept over Long Island. Not only have thousands of residents become addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin, Owens said, but also, over the past two years there have been more than 240 overdose deaths.


Sports

Saturday, Sept. 27

9 a.m. Boys Varsity Soccer Great Neck South at MacArthur

9:15 a.m. JV Football Lawrence at Division

10 a.m. Boys JV Soccer West Hemsptead at Division

10 a.m. Boys Varsity Soccer Division at West Hempstead

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 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.”


Calendar

Hispanic Heritage Month

Friday, September 26

Donations Needed

Saturday, September 27

Homecoming

Saturday, September 27



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