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Island Trees Class of 2014

The crowd was roaring with cheers and applause as the Island Trees High School Class of 2014 marched across the track for the 58th Annual Commencement ceremony. 

 

On June 27, 210 Island Trees High School seniors received their diplomas, signifying the next step on the road to adulthood. 

 

During the ceremony, Island Trees Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles J. Murphy addressed the graduating class with a quick anecdote about how he was once in their shoes. He recalled how in 1984, one teacher warned him, “don’t even think about being different or I’ll kick you out of the ceremony.” 

 

Murphy encouraged the class to overlook the uniformity of their graduation gowns and embrace their individuality to make their unique mark on the world. 

 

Valedictorian Tiana Grgas delivered a powerful speech entitled “Dare”. She began by referencing Walt Whitman’s poem “O Me! O Life” as she said, “That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”  

 

“All of us are here today because we achieved something,” Grgas told her class. “But this is not enough. We all most consider what our next verse may be, and none of us should consider not contributing one.”

 

Grgas concluded by urging her peers to follow their own special path. “Even if you don’t know who you are or who you want to be, branch out and explore your potential,” she said. “Don’t let anyone force you into living a life you did not choose.”

 

After collecting their diplomas, the graduates tossed their caps in the air and exited the field ready to take on a new chapter in their lives.

News

U.S. Air Force Veteran Mario Dell’aera, 80, of Levittown said he first volunteered for service in 1952, during the Korean War.

 

“They called volunteers ‘regulars,’” he said, reflecting back to when he first enlisted.

 

From 1952-1956, Dell’era called the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. home. The base, he said, operated 24 hours, 7 days a week, training pilots to fly overseas into Korea.

Something about the warmth and sunshine of summer makes it the perfect season for lounging around. 

 

On July 26, the Levittown Community Council hosted its 17th annual Lazy Days of Summer Picnic at the East Village Green Park for families to take advantage of this season of relaxation and laidback fun free of charge.  

 

The DJ played Latin songs as children shook neon colored macarenas and followed the dance moves of a Zumba instructor. Other children enjoyed pony rides, shooting hoops, playing Can Jam and

Tug-of-War, petting farm animals, jumping in a bouncy castle, and fishing for plastic fish in a kiddie pool. 


Sports

Those looking to take swimming lessons and exercise classes at a nearby aquatic center can register for the fall 2014 session at Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow.  

 

On Friday, Aug. 1 is the last chance for open registration. It begins at 8 a.m. for any remaining spots.  The availability of remaining classes will be made public the day before at 5 p.m.

 

On Monday, September 8 the first day of classes for the fall session begin.

 

Swim lessons will be offered for all levels: 

Eric Haslbauer of Levittown scored fourth overall in the 11th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run held on the streets of Plainview on July 20. 

Haslbauer, 21, who has done  most of his running lately for Molloy College, crossed the finish line in 17 minutes, 53 seconds, earning him the second place award in the highly competitive 20-24 age group.

 

A near record field of 531 runners and walkers completed the run, only ten less than the record set last year. The Heart & Sole has clearly become an important summer road race in Nassau County.  The

Run benefits programs at Plainview and Syosset Hospitals.  Race management was handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club. 


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Rich Vos At Governor's - August 1

Worship Without Walls - August 2 


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