Seniors Upset Over Administrative Changes at Levittown Center
Members of the Levittown Senior Center on North Newbridge Road are raising questions about a recent administrative change in their organization. Their coordinator of five years, April Kodila, was transferred to the Merrick Senior Center just before Christmas.
Judge Rules in Favor of Jacobs' Unaffiliated Party Status
A state supreme court judge ruled late Jan. 19 in favor of Nassau County Presiding Officer Judy Jacob's (16th L.D.) 11th hour political maneuver to change her party registration from Democrat to unaffiliated (a.k.a. "blank") in an effort to prevent a bipartisan-formed coalition from unseating her. In his decision, Acting Supreme Court Judge Antonio J. Brandveen endorsed the Nassau County Democratic Committee's motion disenrolling Jacobs from the party. But contention among the legislature is far from resolved and when the vote deciding who will be presiding officer will take place is still unknown. As a result, Jacobs remains in the top seat as a "hold over."
Dragons Basketball Defeat Great Neck North
The Division Avenue High School Boy's Basketball team earned a hard-fought victory by defeating Great Neck North 53-47. The Dragons led 41-39 with three minutes to go setting the stage for a fantastic finish. Cody Lapp would complete a 3-point play to give the Dragons a 44-39 lead. Brian Maini then got out on a fast break and extended the lead to 7 with two minutes to go with a key basket. The Dragons would never look back as they finished off Great Neck North from the foul line. Chris Giudice was outstanding as he poured in 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Brian Maini finished with 11 points and four assists. Cody Lapp also chipped in with 16 points. Outstanding defense was provided by Jim Davis, Mike Maini and James Coyne. The Dragons' next game is on Monday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at Division Avenue High School versus the Hewlett Bulldogs.
Island Trees High School Athletics
The Island Trees Girls Varsity Basketball team has begun its 2005-06 season unbeaten. With 10 girls returning from last year, the team was ready for any competition thrown its way. Also, four of the returning girls are award-winners, including Sarah Hess - All County; Katie Tolan and Valerie Ahrens - All-Conference; and Sam Modik - All-Division. The team is led by Coach Schneider and seniors Katie Tolan, Lauren Mason, Sarah Hess, Sam Modik and Dominique Witteck. The team has two returning juniors, Meaghan Davis and Beth Hughes. The returning sophomores are Valerie Ahrens and Angelika Paskins. Also returning is the only freshman, Meghan Biondolillo. New to the team are juniors Catie Hollett and Jamie Ruiz and sophomores Kristen Walsh and Alysha Ciaramitaro. The girls work very well together and have started off their season on a high note. The team won its first game against Great Neck North and just recently won an exciting game in the final seconds of play, clinching a 48-47 win against North Shore. The Lady Dawgs are now 9-0 overall and 4-0 in their conference and hope to continue their success. Since the team is placed number one in its conference and ranked number six on Newsday's Top Small Schools on Long Island, they have high expectations this season.