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Earth Day Cleanup

Volunteers at the 7th Annual Earth Day cleanup sponsored by the Levittown Community Council in partnership with the Town of Hempstead collected 800 pounds of garbage from public areas around the Levittown, Island Trees and Wantagh communities. 

 

More than 50 volunteers, including adults, Key Clubbers and students and confirmands working on community service credits, showed up on a somewhat cold and windy day to lend support to the cleanup effort. Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray along with Levittown Community Council directors and members Pat and Don Patane, Mauro and Louise Cassano, Tom Kohlman, Mary Kay Ross, Steve Dalton and Ginny Isola greeted the volunteers and assigned them to areas in and around the community. 

 

Volunteers included Amna Ahmed, Stephani Barreto,Emily Barcia, Anji Bolaji, Ellen Carracino, Nicolina, Macedonio and Chris Cicola, Elena Cuascut, Raquel DeLeon, Samantha DeRienzo, Shari, Gabi, Amna and Sheila Freeda, Nick and Connie Irish, Christopher and Ginny Isola,  Jonny  and Jesse Koenig, Samantha and Shawn Kucmierowski, Andrew Lennon, Christian Magorrian, Laura Maher, Angela Mathew, James Moran, Carol Olivia, Gloria Perez, Joanna Perlman, Janette Ramos, Alicia and Marion Renda, Trevor Ross, Krish and Kim Ryu, Matt and Patty Sepulveda, Arnav Sharma, Joseph Shatarah, Emily Stones, Kayla Strong, Milissa Williams, Tony Woo, and Helen Zheng.

 

Council President Bob Koenig thanked all of the volunteers as they returned to the starting location at the OfficeMax parking lot with the debris they collected and to return rakes, grabbers, and vests on loan from the Levittown School District and the Town of Hempstead.


News

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.”

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.


Sports

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.

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).


Calendar

BOE Planning Session

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Bad Seed Auditions

Thursday, Aug. 28

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs

Friday, Aug. 29



Columns

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