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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

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. 

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.


Sports

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.  

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.”


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