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Junior Volunteers Of The Year

Three outstanding students from Levittown and Island Trees middle schools were recently recognized by the Levittown Community Council (LCC) for their outstanding volunteer work.

 

Clare Del Gross, an 8th grader from Jonas E. Salk Middle School, was selected as the first place winner in the council’s annual contest.

DelGrosso , of Wantagh, is involved in the creation of games and activities at the annual Halloween Party for children with special needs, has made and sold wreaths during the holidays to raise money for a neighbor in need in the community; has created and placed Christmas wreaths for a pet cemetery in Wantagh; has collected donations to benefit an orphanage in Africa and has aided in food collection and service for soup kitchens in Roosevelt and Hempstead. She is also a peer tutor, a member of the Young Vincentians of St. Frances de Chantel and a Girl Scout. 

 

Also recognized were Christina Ragusa of Island Trees Memorial Middle School and Jennifer Daly of Wisdom Lane Middle School. 

Ragusa is actively involved with ITMMS Student Leader Corps where she has taken a leadership role in a multitude of events, projects and fundraisers that the organization has spearheaded as well as projects she has initiated. She was exceptionally involved in collecting, organizing, labeling and delivering donated supplies for and to Hurricane Sandy victims. 

 

Daly has devoted much of her free time to educating her peers and adults about autism, its effects on individuals, how to live positively with autism and serving as an ambassador and role model to others. She is a peer tutor and does home tutoring at no charge. She 

developed a school-wide program of activities to educate the Wisdom Lane constituency about autism; planned activities and sold puzzle pieces and bracelets to raise money for Autism Speaks, where she has been asked to serve on the youth council. 

 

Winners receive certificates from the council and cash awards from Astoria Federal Savings, Levittown VFW Post #9592 and the Elks Club. This year, Legislator Dennis Dunne Sr. presented the students with a certificate from the county legislature. School administrators, faculty, friends and family joined the students to celebrate at the council’s May meeting.

 

Nominations are sought from the district’s three middle schools based on contributions they make to the community which are above and beyond the usual. Criteria stipulate that they did not personally profit financially from their participation and that the specific work for which he or she is being recognized was not assigned as class work. 

 

School district staff selects one finalist. Winners are chosen by the board of directors of the Levittown Community Council. This year’s chairperson for the Junior Volunteer of the Year Award was 2nd Vice-President Tom Kohlman.


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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