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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

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

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Friday, Aug. 29



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