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New Beginnings Await Class Of 2013

The atmosphere was filled with much excitement as the 258 graduates of the Class of 2013 as Division Avenue High School proceeded onto the floor of Hofstra University’s Mack Sports Complex to take the first step in the next chapter of their lives. Under the direction of Mark Martufi, the Division Avenue High School Orchestra played “Pomp and Circumstance” to announce the beginning of Division’s 54th annual commencement exercises. Student Council President Felicia Comuniello led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, while the Senior Chamber Singers sang the national anthem. 

Principal Dr. Francesco Ianni welcomed guests to the special occasion. In his address to the graduates, Dr. Ianni noted that it is their job to take Division Avenue pride to another level. “Don’t be a name on a roster,” he said. “Bring your story loud and clear; it is up to you to stand tall and be heard.”

 

Senator Charles Schumer, Councilman Gary Hudes and Legislator Dennis Dunne reflected on their past experiences and encouraged the students to reach for their dreams, work towards their goals and remember that parents are parachutes that will always try to keep them safe. 

 

In his address to fellow classmates, valedictorian James Reilly explained that we are all authors to our own novels, of which there is only one copy. “Be your own writer, editor, publicist and critic,” Reilly advised. “You want to be satisfied with your work. Personalize it and enjoy every minute.” 

 

Salutatorian Sukhneet Sahota asked the rhetorical question, “What do you want to do?” She explained that each graduate could answer this question if they do not succumb to fear. “You make the world what you want it to be for yourself,” she stated. 

 

In a cherished tradition, the audience and graduates took time out from the celebratory speeches to watch a commemorative video presentation that featured photographs and short video clips of the seniors’ last year together. 

 

Board of Education Vice President Peter Porrazzo then certified that the seniors had met the requirements for graduation, upon which each graduate was called to the podium to receive their diplomas and become an alumnus of the Levittown School District. 

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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