Written by Douglas Finlay Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
Last summer, Wal-Mart amped up the supermarket competition in Levittown, opening a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Hempstead Turnpike—the first in New York State, according to the company's website.
Both eager customers and angry protestors showed up to the spot formerly occupied by Waldbaum's in the Levittown Mews for the grand opening.
Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets, as distinct from Wal-Mart stores, offer fresh produce and fruit, meat and dairy products, bakery and deli items, household supplies, health and beauty aids and a pharmacy. By now, Levittown residents have had a chance to evaluate the mega-retailer's grocery offerings. Some are embracing the new competition, although not necessarily for its price competitiveness.
“Wal-Mart is a great supermarket with great people working there; they are always so friendly when I go,” said Levittown resident Ann Torcivia. “The prices are good, but could be better; they advertise better prices, but they don’t post them.”
Low prices have always been Wal-Mart's selling point, but experts warn that the discounts can snag you. “When you go into the store to buy a low-cost item, you often walk out with a bag full other items that are not low cost,” said Zulima Wiscovitch, executive director of the National Supermarket Association, a trade association for independent supermarkets, point out that not everything at Wal-Mart is cheaper than everywhere else.
Maria Gribbins, a Levittown resident and advanced placement biology teacher at Island Trees High School, said she can validate Wiscovitch’s point: She has purchased items at BJ’s Wholesale for $8.99 that Wal-Mart priced at $12.99. Like many consumers, she eschews buying some types of item at the mammoth discounter. “I buy my meats at Stop & Shop” and elsewhere, she said, saying she can get similar prices when using supermarket coupons.
Nonetheless, she added, “brand-name prices are really good [at Wal-Mart].” She said she shops for items for her son Ryan, such as frozen pizza and various snacks, and also for low-sugar items for her diabetic husband. “These are usually expensive items,” and Wal-Mart has them at half the price of regular supermarkets, she maintained.
Bill Simon, the retailer’s U.S. chief executive officer, said in a recent interview with Supermarket News that Wal-Mart, after several years of unsuccessfully trying to crack the five boroughs of New York City, is now focused on increasing share in existing markets. Wal-Mart has a store in East Meadow, and one in Uniondale. The Levittown market, open 24 hours, employs 90 workers.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Jessy Davidson, a student at MacArthur High School in Levittown, organized and held a blood drive at the John Theissen Children’s Foundation on Wantagh Ave. this past weekend.
Davidson, a junior, hopes to earn a small college scholarship through the New York Blood Center Bloodstock Scholarship Program by hosting this blood drive. If at least 30 donors come through, she will qualify for the scholarship.
Anyone who is in high school is able to participate in this scholarship, according to Davidson.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites high school graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees track program is pleased to announce that four members of the team will be participating in the New York State tournament. Students honored include:
Alexa Dolgos with a personal best of 1.37 in the 600 meter run; Alyssa Mustafa with a personal best of 17 feet, 3.5 inches in the long jump and a personal best of 36 minutes 1.3 seconds in the triple jump competition; Andrew Zabala with a personal best of 43 feet 5 inches in the triple jump; and Joe Stanco with 47 minutes 10.5 seconds in the shot put.
— Submitted by Varsity Track Coach Joseph Manna
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees Bulldogs Wrestling team finished the 2013-2014 season with an overall record of 18-8. The team defeated Syosset in the Dual Meet Championship playoffs 34-27, and then lost to Plainedge in the second round 48-29. The team had a strong season and was ranked no. 8 in Nassau County. The Bulldogs entered 22 wrestlers in the Nassau County Qualifying Tournament, out of which, eleven of the team’s All-League grapplers qualified for the coveted Nassau County Wrestling Tournament. Six wrestlers also received All-Conference honors, with one wrestler earning a wildcard into the tournament, for a total of 12 Island Trees wrestlers competing.