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Hometown Hero Helps Local Tots

It was warmer than average this past Friday, Dec. 20, on the last day before the official arrival of winter. Boxes of toys were stacked up high inside and outside of the Police Benevolent Association in Freeport for the annual United State Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

 

Inside the PBA headquarters, Retired Marine Major Chuck Kilbride was hard at work, overseeing operations for the event that delivers gifts to underprivileged kids. 

 

“I do it because I want to give back to the community,” said Major Kilbride, as he sorted through a myriad of games and dolls piled atop large brown tables inside. “I do it because it makes me feel good...putting smiles on children’s faces.” 

 

Maj. Kilbride’s life truly embodies the All-American tale. Born Dec. 14, 1952 at the Mitchel Field Air Force Base in Garden City, Kilbride grew up in Levittown and was the fifth of six children born to Major John P. Kilbride and Agnes Gilligan in a Roman Catholic home.

“I had a very fortunate upbringing,” Kilbride said as he nostalgically looked up towards the ceiling. “You really couldn’t ask for anything better.” 

 

As a boy, Kilbride attended Summit Lane Elementary School. “I was a typical kid,” he explained. “I loved playing baseball and football. Levittown was a great place to grow up. Everyone knew everyone and it was a safe neighborhood too.” Kilbride played defensive end for Division Avenue High School. He said, “Our biggest rival was Hicksville, but we always won. We were a great team.” 

 

After Kilbride graduated from Division Avenue High School in 1971 he immediately enlisted in the United States Marines Corps. One short year later he married his high school sweetheart Sandi Kress. “I have the greatest wife in the world,” he said. “We have been married for 41 wonderful years. Together we have four wonderful children who are all West Point Graduates.”

 

Kilbride attended C.W. Post and graduated in 1978 with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a Minor in Criminal Justice. For his masters Kilbride attended National University in San Diego, Calif., where he received a degree in management.

 

Kilbride described how he became the Chairman of Toys for Tots in Nassau County and said “The Marines asked me if I wanted to be in charge of toys for tots and I said sure, why not? One of my best memories is when I was up in North Shore Hospital delivering toys to the pediatric unit. There was a little girl who had just got her third bone marrow transplant. She looked up at one of the Marines that was with us and told him he was her hero. The Marine took off his medals pinned them on the little girl and told her ‘No, you are my hero.’ It really goes to show you that the Marines are the kid next store. They have heart. They are there to serve and protect.”

 

Reverend William A. Watson Jr.—a pastor at the Free Will Baptist Church in Freeport and the St. John’s Baptist Church in Westbury—arrived at the Freeport P.B.A. offices to pick up the donated gifts and deliver them to the children. Rev. Watson told The Levittown

Tribune, “I have known Maj. Kilbride for 22 years. He is a great friend, a great activist, and a great asset to mankind.”

 

Today, Kilbride lives happily with his wife in Levittown, where he is always willing to take time to serve the community. 

 

“I have it all,” Kilbride said, reflecting back on his life. “I have had it all for quite some time. I am a truly lucky guy.” 

News

Five year projection shows tough road ahead

The Levittown Board of Education unanimously adopted a $198.7 million spending plan for the 2014-2015 school year, which comes with a proposed tax levy increase of 1.62 percent. This represents a $2.1 million increase from last year, for a proposed levy of $133.2 million.   

 

The Levittown school district will receive $49,163,299 in state aid for the 2014-2015 school year, which increased by $690,049 from last year’s budget. The other revenues also show an increase of $684,250 from last year. 

 

In the past seven years, the district received its largest percentage of state aid in 2008-2009 with 30 percent. According to Assistant Superintendent Bill Pastore, state aid has decreased since then, leveling off for the past few years and coming in at slightly below 25 percent for 2014-15.

Seven in contest for three seats on school board

On April 8, members of the Levittown Property Owners Association invited all seven candidates in the running for Island Trees School District Board of Education to a “Meet the Candidates” forum. Of the seven only four attended, and only three spoke on the dais. 

 

According to Levittown Property Owners President Diane Kirk, members of the Island Trees School District were invited to attend the forum, but declined stating that they were going to attend their own forum on May 12.

 

Challenger Brian Fielding, a 1995 Island Trees High School graduate, opened the forum with the promise of more transparency.  


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero. 

 

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more.  The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season. 

Friday Pins, Pizza & Pepsi

Trevor Williams 166,101

 

Keith Kyte 137,119,115

 

Anthony Baio 111,73

 

Alyssa Williams 141,133,120

 

Lauren Walpole 114,105,96

 

Kaitlyn Insinna 106,68,67

 

Robert Brooler 107,97

 

Frank Pietraniello 94

 

Friday Bumper Stars

Matthew Banfich 140,95

 

Nicky Barrera 115,99

 

Jake Mauro 107

 

Anthony Barrera 97,79

 

Michael Pietraniello 97,87

 

Ty Peranzo 95

 

Steven Tiemer 92

 

Nick Bevinetto 90,82

 

Ava Banfich 103,101

 

Julianna Mauro 103,87

 

Gianna Centonze 102,91

 

Victoria Gray 91,87

 

Mike Rosen 87,86

 

Steven Brauer 85,83

 

Stephan Mandola 83

 

Joey Mohaudt 81

 

Pantelis Siriodis 80

 

Kelsey Casperson 85,73

 

Stephanie Tiemer 71,67

 

Kathleen Hoffman 68,65

 

Friday Rising Stars

Jason Tiemer 191,169,138

 

Max Benson 179

 

Andrew Scarpaci 168,162,148

 

Avery Benson 151,149,135

 

Matthew Brezinski 143,110

 

Ted Fiber 128,115,114

 

Paul Klein 126,107

 

Nicholas Pisano 123,115

 

Billy Walsh 108

 

Saturday

Levittown Island trees

 

Michael Beck 117,89

 

Zach Pilser 114,110

 

Sophia Bloom 93,90

 

Olivia Bloom 81,79

 

Christian Tucci 88,85

 

Louis Bonaventura 84,79

 

Ava Tucci 74,65

 

— Submitted by the South Levittown Lanes


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