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What’s In Store For Farmedge Property

Last year, Nassau BOCES closed its special education preschool program at the Geneva N. Gallow Elementary School on Farmedge Road. Although the Gallow School has been closed to Island Trees students for over twenty years, the BOCES lease has been a significant revenue stream for our district.  In fact, not only did it offset the maintenance expenses for the entire Farmedge property, but it also helped fund our own district programs.

 

In response, the district searched for a new tenant for the Gallow School.  Unfortunately, we were unable to find a new occupant for the building. Without a tenant, the Gallow School has become a financial burden for the school district, as well as a target of vandals. 

 

Given the financial concerns, the district appointed a real estate firm, Oxford and Simpson, to seek bids for an alternate use of the property.  Other school districts have sold similar properties for a significant financial gain to the community, and fittingly, added a new property tax base to help maintain student programs and services.

 

At this time, the District has received a number of development offers.  However, one proposal seems to provide the best value and serve the best interests of our school community.  We hope to share this proposal at the upcoming public meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, 7:30 p.m., in the Island Trees High School auditorium.


News

Motivate Teens To Read

 

Communities value their libraries, and at the Levittown Library, the library staff, in turn, truly appreciates their patrons. Employees at the Levittown Public Library, with a talent for knitting, demonstrate their commitment to the community’s teens by making “amigurumi”—small knitted or crocheted stuffed toys—for use in the reading program. 

YES celebrates “A Taste of the Town”

Who says you have to travel into Manhattan for a fun-filled evening of delicious food and drink? YES Community Counseling Center hosted its 7th Annual “A Taste of the Town”, featuring many of the South Shore’s finest culinary establishments. All proceeds from the event benefited YES, a non-profit community-based organization providing services to children and families in the community.


Sports

The Island Trees Squirts Rockets U-6 team met with town officials, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes at the 2014 Island Trees Soccer Club Opening Day Parade and Ceremony held at Stokes Elementary School. Pictured also with the Rockets U-6 team is President Joe Badolato, Event Coordinator Keri Cinelli, Equipment Commissioner Chris Blum, Travel Commissioner Mike Rich, Vice-President Brian Fielding and Rockets U-6 Coach Gina Weyland.


With six second half goals, the Farmingdale State Rams men’s soccer team picked up a 6-0 conference victory over the Sarah Lawrence Gryphons on Oct. 11, to improve to 5-8-1 overall, 2-2-1 in the Skyline. The visiting Gryphons fell to 2-9, 0-5 in conference play.


Calendar

Hempstead Town Firematic Awards - Through October 16

First Presbyterian "Hand In Hand: Jews and Arabs" - October 19

Island Trees Board - October 22


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com