Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00
After reviewing several proposals for the 11.3 acre property that currently houses the Geneva N. Gallow and Stephen J. Karopcyc schools, the Island Trees School District has announced it plans to sell the property to a developer for construction of 160 to 247 condominium units for residents ages 55 and up.
Presently, the school district spends over $200,000 a year to maintain both Gallow and Karopcyc school facilities, which have been closed for conventional classes for more than 20 years. According to school officials, the sale of the property will not only reduce maintenance costs by $200,000, it will also provide at least $500,000 per year in new tax revenue. The district will gain $700,000 per year by relinquishing the property, plus money made from the land sale.
All of the new housing units will be built solely for sale as condominiums, and will include sufficient parking located inside the development to ensure there is no overflow of parking outside the site. Although the development will be for residents 55 and older, there are no restrictions against children. Any student enrollment increase brought as a result of the new development is anticipated to be minimal and maintained in the district’s current schools.
While school officials have determined what the project will entail, they had not finalized any contract with the developer as of press time. Should the district approve, any revenue from the sale will be placed into a reserve fund.
“It’s not a done deal yet,” said Island Trees Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy. “We still need to iron out a few things with the [Island Trees] Public Library Board.”
The sale will require the district to relocate the Island Trees Public Library, SCOPE Preschool and school district offices. The district offices will move to Michael F. Stokes Elementary School, and the SCOPE pre-school program to the J. Fred Sparke Elementary School.
But plans moving the library in particular raised concerns.
“For a community with a large library, this might not seem so detrimental,” said Levittown resident Laura Giunta, regarding the district’s plan to hire an architect to design space for the library inside the Memorial Middle School. “The Island Trees Public Library is significantly smaller than libraries in neighboring communities. Any decrease to the size of the library’s location will have a major negative impact on the library, which already is in need of expansion.”
Through a Facebook survey, the district found 97 percent of residents polled use the library’s services.
“With so many Island Trees residents using the library, the school district has an obligation to see to it that our community has the best library it can,” Giunta added.
According to Murphy, the plan will potentially improve the Island Trees Public Library.
“With a proposition like this, it is imperative we have the community on board,” Murphy said. “We want to make sure it is full steam ahead before we sign any contract.”
Although the trustees have identified one proposal that they feel serves the best interests of the community, it has yet to agree to anything.
On Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m., the Island Trees Board of Education will meet at the high school, to discuss the proposals with the community.
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
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.”
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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).