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Starting A New Academic Adventure

Both Victoria DeMatteo and Robert Wertheimer beam with pride when they talk about their son Trevor’s acceptance into Regis School in New York City.  And they should.  According to Wertheimer the prestigious Jesuit college preparatory school has only about a 14 percent acceptance rate.  “It’s extremely competitive,” he said.  But he added, so is Trevor.   

 

Trevor, now 14 and an eighth grader at Wisdom Lane Middle School in Levittown, said he is up for the challenge.  A successful two-time Science Olympian, Trevor’s seventh grade team beat his school’s eighth grade team, and his current eighth grade team is now also headed to the demanding state competition in Rochester, said he’s ready to test some new skills. Regis, Trevor said, has a very strong debate team.  “I’m considering taking that up.”  

 

And the debate team might be just the place to put his vast knowledge of American History to the test.  While he recently read the books “Killing Kennedy” and “Killing Lincoln” for enjoyment, one would be both surprised and impressed to hear his familiarity of a more recent president, but still before Trevor’s time, Gerald Ford’s tumultuous relationship with New York City, and Trevor’s understanding of the actual nuances behind the immediate headlines.  But his mom isn’t surprised.  “Trevor is very unique.  He is beyond his years,” said DeMatteo. 

 

The Journey To Regis

While Trevor will be commuting to his new school starting September 2014 by LIRR and possibly subway or bus, his true journey to Regis started in spring 2013 with a teacher recommendation.  Trevor originally planned to go to Chaminade, but heard accolades of

Regis through a teacher and decided to set his sights on that academic opportunity.  

 

Trevor needed to be at the top of his class to even apply.  The application process included a test, an essay and an interview discussing his opinion on the recent government shut-down and who was to blame for the fiasco.  

 

Trevor knows his new school, as a Jesuit learning institution, will focus heavily on community service, giving back to others and helping those less fortunate. Trevor said, “Anyway I can help people is nice.”  

 

Trevor said his though favorite subjects are Social Studies and history, but he also excels at Science and Math and has informally tutored peers in those subjects during final exam time.  He also assisted teachers in grading papers.  And Mother Nature’s recent wrath has given him another opportunity to help by shoveling out some elderly neighbors’ homes. 

 

The Future

Trevor said he isn’t sure which college he’d eventually like to attend, but right now said he might be interested in a career in law.  His dad, an investment manager, said “Trevor is also pretty good at economics.”  And his mom, a marketing professional, said at one time he expressed an interest in medicine.  When a bike accident landed Trevor in the hospital for a week Trevor took the time to read, “Angels in the ER.”  Trevor said he might be interested in the medical field and is fascinated by the heart and nervous system. 


News

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.

Hempstead town officials recently announced plans to improve the roadway along Longfellow Avenue in Levittown.

“One way we invest in our communities is by improving our roadways,” said Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “Upgrading our streets saves money in the long term, while making roadways safer and more aesthetically pleasing for neighbors.”

Construction is slated to begin as early as this month and is expected to be complete by October. The project will include repairs to Longfellow Avenue and Byron Place, as well as portions of Milton and Emerson avenues.


Sports

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.

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).


Calendar

BOE Planning Session

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Bad Seed Auditions

Thursday, Aug. 28

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs

Friday, Aug. 29



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