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Student Hosts Blood Drive For Scholarship

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. 

 

“If I get 30 donors, I receive $250 towards college,” Davidson said. “If I get 50 donors, I receive $500”

 

Davidson expressed her thanks to all of the people who came out to donate, and she hopes to hold another one in the future.

 

She previously held a blood drive, for her 16th birthday in August last year, and plans to hold another one for her birthday this year. 

 

“I hope to also hold more blood drives next year, when I will be a senior, to make some money for college,” Davidson said.

 

Once she is in college, Davidson aspires to study to become an athletic trainer and then go into physical therapy. Her interest in this field was sparked from being involved in sports her whole life.

 

Due to all of the snowstorms, many blood drives had to be cancelled, according to Davidson’s mother, Mindy Davidson. “Because of all of the cancellations, there is a great need for donations,” she said.

 

In order to find people to participate in her blood drive, Davidson created fliers that she handed out in school. She also put the information on social media, various email lists, as well as put advertisements in The Levittown Tribune.

 

Long Island Blood Services brought a bloodmobile, located in the parking lot behind the John Theissen Children’s Foundation, which was where the donors had their blood taken.

 

John Theissen Children’s Foundation helps sponsor children in need whose families are experiencing financial hardships, especially during the holiday seasons.

 

”During Christmastime, they donate tons and tons of toys to give to local hospitals and children in need,” explained Davidson. “If children are cancer patients, or have a bad family life, they hold parties here. They also collect books and school supplies to give away.”

 

Just like the John Theissen Children’s Foundation, Davidson enjoys helping people in need. “I know if I ever needed blood I would want someone to donate it to me,” she said. “People don’t realize how great of a need it is.”


News

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.”

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.


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).


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