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Let There Be Lights

In response to numerous requests from the Island Trees school community, the district plans to turn on the new high school stadium lights from Monday to Thursday until 9 p.m., on a trial basis. According to school officials, the pilot will help the district evaluate the community usage to determine if it will extend the stadium hours of operation in the future. 

 

“The soccer club is trying to take as much practice time as they can at night,” said Island Trees Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy. “And our youth football team will want equal time.”

 

According to Murphy, before coming into the Island Trees school district, several parents had asked the district permit the use of the stadium’s lights for varsity track athletes to practice. “That never transpired,” he replied. 

 

With requests from coaches, teachers, and students to use the facilities after hours, and with the weather starting to warm up, the district felt it was a good time to reexamine turning on the lights in the evening. 

 

“Levittown keeps theirs on all the time,” said School Board President Ken Rochon. “It costs a lot of money to keep them running.” 

 

The trial is estimated to cost the district $2,000 for the month, which includes security and energy costs. For Rochon, the only concern with the test trial, is the potential that the use of the lights will draw in outside organizations and groups looking to host sporting events. 

 

“We can’t allow that right now,” Rochon said. “We only wanted to give people in the community an opportunity to use the facility they pay for.”

 

Residents interested in exercising on the track may do so in the evening, provided it is not used for school purposes. To request use of the athletic field and facilities, contact the facilities office for a permit at 516-520-2108. 

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The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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