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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. 

News

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


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