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Levittown Community Cleans Up

In celebration of Earth Day, members of the Levittown Community Council teamed up with the Town of Hempstead to host its eighth annual community clean-up day. 

 

On April 26, residents from Levittown and the surrounding areas gathered their rakes, shovels and gloves and met up in front of OfficeMax by Hempstead Tpke. and Gardiners Ave. before getting down and dirty—picking up garbage and planting trees. 

 

“We were in puddles at 8:30 this morning, so this is a significant improvement,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray said. “We are thrilled that we have more and more people joining, especially our young folks, each year. It shows we all have pride in our community and this certainly enhances the look and what better time then Spring when we’re all thinking about cleaning our own yards and getting our houses in order.  It’s good to get our communal house in order as well.”

 

According to Tom Kohlman, co-president of the Community Council, this event started as a way to bring the community together to try and make the community look even better.  

 

Participants ranged from honor society students, Boy Scouts, student-athletes, corporate volunteers, religious programs, Key Clubs, and other youth organizations. 

 

“It’s so good for the kids to participate,” stated Kathy D’Arpa, who supervised her daughter and her friend on Saturday’s clean-up. “It teaches them to respect their surroundings and environment.”

 

Hempstead Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad added, “I think this is absolutely a wonderful idea. This is my first year and I wish that more towns, more areas, would do this, because it brings the young people out and it gives you pride for your own town. When you’ve taken the Saturday out to go and clean up, you’re going to take pride in your town. It’s good for the younger generation and it’s good for the community.”

News

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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Lost Nights - November 22

Town of Hempstead Meeting - November 25


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