Written by Youseph Rasheed Saturday, 21 June 2014 00:00
Move over vampires. The wizards that graced the pages of popular children’s books in the early 2000’s may have taken a short break from casting spells and travelling between different realms, but one local author is bringing them back. Levittown’s own Cris Pasqueralle has written the exciting young adult fantasy book titled Destiny Revealed: The Destiny Trilogy (Volume 1). It is the first book to be released from the electrifying three part series that will soon be coming to a book store near you.
Destiny Revealed tells the story of a pair of twins whose parents are captured by an evil wizard on their 13th birthday. The twins Uncle Benny informs them of their true identities. It just so happens that they are actually wizards from another realm of existence. They must now return to the magical realm to rescue their parents and ultimately have their destinies revealed.
“My two daughters were big Harry Potter fans and that was what inspired me to write my first book ever about wizards,” said Pasqueralle. “If I could get kids to start reading it would really be a great thing for me. Too many children these days are into their electronic video games, iPads and things of that nature, so if they put those devices down and start picking up 300 page books and reading them, well then that would be pretty excellent.”
Pasqueralle is a Long Islander true and through. He was born in Plainview and grew up in Hicksville. As a teenager Pasqueralle played lacrosse and wrestled for Hicksville High School. He attended Nassau
Community College and graduated from SUNY Old Westbury with a degree in Philosophy in 1992.
After retiring from the NYPD in 2008, Pasqueralle decided to spend more time pursuing his passion for writing. “I have been writing for years,” he said. “It has been my hobby ever since High School. I was big on writing and just being creative.”
After self publishing his book on Amazon’s Kindle service to rave reviews, the CEO of Cosby Media Productions, Braxton Cosby, who also happens to be the nephew of Bill Cosby, took notice. “He read the book and told me that he liked it and he wanted to do something with it,” explained Pasqueralle. “They have really been great about it and they have stood by me every step of the way. My family and friends have been very excited about the news and also really supportive. My older daughter Toniann has already read the first book and she loved it. The main character in Destiny Revealed is named Maddie and she is modeled after my younger daughter Deanna.”
Pasqueralle himself is an avid fan of classic literature like John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. When asked what he loved most about the writing process, Pasqueralle said “I love the unexpectedness of it. The characters really steal the story. Even though you have something planned when you sit down to write, it’s really the characters that write the story themselves. They are the ones that tell me what they want to do. They say yes I want to do this or no I don’t.”
The second book is already in the works. Pasqueralle is hard at work and hopes to have it released by January 2015. As for Destiny Revealed, look out for a wide release late this summer.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Levittown.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00
The featured speaker at the Levittown Historical Society’s September meeting was John Owens, editor in chief of Anton Community Newspapers, the publisher of the Levittown Tribune.
Historical society Vice President Bob Koenig opened the meeting, which was held at the Levittown Public Library.
Owens discussed the opioid epidemic that has swept over Long Island. Not only have thousands of residents become addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin, Owens said, but also, over the past two years there have been more than 240 overdose deaths.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:27
Saturday, Sept. 27
9 a.m. Boys Varsity Soccer Great Neck South at MacArthur
9:15 a.m. JV Football Lawrence at Division
10 a.m. Boys JV Soccer West Hemsptead at Division
10 a.m. Boys Varsity Soccer Division at West Hempstead
Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:25
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 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.”