Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00
The scholarship in Jim Amen’s name is given each year on the school’s awards night to a deserving Division Avenue High School athlete who has demonstrated excellence not only on the field, but off the field as well.
“I work closely with Beth Thompson of the DAHS Guidance Department to come up with worthy candidates/winners,” Boettger said. “As is the case with the upkeep of the garden, continuous involvement/donations are what keeps Coach Amen’s memory alive.”
Boettger said that Mauro Chiti, the present athletic director at DAHS, and also an alum, planted a peach tree last year that actually grows peaches. He said, “Coach Amen seemed to be chewing on something all the time...and it wasn’t ‘til I was an eighth grader that I realized it was a peach pit—he loved his peaches—so anyone who had him for sports, PE class, etc. always remembers him chewing on a peach pit.” The plaque with a raised peach pit are a tribute to Amen.
“As an athletic director [at Dryden High School in upstate New York], part of my philosophy is to promote the great things my coaches do, whether it be community service or winning records, etc.,” Boettger, a class of 1973 DAHS alum, said. “I have a soft spot in my heart for those coaches who not only win but also who take time to really connect with their kids. Jim Amen did both, won in baseball and was totally committed to the athletes in Levittown.”
Boettger said he made some calls to some members of his graduating class. He paired with another DAHS alum, Gary Gardiner to put the plan into action. Once ground was broken former classmates Debby Stecher McKosky, Tom Leyden, John Habel and Kathy Shade Lynch planted flowers and erected a temporary plaque.
“He [Amen] had the total package as far as how to treat kids, how to coach, how to build a program, etc. You won’t find too many people from back in the day that had anything negative to say about Coach Amen,” Boettger remembered.
Boettger told the Tribune that caretaking of the garden and memorial is needed; community help is always welcome.
Boettger says he has relied on the financial support of Division alumni, staff, students, and community members. While they have always been generous, Boettger says it’s still not enough to sustain the scholarship funding for much longer.
Dedication bricks are still for sale, at $75 each, which line the walkway of the garden. Money generated through the brick inscriptions benefits the scholarship fund.
Checks can be made out to: Jim Amen Fund, c/o Ralph Boettger, 24 Pheasant Walk, Ithaca, NY 14850. Donations go toward the construction of the Memorial Garden plus the development of a scholarship in honor of Jim Amen. For additional information call (607) 342-2373.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites high school graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees track program is pleased to announce that four members of the team will be participating in the New York State tournament. Students honored include:
Alexa Dolgos with a personal best of 1.37 in the 600 meter run; Alyssa Mustafa with a personal best of 17 feet, 3.5 inches in the long jump and a personal best of 36 minutes 1.3 seconds in the triple jump competition; Andrew Zabala with a personal best of 43 feet 5 inches in the triple jump; and Joe Stanco with 47 minutes 10.5 seconds in the shot put.
— Submitted by Varsity Track Coach Joseph Manna
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees Bulldogs Wrestling team finished the 2013-2014 season with an overall record of 18-8. The team defeated Syosset in the Dual Meet Championship playoffs 34-27, and then lost to Plainedge in the second round 48-29. The team had a strong season and was ranked no. 8 in Nassau County. The Bulldogs entered 22 wrestlers in the Nassau County Qualifying Tournament, out of which, eleven of the team’s All-League grapplers qualified for the coveted Nassau County Wrestling Tournament. Six wrestlers also received All-Conference honors, with one wrestler earning a wildcard into the tournament, for a total of 12 Island Trees wrestlers competing.