Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
My father was a great linguist. He used to sit in his recliner and read the dictionary. He spoke English, German, and some French and Italian. He learned the latter 3 languages while serving overseas in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO) as part of America’s Greatest Generation. As a young 20 year-old, his very survival sometimes depended on his ability to communicate with the enemy. It also didn’t hurt when the young G.I. had liberty and may have had an opportunity to meet a young fraulein, signorina, or mademoiselle.
Each time I graduated from grammar school, high school, and college, I received the same gift from my father. It was always the current massive, heavy edition of Merriam Webster’s Dictionary. My children’s generation is fortunate in that they are not burdened with having to lug this anvil-sized anchor around school. They are equipped with iPhones.
In the April 11, 2014 Levittown Tribune story written by Daniel Offner, he entitled it School Board Reveals $18M Proposal. Now, if you take out your iPhone and go to Webster’s online dictionary, you can look up the definition of the word reveal. Under full definition, it reads:
1. To make known through divine inspiration.
2. To make (something secret or hidden) publicly or generally known.
Some may be torn between (a) congratulating the Island Trees Board of Education for its divinely inspired revelation four months after receiving an offer still not shown to the public, and (b) castigating the board for keeping something secret or hidden for four months. After all, the board is a public body and this is public information. At the February 10th Farmedge Property Sale forum at Island Trees High School, the board was asked a direct question whether they had received any bids for the property. The board answered with a resounding no. Two months later, the Island Trees community was presented with the revelation in living color. Why now?
The Farmedge Property Sale debacle has torn the Island Trees community to shreds. All the blue ribbon community panels in the world cannot undo the harm already done, including draining the heating oil and water….during the coldest winter in 20 years….from the Geneva Gallow School. Any apartment building owner who would do this would be called a slumlord. Again, this was done without the public’s prior knowledge or approval. The Island Trees residents spoke loudly and clearly on February 10th at Island Trees High
School, yet 2 months later, we received a multi-colored brochure in the mail heralding the pie-in-the-sky offer from an unnamed developer. In that brochure, you will not find one reference to the June 14, 1969 Flag Day dedication of the Stephen E. Karopczyk
School which was dedicated to one of our own. He is a Medal of Honor recipient who attended school in that very building. Who authorized the brochure and how much did its production cost the taxpayer? When did the board cast a public vote allotting funds for its production? The board was asked these very questions and has not answered them. Who’s minding the till? What happened to shelving this issue and hitting the reset button? Perhaps that will happen on May 20th.
Island Trees Resident
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00
U.S. Air Force Veteran Mario Dell’aera, 80, of Levittown said he first volunteered for service in 1952, during the Korean War.
“They called volunteers ‘regulars,’” he said, reflecting back to when he first enlisted.
From 1952-1956, Dell’era called the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. home. The base, he said, operated 24 hours, 7 days a week, training pilots to fly overseas into Korea.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
A clown named Renaldo performed magic tricks for an enthusiastic audience as part of the National Circus Project, which visited Levittown Public Library on Wednesday, July 16.
All 150 tickets available for the performance were sold out in this interactive magic show for children. Throughout the entire circus act, children laughed and raised their hands as high as they could to be chosen as one of Renaldo’s helpers.
Raising her hand to participate was three-year-old Kirsten Cantwell from Seaford. “She was upset that she didn’t get picked,” said her mother Melissa Cantwell.
Kirsten Cantwell goes to any activity offered at the library, and is starting to enjoy watching magic shows. According to her mother, she really enjoyed the performance.
In the circus show, National Circus Project performer, Al Calienes, acted as Renaldo the clown.
“The show has different components of acts in the circus,” explained Calienes. “We teach children circus moves.”
With the National Circus Project, children get to see magic tricks performed live. “We infuse enthusiasm by showing them, and they in turn will be able to repeat the process,” said Calienes.
Renaldo performed plate spinning, where he spun a plate on a stick and passed it along to the stick of one of his helpers from the audience, who then passed the plate down a line of three more helpers. This interactive way of teaching the children magic tricks really allows them to absorb what they are learning.
The National Circus Project travels and performs for elementary schools, as well as middle and high schools. When the National Circus Project is not going to schools, they perform at library shows, summer camps, and other types of events.
The performance entertains the adults as well as the children. “We involve everybody,” said Calienes. “Everybody’s engaged on some level or another. “
At every library performance, Calienes donates the children’s book he wrote and illustrated Renaldo Joins the Circus to the library. He feels that he owes a lot to the library system. “Anything that ever meant anything to me I learned in the library,” said Calienes.
Calienes learned how to draw from the library, which is how he became a commercial artist. One of the main characters he would always draw would be Renaldo the clown. “I wanted to make him real so I joined the circus,” he said.
Calienes has been performing with the National Circus Project for seven years and has been in the circus business going on 26 years.
The National Circus Project brings magic to children at any school, camp or library all over Long Island as well as across the country.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Levittown’s Division Avenue High School varsity baseball team, under the direction of coach Tom Tuttle, won the Class A County Championship, garnering a third-place ranking in New York State. This is the team’s 13th county championship win and the second county championship for the school in the past four years.
In addition, senior Chris Reilly was named Championship MVP for throwing a complete game shutout in game two and going three for four with two RBIs.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Taylor Traenkle, a junior at Division Avenue High School recently received the MVP award for the Nassau County Varsity Hockey League Association.
Traenkle, who plays no. 9 for the Levittown Ice Falcons, led the way averaging 2.8 points a game with a total of 25 goals and 23 assists in just 17 games.