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Letter: Fourth Contestant For Island Trees School Board

Why is Farmedge Property being put on the referendum when you haven’t set up the committees yet to decide what the taxpayers want to do? 

 

I was at the March 1, 2014 Levittown Property Association meeting when a person in the audience directed a question to Superintendent Murphy, asking the value of the Farmedge property. The Superintendent was asked at least four times and did not respond.

The person then asked if he could say how much it was valued at that he’d found out through the Freedom of Information Act. The Superintendent gave him the okay to say it. The young man said it was $5.5 million, not the $11 million that was told earlier to the public.

 

In March, I received an Island Trees District newsletter. It said “Farmedge: The Details”. It stated that in December, 2013 there was a bid of $17,290,00 for the entire property. Then in January, 2014 the offer increased to $18,031,000. On the February 10, 2014

Board meeting, the Superintendent and the Board would not disclose the amount of money of the Farmedge property. 

 

What is the true story? You admitted it was $5.5 million and now it’s $18 million. I’m really now wondering if $5.5 million that was found through the Freedom of Information Act is the correct amount and why is there now a $13 million difference? The

Superintendent has said that in the past he wouldn’t reveal the bids because he felt it wasn’t a smart business move. It was stated by the Board in the 4/16 - 4/22 issue of the Levittown Tribune that they were keeping the closed building in a condition that would make it immediately available for a possible tenant with minimal re-opening costs. And again, with the rush to sell the property, it was stated at the February 10, 2014 Board meeting that none of the money from the sale would go to the budget and for 10 years no taxes would be collected. It’s in the Board minutes.

 

The Gallow building has been rented all the way to 2013 making money for the district. 

 

1) You drained the fuel oil from the building – there would be no heat or hot water.

 

2) You didn’t say that water pipes had gotten broken in the building.

 

3)You forgot to say that you shut the water off at the curb to the building.

 

4)I also was told that the elevator was taken out of the building at a cost of $175,000 to be put in another building where  it   didn’t fit.

 

Tell the taxpayers how when a building has no heat, water pipes breaking, tiles popping up off the floor and possible mold growing that it is considered in a “condition making it immediately available for a tenant with minimal re-opening costs.”

 

Is this the same board that was supposed to abate the lead in the gun range that was in the High School basement where the students for the Drama club have the props they build for plays? I wonder what’s the story on the health of those students.

 

Now, another thing. I’m glad you brought up the Island Trees Memorial that you said the current board restored the name. Is it not the same board that agreed to take the name off the building and put Superintendent Seagadahl’s name instead. I was present for that.

 

As of April 21, 2014 I regretfully decline from running for School Board President due to advice of counsel.

 

Dominic Ciaramella 


News

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.

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.


Sports

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. 

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. 


Calendar

Lazy Days Of Summer - July 26

Flea Market - July 27

Darlene Prince and the Bragg Hollow Band - July 28


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com