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Letter: Teachers Union Backs Challengers

The United Teachers of Island Trees would like to take this opportunity to offer our support to Mr. Michael Rich, Mr. Paul Giambona and Mr. Brian Fielding as they attempt to gain positions on the school board of The Island Trees School District. The aforementioned gentlemen  possess a similar mindset with regard to our community and the means by which to achieve success. They are enthusiastic and motivated and are prepared to put their ideas in motion if and when they are elected to these very important positions.

It is never the intention, nor will it ever be the intention of the UTIT to speak disparagingly of any board member. It is a thankless, payless job which requires dedication and selflessness. It is not easy to sit before an audience and answer questions with no knowledge of what will be asked.  For the efforts of the existing board members, we offer our appreciation and respect.  Our opinions are not arrived at by any personal feelings toward any individuals.  We simply feel that the gentlemen that are seeking positions on the board are very qualified and are prepared to face the challenges that currently exist.

Mr. Rich, Mr. Giambona and Mr. Fielding have publicly stated how important it is to show support for the teachers and children of this community. The United Teachers of Island Trees will always proudly serve the children of this community. We take great pride in what we do. The children always will come first!  It is with great confidence that we anticipate the results of what these gentlemen have vowed. Our appreciation for any board member will remain a constant.  No matter the results of the elections on May 20th, the members of the UTIT will be prepared to serve the Island Trees community and work in conjunction with the board of education to achieve success for our students.

Charles Smith, UTIT President

Tom Steinmeyer, UTIT Vice President

Doug Rigo, UTIT Vice President

News

In response to the county’s fly-by-night decision to remove 176 old oak trees along Seaman’s Neck Road, earlier this month, New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon has issued a letter to Nassau County Department of Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias regarding constituents’ concerns with the appearance of the roadway.

In his letter, Hannon asks Commissioner Shah-Gavnoudias if the removal of the trees were under the jurisdiction of LIPA or PSEG.

“If not, I would like to know who made the decision to remove these trees and why,” Hannon states. “I request you review this case and take whatever course of action necessary.”

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.

“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”

During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.


Sports

Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.

Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.

Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.

Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).


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