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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

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

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 Saturday, 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.”


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