Written by Dr. Charles Murphy Island Trees Superintendent Of Schools Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00
Last year, Nassau BOCES decided to close their special education preschool program at the Geneva N. Gallow School on Farmedge Road. For 20 years, up until this year, Island Trees enjoyed our relationship with the Nassau BOCES Early Childhood Center. After all, the Gallow School was occupied and used in a very positive manner: to educate children. Naturally, the district was disappointed to lose this tenant, as well as the programs and services BOCES offered to Nassau County children.
Happily, we’re able to report that the district has found a new tenant for the Geneva N. Gallow School.
On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, Variety Child Learning Center entered into a lease agreement for the Geneva N. Gallow School. Variety Child Learning Center has provided special education and support services to Nassau County children and families for over 40 years. Variety intends to expand their successful Syosset-based school programs at Gallow. Fittingly, Variety Child Learning Center will utilize the school campus in the very manner intended when it was built in 1953.
Although the district explored other options for the Farmedge property, we never stopped seeking an occupant for Gallow.
Fortunately, we found a tenant with an excellent reputation, one that hopes to build a long-lasting relationship with our school community.
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
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.”
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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).