At the Island Trees Board of Education that took place on Feb. 13 in Sparks Elementary School, two main topics were on the agenda: The use of breathalyzers as well as preparing for the upcoming budget season.
“In more recent years, we have had some issues with alcohol at the prom,” said Dr. Charles Murphy, Island Trees superintendent. “In fact, we had to ask a number of students to leave the prom because of this. In many cases, we have students and parents who have denied that their child had been drinking – sometimes creating tremendous scenes at these venues.”
During the Feb. 13 gathering, the board covered its usual range of topics, while also taking the time to honor the work of Levittown PTA members and presidents during a brief reception and awards ceremony.
Levittown resident Mike Scully inspired the discussion on school security during a passionate speech in which he urged the district to install panic buttons in classrooms. Though the subject came as no surprise, the responses were interesting.
Despite a snow delay, the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center at North Shore-LIJ second annual walk exceeded the financial success of the first one by more than $600, raising $5,001.
While attendance was down, donations were up as members of the downstate area K-Family rallied to support the KPTCenter at North Shore-LIJ.
“We have to wake up to the reality, that America’s first suburb, Levittown, has to be the new suburbia; when I think of the southeast part of Nassau county, It’s probably one of the only places left in the county that is consistent with the original suburban concept; it’s still working there,” said County Executive challenger, Thomas Suozzi, of Glen Cove. “It’s still the closest to our original suburban dream; it hasn’t been as ruined as other places.”
This, among myriad issues facing the county that Suozzi would work to fix if elected to the position of county executive, was forefront in the topics of a recent interview by the editors at Anton Community Newspapers.
When his own daughter went away to college, he began to wonder if she would ever come back to Long Island, not just because of the high cost of living, but whether there would be areas that would appeal to a young adult. “Suddenly, young people leaving the island became very real to me.”
Local Boy Scout organizations from Levittown, and across the nation won’t permit openly homosexual Scouts and troop leaders anytime soon, as the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) postponed making a decision to alter its current policy barring gays.
BSA said the organization received an “outpouring of feedback from the American public” regarding the proposed change to its policy, which the organization will vote on in May.
Every year in Nassau County, more than 200 women – mothers, daughters, wives and friends – die from breast cancer. According to the New York Cancer Registry, an average of 1,265 cases of breast cancer are reported annually within Nassau County.
Levittown resident Holly Gillin’s bra creation, “The Looking Feathers,” is one way in which many Nassau County residents are providing physical and moral support for those suffering from breast cancer.
Getting ahead of the upcoming spring tax and school budget season, the Levittown Community Council welcomed Donald X. Clavin, Jr., receiver of taxes for the Town of Hempstead, to speak to the group at its monthly meeting on Jan. 28 at Levittown Memorial. Clavin spoke to attendees about understanding your property taxes as well as how to grieve your assessment.
“It’s your right to challenge your assessment,” he said. “The worst that can happen is that your assessment stays exactly the same.”
The Levittown and Island Trees schools will be getting more in state aid this year as a result of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed aid package. Under Cuomo’s plan, the Levittown School District would see it’s 2012-13 state aid rise from $43,742,058, to a proposed $44,975,145, a 0.65 percent increase or $1,233,087.
Levittown Superintendent of Schools, Dr. James Grossane explained that Gov. Cuomo’s proposed executive budget is a “preliminary budget” and that the district is currently examining the projection.
“We are still examining the budget numbers, but do believe we are on the right track,” Dr. Grossane stated. “How this proposed budget will affect the Levittown School District is still being analyzed.”
For almost a decade, friends, family, Police Departments and the United States Army have been showing their support and gratitude for fallen hero, James D. McNaughton, a former U.S. soldier and NYPD officer, who was killed in Iraq in 2005. McNaughton’s best friend, Vinny Zecca, has been organizing a benefit concert and fundraising event at Mulcahy’s Music Hall in Wantagh for the past seven years. Both local performers and the New York Shields Pipes and Drums Band have requested each year to participate in McNaughton’s honor. Slide shows and poster boards displayed photographs of him from his childhood up to his time in the army, giving attendees a glimpse into the life of someone who sacrificed his life for his country.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced on Jan. 25 that a grand jury indictment charged 17 people for stealing more than $250,000 worth of copper wire belonging to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR), selling it to a scrap yard and keeping the cash.
Christopher Callesano, 31, of Bethpage, is charged with two counts each of Conspiracy in the Fourth and Fifth Degrees, Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, and Theft of Services. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.
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