In a symbolic stand against pressure from the New York State Education Department, members of the Levittown Board of Education recently rejected the changes to the special education curriculum.
Based on the most recent set of rule changes to the statewide Common Core, the Levittown school district, as of July 1, 2013, can no longer dole out IEP diplomas to special education students.
According to Special Education Director Lisa Carelli-Lang, the state education department has determined the individualized education program [IEP] diploma is “arbitrary” and not “aligned with the Common Core curriculum.”
Two pint-size beauties are sweeping the top awards at local kiddie-pageants across the region. Sayjel and Shanel, daughters of Heinrick and Mojill Tan of Levittown, recently earned finalist spots in the National American Miss Pageant.
“My parents wanted me to not be shy anymore, but I am still shy,” said 8-year-old Sayjel. Her mother, Mojill, said pageantry has really helped both of her daughters over the past year. “We are happy that they are slowly coming out of their shyness,” she added.
Sayjel won the talent competition portion of the pageant. Her talents were gymnastics and also playing the piano. She also was a winner in the Top Model Search portion of the pageant.
Voters in Levittown braved the ice and snow in order to cast their ballots in last week’s fire district elections. On Dec. 10, voters re-elected Levittown Fire Commissioner John E. Rottkamp and Treasurer James Behrens to another term.
Running unopposed, Rottkamp was re-elected to his third consecutive five-year term as Levittown Fire Commissioner—receiving a total 179 votes.
Division Avenue High School senior Jason Orellana has been selected as one of 2,200 national semifinalists in the 2014 Coca-Cola Scholars Program for having demonstrated leadership, academic achievement and commitment to the community.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is one of the nation’s most recognized corporate scholarship sponsors; more than 4,250 students have benefited from approximately $38 million in college scholarship awards.
Last summer, Wal-Mart amped up the supermarket competition in Levittown, opening a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Hempstead Turnpike—the first in New York State, according to the company's website.
Both eager customers and angry protestors showed up to the spot formerly occupied by Waldbaum's in the Levittown Mews for the grand opening.
Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets, as distinct from Wal-Mart stores, offer fresh produce and fruit, meat and dairy products, bakery and deli items, household supplies, health and beauty aids and a pharmacy. By now, Levittown residents have had a chance to evaluate the mega-retailer's grocery offerings. Some are embracing the new competition, although not necessarily for its price competitiveness.
The MacArthur boys basketball team recently served as international hosts to a group of Danish competitors, while defeating a neighborhood rival in this year’s Jeff Shaw Memorial Basketball Tournament. The four-team tournament is held each year, in memory of Jeffrey Shaw, a Levittown electrician who was working on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower on Sept. 11, 2001—the four-team tournament
For the first time in the tournament’s history, MacArthur invited a high school from outside the United States to compete. Hjemly Sports Boarding School of Ringe, of Denmark, joined the Generals as well as Division Avenue and Massapequa squads in the four-team tourney.During the competition, the Danish students spent two nights with families of the MacArthur players and attended classes with the students.
On Dec. 2, the Levittown Chamber of Commerce held its annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony, which attracted a record crowd to Veterans Memorial Park.
This year’s event included a two-hour show, which featured musicians from the Levittown and Island Trees school districts. Some of the performances include the Northside School Holiday Singers, Northside School Instrumental Ensemble,Nancy’s Dance Studio, the
Island Trees High School Mixed Chorus and Chamber Orchestra.
The Garvies Point Museum and Preserve—located at 50 Barry Dr. in Glen Cove—recently celebrated Thanksgiving with its annual Native American Feast, on Nov. 23. The feast, which celebrates Native American culture in the Northeast, has been held a weekend before Thanksgiving for over the past 25 years.
The search contiues for the man who beat and robbed a 46-year-old man delivering Chinese food on Tanner's Lane in Levittown on Saturday, Nov. 30.
According to Second Precinct detectives, at about 9:10 p.m., a man got out of a black vehicle, approached the victim, and attempted to pay for the food with what appeared to be a counterfeit $100 bill.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview.
According to the lawsuit, the district is demanding a jury trial to determine whether Grumman owes compensation for the costs of monitoring contaminants, operations, maintenance, treatment upgrades, and equipment required to comply with state and federal safe drinking water law; or whether Grumman would bear the expense of securing an alternative source of clean drinking water.
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