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.
On Nov. 21, the Levittown Fire Department responded to reports of a house fire on North Wantagh Ave. Police were first to respond to the call at 7:45 a.m., as firefighters rushed to the scene. Upon arrival, Levittown firefighters found visible signs of smoke and fire coming from inside the empty home.
Results of bids from property developers for 11.3 acres of land occupied by Gallow and Karopcyc school buildings that will be given to Island Trees School District Board members by the end of this month could determine how the Island Trees Public Library benefits in the coming months and years.
Capping news of a potential new library that could be built if developers agree to a school district stipulation to build a new library and administrative offices on the acreage, Island Trees Public Library also welcomed “home” Michelle
Vaccarelli as its new library director. She was previously head of the children’s library from 2001-04.
Shopping locally is critical to the economy of a community and, so, the Levittown Chamber of Commerce encourages community residents to shop in their home town. In an effort to create a public awareness of that, the chamber is providing member businesses with free advertising in local publications during the season and Buy Locally signs to place in their business establishments.
In addition to the annual “Holiday Tree Lighting” ads, “Shop Locally” ads listing the names of every chamber of commerce member will make an appearance during the holiday season.
Crime was top of mind at a recent meeting at the Levittown Property Owners Association (LPOA). The group hosted Officer Paul Lamonica and Inspector John Berry at the meeting and the two discussed recent crime in the area as well as gave tips to help prevent crime.
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