With elections less than four weeks away, it seems as though Kate Murray would be letting her daily duties as the Supervisor of the Town of Hempstead take a back seat to campaigning. On the contrary, Murray practices seamless politics that doesn’t differentiate.
“Good government is good politics,” she said in an informal discussion at the Levittown Tribune offices on Sept. 24.
Fresh smoothies, Hawaiian coffees, and baristas that greet you with "Aloha," can only be found at one place on Long Island, and that is at the Maui Wowi café on Wantagh Avenue.
"The idea of opening a Maui Wowi was appealing because it has a little something for everyone," said Nicole Marsh, who owns and runs the café with her husband Joseph Marsh. "It's healthy, nutritious, and pretty darn tasty."
“The ambiance is nice and the drinks are great,” said Stefan Mercus, who is a regular customer at Maui Wowi along with his 3-year-old daughter Juliet. “It’s very family friendly here.”
The “New Levittown Park Bake Shop,” on Wantagh Avenue, changed its sign for the first time in 50 years, throwing out the ‘new’ and bringing in the new. Adding delightful intrigue to the change, it offers a slew of new offerings the owners hope can draw a new generation of sweet- toothed aficionados, and will ship its items around the country.
A fixture in the community for 50 years with an avid following, the New Levittown Park Bake Shop was purchased in September 2012 by cousins Helen Kyrillidis and Tanya Salagiannis from the family-owned business of bakers known in the neighborhood as Karen and Marty. Charlie Johnson, a baker for the shop since Karen’s father Karl owned it with a partner named Henry, told this newspaper Karl’s daughter Karen bought the business from her father in 1984. Karl started the Levittown Park Bake Shop with partner Henry in the early 1960s – naming it after a small open field or ‘park’ next to it - and went around solo 1964 when Henry left. Under new management, Karl renamed it the New Levittown Park Bake Shop.
(Editor’s note: This was submitted by the Island Trees School District in response to Susan Reckling’s request for more information about J. Fred Sparke, which printed in the Friday, Sept. 6 edition of the Levittown Tribune. This feature was written by Margaret Robben and printed in the September 1963 edition of The Sparke-ler.)
On Sept. 3, 1963, the evening before the new school term opened, my husband I want to visit Mrs. J. Fred Sparke.
The Coalition of Nassau Civic Associations hosted the candidates for county comptroller—incumbent George Maragos and challenger Howard Weitzman—in a town forum at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library last week.
Each candidate was granted five minutes of speaking time, followed by a question and answer session with residents in attendance.
Broadly speaking, Maragos said the county has “held the line” on tax increases and not burdened Nassau County’s homeowners, while Weitzman said the county can not sustain the debt t has accrued during the current administration’s time in office.
The funeral for Levittown fire fighter Jason DeLauro, 32, was held on Sept. 13. DeLauro was killed in an accident that occurred on Sunrise Highway, near Horseblock Road in Yaphank at approximately 1 p.m. on Sept. 8. According to police, DeLauro pulled his 2005 Honda motorcycle over to the median; a car veered out of the westbound lane and struck him. DeLauro was pronounced dead at the scene.
Emergency responders said the driver of the vehicle refused medical attention; the vehicle was impounded for investigation. Police said no charges had been filed.
Fidel Irizarry, a four-year resident of Glen Cove who is previously from Roosevelt, has joined the Glen Cove Hook & Ladder Co. #1. He attended Franklin K. Lane High School and he currently works as a milk-truck driver and a tow-truck operator. He was a member of the Roosevelt Fire Department for six years. On joining the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department, he says,
“It gives me a chance to protect my neighbors and their property.”
On the front lawn of the church, tables and tents were set up for the various activities going on at this event. For the first time in 10 years, First Presbyterian Church in Levittown held a Rally Day on Sunday, Sept. 15.
“A rally day traditionally is when the churches rally together for the start of the Christian education year,” said Reverend Terri Cissé. “We’re using it to rally for the Sunday school Christian classes that begin next week.”
Sunday school classes start on Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. and the program is available for children in Kindergarten through sixth grade. At Rally Day, there was a table for members of the community to sign their children up for Sunday school.
When Narges Rothermel picks up the hotline phone at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline where she is a volunteer, sometimes the person calling is newly diagnosed and frightened. “When I tell them I’m a 35 year survivor, they don’t hear me. I again say I had breast cancer 35 years ago. There is a pause. And then they say, ‘Really!?’ and I hear hope replacing the fear.”
Narges did not have a hotline to call when she was diagnosed in 1978 when she was 37 years old, with two young children. She says cancer was the last thing she expected. She wasn’t overweight; she wasn’t a smoker. My doctor and nurse and I thought maybe it was backed up milk after I stopped nursing my son. It was breast cancer. “Your life just stops,” she said. “There was a wall in front of me.”
Allison Ulin always knew that she wanted to be a teacher, but she didn’t always know that she would be starting her own school one day. “Being a teacher has really been a long-time, childhood dream, but after awhile, I realized that I wanted to teach kids the way I wanted to,” she explained. “I wanted to do something that had my own spin.”
Ulin has been teaching for years and in a variety of spaces – private school, public school, in the city and on Long Island. Everywhere she went, she said there were aspects of the curriculum that she didn’t always love. Now, at the urging of her friends and family, she has opened Harmony Early Learning, a day care/pre-school/pre-kindergarten center located at 148 Center Lane.
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