The MacArthur High School Boys Varsity Soccer Team clinched the Conference AA-II title with a 2-0 win over Baldwin recently. They finished conference play with a record of 10 wins, one loss and one tie. It is their first winning season in five years and first double-digit winning season in eight years. They are currently ranked seventh in the Nassau County Soccer Coaches Association poll.
First-year head coach Mr. Atkins and second-year assistant coach Mr. Greenblatt coach the Generals. The victories have been a truly team effort all season long.
Long Island couldn’t catch a break. Nearly eight days after Hurricane Sandy rocked the Northeast, a nor’easter dubbed Athena rolled in on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Raucous weather dumped snow mixed with rain and sleet, creating hazardous road conditions that made the easiest of trips resemble a scene out of The Day After Tomorrow.
Rush hour last Wednesday on Hempstead Turnpike showcased vehicles jockeying for position, struggling to make their way down slippery, icy roads. According to the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) website, almost 60,000 customers lost electricity into Thursday morning because of Athena, with combined Sandy outages reaching 200,000 across the island by the morning commute. More than 140,000 were in Nassau County alone.
“LIPA has failed and has failed miserably.”
That is what Congressman Peter King said at a press conference in which elected officials called on the federal government to send resources to get the job done in turning power back on for all Long Island residents. On Friday, Nov. 8, 11 days after super storm Sandy devastated Long Island, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) reported that more than 81,000 Nassau County customers remained without power and more than 162,000 throughout Nassau and Suffolk. That was enough for King, County Executive Ed Mangano, Congressman Steve Israel, New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, to hold a press conference and ask the federal government to send the resources to do the job which LIPA has not been able to.
“I thought my house was going to blow away,” one local homeowner told Levittown Tribune. As he was working on the monumental task of cleaning up his home after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy; he spoke about the frightening feeling that his home would come apart during the storm. Many Levittown homes incurred tremendous damage, as did so many homes throughout Long Island, and in particular, Nassau County. As with many Nassau residents, much of residents’ belongings were ruined and they are left with the task of rebuilding a home.
It is a scene that is devastatingly similar throughout Long Island, and particularly in waterfront areas on the north and south shores. Homeowners desperately tried to remove the water that had flooded homes by opening doors, windows, garage doors, and by using generator-powered vacuums, designed to capture water. Along curbsides, carpets, furniture, clothing, toys, and other treasured belongings were left for sanitation crews to take away. Literally, lifetimes of memories had been washed away.
It’s always good to be recognized for hard work and dedication, and the Island Trees (IT) Board of Education certainly qualifies for that distinction. At the board’s public meeting Wednesday, Oct. 24, the IT administrators, along with the PTA took a moment to thank the board for their service to the community.
“You voluntarily take on a demanding role, a role that entails complex challenges and a great deal of responsibility. You strive to serve your community as well as the students of the district,” said Penny Fisher on behalf of the administrators.
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“We were supposed to have Carmine Gallo here. He is the regional administrator for the entire Eastern seaboard and the buck stops at his desk basically,” explained East Williston representative Ray Gaudio before adding with disdain, “He almost has to pass this village to go home to Wantagh and he’s not at this meeting and that’s disgraceful.”
Special presentations in memory of Presiding Officer of the Nassau County Legislature Peter Schmitt, and recently fallen NCPD Officer Joseph Olivieri were made, including special toy presentations to Schmitt’s infant grandson, Logan, and Schmitt’s wife, Lois, by county officials.
The Island Trees community came out in full force on Homecoming Day 2012. Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy led the homecoming parade along with members of the board of education, Island Trees High School Principal Nicholas Grande and Assistant Principal Pamela Hostetter. The Island Trees High School Marching Band and Kickline followed.
The highest award, the “Medal of Honor” was presented to Ex-Captain Thomas Bloomfield and Ex-Captain Ron Chowske for their rescue of an unconscious 80-year-old man in a Wantagh house fire.
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