The third annual Halloween Horror House contest, sponsored by the Levittown Community Council, brought in two winners this year. Judges Pat Patane and Frank McKenna were scared out of their wits by the extensive and spooky decorations at Carol and Don Mandracchia’s house on Tanager Lane in Levittown and the Silvierra Family’s house on Hunt Road in Wantagh.
When emergencies arise, some people panic and are unable to make immediate decisions to get fast help. Thanks to recall, 8-year-old David Chavez, remembered the lessons about 911 from his kindergarten days, two years ago, with Ms.
Danielle Aniano at J. Fred Sparke Elementary School. Chavez said he credits Aniano for teaching him about 911 and how to use it in an emergency. Chavez saved his grandfather’s life with some quick thinking and taking control of a critical situation.
The United States Marines kicked off their annual Toys For Tots campaign, the toy drive to benefit hundreds of local children. More than 500 local business owners, local officials and community sponsors were in attendance. The Toys for
Tots Program is the nation’s largest holiday gift program for children. Toys from communities across Nassau and Suffolk Counties are collected by individuals and businesses then distributed by the members of the armed services locally to underprivileged children. This was the second year that Butch Yamali of Coral House on Milburn Lake in Baldwin hosted the kick off event.
The Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, along with many of the local veterans’ organizations, helped bring the county’s annual Veterans Day parade back to life, with the inaugural event kicking off in Levittown this weekend. The annual veterans’ parade was rumored to have taken place many years ago throughout various neighborhoods in the county.
The First Annual Veterans Day marchers assembled at Gardiners Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown and proceeded west, down Hempstead Turnpike to the Levittown Veterans Memorial Park in front of the public library.
The Island Trees girls’ varsity soccer team clinched their conference title this Saturday defeating Valley Stream North (VSN) in a very physical, intense 1-0 game. Five minutes into the contest, Alexa Dolgos volleyed a shot into the net for the lone goal of the game. Equally impressive, Brianna Wilson had her ninth shutout of the season and ended the game with 14 incredible saves.
At approximately 10 a.m., on Sunday, Oct. 27, the Wantagh Fire Department , assisted by many local departments including Levittown, was notified of a possible plane crash in the vicinity of the Jones Beach Theatre. Arriving fire units found a commercial airliner indeed had crashed and was on fire with numerous victims of the disaster strewn about the parking lot. Fire had extended to a shed (actual live burn) and there were victims trapped in a building.
The scenario didn’t just happen without effort, it took months of planning. Permission had to be obtained, agencies had to be notified and an airliner secured. Fortunately an airliner existed that was utilized for such training purposes. It was located at Kellogg College in Battle Creek, MI. Through the efforts of the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF), the mobile trainer was secured for the drill.
The county’s first annual Nassau Barkfest which was held today at the dog park in Eisenhower Park, near Field 7, was a tremendous success with over 500 pets participating in the parade and pet contest and 700 dogs visiting the dog park. The free event was sponsored by Pet Supplies Plus Long Island, Long Island’s K98.3, Anton Community Newspapers/Long Island Weekly and Naudus Communications/South Shore Tribune.
In addition to the costume contest and parade many rescue groups and animal friendly organizations were on site to celebrate.
The Hempstead Town unanimously adopted its 2014 fiscal budget at a public budget hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 15; Supervisor Kate Murray touted the $431.9 million spending plan, which shows a reduction in property taxes, as a helping hand extended towards residents dealing with multiple financial issues.
“Homeowners are confronting extensive financial and personal hardship, rebuilding their homes and their lives in the wake of Superstorm Sandy,” she said. “Still other residents are coping with the effects of a prolonged economic downturn. In times like these, local governments have an obligation to help ease the burden borne by local taxpayers. Indeed, my 2014 budget proposal reduces town taxes.”
Editor’s note: The following are bios submitted to Anton Community Newspapers from the candidates participating in the Hempstead Town election to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at local polling locations.
Unquestionably, our new SAT course at Island Trees High School is having a tremendous impact on our students. Yet, as good as we believe the class is, a lifetime of reading is even more important for college readiness. Students who score extremely well on this national assessment are lifelong readers. They’re interested in fiction and nonfiction – a real breadth of reading material.
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