On Tuesday, April 23, Big Brothers Big Sister of Long Island (BBBSLI) in Levittown, celebrated their volunteer mentors (‘Bigs’) at the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, generously sponsored by Sperry Associates FCU. The celebratory dinner was held during National Volunteer Appreciation Week at the Crest Hollow Country Club, highlighting over 25,000 cumulative hours of time and energy spent annually to positively impact the lives of children on Long Island.
In her opening speech to the room of nearly 200 guests, Susan Samaroo, COO of BBBSLI remarked, “Each of you here tonight greatly impact the lives of your Littles and the families in our program.”
Volunteers at the 7th Annual Earth Day cleanup sponsored by the Levittown Community Council in partnership with the Town of Hempstead collected 800 pounds of garbage from public areas around the Levittown, Island Trees and Wantagh communities.
On April 12 the First Marine Corps District (1MCD), located in Garden City held a Relief and Appointment Ceremony, a change of command, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Sergeant Major Sam D. Lewis was relieved of his duties in Garden City, while he prepares to transfer to accept a new command in San Diego, CA. Lewis, originally from Baltimore, but presently residing in Westbury, will transfer to assume a command in San Diego, slated to be the sergeant major of Marine Corps Recruiting Command’s Western Recruiting Region.
Two very special people - one a student, one a faculty member - were honored at the April meeting of the Island Trees Board of Education for their outstanding contributions to the school district.
Island Trees senior Brittany Wilson was recognized at the board meeting for a vast number of accomplishments throughout her high school career, culminating in the winning of the 2013 Nassau BOCES Educator Partner Award, which is given to those who promote education on Long Island.
Island Trees high school Principal Nick Grande ran down a list of Wilson’s many accolades- she is the senior class president, president of the National Honor Society, and president of the yearbook committee. In addition, she is captain of the varsity cheerleading team, was named homecoming queen last year, and is an active member of many school organizations, as well as excelling academically.
When gardeners begin shopping for spring flowers, they may notice a familiar staple missing—impatiens.
Impatiens walleriana, which are beloved globally for their wide selection of color and low maintenance, have been affected by a fungus called downy mildew. The fungus first causes tiny spots, then yellowness on the leaves. A few weeks later, all that’s left is the flower’s stem and a frustrated gardener.
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos hosted the first-ever “Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial High School Challenge.” Forty teams of 200 business students from high schools across the county, including student teams from Division Avenue High School and MacArthur High School, presented their business plans to launch a new product or service.
Three teams represented Division Avenue High School in the challenge. Some of the other business plans included bringing an existing fast food franchise to Long Island, and developing a recreational sporting complex.
Lyndsey Petrofsky of Division Avenue High School explained why her team chose their business plan of a horror themed hotel with a haunted house. She said, “There’s really not much for people our age to do here on Long Island; this will be fun and exciting and people will want to come and see it.”
The eighth-grade girls basketball team from Jonas Salk Middle School finished their season with a perfect record of 10-0. Highlights of their season included a one-point victory over Farmingdale and a two-point victory over Massapequa.
Temperatures were cool but spirits were warm as residents participated in the 27th annual Levittown Education Against Destructive Decisions Walk and Community Fair. Each year, this much-anticipated event precedes a week of school assemblies and activities in the Levittown School District that highlight ways for students to live healthy lives and learn to make decisions that will have positive outcomes.
“Go mommies, practice chasing those babies,” cheers a UPS delivery driver walking by a group of mothers with their babies in the corridor of Broadway Mall on any Friday morning. The moms and their babies are members of the local Stroller Strides fitness group that meets at Broadway Mall in Hicksville.
While completing an hour-long circuit training routine, that makes use of the length of the mall, many passersby cheer the moms, give thumbs up or even stop to talk with the babies who are nestled in their strollers.
Continuing the Levittown School District’s tradition of honor and excellence, 31 students were inducted into the Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center’s Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society during a candle lighting ceremony. Of these students, 18 are currently enrolled in the district.
This prestigious society honors the best and brightest students enrolled in career and technical education. Selection is based upon careful consideration of a student’s scholarship, leadership, service, and character. To be inducted into the society, a student must maintain an 88 percent grade point average, display discipline in and outside of the classroom, procure an attendance record with 12 or less absences, and receive a teacher recommendation. Since the chapter’s adoption in 1996-97, the career and technical center has inducted 482 students into the society, including this year’s inductees.
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