(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.
According to Voices Against Brain Cancer, an organization that raises awareness and money to fight this disease, more than 200,000 people in the United States are annually diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor with the former comprising approximately 40,000 of these diagnoses. Roz Bernstein’s husband, Dr. Robert Bernstein, happened to be one of those numbers when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor blastoma back in January 2009. It wound up taking his life 17 months later, when he died in June 2010. By October 2011, his widow kicked off the first Run for Rob 5K Run/Walk in Eisenhower Park. And while the circumstances behind it was horrible, it was something his surviving spouse felt she had to do.
The 2nd Annual Brick 26 Challenge will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Cedar Creek Park in Wantagh, benefitting local veterans through donations to two local service organizations, Boots On The Ground NY, and Semper4Veterans.
Before students arrived, 26 new teachers got to warm the seats at East Meadow school district’s orientation for the 2013-2014 school year. They even got to ride a school bus, on an official tour of the district.
Administrators and staff led a forum charged with positive energy at theLeon J. Campo Salisbury Center. The new staff got a chance to get to know each other as well as the “old hands” who helped familiarize the recruits with district policies and procedures.
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