On Wednesday, April 3, members of the Island Trees community came out to have a town hall style discussion with the school board, principals of the schools and Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy to openly talk about issues that are plaguing the district, as well as answer any questions attendees may have about anything in the school district.
Our veterans courageously served in the United States Armed Forces to defend this country, and now the Town of Hempstead is seeking to return the favor for men and women in uniform. The town’s Veterans Services Counselor, Rick Gales, will be visiting local senior centers in the coming weeks to educate veterans on important information, services and benefits available to them. Gales also helps residents to complete and file applications for veterans benefits. His services can benefit surviving spouses and children of veterans as well.
At its annual installation event, the Levittown Chamber of Commerce honored local service groups for the commitment and dedication they provide to Levittown. The honorees included American Legion Post 1711, Kiwanis Club of Levittown, Knights of Columbus, Levittown Community Council, Lions Club of Levittown and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
This year marks the six year anniversary of the death of Daniel Fuentes, killed in Iraq on April 4, 2007. The “Spc. Daniel Fuentes Memorial Bowling Fundraiser” will be held on April 6 at 6 p.m. at South Levittown Lanes, 56 Tanner Lane, Levittown. Admission is $20, kids under 7 are free. Lane sponsorship available for $50, or $100 per pair. Raffles, door prizes, three hours of bowling, pizza, soda included.
Tickets can be purchased from Coach Garcia or Susan Lyons at Island Trees High School; Coach Tuorto at Memorial Middle School, or at South Levittown Lanes.
If you are unable to attend, you can still support the event by addressing your donations to: Daniel Fuentes Memorial Scholarship Fund, Attn: Susan Lyons/Coach Garcia, 59 Straight Lane, Levittown, NY 11756.
For more information call Nancy Fuentes at 516-491-9156.
During the 17th annual Recognition Night for Community Service, a banquet hosted by the Levittown Public School District at the Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center, community volunteers were honored for their tireless efforts and hours of service.
In his opening remarks, Levittown Superintendent of Schools Dr. James J. Grossane thanked those in attendance for their support of the school district’s educational programs. He also noted that despite its population of approximately 50,000 residents, Levittown remains a tightly knit community. “Everyone sitting here knows that by working together, it makes us a close community.”
A resident of East Meadow, Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest hunger relief agency has been named by Governor Andrew Cuomo as one of the newest members of the Farmingdale State College Council. Under her leadership, Island Harvest has consistently been rated a 4-Star charity by the nation’s largest charity watchdog, Charity Navigator, an honor held by only seven percent of those they monitor nationally.
So what’s the next Island Trees school budget going to look like? Well, that depends on our elected officials in Albany.
At this month’s Board of Education meeting at Karopczyc, superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy provided an update, saying a final number to present to the public is not quite ready. This is due to state legislators’ deliberations taking longer than expected.
State handgun laws, such as those involving magazine capacity, have taken precedent. The school board will hold a budget work session on April 2, where they hope to finalize the 2013-14 budget.
Brushing aside widespread assertions to the contrary, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos last week flatly declared: “The county is not broke.”
In a wide-ranging discussion with editors of Anton Community Newspapers in Mineola, the Republican comptroller declared, “Why can’t people believe that if we give an audited financial statement, performed by outside auditors and show that we have a surplus, why isn’t it real?”
Maragos, who has not yet formally declared he is a candidate for re-election in November, said he even expects Nassau to show a slight surplus. The surplus, Maragos said, is a result of the ongoing cost cutting. But Maragos said Nassau borrowed about $300 million in the past term. He said about half of that was used to fund capital projects.
Similar to the television show upon which it’s based, the Career Center Apprentice completion featured a pool of about 100 dedicated Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) students vying for the title. Each experienced the thrill of competition while learning valuable professional skills.
Wantagh Chamber of Commerce’s Good Guy Award acknowledges a resident or business owner who has generously contributed their resources and time to the community. This year’s ‘Good Guy’ is Joe Iavarone, president of one of Long Island’s most successful family businesses, IB Foods and Iavarone Brothers supermarkets.
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