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Buy A Brick, Help A Vet

Written by Christy Hinko Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

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.

Participants will be strapping on their backpacks and carrying up to five bricks over the four-mile obstacle course, and also through a 5K to symbolically honor local veteran heroes and their sacrifices to this country. The bricks are being reserved for a monument being created for Eisenhower Park’s Veterans’ Plaza. For those who wish to participate, they can expect an energy-packed day as veterans suit up and become the drill sergeants at each of the bootcamp stops along the obstacle course. The obstacle course includes wall climbing, tunnel crawling, and hill sprints, and more. Spectators are welcome. Inscribed brick donations are available at Visit the website for event registration. In addition, more than 30 volunteers are still needed for manning the routes and helping throughout the day. Veteran motorcycle riders are also wanted for the start and finish lines, with their bikes to help motivate runners. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for volunteer information.


Teachers Go To School

Written by Levittown Tribune staff Wednesday, 11 September 2013 00:00

East Meadow orients new hires 

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. 


Driver Loses Control On Turnpike

Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00

On Aug. 29 the Levittown Fire Department and NCPD units responded to a single vehicle accident on Hempstead Tpke by Shelter Lane. The driver of this pick-up truck was travelling eastbound and lost control, crossing over the westbound lanes, snapping a utility pole and crashing into a fence. He was transported to NUMC and fire fighters secured the scene. (Kevin Imm)


Alure CEO Fights For Charity

Written by Colleen Maidhof Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

To raise money for local charities — including the Long Island Community Chest, the Genesis School, and Family Residences and Essential Enterprises — Sal Ferro is putting on a pair of boxing gloves. 


The 49-year-old CEO of Alure Home Improvements will be competing in Long Island’s tenth annual Fight for Charity. At the November 25 event at the Hilton is Melville, Ferro goes head-to-head with 20 of Long Island’s top businessmen in a ten-round bout. 


MacArthur QB Wins Major Competition

Written by Vinny Messana Wednesday, 04 September 2013 00:00

It’s not every day that ninth graders are able to impress former NFL quarterbacks on their athleticism and ability. Jimmy Kelleher, quarterback for General Douglas MacArthur high school has done precisely that and has been turning heads since his standout performance at the National Underclassmen Football combine which was recently held in Freeport.


Kelleher was awarded as the top QB and was voted as the overall Most Valuable Player. That allowed him to be invited to the Top Prospect Elite camp which featured the top 30 QB prospects in the country.


Plain White T’s Perform For Long Island

Written by Gregory Giaconelli Friday, 30 August 2013 00:00

It was a great night for music and a fun night for those who came out to hear “Hey There Delilah” from Tom Higgenson and the Plain White T’s.  This group was the headliner at Fresh 102.7 FM’s Fresh In The Park concert series. The event took place recently at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park. Also performing at this free concert were Sara Bareilles and an up and coming band called A Great New World.  


Resident Runs For Legislature

Written by Levittown Tribune Staff Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

Laura Schaefer is running for Nassau County Legislature for the 14th District. Schaefer is a first time candidate, running on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence lines in the general election this November. The 14th Legislative District is composed of the communities of Garden City, Carle Place, Westbury, Old Westbury, Hicksville, and Bethpage. 


Schaefer is a lifelong resident of Westbury. She grew up in Wheatley Hills riding bikes, playing kickball and going to the movies. 


Honor Flight Long Island Takes Off

Written by Gregory Giaconelli Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Honor Flight Long Island is looking for men and women who have proudly served their country during WWII.  The next scheduled flight for WWII veterans will take flight in just one more month.  


Honor Flight Long Island is part of a national, non-profit organization called Honor Flight, which was established in 2004 and made to honor American veterans for their sacrifices.  Our nation’s heroes will be paired up with a volunteer guardian, who will escort them on a flight to Baltimore and then on a bus to Washington, visit the memorial that is built in their honor.  The trip is free and is also a day to remember for the soldiers who fought bravely and helped keep our country safe and strong.  “I can’t express what this generation has done for us,” said Honor Flight Long Island President Chris Cosich.  “These guys were all together and had amazing stories to tell.”  They also paid tribute to those who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.  


Women Of Distinction Awards Ceremony

Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

Assemblyman Tom McKevitt recently joined local leaders and residents on Aug. 10 at the Farmingdale Public Library to honor Louise Cassano, Margaret Santer, Jessica Koenig, Laurie May, Tina Diamond, Deborah Canova, Millie Jones, Carol Muscarella, Laurie Rozakis, and Barbara Sherwin, residents of the 17th Assembly District at the annual “Women of Distinction” Awards. Each year, McKevitt recognizes women throughout his district that have demonstrated an exceptional impact on their communities and the lives of others through their commitment service.  


Veterans Bill Signed Into Law

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00

Measure enhances veterans’ benefits access

Senator Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel were joined on Aug. 9 by members of local veterans’ organizations to announce that veterans’ legislation they sponsored (S.5825/A.6221-C) was signed into law on Aug. 2 by Governor Andrew Cuomo. In an effort to improve the benefit claims process for New York’s veterans, the law requires that directors of city and county veterans’ service agencies become accredited as veterans’ service organization (VSO) representatives.


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