It was an evening filled with nostalgia as senior citizens from the Levittown community danced the night away at the Levittown School District’s annual Senior Citizen Prom. Dressed in cowboy hats and other Western attire, the guests danced to tunes played by the Ron James Orchestra.
The United Veterans Organization of Nassau County (UVONC) recently held their annual Remembrance Service at Eisenhower Park’s Veterans Memorial Plaza to honor the Veterans of Nassau County who have and continue to keep America safe. County Clerk Maureen O’Connell and other area officials joined community residents, veterans and military personnel to honor these men and women for their unparalleled dedication to preserve and protect our freedoms.
Levittowners lined the sides of Hempstead Turnpike on the morning of Memorial Day to pay tribute to those men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice – their lives – in order to protect the principles of the United States. The heavily-attended parade included military vehicles, a motorcade, the Levittown American Legion, as well as the MacArthur High School marching band and color guard.
The Levittown community came out on Tuesday, May 21, to approve the budget for the 2013-14 school year. There were 1,809 votes for and 1,205 votes against the $195,590,207 budget, a $5,593,626 increase from last year. Only $131.9 million of the budget would be coming from taxpayers.
“I would like to thank the central office and the board for putting together a budget that was highly agreeable to the public,” said Mike Pappas, president of the Board of Education.
Finally, after months of meetings and planning, the work that had to be done to restore one of Wantagh/Levittown’s remaining landmarks is complete. The little chapel in the photo that stands on the grounds of the St. John of Jerusalem Cemetery on Wantagh Avenue looks like new.
The small, sturdy, wood-sided former German Methodist-Episcopal Mission, circa 1865, has a new coat of paint. The steeple has been repaired and the roof has new shingles. The glass windows have been replaced and painted.
According to the committee, the next step is to restore the interior and allow civil wedding and church services to be held.
Seventy-three Wisdom Lane Middle School students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society and 54 into the World Languages Honor Society in a joint ceremony held in the school’s auditorium. Principal John Avena welcomed the parents and explained that their students were being invited into the National Junior Honor Society for having displayed outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, citizenship and service. Those being inducted into the World Languages Honor Society have not only demonstrated the promotion of cross-cultural acceptance, tolerance and understanding, but have also achieved excellence in the study of Spanish, French and Italian.
Memorial Day weekend is always filled with backyard barbecues, family gatherings, block parties and more, but if you are looking for something different to do during the long weekend, look no farther than the East Meadow Farm.
As the budget season drew to a close this week, the Levittown Board of Education did everything in its power to make sure that all residents were fully armed with the correct budget information as they headed to the polls.
Dr. James Grossane, superintendent of schools, went through the most recent budget numbers with attendees at the most recent public meeting on May 14, telling the group that the board decided to go with a 2.98 increase for the 2013-14 school year, within the 2 percent tax cap levy. The district is looking for about $131.9 million from taxpayers for the upcoming school year.
Known throughout the ages for its strong emotional impact upon listeners, the bagpipe has had a prominent place throughout history; innumerable parades throughout America are replete with its unique and stirring sound, and it remains a popular instrument to this very day.
Among the oldest and most-respected players of the bagpipe on Long Island are members of the Amityville American Legion Post #1015 Highland Pipe Band. According to player Joe Heimbauer, the 30-member, all-volunteer bagpipe and drum band is steeped in rich history and time-honored tradition.
Island Trees Union Free School District faces a few hurdles in its upcoming 2013-14 budget. The loss of the BOCES Geneva N. Gallow building lease and the increasing mandated retirement system (TRS/ERS) adds up to $2 million in lost revenue. The TRS/ERS contributions increased by almost $1.4 million, and the Gallow lease loss totals approximately $500,000, including the utility costs.
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