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Recognized For Their Achievements

Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

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.   


Bonsai Takes Over East Meadow

Written by Emily J. Cappiello Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00

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. 


Levittown's Final Deficit Budget

Written by Emily J. Cappiello Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

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. 


American Legion Highland Pipe Band Steeped In Rich Tradition

Written by Chris Boyle Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

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. 


Gallow Lease Loss Complicates Budget

Written by Gary Simeone Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00

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.


When Radio Was It

Written by Kristin Cacchioli Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00

What motivates a collector to dedicate a portion of his or her life to searching for the most rare and beautiful forms of a certain item? Is it their love of stamps from all over the world or is it their desire to find the most complex and unique model of a car? From jewelry and dolls to sports memorabilia and computers, a collector’s interests can range from the most bizarre items to the most common. Michael Katz, longtime collector of vintage radios from the 1920s to ’50s, said that the two kinds of things collectors go for are “stuff that’s really unusual and really decorative or the rare and expensive sets.” 


Art Inspired By French Impressionists

Written by Kristin Cacchioli Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

Fine artist Joseph Anderson of Levittown, recently displayed his exhibit, “Fine Horizons” at the Huntington Public Library this past month. Anderson has a true love and appreciation for the outdoors, which is exemplified in his detailed oil paintings. With a positive view of nature, the artist has produced colorful paintings that are aimed at showing viewers the beauty of the world around them.

“My love for the outdoors and nature started as a young child. My family was always going on camping trips and such, and as I grew older, my own appreciation for the outdoors grew,” said Anderson. “As a young kid, I remember drawing mostly animals.”


Anderson’s main focus is on landscapes, but he has also dabbled in still life and has recently returned to his roots to paint wildlife again. In addition to oil, he also experiments with digital painting and photography, believing that one medium can influence another and we are able to learn from all things.


Doodle 4 Google

Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00

Audrey Zhang finalist art contest

When the search engine giant, Google pays a visit to your school it is kind of a big deal. That is what happened last Wednesday morning at Michael F. Stokes Elementary School as Google representatives presented an award to fourth grader, Audrey Zhang for her artwork as part of the nationwide Doodle 4 Google competition.


Zhang’s work, entitled, ‘Will Be When I Discover Paradise’ was one of 5,000,000 submissions across the country around the theme, “My Best Day Ever.” The contest is an annual program that invites K-12 students to use their artistic talents to redesign the company’s homepage logo for millions to see.


History Brought To Life

Written by Christy Hinko Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:14

While most hobbyists collect baseball cards or airport travel trinkets, one group on Long Island collects vintage armored war tanks, authentic canteens, pup tents, grenade launchers, and such from the World War II era. Members of the Long Island Living History Association share a similar interest in keeping WWII history alive, as historical reenactors, a tribute to veterans.


Next weekend, the Long Island Living History Association will recreate WWII at Old Bethpage Village Restoration (OBVR) in Old Bethpage beginning on May 18. Members, including Levittown’s Mike Keane, will arrive at the Long


Island village and leave modern technology and convenience behind as they switch into authentic character and 1940s ways of living.


Mentors Celebrated

Saturday, 04 May 2013 00:00

Big Brothers Big Sisters honors volunteers

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.”


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