Older individuals who are struggling with autism now have a new home to go to. Last Wednesday the not-for-profit agency, P.L.U.S. Group, held a grand opening celebration in Levittown for a new home site at 72 Universe Drive. The home was officially open to residents at the beginning of May this year.
“P.L.U.S. provides residential programming for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities,” said P.L.U.S. Executive Director Terri Cancilla. “We offer them a permanent residence in a comfortable, normalized environment. Our homes are very warm and welcoming and are not at all institutional in setting.”
Dozens of residents, family and friends recently attended the formal dedication ceremony at Nassau County Veterans Memorial Plaza to view the unveiling of more than 200 names of veterans, past and present, which were added to the expanding Walls of Honor in Eisenhower Park.
The memorial already has hundreds of veterans’ names inscribed, with more added each year, since its unveiling a couple of years ago. It is an ongoing construction; veterans’ names are inscribed on the steel panels, which are mounted to the granite walls and dedicated each June by the Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund, Inc.
All veterans, war or peacetime, are eligible. County residency is not required. To reserve a spot on the Walls of Honor, call 516-804-5802 for a registration form and requirements.
On Saturday, Aug. 3, hundreds of concert goers, veterans, and their supports made their way to Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre for the county’s annual Salute to Veterans Concert. This year, the event starred Tony Orlando and the USO Liberty Bells. Ceremonies honoring the armed services, past and present, kicked off at 6:45 p.m.
Nassau County hosted its third annual Executive Cup at Cantiague Park in Hicksville this past Saturday, highlighting the skills of local high school athletes who dream of playing soccer at the college level.
The soccer tournament event, drawing a record-breaking 300-plus participants this year, originally started in 2011, according to Gabriel Marques, senior economic advisor for the Nassau County Comptroller’s Office. Local participants included: Dylan Cranmer, Levittown; Nick Rodriguez, Hicksville; Anthony Martinico, East Meadow; Billy Walsh, East
Meadow; Greg Baumstein, Wantagh; Kevin Mayer, Wantagh; Noelle Batista, Hicksville; Danielle D’Andrea, Levittown; Melissa Adamo, Hicksville; Nicole Greenwald, Levittown; Keley Abbriano, Hicksville; Gabrielle Lagomarsini, Wantagh; Jessica DeTurris, Hicksville.
Members of the 5th and 6th grade Island Trees chorus were given the great honor of performing the song, “Upside Down,” during the first intermission of a recent game between the New York Islanders and the Montreal Canadians. Supported by over 300 members of the Island Trees community in attendance at the game, the chorus was given a loud round of applause from the over 9,000 fans in attendance at the conclusion of their performance. The representatives of the New York Islanders were so impressed by the performance of the chorus that they were invited to perform again at another game next year.
The Eastern New York State Adult Soccer Association and Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association congratulate soccer lifer Hank Steinbrecher upon his induction into the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame. Hank received Eastern New York’s iconic Statue of Liberty Hall of Fame trophy near Miss Liberty as the ceremony took place during a Cruise Around Manhattan on July 13 to celebrate Eastern New York’s 100th anniversary. Eastern New York was founded in 1913, the same year that the United States Soccer Federation, now commonly referred to as U.S. Soccer, was founded.
Levittown resident Paula Moore, 56, finished in 20th place worldwide in the CrossFit Master’s Division 55-59, earning her a spot at this year’s games held in Carson, CA on July 23-25. She had been preparing to make the big trip with her coach Loui Cavallini, co-owner of the Levittown CrossFit Revenge.
Moore was stunned by her success. “ I honestly don’t think the reality of the whole thing has sunk in yet,” she said. “I probably won’t really believe it until I walk into the stadium.”
She had been judged by Levittown CrossFit coaches Cavallini, Vanessa Dooley, and Jonathan Saragossi over more than a month. She completed an intense five-week “Workout of the Day” (WOD) routine, adding each week a new routine that involved cardio, weightlifting, or endurance.
At its annual Lazy Days of Summer Family event each year, the Levittown Community Council holds a basketball competition for kids and adults.
Around The World is a basketball shooting game or drill in which a series of shots must be made in order to move around a circuit and advance to the next position. In a variation for the Lazy Days event, players had two chances to make a shot at each position in order to advance to the next position. The player(s) that advanced furthest around the circuit was the winner.
The Island Trees Board of Education had their Reorganization meeting on Tuesday, July 9 at the Stephen E. Karopczyc School. Nine board members including School Superintendent, Dr. Charles Murphy and re-elected members, Kristen Daum and Barbara Medellin were each given the oath of office.
Wearing a red-hot sequined top and a megawatt smile, Gloria Gaynor wowed a crowd of ten thousand fans at Burns Park this week, with her pitch-perfect voice singing some of her famous hits as well as new songs.
Levittown’s Debbie Ruppert was the last fan of the night, right around midnight. “She was great, fabulous, she sounded wonderful,” she said. “I used to listen to her songs, I am of that age.”
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