Two very special people - one a student, one a faculty member - were honored at the April meeting of the Island Trees Board of Education for their outstanding contributions to the school district.
Island Trees senior Brittany Wilson was recognized at the board meeting for a vast number of accomplishments throughout her high school career, culminating in the winning of the 2013 Nassau BOCES Educator Partner Award, which is given to those who promote education on Long Island.
Island Trees high school Principal Nick Grande ran down a list of Wilson’s many accolades- she is the senior class president, president of the National Honor Society, and president of the yearbook committee. In addition, she is captain of the varsity cheerleading team, was named homecoming queen last year, and is an active member of many school organizations, as well as excelling academically.
When gardeners begin shopping for spring flowers, they may notice a familiar staple missing—impatiens.
Impatiens walleriana, which are beloved globally for their wide selection of color and low maintenance, have been affected by a fungus called downy mildew. The fungus first causes tiny spots, then yellowness on the leaves. A few weeks later, all that’s left is the flower’s stem and a frustrated gardener.
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos hosted the first-ever “Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial High School Challenge.” Forty teams of 200 business students from high schools across the county, including student teams from Division Avenue High School and MacArthur High School, presented their business plans to launch a new product or service.
Three teams represented Division Avenue High School in the challenge. Some of the other business plans included bringing an existing fast food franchise to Long Island, and developing a recreational sporting complex.
Lyndsey Petrofsky of Division Avenue High School explained why her team chose their business plan of a horror themed hotel with a haunted house. She said, “There’s really not much for people our age to do here on Long Island; this will be fun and exciting and people will want to come and see it.”
The eighth-grade girls basketball team from Jonas Salk Middle School finished their season with a perfect record of 10-0. Highlights of their season included a one-point victory over Farmingdale and a two-point victory over Massapequa.
Temperatures were cool but spirits were warm as residents participated in the 27th annual Levittown Education Against Destructive Decisions Walk and Community Fair. Each year, this much-anticipated event precedes a week of school assemblies and activities in the Levittown School District that highlight ways for students to live healthy lives and learn to make decisions that will have positive outcomes.
“Go mommies, practice chasing those babies,” cheers a UPS delivery driver walking by a group of mothers with their babies in the corridor of Broadway Mall on any Friday morning. The moms and their babies are members of the local Stroller Strides fitness group that meets at Broadway Mall in Hicksville.
While completing an hour-long circuit training routine, that makes use of the length of the mall, many passersby cheer the moms, give thumbs up or even stop to talk with the babies who are nestled in their strollers.
Continuing the Levittown School District’s tradition of honor and excellence, 31 students were inducted into the Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center’s Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society during a candle lighting ceremony. Of these students, 18 are currently enrolled in the district.
This prestigious society honors the best and brightest students enrolled in career and technical education. Selection is based upon careful consideration of a student’s scholarship, leadership, service, and character. To be inducted into the society, a student must maintain an 88 percent grade point average, display discipline in and outside of the classroom, procure an attendance record with 12 or less absences, and receive a teacher recommendation. Since the chapter’s adoption in 1996-97, the career and technical center has inducted 482 students into the society, including this year’s inductees.
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).
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