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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.”


Earth Day Cleanup

Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00

Volunteers at the 7th Annual Earth Day cleanup sponsored by the Levittown Community Council in partnership with the Town of Hempstead collected 800 pounds of garbage from public areas around the Levittown, Island Trees and Wantagh communities. 


Marines Recruiting Command Changes Hands

Written by Christy Hinko and Cpl. Juan D. Alfonso Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:00

On April 12 the First Marine Corps District (1MCD), located in Garden City held a Relief and Appointment Ceremony, a change of command, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Sergeant Major Sam D. Lewis was relieved of his duties in Garden City, while he prepares to transfer to accept a new command in San Diego, CA. Lewis, originally from Baltimore, but presently residing in Westbury, will transfer to assume a command in San Diego, slated to be the sergeant major of Marine Corps Recruiting Command’s Western Recruiting Region. 


Students, Faculty Honored

Written by Chris Boyle Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:47

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. 


Your Impatiens Are Doomed

Written by Betsy Abraham and Christy Hinko Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:00

A bad season is ahead for the local favorite. But there are alternatives.

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. 


Budding Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:00

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.”


Salk Basketball Undefeated

Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

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. 


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