On Jan. 19, 2008, 16-year-old Brian Assa died in a car accident on Woodbury Road in Plainview. After his son’s death, Jerry Assa started the Think First Foundation, Inc. to talk to teens about taking their safety seriously, not only for their own sake, but for all those who care about them as well. However, Assa is hopeful that pending legislation may see to it that fewer teens share his son’s fate; so much so, that he said that he ended all of his talks on a recent trip to Washington D.C. with the same comment: “If this had been passed three years ago, I wouldn’t need to have the Think First Foundation today, because my son would still be alive.”
On Wednesday, March 23, members of the Levittown Board of Education held a budget planning session at the Memorial Education Center to review the current status of the proposed expenditure reduction plan.
The Board of Education originally planned to adopt the budget on Wednesday, March 23, but that has now been pushed back to Wednesday, April 6.
More than 40 friends, family and community members turned out in support of the fundraising efforts of Levittown’s Joey Foundation last week at Industry Nightclub.
The Foundation held a very special event called “Rock the Rainforest,” hoping to raise the final costs of a ProBotic America “Joey on a Schwinn” robotic bicycle to be donated to the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center (KPTC) at North Shore Hospital.
“The Joey Foundation has become a great friend to the KPTC Foundation. Its support of our Service Leadership Committee has enhanced the Key Clubbers and Circle K’ers Safe Kids workshops,” said Director and Service Leadership Liaison of KPTC Foundation Board Rich Santer. “The tele-tutor that was purchased by the Joey Foundation has already been incorporated into the curriculum and the Committee is looking forward to being trained to use the traffic signs and the robotic bicycle in their Safe Kids workshops.”
The Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee presented its report on the 2011-12 district budget to the Levittown School Board in a public hearing on Wednesday, March 16 at the Levittown Memorial Education Center.
The committee is comprised of a wide range of volunteers who represent a full spectrum of the Levittown School District. In their reports, they concluded that they do not support the current version of the 2011-12 budget proposal.
The summary of the committee’s documents presented to the board states that “with the proposed State Aid of about $4,510,575 and the combination of unrestricted reserve ($6,586,911), as well as leftover federal stimulus funds ($342,209) from the District account, we feel that some of the money available could be used to reduce the tax burden on this community.”
Supervisor Kate Murray and members of the Hempstead Town Board honored nine women who live or work in the Town of Hempstead for their outstanding contributions to the community at the town’s annual Pathfinder Awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 8.
Sister Christine Sammon of Levittown was among the nine women honored at the ceremony. Community service is an essential part of Sister Sammon’s life. As the Director of Parish Social Ministry for St. Bernard’s Church in Levittown, Sister Christine coordinates countless efforts to reach out to the less fortunate members of our community. Since joining the parish staff in 2003, Sister Christine has provided help for those in need and inspired many people to engage in works of community service. Among her many duties, Sister Christine works with the St. Bernard’s Parish St. Vincent de Paul Society to coordinate outreach efforts. Under her guidance, a very active food pantry serves over 100 Levittown families a week, providing basic food and toiletries.
As if the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter didn’t need any more bad press, a video was anonymously posted on Sunday, March 13 on YouTube. The 17-year-old footage depicts then-kennel foreman Pat Horan watching shelter workers slip a catch-pole around the neck of a kitten and lift it into the air, as they allegedly prepare it to be euthanized.
One worker is seen making obscene and lewd gestures, even mocking the killing of the animal, while Horan is seen laughing and giving the middle finger to the person filming the video. As the kitten squirms wildly, someone off-camera cheers, “Kill the kitty; kill the kitty.”
According to Town officials, Pat Horan was a kennel foreman at the time the video was allegedly taken. The video labeled Horan as kennel supervisor.
Peter Gibbons, director of Music and the Fine Arts for the Island Trees School District, will be honored at the Nassau BOCES “Education Partner” awards dinner for his commitment to public education in Nassau County. Proudly, Island Trees has been on the list for “Best Communities for Music Education” three times in the last 10 years. This achievement is due in large part to the outstanding contributions made by Gibbons. His exemplary work and dedication to the Island Trees music and arts programs has fostered a culture of success where education thrives. The gala will be held Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crest Hollow County Club.
Members of the Levittown District Board of Education met at the Memorial Education Center on Wednesday, March 2 to discuss a revised budget plan for the 2011-12 school year.
In the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Herman Sirois gave an overview of the current fiscal situation that the district is facing and a line-by-line review of the school board’s budget planning for the upcoming school year.
Due to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed statewide education cuts, Levittown’s Board of Education has been forced to dig deep to find solutions to tighten their budget.
Members of the Long Island Shields police organization opened their recent meeting, held in Farmingdale, by speaking in honor of the fallen Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano of Wantagh. Califano was tragically killed when a truck struck his patrol car while he served a summons on the Long Island Expressway on Friday, Feb. 4.
First Precinct Officer Danny Corry was Califano’s patrol partner. Corry was in attendance at the meeting and spoke about what an upstanding person Califano was.
“I quickly found that I could always depend on him, for both assistance with a call or a good laugh when morale was low,” said Corry. “When I became a new father I looked to his example as the gold standard of a family man; he liked his job, but he loved his family.”
Gym participants can sign up for guided classes with certified instructors, sign up for school break camps, have their own birthday party at the facility, or take part in the ‘Parent Survival Night’ offering parents a couple of hours drop-off service in a safe, fun setting. Classes are specially tailored for ages ranging from 10 months to 12 years old.
“All children, at any age and ability level, can benefit from the self-confidence that comes from experiencing achievement and success,” said Tina Lopano, owner of The Little Gym of Levittown.
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