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Marine Corps Sergeant Majors Cup At Jones Beach

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

Nearly 90 Long Island Marine candidates compete

On Saturday, June 16 more than 600 United States Marines and candidates from 14 regional recruiting stations filled Zach’s Bay at Jones Beach for the annual Sergeant Majors Cup competition. Candidates waiting to deploy to boot camp, called “poolees,” arrived from across the New York City region, including Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, and Queens for the Long Island-hosted competition. The competition has been held for more than 10 years, each station taking turns hosting.

Some of the boot camp-style events that the Marine candidates participated in included: pull-ups, the water jug relay, ammo can relay, stretcher relay, and tug-of-war.


LCC Recognizes Outstanding Middle School Students

Written by Louise Cassano Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

Levittown Community Council (LCC) presents its Junior Volunteer of the Year Award each year to an outstanding middle school student who has donated their time to volunteer work. The criterion for the award is that the student did not profit financially from their participation and that the work being recognized was not assigned as class work.

Two outstanding students were honored at an awards celebration on Monday, May 21 at which their families, teachers and school administrators were present along with members of the LCC.


Jockeys Visit Ronald McDonald House Prior To Stakes

Written by Margaret Whitely: Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

Jockeys help to cheer up kids

The jockeys from Belmont Racetrack always visit Ronald McDonald House just before the Belmont Stakes and this year was no different.

This year at McDonald House it was, however, a little different because they had a huge popcorn machine and lots of drinks for the jockeys and the kids, which was most appreciated.


Hudes Asks Levittown To Help Basketball Fundraiser

Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

St. Bernard’s, community to rally in support of Bobby Nagelberg and family

Hempstead Town Councilman Gary Hudes is encouraging residents to support a Levittown native Bobby Nagelberg and his family by participating in Backin’ Bobby 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament being held from Friday, June 22 through June 24 at St. Bernard’s Church.

The tournament will financially benefit Nagelberg as his family deals with the extraordinary costs associated with his surgery and treatment for a brain tumor.


Bideawee Opens New Prevention Wellness Facility

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

Quarantine facility will increase number of adoptable pets

Bideawee, one of the country’s oldest animal welfare organizations, opened its new Prevention and Wellness Satellite (PAWS) Program at its Wantagh Campus at 3300 Beltagh Avenue, for pets on March 30. The innovative and cutting-edge PAWS program is the first of its kind in the metro New York area and will consolidate and centralize short-term isolation and care of all incoming cats and dogs to the Bideawee adoption centers in Manhattan and Westhampton.

President and Chief Executive Officer Nancy Taylor said, “This is cutting edge, no body else that we know of has a system like this.” She said Bideawee’s goal by introducing this new program is to increase adoptable animals in their system by 10 percent and decrease operation costs and to decrease Bideawee’s medical costs by having all animals needing specialized care to be centrally located and being taken care of one specially trained team.


Nassau County Continues Empire State Games Traditions

Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

In 2011, New York State eliminated all funding for the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged and Nassau County returned for the second year to help preserve and maintain the games.

“The young student athletes who are able to participate in the weekend of events are truly inspirational to watch,” County Executive Ed Mangano said. “As you see them cross the finish line, you see the smiles on their faces and tears of joy in their eyes. For one weekend, they get to compete with their friends from across New York State, share their stories and continue to build long-lasting friendships.”


Levittown Honors War Dead

Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00

On Monday, May 28, the Levittown and neighboring communities joined together to hold the annual Memorial Day parade down Hempstead Turnpike. Members of the local veterans’ organizations, fire department, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, local officials, and residents gathered dutifully for the somber ceremonies to honor the nation’s war dead.


Masonry Repairs Needed At LMEC, Salk School

Written by Eric Holden: Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00

Rosemary Kallas, James Poccia, Cathy Rust honored for emergency response

According to architects from Lucchesi Engineering, several sections of buildings throughout the Levittown School District are in dire condition, with several millions of dollars needed in repairs ranging from masonry upgrades to roofing replacements.

The company, which has serviced notable clients like the Rockville Centre and Sewanhaka Central High School districts, said the areas in need of immediate attention are the chimney at Summit Lane Elementary School, brickwork cracks at the Levittown Memorial Education Center (LMEC) and masonry upgrades at Salk Middle School, including sections that are currently used as walkways.


MacArthur’s Peru Crew Serves As Ambassadors

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Levittown students cross globe for service learning

While many people in Levittown, and across the United States observed Easter and celebrated spring break from school and work, 13 MacArthur High School seniors, including teacher chaperones Dana Fritch, Lynn Spinnato, and Chris Brown, embarked on a service learning/tourism opportunity in Peru. The group, known as the “Peru Crew” landed in Peru’s capital and largest city, Lima, on April 5, spending the day before taking a smaller flight east to Cusco, a popular tourist attraction, home of many of the Incan ruins.

The students agreed, some of the things that caught their attention immediately, aside from exiting a plane directly on the runway, and the change in altitude, were the rickshaws, bicycles, vehicle-right-of-ways, and free-roaming animals. Also a consensus, the view, landing in Lima and Cusco, surrounded by mountains and the landscape in general was awe-inspiring.


Final Resting For 62 Unclaimed Cremains At LINC

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Spanish-American War veteran among those honored

On Saturday, May 19 the Long Island National Cemetery (LINC) became the final resting place for the ashes of 62 unclaimed veterans, along with some of the cremains of family members. Dozens of Patriot Riders, police escorts, the Shields Pipe Band, and the Joint Color Guard of Fort Hamilton escorted the hearses containing the remains from their respective funeral homes, to an assembly location off the expressway, and finally to the cemetery.

The procession passed through nearly a dozen “arches of honor,” where American flags fly high between two fire engines with ladders extended, along Wellwood Avenue in East Farmingdale, performed by many of the local fire departments.


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