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MADD Holds Law Enforcement Recognition Luncheon

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00

Annually, the Long Island chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) holds a prestigious luncheon to honor Long Island law enforcement, including officers, attorneys and local citizens, who display an extraordinary commitment against the drunk driving plight. On March 22, for the fifth year, MADD gave several special awards, along with recognition of the outstanding dedication to DWI enforcement, prosecution and education that the law enforcement professionals have shown.

Following a bagpipe presentation by Sergeant Todd Bennett of the Southampton Town Police Department, a brief invocation was given by Bishop Robert W. Harris and  generous welcomes from MADD Victim Advocate and event chairwoman Margaret Rebholz and Senior Development Officer Rori Fleshel.


Island Trees Holds Town Hall Meeting

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

Eighth Precinct officers meet with residents about local crime trends, precinct closure

The most recent Island Trees Town Hall meeting, on April 3, was in response to a growing concern from members of the community, business owners, board of education members, school administrators and staff about safety of the community and the well-being of many of the Island Trees youth. More than 65 people were in attendance, with special guest speakers from the Nassau County Police Department’s Eighth Precinct.

Island Trees Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy opened the meeting by noting the large turnout, considering the generous weather, and it being a Tuesday night. He acknowledged the apparent need for more conversation about drug use that had carried over from the previous town hall meeting on Oct. 11, which was heavily shadowed by the death of a recent 2010 Island Trees High School graduate, from an alleged drug overdose. 


Local Teens Rock Out For Autism April 28

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00

Long Island musicians turn passion into charity

For the fourth year in the row local teen musicians are joining forces to bring awareness to childhood autism through a musical showcase, Rock Out Autism.

“No matter what background you are, whether you have autism or not, music is something that resonates with people,” said Rafe Tangorra, member of the band Paging Grace and co-founder of Rock Out Autism.


Island Trees Schools Adopt Budget

Written by Eric Holden: Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

District staying under 2 percent tax cap

In a special meeting held on March 27 in the Stephen E. Karopczyc School in Levittown, the Island Trees school board adopted a budget of $57,925,136 with a 1.99 percent property tax cap levy for the 2012-13 school year.

Board President Patricia Mahon announced that 1.60 percent of the 1.99 percent total tax levy increase would be eaten up by staff step raises, leaving just 0.39 percent for additional expenditures. Step raises are owed to custodial and clerical staff, among others.


Levittown Schools Postpone Budget Adoption

Written by Eric Holden: Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

School administration opts to continue fund balance review

The Levittown School Board planned to adopt the budget for the 2012-13 school year at its public meeting at the Memorial Education Center on March 28, but opted to postpone it for further review of the district fund balance.

Since the district has until the third week in April to submit its final budget proposal to the state, Superintendent Dr. James Grossane and Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Mark Flower said there’s plenty of time to review the budget to see if more fund balance can be produced.


Island Trees Library Budget, Trustee Election April 24

Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

Budget hearing set for April 10

(The following statement on the budget and candidate biographies were submitted by the Island Trees Public Library.)

The Island Trees Public Library budget vote and trustee election will take place on Tuesday, April 24 from 1 to 9 p.m. in the library’s Dolores M. Morehouse Community Room. A budget hearing will take place on Tuesday, April 10, at 8 p.m., also in the Morehouse Community Room.


Levittown Library Budget Vote and Election April 3

Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

Radano, Greller Vie for Trustee Seat

The Levittown Public Library budget vote for the proposed 2012-2013 library budget and the election of a Library Trustee will take place on Tuesday, April 3 from noon to 9 p.m. in the library’s Mildred B. Cantor Community Room.  

The Levittown Public Library’s budget is separate from the Levittown School District budget, and the budget votes are held on different dates.


Levittown Author Returns Overdue Book to Library

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

It only took Steve Bergsman 46 years

Some may think it sacrilege to harbor stolen property, including books from a library for more than 46 years, but that is exactly the offense that has been gnawing at the good conscience of established financial and real estate author Steve Bergsman.

In 1967, Bergsman graduated from Island Trees High School. Although the school never asked for the book, The History of the United States of America, c. 1904, before Bergsman graduated, he knew it was overdue. 


Island Trees Schools Tries to Eliminate $170K From Budget

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Murphy: We will present a 2 percent levy

On Monday, March 19 the Levittown Tribune sat down with Island Trees Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy to get some first-hand information on the district’s budget proposal.

Dr. Murphy said, “We started off last summer, really concerned about the budget because of the tax cap; at the time we were projecting some tremendous increases with the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and employees’ retirement system as well as their healthcare.” This would have put the district $1.8 million over the tax cap. But Murphy said that these things did not materialize this year, as projected.


State of the County: Mangano Warns of 13 Percent Tax Jump

Written by Melissa Argueta: Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Abrahams: Property tax hike is nothing more than a scare tactic

If you think government is a bit bloated these days, it has just been put on a strict “diet,” according to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who delivered his official State of the County address on Wed., March 14, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.

During the speech, Mangano touted his administration’s accomplishments and equally stressed the challenge of dealing with the county’s ever-increasing property taxes, warning of a potential 13-percent property-tax hike in the future.


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