Students from 10 local high schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties attended ReNew New York’s high school convention entitled “Considering New York’s Structures and Challenges” on Oct. 28 at Hofstra University.
At the all-day event, students discussed major issues regarding American politics and the 2010 midterm elections. They also engaged in debate with and proposed solutions to major issues to current or former politicians and political science professors.
Prior to the convention, each school created an issue brief compiled with research and interviews. Some students from each school also attended lectures by public officials and journalists to add to their briefs in a summer program at Hofstra. The briefs covered issues such as the national election process, the legislative redistricting procedure, and the state funding of education. Students then discussed their findings on each issue in small groups during the convention.
On Thursday, Oct. 21 two students from Island Trees Memorial Middle School in Levittown were transported to an area hospital with complaints of difficulty breathing after participating in physical education activities. One of the students has a known asthma condition.
Upon hearing the call for a second ambulance, the Levittown Fire Department suggested further investigation at the school to rule out any environmental factors. The school was evacuated at approximately 10:30 a.m.
At the Levittown Fire Department’s Open House Kristin Rochon of Troop 3114 and Levittown Fire Department Explorer Post 620 had a chance to show the Pet Oxygen masks that she is providing as part of her Gold Award Project. Rochon raised funds for some of the masks and received a generous donation of several masks from Dr. Blauvelt of the Carman Avenue Veterinary Clinic. The Pet Oxygen masks will be placed on the three ambulances of the Levittown Fire Department. The masks will be used to help resuscitate dogs and cats that are exposed to toxic fumes. Along with the donation of the masks, Rochon demonstrated the use of the masks to the public at the open house, distributed “PET-CALS: PETS INSIDE” decals, and answered questions on pet first aid and safety. She will assist the Department’s Training Committee in the teaching the use of the masks to department members, and administering first aid to pets.
Officers and members of the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center (KPTC) Service Leadership Committee enjoyed the elegance of this year’s Black & White Ball while doing their part to make the evening a success. The annual ball raises fund for the KPTC at North Shore-LIJ Hospital.
KPTC Service Leadership Committee members helped President Joe Corace distribute commemorative lapel pins recognizing KPTC’s 20 years of life-saving work.
County Executive Edward P. Mangano campaigned for and won his current position with a clear promise to lower spending and taxes for Nassau. The day draws near when he must deliver, arriving at a balanced budget for 2011 without raising taxes or increasing the deficit. This has led to painful proposals, drawing protests on extreme moves like cutting loose the entire Long Island Bus system and turning the high expense of tax refunds over to schools, towns, villages and other special districts including libraries and fire districts.
On Friday, Oct. 1 the Kiwanis Club of Levittown’s held their 61st Annual Installation Dinner. Pictured: (seated) Gail Cummo, Linda Crozier, Lisa Santer, and Kim Scharoff. Standing: Steven Dalton, Gary Crozier, Fred Interdonato, Legislator Dennis Dunne Sr. Assemblyman Joe Saladino, Ann Torcivia, Glen Lachow, Mauro Cassano, Peter Ryan, Legislator Joe Belesi, and Kevin Regan.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) shared the power of mentoring with 450 guests at their 12th Annual Presidential Gala on Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The event honored Men of the Year Andrew Corrado and James Metzger.
Little Brothers George and Elijah along with Little Sister Emily shared the podium and read letters to their “Bigs” with the audience. Emily, matched for over five years with Big Sister Lori Diamond of Lynbrook wrote, “Lori, I am grateful for your presence in my life. I appreciate that you’ve given so much of your time and energy to make me a better person.” Little Brother George, who towers over Big Brother Tom Cucitro of Floral Park, also shared his gratitude. “Growing up without a father was hard until you showed up. I just can’t express how much your kindness and friendship has meant to me.”
It’s that time of the election year again when incumbents and challengers alike flock to local libraries care of the League of Women Voters to voice their views on current topics and issues surrounding the respective areas they hope to either continue to or to newly represent.
The League of Women Voters of Eastern Nassau played host to Meet the Candidates Night at the East Meadow Library last week. Incumbents and challengers from the 6th and 8th Senate Districts, 17th and 19th Assembly Districts were on hand to take questions from the audience in an effort to clarify their take on Albany, Long Island and more.
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and the Hempstead board honored Nassau County Police Officer Michael Bjornstad of the 8th Precinct, Officers Daniel Russo and Ricky Buckshaw of the 7th Precinct, and Officers Robert Blum and Arthur Lopez of the Highway Patrol Bureau among the 10 officers from Nassau County Police Department and six officers from surrounding villages at a ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion at the Town Hall in Hempstead. Also honored at the ceremony was Nassau County PBA President James Carver.
“From solving murders and extensive undercover work to patrolling our streets, our police honorees have distinguished themselves as local heroes,” said Murray. “The town is proud to have the opportunity to recognize those who served and protect our residents.”
Cartoonist Bunny Hoest, widow of The Lockhorns creator Bill Hoest, and artist John Reiner celebrated their gallery exhibit at Memorial Gallery in Sinclair Hall on the campus of Farmingdale State College on Tuesday, Sept. 14.
The comic strip was originally named The Lockhorn’s of Levittown when it began in 1968. The cartoon follows the lives of, married couple, Leroy and Loretta Lockhorn who are always arguing. They are known for exchanging sarcastic or funny comments, most often revolving around married life.
Hoest shared stories and ideas, and also gave advice to students in attendance at the exhibit’s opening reception. She said that creating one picture with concise, straight-to-the-point quotes was harder than it looked.
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