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Levittown School Board Holds Second Budget Meeting

Written by Eric Holden Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

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.


LI Shields Officers Remember Life of Fallen Officer Califano

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00

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.”


The Little Gym of Levittown Offers Fun Through Gymnastics

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00
Levittown-area children now have a place where they can bounce, tumble, skip and jump, all while developing motor skills. The Little Gym (TLG), a motor skill development facility, offers a curriculum-based core program of gymnastics to promote coordination, balance, rhythm and flexibility.

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.


Levittown Kiwanis Present Everyday Hero Awards

Friday, 25 February 2011 00:00

Levittown Kiwanis members and other community members packed the club’s usual meeting to honor two middle school students who took an extraordinary stand to protect a younger schoolmate from a bully.

On Dec. 2, 2010, a seventh grade boy was bullying a sixth grader on the bus. When the bully began asking other students if he should start a fight with his sixth grade target, many of the other students became bystanders and ignored the bully’s threats. However, Barbara-Ann Reyman and Caitlin Harrs refused to sit back and become bystanders. They stepped up and told the bully to leave the sixth grader alone. They also told him that they were going to tell their parents and the staff at Wisdom Lane Middle School if he didn’t stop. The young ladies even stayed on the bus until they were sure that the bullying had stopped and the target was safe.  


ITHS Alum Makes Dramatic Comeback for St. John’s Track Team

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 25 February 2011 00:00

The St. John’s University Track & Field team captured its first Indoor Metropolitan Championship title since 1989 in dramatic fashion, edging Rutgers 147-142, in action at the New Balance Armory in New York City on Saturday, Jan. 29. Island Trees High School alumna Michelle Duffy helped capture this title for the school.

Duffy is a sophomore English major at St. John’s. She placed second in the 1,000-meter and scored eight points, qualifying for the Big East Championship that was held on Saturday, Feb. 19. This was a career-best for Duffy.


Joey Foundation Bowls in Honor of Joey Torcivia

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 18 February 2011 00:00

Foundation’s First Annual Safety Fundraiser

On Saturday, Jan. 29 the Joey Foundation held its first annual safety fundraiser at the South Levittown Lanes. Over 120 bowlers turned out in support of the Foundation’s cause, including supporters of the Marty Lyons Foundation, Kiwanis members, dozens of friends, residents, and local officials.

“It was a very emotional day for me because I had one of Joey’s doctors there, one of the therapists, and Joey’s best friend Cameron, from Queens,” said mother of the late Joey, Ann Torcivia.

The Joey Foundation was started six months ago to honor the memory of the late Joey Torcivia. Joey was initially diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, but died in 2000, when he was in first grade, from complications of pneumonia.


Hundreds Mourn Loss of Officer Michael Califano

Written by Harry Loud Friday, 18 February 2011 00:00

Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano of Wantagh was laid to rest Thursday, Feb. 10. He was tragically killed when a truck rammed his patrol car while he served a summons on the Long Island Expressway on Friday, Feb. 4.

Thousands of police officers from throughout the country along with his family, friends and relatives attended his funeral at Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church on Jerusalem Avenue in Seaford. He is survived by his wife Jackie and three sons Michael, 13, Chris, 11, and Andrew 6.

Fire departments provided “Arches of Honor” as the procession left the funeral home in Massapequa with Massapequa’s Tower Ladder 2 (632) and Wantagh’s Ladder 1, (6911) set up in front of the high school on Merrick Road.


Animal Rights Activists Continue to Make Their Case at Rally

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 11 February 2011 00:00

Despite the wintry mix that dampened much of Long Island on Saturday, Feb. 5, approximately 100 activists turned out in support of the rally at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh, called for by the Hope for Hempstead Shelter organization.

Merrick resident and rally organizer Derek Donnelly told Anton Newspapers that he had reached out to over 500 supporters in the days before the rally, but due to the weather, he was very happy with the committed turnout. Activists came from all across Long Island, including Brooklyn and Queens, and even some from New Jersey.

“People are passionate about two parts of the cause here, it’s the taxpayer getting hurt here, we are paying more money to have animals neglected and abused than people pay to have their animals taken care of; there is something really wrong with that,” said Donnelly. “There is something wrong here and it needs to be further investigated. The Town claims that they are investigating themselves, you cannot investigate yourself, that’s like if you’re a police officer and you catch yourself speeding, you don’t pull over and write yourself a ticket.”


American Airpower Museum Unveils Vietnam Veteran Tribute

Friday, 11 February 2011 00:00

On Sunday, Jan. 30 more than 40 years after the start of the bloody Tet Offensive seen as the turning point in the Vietnam conflict, the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in Farmingdale unveiled a permanent tribute to the American veterans who served in that war and all those who did not return home.

The display, conceived and constructed by two Purple Heart Vietnam veterans Leonard Partiss of Bohemia and Joseph Pelligritti of West Islip, includes a mannequin depicted as an American “grunt” loaded down with gear and weapons in the middle of a jungle clearing. Another element of the display is a model of an American firebase engaged in defending its position somewhere in Vietnam’s “I Corps.”


Astoria Federal Helps ITHS Students Reach For the S.T.A.R.S.

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00

On Friday, Jan. 14 at the Long Island Marriott, the students enrolled in Career Advantage at Island Trees High School (ITHS), participated in the 5th annual S.T.A.R.S (Students Taking Action for Real Success) Interview Conference made possible through a grant from Astoria Federal Savings.

One hundred 11th and 12th grade students were required to attend the conference for a very different kind of mid-term exam. The S.T.A.R.S Interview Conference is the product of the Island Trees School to Business Partnership headed by the district’s Career Coordinator Carol Siegel, with planning assistance from Astoria Federal Savings Levittown Branch Manager Lois Cornibert, Beth Dalton-Costello of Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes and Evelyn Gorelik of ITHS.

Business participant Ann Torcivia of Friends Travel said, “This program helps high school students get ready for the workforce; it teaches them how to do a résumé and an interview.”


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