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Flight Patterns Set for Big Changes

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00

NJCAAN Supports Noise Level Debate

Residents in Levittown live near an airport, and are not far removed from larger ones. So aircraft noise is often on people’s minds. That issue may heat up again in a year’s time. In 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is set to implement a major re-routing of its flights from several Long Island airports, including John F. Kennedy and Republic of Farmingdale.

Westbound routes heading towards the Midwest and some southbound routes, namely those in Washington, DC, will be re-routed away from their current over-water patterns to ones that will take flights from the airports over neighborhoods in Suffolk County, Nassau County, New York City, and northern New Jersey.

It was reported that the new routes would take place this spring. However, according to FAA officials, that won’t happen until 2012. What will happen this spring, officials said, is an operation that will combine air-based sectors that are now the responsibilities of the New York center. Certain offices handle air space traffic above 17,000 ft. and others handle it for traffic under that same number. The realignment of airspace management is all part of the FAA’s plan of preparing for the flight traffic patterns changes that are expected to take place in 2012.

“The purpose of the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Airspace Project is to increase the efficiency and reliability of the airspace structure and Air Traffic Control system and reduce delays while maintaining or increasing the safety of the National Airspace System,” the FAA’s website states. “The Selected Project, Integrated Airspace Alternative with Integrated Control Complex with Mitigation, does this by combining high and low altitude airspace to create more efficient arrival and departure routes. For over nine years, we conducted studies and evaluations that cover an area of approximately 31,000 miles, which included five states and 21 airports. This selection offers the most significant operational benefits and anticipates full integration of the airspace by 2012,” the statement concludes.

Noise Level Debate


The New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise (NJCAAN), a New Jersey-based group that is opposed to the plan, passed information onto Anton Community Newspapers, claiming that noise levels will increase in the North Shore.

However, a spokesman at the


‘Children of Hope’ Becomes Jaccard’s Safe Haven

Written by Terri Rizzi and Christy Hinko Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00

On July 16, 1997, after being called to the scene at Nassau’s First District Courthouse in Hempstead, Nassau County Police Paramedic Tim Jaccard found the body of ‘Baby Angelica’ dead in the toilet of the first stall. These paramedic calls are named ‘baby not breathing’ calls and after finding two more dead babies shortly thereafter, Jaccard knew he needed to do something about it.

Jaccard, a 37-year veteran with the police department and resident of Wantagh, started researching how many infanticides – the homicide of an infant - were received monthly and learned that within a month, in just three cities – New York, NY, Mobile, AL and Houston, TX - 41 babies were found dead.  


ITHS Alum Justin Heisig Sinks Winning Shot for RIT Tigers

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00

On Friday, Jan. 7 Levittown resident and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Junior Justin Heisig hit a three-pointer with 27 seconds left in the second half of RIT’s men’s basketball game against Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks.

Erasing a 70-69 deficit after the RIT Tigers squandered a 15-point lead with 2:54 remaining, Tigers won a wild contest, 73-70 over Stevens Tech Ducks.

On the ensuing play for RIT, teammate Marcus Lowe (Anchorage, AK/Service) penetrated the lane and kicked a pass out to Heisig, whose 3-pointer from the left wing was flawless, capping off a career-high 22-point performance.


Peter King Regains Committee Chairmanship

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

Lists Priorities for New Congress

Members of the 112th Congress were sworn in last Wednesday with the lone Republican from the Long Island delegation back in his old job as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.

When the Republicans took control of Congress last November it was widely expected that Rep. Peter King (R.-Seaford) would return to the post he served in from 2005 to 2007. And in early December, he was formally elected to his old chairmanship by members of the Republican Conference all on a recommendation by the Republican Party Steering Committee.

“I am honored to have been selected as Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee by the Republicans of the 112th Congress,” King said upon his election. “I look forward to working with Speaker John Boehner, the new Republican Leadership, and the entire incoming Republican Majority to protect our homeland from the terrorists who continue to plot and execute attacks against our nation.” 


Town Recognizes Miss El Salvador NY

Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

Town Clerk Mark A. Bonilla (fifth right) presented an official Town of Hempstead Certificate of Recognition to Miss El Salvador/NY Ivania Nieto of Levittown (sixth right) on the occasion of the Comite Civico Salvadoreno Christmas Gala. Also pictured are Chandi Kawaljit, Americanas and Vivian Pereira, Max Rodriguez, Marlina Baquero, Dora Nieto, Dilmar Nieto, Consulado El Salvador Dagoberto Torres, Alex Padron and Comite Civico Salvadoreno Founder Maria T. Avelar.  


Tiger Scouts Make a Difference

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

The boys of Tiger Scouts Den 1, Pack 600 worked very hard over the past month to help Santa bring Christmas to some very special children. The seven boys of the pack, all age 6, worked on chores for family, neighbors and friends to earn $1 per chore.

The boys set a goal of raising $175 over a two-week span, but earned $260 for their hard work. They met at the Levittown Target, pooled their money and went on a shopping spree in the toy department.  

While most children were making plans and fantasizing about what toys they would like to buy for themselves, the boys of Den 1 spent weeks prior thinking about what toys they would pick out for needy children.


State, County Enter Sudden Death Overtime

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

NIFA Gives Mangano

20 Days to Avoid Takeover

Approaching New Year’s Eve last week, many people might have feared starting 2011 with a hangover, but for County Executive Edward P. Mangano, it was the prospect of a takeover, of the county’s finances by New York State agency Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) on Jan. 1, that became very real.

The NIFA Board of Directors held its last meeting of the year on Dec. 30, at which time, many believed the authority would vote to enter what is called a “Control Period,” which enables the group to step in and take a leading role in Nassau County’s financial affairs. This is one of the functions of the watchdog agency that was created by New York State in 2000 due to the county’s poor fiscal situation. The group has served first, to restructure the county’s debt, and second, to oversee its financial operations, mandated to assume control of them if the county ever misses debt payments or if its major operating funds, the budget upon which it functions, suffers from a deficit of larger than 1 percent.    


Merrill Kicks It to the Next Level at Farmingdale State College

Written by Terri Rizzi and Christy Hinko Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00

FSC Midfielder Earns Player of Year Honor
At Skyline Conference

Sophomore Christina Merrill has the most assists of any player on the Women’s Soccer Team at Farmingdale State College and was named Player of the Year at the Skyline Conference.  

Merrill, a Levittown resident, started playing soccer when she was 5 years old and hasn’t stopped yet.

She’s the college’s midfielder, leading the team in points with 29 and 13 assists in a single game. She is ranked 11th in the nation in assists and 23rd in Division III.  


‘Recovery To Go’ Presents MADD New Year’s Eve Benefit

Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00

Local Comedians to Perform

Wednesday, Dec. 8 brought about two more incidents of drunk drivers speeding the wrong way down major Long Island highways, which has led to a total of five such occurrences happening within a month’s time and yet another tragic unnecessary death. Drunk driving is no laughing matter, but laughter can be a key ingredient for people wanting to make a change for the better.

The Long Island based comedy group Recovery To Go (RTG) has decided to stage its first major event as an alcohol free New Year’s Eve celebration to benefit MADD Long Island.


Summit Lane Students Present Book Buddies Program to Board

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00

After More Than 30 Years,

Vietnam Veteran to Receive Levittown Diploma

The accomplishments of two staff members opened the most recent regular meeting of the Levittown School District’s Board of Education on Wednesday, Dec. 15.

Dowling College and News 12 recognized Levittown United Teachers (LUT) member Judy Ascher as Long Island Educator of the Month. Twelve teachers were selected from 50 applicants to be recognized for this honor.

Dr. Clyde Payne, Dean of Education, presented the award to Ascher last month in her fifth-grade classroom at Summit Lane Elementary School.


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