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Letter: Thank You Island Trees

Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

On behalf of the Island Trees Board of Education, I would like to thank the community for their continued support of the educational programs, services and activities in our school district. While a number of other Long Island school districts have reduced their school programs, Island Trees has been able to sustain these vital structures in these very challenging economic times.

We are fortunate to have such supportive community who give their approval to our school budget year after year. Again, our sincerest thanks to the Island Trees community for their commitment to our school district, and most importantly, our students.

Dr. Charles Murphy,

Superintendent of Schools, Island Trees


Letter: No Children Of The Corn

Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

I enjoyed John Owens’ article “When The Goose Poop Hits The Fan.” In England (I am English), this is a problem that has been dealt with humanely for many years by feeding corn or other feeds treated to interfere with the egg laying; a form of birth control.

Something similar is available here:

Gavin E. Pike


From Long Island Wins

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

There are some events in the news that are easy to track and follow what’s going on, for example, the NBA playoffs, or The Voice.

And then there are the debates in Washington. By the time the legislative maneuvering is underway and the rhetoric is streaming from both sides, it can be hard to figure out what’s happening, why it’s happening, who benefits from what’s happening, and whether what’s happening will be of any use.


But here’s one thing that should be clear to all of us: immigration reform will save us all money. Let me repeat that: immigration reform will save us all money.


Letter: Cuomo Plan For LIPA Will Sustain LI

Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

 New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to restructure the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) would take giant steps forward in improving the quality of life for every Long Islander.


Letter: Remembering Veterans

Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00

Every minute, of every hour, of every day, Americans enjoy the blessings of a peace-loving nation; blessings protected by the selfless service of men and women in uniform who, when necessary, stand fast against the forces of fear, tyranny and terrorism.  For more than two centuries untold numbers of Americans have answered the call to duty.  


Letter: You're Never Too Old To Fight For Your Rights

Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00

This May marks the 50th anniversary of Older Americans’ Month.  It recognizes the valuable contributions senior citizens make to our communities. With so many older Americans under economic assault, we need to take action so this anniversary is more than just another ‘Hallmark’ holiday. 


Letter: Thanks For The Charity Feature

Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00

Thank you, Pete Sheehan, for the excellent in-depth article on the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. You helped put a “face” to the poor and “make it personal.” It was my pleasure to speak with you. God bless.    


Editor’s note: This letter is in response to “On A Mission” that appeared on page 3 of the May 10 edition of the Levittown Tribune. 

Patricia Rosalia


From The Desk Of Dr. Charles Murphy

Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00

Annually, the country celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Day on May 7th. It’s a nice reminder to acknowledge the positive impact teachers have on our children. Clearly, in this era of high stakes testing and accountability, it’s even more important to have quality teachers who work well with students in and out of the classroom. 


Letter: Vanishing Bees, Vanishing Humankind

Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

The old saying, “Busy as a Bee” comes from the fact that bees pollinate at least 70% of our crops, which is 1 out of 3 bites of food that we eat - encompassing at least 95 varieties of crops. 

The world’s bees are in jeopardy of extinction.  Bees have been dying off in droves since the mid 1990s.  This disaster began in France and kept spreading throughout the world, hitting the U.S. in 2006.  It was given a name – colony collapse disorder, or CCD.  Much has been made over the so-called mystery surrounding CCD.  


From The Desk Of Dr. Charles Murphy

Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

This week our high school students take their Advanced Placement exams. It won’t be long before middle and high school final and Regents exams begin. Although many people stay up late in an effort to study, cramming is not an effective way to prepare for these summative assessments.  


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