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From the desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: October 4, 2012

Written by Dr. Charles Murphy, Island Trees Superintendent of Schools Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

New York State has adopted a new curriculum K-12 – The Common Core.  The Common Core is a nationwide effort to introduce new rigorous content and knowledge-based problem-solving standards into all subject areas. The Common Core initiative is intended to produce students who are prepared to compete with students from high performing international educational systems. In fact, 45 states have signed on and are modifying their curriculum to meet these new lofty expectations.

Earlier this summer, the New York State Education Department (SED) finally provided a few sample questions for the upcoming “Common Core” assessments, grades 3-8, planned to rollout in April.


Letter: Leave Levittown Alone

Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

Levittown is under attack.

Highly organized, well-funded groups, such as the Rauch Foundation, International Coalition for Local and Environmental Initiative (ICLEI), and Long Island Vision are trying to destroy our zoning laws.


Letter: Decision On October 3 Could Change Levittown Forever

Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

Josato Builders is scheduled to appear before Kate Murray, Gary Hudes, and the entire Hempstead Town Board, to request a special zoning change of the land in between Orchid and Blacksmith Roads in Levittown. The change is necessary to build a private multi-dwelling attached condo complex of approximately 50 units and parking for 117. The current zoning of the land allows only single-family houses.

If the town board allows the land to be changed from the current zoning, the builder will be allowed to build multi-family attached condos. What would stop Josato or another builder from buying several Levitt houses on any other block, knocking them down, and appearing before the town board requesting the same zoning change?


Letter: Hearing About Crocus Estates

Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

We the people of Levittown oppose the changes that will come when Josato builds “Crocus Estates” located west of Crocus Lane, north of Orchid Road, and south of Blacksmith Road. Levittown was planned and developed as a whole community by Mr. Levitt. Crocus Estates will change the physical character of the residential area and reduce open space.

We object to the increase of traffic to the area, as Orchard Road has heavy traffic already. Parking is also a big concern, as they will not have enough parking spaces they will need extra parking on our streets.


Letter: Proposal To Build Apartments In Levittown—Town Hearing to Partially Nullify Levittown Zoning Code

Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

I am writing on behalf of my parents, Daphne and Vladimir Rus, in connection with a matter involving the Levittown Property Owners’ Association (LPOA). The matter is urgent, because there will be a hearing before the Board of the Town of Hempstead on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at One Washington Street.   

The situation is as follows:  

A developer, Josato, Inc., proposes to develop a strip of land along Crocus Lane in Levittown. Josato is the successor in interest to Terra Homes, which had previously attempted (unsuccessfully) to obtain variances to develop the same property.


Letter: Remember Jane Josiah As A Levittowner

Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

I was just reading the online Tribune today and saw the article on the local people who died on 9/11. My sister-in-law, Jane (Hagan) Josiah, wasn’t mentioned in it. She graduated in ’71 from Division Avenue High School and lived in Levittown for some years after. Technically she lived in Bellmore on that horrible day, but I feel she should still be remembered as being a Levittowner. I know this is too late to change but wanted you to be aware of it for next year. Thanks very much.

Pat Hagan


Letter: Statue of Mary Stolen

Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

As Levittown residents since 1959, we are very saddened to report the loss/theft of our statue of the Blessed Mother, which has stood outside of our Levittown home for close to 50 years.

My parents moved into the beautiful and quiet community of Levittown in 1959. This statue of Mary has stood in our front yard protecting us and our house for as long as I can remember. I and my four siblings have stood in front of this statue for all of our most memorable occasions including baptisms, communions, confirmations, graduations, weddings, births, even for Halloween. Whenever my mother received flowers from her children or after a wedding, she always placed the flowers in front of the statue of the Blessed Mother.


Editorial: Patriot Day: Serve And Remember

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00

Since the tragedies of September 11, 2001, the nation has begun to observe the anniversary as Patriot Day, and also as a day of service. In addition to flying the American Flag in celebration of freedom, it is important to observe a moment of silence to honor the thousands of lives lost on that day, right here on American soil.


Editorial: Proper Flag Disposal

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00

I have been asked several times by residents recently about what to do with worn and tattered American flags. Naturally, when a flag is flown and used enough it will become torn, faded or worn. Flying an American flag in any of these conditions is unacceptable and disrespectful. Never simply put an American flag in the garbage; the only appropriate thing to do with it is a proper disposal.

Believe it or not, there is a whole protocol, an official U.S. Flag Code to abide by for flying, using, or discarding a flag. While the U.S. has a code for the flag, it is only a guide on how to handle and use the flag. Each state has its own flag laws.


Letter: The Poverty That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00

My advice to teenagers these days is straight forward: Your college diploma must be accompanied with an up-to-date passport because if you are not prepared to leave the U.S. behind and emigrate to where the jobs are located, higher education may prove to be a waste of time and money. I know too many people in their 40s and 50s who have bachelors and masters degrees, years of experience in such fields as engineering and teaching and business management, who are now unemployed and collecting food stamps and other governmental largesse that they paid taxes to support back when they were productive citizens. What’s holding them back is not lack of education, experience, or work ethic, but economic discrimination.

Economic discrimination is the elephant in the living room, nay, a dead and decomposing elephant in the living room. Its previously middle class victims won’t speak of it as there’s a social stigma affixed to being poor because hitherto the chronically unemployed type was a slacker and a troublemaker and the homeless person was the mentally ill fellow on the park bench talking to himself.


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