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Thank You for Warm Welcome

Friday, 06 August 2010 00:00

As I take the helm from the previous editor, Rachel Shapiro, I want to thank everyone for the warm welcome. The community members have no shortage of pride and enthusiasm for Levittown and its surrounding neighbors, which makes me excited to share the commitment in being a collective voice. The abundant support is much appreciated; I encourage each person to help me continue to tell the stories that shape the Levittown community.

Christy Hinko

 

Letter: Honoring Veterans

Friday, 30 July 2010 00:00
I’ve always found it really odd that a community built for the returning servicemen of World War II never had a plaque or a statue (that I’m visibly aware of) dedicated to them until Kate Murray dedicated the really nice looking memorial in front of the Levittown Library. With all those politicians, especially the Republican Party who remained in control for generations, espousing their commitment to God and country, marching in parades up and down the turnpike, giving speech after speech in veterans’ halls reminding us how they were so thankful to those who served, you would have thought that someone would have dedicated something, somewhere. But they didn’t.
 

Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Offers Options for General Tax Payment

Friday, 30 July 2010 00:00

With the deadline for paying the second half 2010 General Tax approaching, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin reminds taxpayers of the convenient payment options offered by his office including extended hours, satellite offices, mobile tax office, drive through payment window and online payments. Payments for the second half 2010 General Taxes received or postmarked by the August 10 deadline will be penalty-free.

“Take advantage of our drive through payment window, where you can pay your taxes from the comfort of your car, or pay your tax bill electronically using e-check,” said Clavin. “Our mobile office brings town government to local neighborhoods, while satellite offices in Hicksville and Lawrence serve communities some distance from Town Hall.”

 

Letter: Information on American Opportunity Education Credit

Friday, 23 July 2010 00:00

(This letter is in response to a letter printed in the July 16, 2010 issue of the Levittown Tribune, entitled “Discrepancies in Schumer Speech at MacArthur Graduation.”)

Washington critics often joke that, “the most dangerous place to stand in our nation’s capitol, is between Senator Charles Schumer and the nearest television camera.” Tune into the evening news, on a hot and sultry “slow news night,” and you’re bound to see Schumer expounding on any issue that will gain him media coverage. The man is obviously a media hound, yet, over the past decade has risen to become one of the most powerful and influential members of the United States Senate.

 

Letter: No ‘White Flight’ for Levittown

Friday, 23 July 2010 00:00

No urban myth seems more pervasive and troublesome than the myth of “white flight” to the suburbs in the post-WWII years. Unlike other urban myths - UFOs, ghost sightings, JFK conspiracy theories, Bigfoot, creationism, a Republican-orchestrated 9/11, and President Obama as a foreign-born national - the myth of “white flight” has been perpetuated by journalists, academicians, and civil rights activists who know it’s a myth.

Too, over the years, Levittown has become to “white flight” what Roswell, New Mexico is to UFO buffs. Consider the facts:

 

Letter: School District Should Clean Its Act Up

Friday, 16 July 2010 00:00
And so the shenanigans at the Levittown School Board go on.  First, the board hires an individual, a history teacher, with no financial background as the assistant superintendent for business and then after two years of “mentoring,” at what cost we do not know, she is allowed to leave.  If the board of a publicly traded company the size of the Levittown School District, a $190,000, 000 budget, hired a chief financial officer (CFO), which is essentially what this position is, with no financial training or experience you can be quite sure the shareholders would revolt and the board and the CEO (school superintendent) would be seeking new employment.  Ah, but the taxpayers of Levittown sit back and take it and dig deeper into their already overtaxed pockets with each decision of the board.  People do not cry when a corporate CFO leaves because this person makes the hard financial decisions, hurts people but saves the corporation.  With the financial difficulties that face the taxpayers of Levittown and the district, we deserve someone who knows how to manage finances, who can find where the cost savings are and where the revenue opportunities lie.  Keep in mind, the superintendent blamed the fact that there are millions of dollars tied up in a sick day payout fund the district cannot touch on the mistake of a clerk in the finance office.  Is no one watching the candy store?  The prime candidate to fill the position is the “mentor”, Mr. Schissler, a retired “school administrator” who based on the tax rates and cost increases over the past two years has not shown he can do what is right for the Levittown taxpayer.  This is clearly not the individual needed to clean up the financial mess.
 

Letter: Discrepancies in Schumer Speech at MacArthur Graduation

Friday, 16 July 2010 00:00

On June 19, 2010 Senator Schumer spoke at the MacArthur High School graduation ceremony and during his commencement speech, stated that anyone with an income of less than $200,000 will receive a federal tuition tax credit of $2,500. This is totally incorrect. The information can be verified online by looking up American Opportunity Education Credit. One will find that the correct information states that married couples filing jointly and making less than $160,000 will receive the $2,500 tuition credit but it phases out between $160,000 and $180,000. For a single filer, the income must be below $80,000 and phases out at $90,000. Most importantly this credit expires after 2010.

 

Letter: Still Time to Host a Fresh Air Fund Child

Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00

Summer vacation, that special time of year for all children, is upon us and members of the local community still have the chance to make it memorable for a child from New York City! Thanks to the many families in Nassau County and throughout 13 Northeastern states and Canada, more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income neighborhoods have enjoyed free summer experiences in suburban and small town communities through The Fresh Air Fund. The Fund is currently seeking more families to give inner-city children a two-week experience this summer. By volunteering as a host family for the Friendly Town program, a child can have a break from the heat and noise of the crowded city streets.

 

Levittown Community Council Calendar: July 9, 2010

Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00

This community-wide calendar is produced as a public service by the Levittown Community Council to keep the community informed of upcoming events and to avoid duplication of dates for organizations planning community activities. If you would like to add the date of an upcoming event to this calendar, please call Frank McKenna at 735-2264. Events must be open to the public. You do not need to be a member of the Levittown Community Council to add your event to the calendar. To have activities listed,contact the Levittown Community Council (LCC) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Levittown Community Council, P.O. Box 294, Levittown, NY 11756.

 

Letter: An Orange and Blue American Dream

Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00

I’ve been thinking a lot, of late, about the shape of things to come with respect to the whole American Dream thing here on suburban Long Island; what it’ll look like a generation hence and/or what I’d like it to look like - and the reality that will fall somewhere betwixt. I always think of these things in summertime because seeing block parties, barbecues, and people lovingly tending their patch of earth makes me think of the American Dream.

 

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