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Update From Kaplan

It was evident Councilwoman Anna Kaplan had done her homework when she reported to a standing room only crowd at the March 13 Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations.

Plandome Road

When Plandome Road was repaved the yellow line to make a left turn onto Northern Boulevard from Plandome Road was painted too short. Once warm weather arrives, Councilwoman Anna Kaplan said, it should be extended by an additional two car lengths.

Regarding the Plandome Road Visioning Project, the town, she said, is waiting to hear from the DOT as to the specifications of the projected work, for example, where it will begin and end. To the relief of her audience, Kaplan added, “We do have the OK.”

Additionally, along Plandome Road, new garbage cans have been ordered and in the summer planters and flowers will be a welcome addition. The town, she said, is on board to water them. Kaplan thanked Sabereh Samet, her legislative aide, and Lois Silva, Silva Real Estate, for canvassing the town delivering a letter from her office-requesting shopkeepers, in effect, sweep and shovel so “shoppers feel welcome to use the sidewalk.”

Post Office

Kaplan acknowledged the frustration of mail trucks and other vehicles parking in such a way as to block motorists who wish to use the drive-by mailbox located on Orchard Street. It will be moved, Kaplan indicated, although she did not specify when. Rumors have circulated that the post office on Maple Place in Manhasset would close, and a storefront on Plandome Road would be maintained. When Ed King, who holds the lease on the building, was reached by phone he said he is not aware of any plans for change. King indicated the lease expires in October when it will be renegotiated.

Onderdonk Avenue

Residents in the area of Onderdonk Avenue requested a stop sign as a traffic calming measure to deter motorists rushing to make a train. The dangerous behavior is widespread they had complained. Kaplan explained that she had received calls and letters in opposition to the request; that it was unsafe to place a stop sign between the two existing lights.

Bayview Avenue

Kaplan indicated the town was investigating a grant to fund a walkway. One complication is ownership of the property along the road.  A transfer of property occurred when the town took over ownership of Manhasset Valley Park from Nassau County. Research is ongoing, she indicated, as to what property is still in the county’s name.

Manhasset Valley Park

Snowstorms in February halted construction at Manhasset Valley Park, although it has resumed, Kaplan reported, hopefully to be completed by April 27 in time for the scheduled grand opening between noon and 1 p.m. Kaplan said one of the new fields will be named in honor of Jim Brown who has been invited to throw the first ball. Children from the EOC will perform and popcorn and cotton candy will contribute to the festive atmosphere.

Christ Church

Construction has begun on the Christ Church property. March 12 the blue house was demolished, a member reported, and another affirmed that a bank would be built on the site.

News

U.S. Air Force Veteran Mario Dell’aera, 80, of Levittown said he first volunteered for service in 1952, during the Korean War.

 

“They called volunteers ‘regulars,’” he said, reflecting back to when he first enlisted.

 

From 1952-1956, Dell’era called the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. home. The base, he said, operated 24 hours, 7 days a week, training pilots to fly overseas into Korea.

A clown named Renaldo performed magic tricks for an enthusiastic audience as part of the National Circus Project, which visited Levittown Public Library on Wednesday, July 16.

 

All 150 tickets available for the performance were sold out in this interactive magic show for children. Throughout the entire circus act, children laughed and raised their hands as high as they could to be chosen as one of Renaldo’s helpers.

 

Raising her hand to participate was three-year-old Kirsten Cantwell from Seaford. “She was upset that she didn’t get picked,” said her mother Melissa Cantwell.

 

Kirsten Cantwell goes to any activity offered at the library, and is starting to enjoy watching magic shows. According to her mother, she really enjoyed the performance.

 

In the circus show, National Circus Project performer, Al Calienes, acted as Renaldo the clown.

 

“The show has different components of acts in the circus,” explained Calienes. “We teach children circus moves.”

 

With the National Circus Project, children get to see magic tricks performed live. “We infuse enthusiasm by showing them, and they in turn will be able to repeat the process,” said Calienes.

Renaldo performed plate spinning, where he spun a plate on a stick and passed it along to the stick of one of his helpers from the audience, who then passed the plate down a line of three more helpers. This interactive way of teaching the children magic tricks really allows them to absorb what they are learning.

 

The National Circus Project travels and performs for elementary schools, as well as middle and high schools. When the National Circus Project is not going to schools, they perform at library shows, summer camps, and other types of events.

 

The performance entertains the adults as well as the children. “We involve everybody,” said Calienes. “Everybody’s engaged on some level or another. “

 

At every library performance, Calienes donates the children’s book he wrote and illustrated Renaldo Joins the Circus to the library. He feels that he owes a lot to the library system. “Anything that ever meant anything to me I learned in the library,” said Calienes.

 

Calienes learned how to draw from the library, which is how he became a commercial artist. One of the main characters he would always draw would be Renaldo the clown. “I wanted to make him real so I joined the circus,” he said.

 

Calienes has been performing with the National Circus Project for seven years and has been in the circus business going on 26 years.

 

The National Circus Project brings magic to children at any school, camp or library all over Long Island as well as across the country.


Sports

Levittown’s Division Avenue High School varsity baseball team, under the direction of coach Tom Tuttle, won the Class A County Championship, garnering a third-place ranking in New York State. This is the team’s 13th county championship win and the second county championship for the school in the past four years.

 

In addition, senior Chris Reilly was named Championship MVP for throwing a complete game shutout in game two and going three for four with two RBIs. 

Taylor Traenkle, a junior at Division Avenue High School recently received the MVP award for the Nassau County Varsity Hockey League Association.

 

Traenkle, who plays no. 9 for the Levittown Ice Falcons, led the way averaging 2.8 points a game with a total of 25 goals and 23 assists in just 17 games. 


Calendar

Lazy Days Of Summer - July 26

Flea Market - July 27

Darlene Prince and the Bragg Hollow Band - July 28


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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