"If I knew I was going to live so long," old Ben Franklin once
said, leaning on his cane, "I would have taken better care of myself." Franklin was an old man when he died in 1790. He was 83.
But many of us are living well beyond that four score and three. Changes in technology, medicine, and economics have, in the last three decades, redefined the meaning of growing older. (Indeed, "assisted living facility," "living will," and "senior citizen" were not a part of America's everyday vocabulary in 1974). These changes are both bad and good and present both problems and opportunities.
To navigate these changes, senior citizens - and those who will one day become senior citizens- need to keep track of the changes in the law that are affecting them directly.
On Monday, Nov. 15, the Levittown Historical Society will present "Senior Citizens and the Law" at the Levittown Public Library, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Admission is free and our guest speakers for the evening are Raymond Donnelly, a lawyer specializing in elder law, and social worker Sheila Lyons. For information call the Levittown Historical Society at 735-9060.
Established in 1988 by Tom Carroll, the Levittown Historical Society is a nonprofit educational institution. It is dedicated to preserving the legacy of William J. Levitt, the world famous suburban town he and his family built for homecoming GIs after World War II (as well as its many "sister cities" throughout the globe), and the rural communities of Island Trees and Jerusalem that preceded it.
To this end, the Levittown Historical Society maintains a museum at the Levittown Memorial Education Center, an extensive archive, and holds monthly meetings on the third Monday of the month wherein films, exhibits, and speakers present topics of local cultural and historical interest.
The 8th Precinct received hundreds of calls involving youths during Halloween. The main problem was large groups of teenagers roaming the streets of our community. Some groups were acting in a disorderly fashion and many individuals vandalized public and private property.
In light of last year's Halloween season, the 8th Precinct P.O.P. Unit is reaching out to local government, businesses, school districts, community leaders and concerned residents in an attempt to discourage this type of behavior from taking place again. Your cooperation is needed to get the message out that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. We ask that parents do not facilitate these problems by purchasing eggs and/or shaving cream for their children.
With your help we can make this Halloween a safe and fun event for all. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us at 573-6870.