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Levittown Honors Veterans

Brady, Dell’Aera inducted into Hall of Honor

Veterans Day at Memorial Park was a success, considering the circumstances of the power outages from the hurricane and nor’easter. Town Supervisor Kate Murray was in attendance and Legislator Dennis Dunne gave the commemoration, surrounded by members of the local American Legion and VFW organizations. Many residents, including members of the fire department, were also in attendance, considering the post-storm conditions.

In addition, Assemblyman David McDonough held the 2nd Annual Veterans Hall of Honor at the Merrick Public Library just a couple of weeks before the Veterans Day holiday to honor veterans who go above and beyond the call of duty.

This year, McDonough honored 22 local veterans from his district. Two of this year’s honorees are residents of Levittown, both members of Levittown’s American Legion Post 1711, John Brady and Mario Dell’Aera.

Brady served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era and continued his service by joining the Army and Navy Reserves. He has been a member of Post 1711 for more than 25 years, has served as an officer of the post, and is currently the post’s vice commander. Brady serves as the post liaison to two Cub Scout packs and is the coordinator of programs for children with special needs. He also serves as a driver for the county’s veteran services program.

U.S. Air Force veteran, Dell’Aera, has been a member of Post 1711 for more than 14 years and is devoted to serving his community with an emphasis on the post’s Americanism Awards Program. He is a founding member of the post’s flag etiquette program that is taught in the Levittown School District.

Dell’Aera has served as post official several times. He serves as Color Guard for the post and for the county, including as trumpeter at memorial and funeral services. He regularly participates in Day at the Races at the Northport VA and helps with the post’s food collections for the needy.

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.

Something about the warmth and sunshine of summer makes it the perfect season for lounging around. 

 

On July 26, the Levittown Community Council hosted its 17th annual Lazy Days of Summer Picnic at the East Village Green Park for families to take advantage of this season of relaxation and laidback fun free of charge.  

 

The DJ played Latin songs as children shook neon colored macarenas and followed the dance moves of a Zumba instructor. Other children enjoyed pony rides, shooting hoops, playing Can Jam and

Tug-of-War, petting farm animals, jumping in a bouncy castle, and fishing for plastic fish in a kiddie pool. 


Sports

Those looking to take swimming lessons and exercise classes at a nearby aquatic center can register for the fall 2014 session at Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow.  

 

On Friday, Aug. 1 is the last chance for open registration. It begins at 8 a.m. for any remaining spots.  The availability of remaining classes will be made public the day before at 5 p.m.

 

On Monday, September 8 the first day of classes for the fall session begin.

 

Swim lessons will be offered for all levels: 

Eric Haslbauer of Levittown scored fourth overall in the 11th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run held on the streets of Plainview on July 20. 

Haslbauer, 21, who has done  most of his running lately for Molloy College, crossed the finish line in 17 minutes, 53 seconds, earning him the second place award in the highly competitive 20-24 age group.

 

A near record field of 531 runners and walkers completed the run, only ten less than the record set last year. The Heart & Sole has clearly become an important summer road race in Nassau County.  The

Run benefits programs at Plainview and Syosset Hospitals.  Race management was handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club. 


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