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Levittown Community Cleans Up

In celebration of Earth Day, members of the Levittown Community Council teamed up with the Town of Hempstead to host its eighth annual community clean-up day. 

 

On April 26, residents from Levittown and the surrounding areas gathered their rakes, shovels and gloves and met up in front of OfficeMax by Hempstead Tpke. and Gardiners Ave. before getting down and dirty—picking up garbage and planting trees. 

 

“We were in puddles at 8:30 this morning, so this is a significant improvement,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray said. “We are thrilled that we have more and more people joining, especially our young folks, each year. It shows we all have pride in our community and this certainly enhances the look and what better time then Spring when we’re all thinking about cleaning our own yards and getting our houses in order.  It’s good to get our communal house in order as well.”

 

According to Tom Kohlman, co-president of the Community Council, this event started as a way to bring the community together to try and make the community look even better.  

 

Participants ranged from honor society students, Boy Scouts, student-athletes, corporate volunteers, religious programs, Key Clubs, and other youth organizations. 

 

“It’s so good for the kids to participate,” stated Kathy D’Arpa, who supervised her daughter and her friend on Saturday’s clean-up. “It teaches them to respect their surroundings and environment.”

 

Hempstead Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad added, “I think this is absolutely a wonderful idea. This is my first year and I wish that more towns, more areas, would do this, because it brings the young people out and it gives you pride for your own town. When you’ve taken the Saturday out to go and clean up, you’re going to take pride in your town. It’s good for the younger generation and it’s good for the community.”

News

In response to the county’s fly-by-night decision to remove 176 old oak trees along Seaman’s Neck Road, earlier this month, New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon has issued a letter to Nassau County Department of Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias regarding constituents’ concerns with the appearance of the roadway.

In his letter, Hannon asks Commissioner Shah-Gavnoudias if the removal of the trees were under the jurisdiction of LIPA or PSEG.

“If not, I would like to know who made the decision to remove these trees and why,” Hannon states. “I request you review this case and take whatever course of action necessary.”

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.

“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”

During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.


Sports

Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.

Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.

Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.

Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).


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