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Veteran Spotlight: U.S. Army Radar Operator Angelo Manzo

Stationed in El Paso, Texas from 1957 to 1963 — during the U.S. involvement in Vietnam — U.S. Army Veteran Angelo Manzo of Levittown spent most days working as a radar operator, tracking the skies in case any planes flew in.

 

In his down time, when there wasn’t much to do, Manzo said he and some of his buddies would go into town or out for a swim. 

 

“I had a good time in El Paso,” Manzo said, remembering how he met a couple of “flyers” with the U.S. Air Force who offered to take him up in their jet. 

 

After Vietnam, in 1977, Manzo reenlisted to the U.S. Army Reserves, where he served in the military police brigade. Manzo worked in communications and took charge of the motor pool when the Reserves traveled to Egypt, Germany and Honduras. 

 

In Germany, Manzo worked with U.S. military and German police to guard the Czech border. He said he very much enjoyed the German people and the bar houses of Stockach, where he was stationed. 

Honduras was the only time he was disappointed. There, his battalion lost a young comrade. “It was a terrible country,” he said. “More people should go around and see how people in these poor countries live.” 

 

After the Army Reserves, Manzo became a sanitation worker for New York City. In 1977, he married Louise. The two each had three children, so in 1982, they decided to move to Levittown where the couple — now married 37 years — raised 6 children, 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Manzo joined the American Legion Post #1711 eleven years ago after a chance encounter with a fellow

Levittown veteran, Andy Booth. For the past eight years, Manzo has served as the resident historian of the Post and joined in all of the post’s major functions and charitable efforts. The Legion provides veterans with transportation to and from the VA hospital, and to schools to share their experiences and teach flag etiquette. For the Legion’s Thanksgiving Food Drive, Manzo and several other veterans with the Post pitch in to take care of the less fortunate living in Levittown. 

 

“We do a lot for the neighborhood,” he said.

 

For more about American Legion Post #1711 or its programs, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-731-9114.

News

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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