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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.

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Communities value their libraries, and at the Levittown Library, the library staff, in turn, truly appreciates their patrons. Employees at the Levittown Public Library, with a talent for knitting, demonstrate their commitment to the community’s teens by making “amigurumi”—small knitted or crocheted stuffed toys—for use in the reading program. 

YES celebrates “A Taste of the Town”

Who says you have to travel into Manhattan for a fun-filled evening of delicious food and drink? YES Community Counseling Center hosted its 7th Annual “A Taste of the Town”, featuring many of the South Shore’s finest culinary establishments. All proceeds from the event benefited YES, a non-profit community-based organization providing services to children and families in the community.


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The Island Trees Squirts Rockets U-6 team met with town officials, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes at the 2014 Island Trees Soccer Club Opening Day Parade and Ceremony held at Stokes Elementary School. Pictured also with the Rockets U-6 team is President Joe Badolato, Event Coordinator Keri Cinelli, Equipment Commissioner Chris Blum, Travel Commissioner Mike Rich, Vice-President Brian Fielding and Rockets U-6 Coach Gina Weyland.


With six second half goals, the Farmingdale State Rams men’s soccer team picked up a 6-0 conference victory over the Sarah Lawrence Gryphons on Oct. 11, to improve to 5-8-1 overall, 2-2-1 in the Skyline. The visiting Gryphons fell to 2-9, 0-5 in conference play.


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League Of Women Voters Talk - October 23

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