Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 22 August 2014 00:00
After graduating from MacArthur High School in the fall of 1994, United States Marine Corps Veteran Sgt. Peter D’Angelo attended one semester at C.W. Post before he decided to drop out and join the military.
“I couldn’t afford it,” D’Angelo said, “so I enlisted.”
Once finished with his basic training at Paris Island, S.C., D’Angelo was assigned to an administrative position in Arlington, Va. There, Deangelo would be put in charge of payroll... until one day when opportunity knocked.
“It was a matter of being in the right place, at the right time,” D’Angelo said.
At the recommendation of his gunnery sergeant, D’Angelo would be assigned the React task force — a security team assigned to protect the president.
For D’Angelo, his most exciting memory of the task force was working the inauguration of former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
“We weren’t like the secret service,” he said. “We were a reactionary force.”
In contrast, he said, the most boring moments were working air shows, patrolling Air Force One around the clock.
Honorably discharged in 1999, D’Angelo moved from Dale City, Va., back home to Wantagh, where he married his high school sweetheart.
Today, they have three children, two in the Levittown School
District and one in nursery school.
D’Angelo joined the American Legion Post #1711 in Levittown about three or four years ago, and while D’Angelo said he never really used the G.I. Bill to go back to school, through his work with the legion, he has tried to convey that any kids interested in enlisting should attend school before joining the military.
He currently serves as the American Legion’s sergeant-at-arms, which entails overseeing security at the post as well as serving as color guard during the legion’s ceremonies throughout the year. D’Angelo is also the post’s resident chef and an active participant in the legion’s flag ettiquette program.
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.
The Levittown School District has been vigilant with the increase of cases in general. “We are continuing to implement the precautions provided by the health department and the CDC,” said Levittown School District Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel Darlene Rhatigan. “We are also reminding students and staff to be mindful of the importance of proper hygiene including frequent hand washing.”
Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:30
Audrey Zhang, a sixth grader at Island Trees Memorial Middle School, took home first place in the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) on Sept. 17. Zhang was honored at the Cradle of Aviation Museum for her work and was presented with a $500 check and an iPad Mini. Many dignitaries were on hand, including State Education Department Regent Roger Tilles.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:36
Four Division Avenue High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to play baseball at local universities next fall. All four players were instrumental in winning the 2014 Nassau County Championship.
Friday, 17 October 2014 08:32
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.