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Veteran Spotlight: U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Peter D’Angelo

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.  

News

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Levittown.

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.

The featured speaker at the Levittown Historical Society’s September meeting was John Owens, editor in chief of Anton Community Newspapers, the publisher of the Levittown Tribune.

Historical society Vice President Bob Koenig opened the meeting, which was held at the Levittown Public Library.

Owens discussed the opioid epidemic that has swept over Long Island. Not only have thousands of residents become addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin, Owens said, but also, over the past two years there have been more than 240 overdose deaths.


Sports

Saturday, Sept. 27

9 a.m. Boys Varsity Soccer Great Neck South at MacArthur

9:15 a.m. JV Football Lawrence at Division

10 a.m. Boys JV Soccer West Hemsptead at Division

10 a.m. Boys Varsity Soccer Division at West Hempstead

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Calendar

Hispanic Heritage Month

Friday, September 26

Donations Needed

Saturday, September 27

Homecoming

Saturday, September 27



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