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Veteran Spotlight: U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz

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.

While aboard the Dewey, Meyerowitz and his shipmates encountered rough waters when Hurricane Flora hit the region, dealing a devastating blow to Haiti. “You couldn’t even walk,” Meyerowitz said. “we couldn’t serve hot meals.”

But his experience at sea was not all as negative. In 1965, while aboard the U.S.S. Dewey, Meyerowitz witnessed an historic event as the Gemini 2, the first two-man space satellite made its re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. Working pick-up detail with the fleet, Meyerowitz said that once the capsule splashed down, the Admiral ordered an aircraft carrier to scoop it up. “We had to have a special rigging, because we couldn’t just leave the astronauts in the ocean,” he explained.

Before returning home in 1965, Meyerowitz was set up on a double-date through one of his shipmates, who would later become his brother-in-law when the two eventually wed in 1966. “We’ve been together ever since,” he said.

First moving to Flushing, Queens, Meyerowitz would attend school for five years to become a union plumber in New York City. Eventually, Meyerowitz and his beau would have two children, and in 1971, decided to move to Levittown.

“I didn’t want to go too far from work,” Meyerowitz stated as his reason for buying his Levitt ranch style home at the time.

Now, retired from his job as a plumber, Meyerowitz said that apart from spending time with his five grandchildren, he enjoys helping veterans by volunteering with the American Legion Post #1711 in Levittown. Among the many helpful programs that the American Legion provides, Meyerowitz said every year he helps collect and distribute food for veterans who can’t afford it.

Serving as the American Legion Post’s 3rd Vice Commander, Meyerowitz said his obligations include overseeing the Legion’s scholarship program, marching with the color guard in the Memorial and Veterans Day parades, and visiting local schools to teach children the history and etiquette of the American flag.

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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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