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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.


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.”

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.



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. 

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.


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