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Letter: Leave Levittown Alone

Levittown is under attack.

Highly organized, well-funded groups, such as the Rauch Foundation, International Coalition for Local and Environmental Initiative (ICLEI), and Long Island Vision are trying to destroy our zoning laws.

Presently, our suburban way of life is protected under the Levittown Planned Residential District (LPRD). The LPRD prevents a developer from ripping down a group of houses and putting up mixed-use or multi-family dwellings. Think, four apartments over a pizza parlor, or dry cleaners. Think, stretched-to-the-limit school districts with split-day, double sessions.

This attack on Levittown is being disguised as “improving suburbia.” The Rauch Foundation of Garden City, headed by Nancy Rauch Dousinas (Lloyd Harbor), ran a “Build a Better Burb” contest with a top prize of $10,000. The contest had nothing to do with building a better suburbia—just the opposite. The entries called for eliminating the LPRD, getting rid of fences, and squeezing in thousands of rental units.

What colossal nerve!

Meanwhile, North Shore residents are preserving in perpetuity thousands of acres of open space through the North Shore Land Alliance. Yes, the North Shore of Long Island is beautiful and, yes, it is heartbreaking to see the old estates and bits of farmland bulldozed over for luxury townhouses. Agreed.

But we’re not running $10,000 contests to destroy Lloyd Harbor, so kindly leave Levittown alone.

At the Crocus Lane Estates hearing in Hempstead on Wednesday, Oct. 3, our town supervisor and town council members need to send a strong volley to the elitist “leader makers,” to the traitors operating under ICLEI, and to anyone else dumb enough to believe that higher density is better for our kids. All new construction must conform to the stipulations in the LPRD—no compromises, no exceptions, and no more persecution of the residents in the surrounding homes.

Dale Bertan, acting secretary of Levittown Property Owners Association

News

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.


Calendar

Turkey Cookie - November 21

Lost Nights - November 22

Town of Hempstead Meeting - November 25


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