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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 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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