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Letter: Levittown Historical Society: A Year In Review

The year 2013 proved to be an exceptionally active year for the Levittown Historical Society, with our participation in such regular annual community events as the Levittown Memorial Day Parade, the Levittown Fire Department Open House, the LEAD Walk, Lazy Days of Summer, Winter Festival, and the Levittown Community Recognition Night where we honored volunteer Geri Raab for her tireless endeavors in sundry capacities over the years; not the least of which has been as a teacher in the many elementary school field trips to the Historical Society’s open-to-the-public museum of at the Levittown Memorial Educational Center. 

 

In September, we hosted a book-signing with former Levittown resident John Clinton Gray featuring readings from his memoir-cum-anthology The Gift of Seeds and the following month, the MacArthur High School Class of 1963 reunion. 

 

The Society’s general meetings at the Levittown Public Library in 2013 presented the public with a variety of programs from visits by such legacy organizations as the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War and Daughters of the British Empire, to organizations and individuals working to preserve local heritage such as Barbara Armoire of St. John’s of Jerusalem’s Church, Levittown’s oldest extant landmark. 

 

In April, cinematographer Jake Gorst screened his award-winning Modern Tide: Mid-20th Century Architecture on Long Island which featured several historians, art critics, and architects. In May, Vincent Casale of the Long Island Writer’s Guild spoke about his book

The Cparazzi, a memoir of his experiences hob-knobbing with the who’s who? of Hollywood as the NYPD’s film liaison. November’s meeting opened the floor to Society members and the public who were asked to bring in some family heirloom, conversation piece, or artifact of historic interest. 

 

Last October the Society hosted its annual Levittown Idol, a youth talent contest at the held at the Levittown Hall. 

 

The Society also owes a special thanks to Eagle Scout Savvas Papadopoulus who reorganized the Museum’s office and archival/storage areas and built a new sign for the Museum’s entrance. 

 

Throughout 2013, the Levittown Historical Society’s museum received droves of patrons from school children, journalists, historians, out-of-staters [as well as a number of tourists from abroad] eager to learn more about our community’s extraordinary historical legacy. We continue to be at the epicenter of a growing number of people from other historical societies, preservationist groups, museums, civic groups, and such Online venues as Levittownpatch and Facebook dedicated to sharing historical writings, memories, vintage photographs and memorabilia. It’s a labor of love amongst our volunteers and, in 2014, we entreat others to come and join us. 

 

Paul Manton, Vice President of the Levittown Historical Society

News

Motivate Teens To Read

 

Communities value their libraries, and at the Levittown Library, the library staff, in turn, truly appreciates their patrons. Employees at the Levittown Public Library, with a talent for knitting, demonstrate their commitment to the community’s teens by making “amigurumi”—small knitted or crocheted stuffed toys—for use in the reading program. 

YES celebrates “A Taste of the Town”

Who says you have to travel into Manhattan for a fun-filled evening of delicious food and drink? YES Community Counseling Center hosted its 7th Annual “A Taste of the Town”, featuring many of the South Shore’s finest culinary establishments. All proceeds from the event benefited YES, a non-profit community-based organization providing services to children and families in the community.


Sports

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.


With six second half goals, the Farmingdale State Rams men’s soccer team picked up a 6-0 conference victory over the Sarah Lawrence Gryphons on Oct. 11, to improve to 5-8-1 overall, 2-2-1 in the Skyline. The visiting Gryphons fell to 2-9, 0-5 in conference play.


Calendar

Hempstead Town Firematic Awards - Through October 16

First Presbyterian "Hand In Hand: Jews and Arabs" - October 19

Island Trees Board - October 22


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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