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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

These days Long Island residents are trying to save a buck whenever and wherever they can, especially when it comes to property taxes. To try and lend a helping hand Republican Sen. Kemp Hannon and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano recently teamed up for a property tax exemption workshop at the Levittown Public Library.

 

Communications Director Randolph Yunker with the Nassau County Department of Assessment explained that the workshop was a collaborative effort to bring the Assessments office operations from Mineola to different communities in the county. 

As the high school seniors depart on their own adventures, so too, do students finishing fifth and eighth grades, look to the road ahead. 

 

Last June, students in the Levittown Public School District’s six elementary and two middle schools celebrated a new chapter in their academic careers with a host of celebratory speeches and awards from exemplary students in the district. In celebration of Moving Up Day, the Levittown Tribune takes a look at some of the academic accomplishments from students “moving up” out of elementary and middle school. 

 

For more on Levittown’s Moving Up Day ceremonies, see page 28A.


Sports

Runners and walkers from Levittown and all over Long Island and beyond are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5 Kilometer courses on Long Island at the Saturday, August 9th Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint.

 

The Run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve. 

 

The leading Nassau County law firm of Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello has signed on to be the new lead sponsor of the event, with partner John Dunne and his wife planning on running the 5K distance. The Lynbrook Runner’s Stop will be back as the presenting sponsor. 

Four MacArthur High School senior varsity lacrosse players have recently signed National Letters of Intent to continue playing their sport on the collegiate level. Parents and faculty accompanied Mary Kate Butler, Alex Goodelman, Kelly McQuail and Samantha Santeramo as they signed an agreement to play lacrosse at Farmingdale State College, Hartwick College, Dowling College and Bryant University, respectively.

 

— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District


Calendar

Fire and Ice - July 18

Child Car Seat Safety Program - July 19

Face Painting Jam - July 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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