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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

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, nearly 2,000 military veterans and Gold Star families in Levittown and Island Trees will have to wait for their tax break until next year. 

 

Both the Levittown and Island Trees school districts are among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, trustees in both districts voted unanimously to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year. 

In response to the criticism from the community over the proposed sale of 11.3 acres of school district property housing the Stephen E. Karopczyc and Geneva N. Gallow school facilities, the Island Trees  Board of Education has revealed the details of an $18 million proposal to develop housing for seniors (age 55 and up).

 

“People should be aware of the whole story,” said Island Trees Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy. “There is this perception that [the board] acted hastily... It was not just a quick decision over chump change.”


Sports

Kaitlyn Gerdes and Kelly Gerdes, seniors at MacArthur High School in the Levittown School District, have signed National Letters of Intent to continue playing soccer on the college level at Hofstra University this fall. They will each pursue a degree in exercise science.

 

Both girls are co-captains of the varsity soccer team and received All-County designations this fall. As sophomores, the twins assisted their team in winning the county, Long Island and New York State championship titles. As a junior, Kaitlyn was designated as an All-

Class player, while Kelly garnered an All-Class designation in her junior year and has been named an All-Long Island and All-Conference player. Kaitlyn and Kelly also play for the Farmingdale United travel soccer team and are peer leaders at their school.

 

— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District 

An international soccer conference featuring the legendary Pelé is coming to the local area. Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity and Politics is at Hofstra University in Hempstead through April 13.

 

“Pelé transformed and transcended the game of soccer,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “While the world first came to know him for extraordinary athletic feats, his soccer career was, in many respects, simply a prelude to an extraordinary life of service as a philanthropist and advocate. He understands the power and responsibility his soccer legacy carries, and has used it to improve the lives of others.”

 

Members of the Long Island Junior Soccer League are invited to join the conference as a guest and at no charge on Saturday, April 12 at Hofstra University. Panels and discussions on Saturday will include experts in coaching, leagues and sports media and were designed with the soccer enthusiast in mind.


Calendar

Meet the Candidates - April 8

Special Town Meeting - April 9

Blood Drive - April 9


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