Thursday, 13 March 2014 00:00
We came to live on Boat Lane in Aug. 1995 with our 9-year-old son, Steven, and our 10-month-old daughter, Susan. As the years went by they were joined by Barry and Sherri and a number of hariy, wet-nosed tail-wagging additional family members. The years never really seemed to go by very quickly but they did. Boy Scouts, Brownies, 4-H, birthdays, happy times and some very sad times as well.
The street never seemed to change. Snow forts built in the middle of the street by children and fathers for snowball fights, while other parents were keeping a close yeye out for any cars passing through. Amazing block parities with kiddie costumes and bike and wagon parades, children and adult games (they had fun too), getting to see neighbors again after a long winter spring and new neighbors as well. Grucci had nothing on us, and dont forget the D.J. and the cake baking and dessert contests.
Soon came the backpacks, high school, then off to jobs or college or the military service (always yellow as a DIsable Korenribbons and prayers being said), Weddings (some in the backyard), moms and dads, now in-laws and soon grandmas and grandpas, and sometimes even lukcier—Great Grandparents. Sorrowful losses of young as well as old. The years have not gone by as slowly as many of us though. New Faces moving in and others retiring or down-sizing or passing on—always hoping for Boat Lane to never change very much—to stay like the mythical Scottish town of Brigadoon to come alive as it once was many years ago. But sadly, life goes on and simple, precious moments and times do go, and too often, do change.
But Boat Lane is still here, perhaps with a few new and different faces, but the warmth and support of neighbors both old and new are still here. I know that for the most part, I am not alone nor will others on this street when in very stressful and sad times. So, as I
stood in Calverton National Military Cemetery in Suffolk County on Feb. 27, not really wanting to but saying a eulogy neverless, I had to let everyone know, not just about the great guy I was married to for 59 years (47 of which were spent on Boat Lane) but a glimpse into a world, on a street, in a town of real people.
Down through the years when working for the New York City Department of General Services, Dave was always looking out for and at time, worrying about his fellow workers. One day, one of the men who was also a personal friend, Sam, got carbon monoxide poisioning. Dave grabbed him into his car because help was taking too long and went straight to the hospital, saving the man’s life. He also performed the Heimlich Maneuver multiple times as well as CPR, saving people.
One of the pleasures of his lifetime was being a Scoutmaster in Levittown for many years, meeting men who were boys in his Troop, who always remembered having fun hiking and camping and also learning at the same time. He was a disabled Korean War veteran who, only recently, while wearing his Korean Veteran’s hat, got “thank you’s” from so many people, young and old. He rarely mentioned any of his horrific experiences during the war in Korea, but he always cried when watching moviews about the war. One of the many joys of his life on Boat Lane was playing Santa Claus in full costume, including jingle bells on his ankles for the children who lived on Boat Lane. Parents would come by during the day, on Christmas Eve, with bags of wrapped gifts with name tags and addresses for their children and, in the evening, he would stop by each house with toys to be given out to every child. THis tradition went on for many years until the children grew up. In years past, he would always try to help anyone of the neighbors, some of who called him the “Mayor of Boat Lane” due to his always reaching out to anyone needing help with anything from cars and electric problems to shrubs and trees. He loved his children very deeply, always them to try their hardest in anything they did in their lives, from school to working on a job. He especially adored all three of his Grandaughters Sarah, Michaela and Hailey. They were and always will be his pride and joy.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
A clown named Renaldo performed magic tricks for an enthusiastic audience as part of the National Circus Project, which visited Levittown Public Library on Wednesday, July 16.
All 150 tickets available for the performance were sold out in this interactive magic show for children. Throughout the entire circus act, children laughed and raised their hands as high as they could to be chosen as one of Renaldo’s helpers.
Raising her hand to participate was three-year-old Kirsten Cantwell from Seaford. “She was upset that she didn’t get picked,” said her mother Melissa Cantwell.
Kirsten Cantwell goes to any activity offered at the library, and is starting to enjoy watching magic shows. According to her mother, she really enjoyed the performance.
In the circus show, National Circus Project performer, Al Calienes, acted as Renaldo the clown.
“The show has different components of acts in the circus,” explained Calienes. “We teach children circus moves.”
With the National Circus Project, children get to see magic tricks performed live. “We infuse enthusiasm by showing them, and they in turn will be able to repeat the process,” said Calienes.
Renaldo performed plate spinning, where he spun a plate on a stick and passed it along to the stick of one of his helpers from the audience, who then passed the plate down a line of three more helpers. This interactive way of teaching the children magic tricks really allows them to absorb what they are learning.
The National Circus Project travels and performs for elementary schools, as well as middle and high schools. When the National Circus Project is not going to schools, they perform at library shows, summer camps, and other types of events.
The performance entertains the adults as well as the children. “We involve everybody,” said Calienes. “Everybody’s engaged on some level or another. “
At every library performance, Calienes donates the children’s book he wrote and illustrated Renaldo Joins the Circus to the library. He feels that he owes a lot to the library system. “Anything that ever meant anything to me I learned in the library,” said Calienes.
Calienes learned how to draw from the library, which is how he became a commercial artist. One of the main characters he would always draw would be Renaldo the clown. “I wanted to make him real so I joined the circus,” he said.
Calienes has been performing with the National Circus Project for seven years and has been in the circus business going on 26 years.
The National Circus Project brings magic to children at any school, camp or library all over Long Island as well as across the country.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Last June, Nassau County passed legislation that allows for the deployment of a speed enforcement camera system in school zones for each of the 56 public school districts in the county.
The new systems will be implemented throughout the county on July 25, and will be operational on scheduled school days throughout the year.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Levittown’s Division Avenue High School varsity baseball team, under the direction of coach Tom Tuttle, won the Class A County Championship, garnering a third-place ranking in New York State. This is the team’s 13th county championship win and the second county championship for the school in the past four years.
In addition, senior Chris Reilly was named Championship MVP for throwing a complete game shutout in game two and going three for four with two RBIs.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Taylor Traenkle, a junior at Division Avenue High School recently received the MVP award for the Nassau County Varsity Hockey League Association.
Traenkle, who plays no. 9 for the Levittown Ice Falcons, led the way averaging 2.8 points a game with a total of 25 goals and 23 assists in just 17 games.