Growing up in a large family, U.S. Air Force Veteran Frank Marcinek, 61, of Levittown, was eager to enlist, hoping to one day follow in the footsteps of his father and eight uncles, all of whom served in either World Word II, Korea or Vietnam.
Graduating from Plainedge High School at age 17, Frank wanted to join the Marine Corps, but was let down when he was told he had to be at least 18 to sign up.
Close to 70 people went to the public library in Westbury on July 30 for a free performance from Levittown’s own Hart & Soul Band.
Founded in 2012, Hart & Soul is a five-piece rock group that has been performing shows throughout the tri-state region for the past two years, playing top songs from the 60s to the more modern hits of today.
Stationed in El Paso, Texas from 1957 to 1963 — during the U.S. involvement in Vietnam — U.S. Army Veteran Angelo Manzo of Levittown spent most days working as a radar operator, tracking the skies in case any planes flew in.
In his down time, when there wasn’t much to do, Manzo said he and some of his buddies would go into town or out for a swim.
“I had a good time in El Paso,” Manzo said, remembering how he met a couple of “flyers” with the U.S. Air Force who offered to take him up in their jet.
Frank Zizzo, 83, of Levittown donned a golden crown and a red velvet robe as he was named the “Savvy Senior King” of 2013. Soon, he will make another senior citizen feel like royalty as he crowns this years’ winner at the Parker Jewish Institute on Sept. 7.
The Association of Generational Experts for Seniors (AGES) recognizes seniors who make a difference in their community. Among the twenty-six nominees, Zizzo was chosen as “Savvy Senior King” last Sept. at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.
“I was very surprised and elated,” Zizzo said. “I never realized I did so much... it was a very emotional thing for me.”
Iguanas, toads, and alligators, oh my. On July 30, Erik’s Reptile Edventures paid a visit to Levittown Hall for an entertaining session filled with crawling critters and fun facts to help his young audience better understand nature.
Erik started and ended his show by making everyone raise their hands and say, “I promise to always follow my dreams and enjoy nature.” Each child raised their hand vigorously to join him in this promise.
Many of the parents have seen the influence Erik has had on their children and are quite happy with the results.
Another hit-and-run in Levittown has landed an 80-year-old woman in the hospital, according to Nassau County Police.
Detectives with the second precinct say the victim was taking out the trash at approximately 7:15 a.m. when she was struck by a silver car headed westbound on Stirrup Lane. The victim suffered bruises and injuries to her shoulder and hip and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
U.S. Air Force Veteran Mario Dell’aera, 80, of Levittown said he first volunteered for service in 1952, during the Korean War.
“They called volunteers ‘regulars,’” he said, reflecting back to when he first enlisted.
From 1952-1956, Dell’era called the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. home. The base, he said, operated 24 hours, 7 days a week, training pilots to fly overseas into Korea.
Something about the warmth and sunshine of summer makes it the perfect season for lounging around.
On July 26, the Levittown Community Council hosted its 17th annual Lazy Days of Summer Picnic at the East Village Green Park for families to take advantage of this season of relaxation and laidback fun free of charge.
The DJ played Latin songs as children shook neon colored macarenas and followed the dance moves of a Zumba instructor. Other children enjoyed pony rides, shooting hoops, playing Can Jam and
Tug-of-War, petting farm animals, jumping in a bouncy castle, and fishing for plastic fish in a kiddie pool.
Brian Friedrichs, 22, of Levittown was taken into police custody following a fatal car accident on July 22 along the Northern State Parkway.
According to New York State Police, Friedrichs was behind the wheel of a gray Mazda headed westbound near Post Avenue at approximately 4 a.m., when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to turn over several times, ejecting both Friedrichs and his passenger in the process.
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.
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