When the Pubic Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) took over Long Island power operations in January of 2014 after what many perceived as one folly after another on the part of the Long Island Power
Authority (LIPA)—culminating, of course, with their chastised performance during Superstorm Sandy in 2012—Long Islanders held their collective breath, hoping that the new guard would be an improvement over the old.
However, even the best-run operations need time to dig in their feet and push, and while PSEG does their best to shoulder the great task of providing power to 1.1 million customers in Nassau, Suffolk and
Queens, it stands to reason that New York State would be keeping a watchful eye over them.
U.S. Army Veteran James Boyle, 86, of Levittown served five years of active service, making three trips overseas during both World War II and the Korean War.
Despite never seeing combat, he remembers witnessing first-hand the repercussions of wartime. Serving a non-combative role, working as a radio technician, Boyle still recalls marching with his troop in the aftermath of a battle on the streets of Munich during his first tour of duty.
Gallow lease puts kibosh on development
After plans to develop senior housing on the 11.3 acres of school district property fell through, members of the Island Trees School Board of Education met to discuss a new lease agreement for the Geneva N. Gallow school building.
According to Island Trees Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy, proposals for the development of 160 to 247 condominium units for seniors over 55 years old were tossed aside when the board voted, on June
25, to approve a four-year lease agreement with the Syosset-based Variety Child Learning Center, a not-for-profit learning center providing special education and support services for students with developmental and learning disabilities.
Move over vampires. The wizards that graced the pages of popular children’s books in the early 2000’s may have taken a short break from casting spells and travelling between different realms, but one local author is bringing them back. Levittown’s own Cris Pasqueralle has written the exciting young adult fantasy book titled Destiny Revealed: The Destiny Trilogy (Volume 1). It is the first book to be released from the electrifying three part series that will soon be coming to a book store near you.
Nassau County Police are on the hunt for a hit-and-run driver, who struck and killed a 13-year-old Levittown student along Hempstead Turnpike early Father’s Day morning.
According to police, Wisdom Lane Middle School student Brianna Soplin was crossing at the corner of Gardiners Ave. when she was struck by the driver of a blue Town and Country minivan at 12:02 a.m. on
Sunday. She was immediately rushed to Nassau University Medical Center with head and body trauma and was pronounced dead by hospital staff at 4:30 a.m.
After serving in the U.S. Army from 1961-1962, Levittown resident Joe Simpson was told he was not eligible to join the American Legion. Now, decades later, he is its Post Commander.
With the United States on the verge of the Cold War, Simpson was assigned to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. While he was stationed in Huntsville, Simpson specialized in repairing
“I was never sent to Vietnam,” Simpson said. “The only exciting thing that happened was the Cuban Missle Crisis.”
The Levittown Property Owners Association (LPOA) enjoyed one of the largest turnouts in its existence on June 10. However, the occasion itself was not one to crow about, as the meeting room at the
Levittown Public Library was jam-packed with residents furious over plans to install a Verizon cell tower within a residential neighborhood.
The proposed cell tower would be located on the property of the Veterans of Foreign Wars [VFW] Post 9592, located at 55 Hickory Lane.
At the meeting, audience members claiming to live as close as 300 feet within the potential site, voiced complaints ranging from possible health concerns to lowered property values if the tower’s installation is eventually allowed to go forward.
This year, Google asked students in grades K-12 to doodle an inventive way to make the world a better place as part of its national Doodle 4 Google competition. On Monday, June 9, Google officially changed its homepage to the winning doodle, “Back to Mother Nature” designed by 11-year-old Island Trees Memorial Middle School art student Audrey Zhang.
For Zhang, a three time Doodle 4 Google finalist, perseverance was key to winning the national competition. Receiving the most online votes, Zhang was presented with the grand prize for her artwork, which was selected among more than 100,000 submissions, 250 state finalists, 50 state winners, and five national group winners.
MacArthur High School MacEttes helped teach a group of younger girls how to move and dance like them in a two-hour long instructional dance clinic on June 7 at MacArthur High School.
The MacEttes taught the young girls dance moves such as pom techniques, kicks, dances, jumps and turns. Participants attending clinic ranged from first to fifth grade. MacEttes also taught the girls a dance routine and at the end, parents were able to stop by to watch the girls perform what they learned.
The year was 1970: the average cost of a new house was $23,450; the cost of gasoline was 36 cents a gallon; Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix both died of drug overdoses; M*A*S*H had just hit the silver screen; and the National Guard shot and killed 4 protesters at Kent State University.
It was a time of great turbulence, but out of that upheaval, a business was born which would survive more than four decades. Pat’s/Pergament barber shop opened 44 years ago in the old Pergament Home Center at 3901 Hempstead Tpke. in Bethpage. And while the Pergament store is long gone, the barber shop, its 11 employees and founder Pasquale "Pat" Palumbo are still thriving seven days-a-week at their location across the street at 17 Emerson Ave. in Levittown.
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