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Treacherous Turnpike

Written by Daniel Offner Tuesday, 17 June 2014 00:00

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. 



Veteran Spotlight: American Legion Post Commander Joe Simpson

Written by Marlo Jappen Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

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.” 


Cell Tower Proposal Sparks Controversy

Written by Chris Boyle Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

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.


Island Trees Student Takes Google Homepage For A Day

Written by Daniel Offner Saturday, 14 June 2014 00:00

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. 


MacEttes Inspire Young Dancers

Written by Paige McAtee Friday, 13 June 2014 00:00

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. 


A History of Haircuts

Written by Gerry Laytin Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00

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.  


Fire Department Assists Local Scholars

Written by Harry Loud Wednesday, 11 June 2014 00:00

For the past 25 years, students in the Levittown, Wantagh and Seaford school districts have been presented with the William A. Haps Scholarship Awards, which are given out by the Wantagh Fire Department for students looking to attend the college of their choice. Dedicated to the memory of deceased firefigther William A. Haps—who served the community for 42 years before passing away on July 20, 1989—the scholarships are awarded each year to assist students


In order to apply, students must submit four recommendations and must be pursuing a Humanities program, such as emergency services [fire-police], nursing, criminal justice, social work, teaching, medicine, or research. A student’s financial need, extracurricular activities, and academic achievement are also considered during the application process. 


Levittown Honors Fallen Veterans

Written by Daniel Offner, Saturday, 07 June 2014 00:00

Local Boy Scouts woke up at the crack of dawn on May 24 to help veterans flag the graves of the men and women who gave their lives fighting for our country, buried at the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale.

“Every grave there gets flagged... no exceptions,” said VFW Post Commander Andy Booth.

Booth said the Boy Scouts of America were extremely helpful, as they are each year, helping place minature American flag at the foot of each headstone. In addition, members of the American Legion Post #1711 in Levittown flag the graves of former members and WWII veterans buried in the cemetery along Wantagh Ave.


Vets Honor Lost Levittowners

Written by Daniel Offner, Friday, 06 June 2014 00:00

Ask any Levittowner the story of Lt. Stephen E. Karopczyc, and they’re sure to tell you a tome about the Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient that embodies the level of sacrifice and commitment it takes to serve in the United States Armed Forces.

During a tour in Vietnam, Karopczyc fought valiantly alongside members of his platoon, when he spotted an enemy grenade had been lobbed into the trenches. Beaten and injured, Kropczyc sacrificed himself, covering the live grenade to save the lives of the other men in his unit.

For a community built to house the thousands of war veterans returning home after World War II, the story of Lt. Karopczyc is but one of many that will continue to be echoed throughout future generations to preserve the memories of those who sacrificed their lives for our country.


Levittown House Fire Turns Grim

Written by Harry Loud, Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:20

On May 27, Levittown firefighters responded to a call of a house fire on Balsam Lane. When firefighters arrived they found the home was engulfed flames and had started to extend towards the neighbor’s garage.

Rushing into the burning house, Levittown firefigthers requested that the neighboring Wantagh Fire Department send a “Fast Truck,” in the event that the firefighters became trapped. Ladder


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