Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00
The Plainview Fire Department was saddened to announce the passing of life member and ex-captain Danny Levy, who died from a 9-11 contracted illness on Tuesday, Jan. 8. After the 9/11 attacks, Levy volunteered many days at Ground Zero with other heroic men and women, and sometime after, and became ill as a result of his time spent in lower Manhattan.
Levy initially joined the fire department in August 1999 as a fire medic and shortly switched from a medic to begin his training as a firefighter. He was eager to learn, and his natural leadership skills, honed in the Israeli military, put him on the path towards becoming an officer.
Ex-Captain Levy first became a lieutenant of Engine Company 1 (stationed out of headquarters on Old Country Road) in 2002 and rose through the ranks until becoming Captain in 2004. Despite his illness, according to friends Levy could often be found in the firehouse with a big smile, catching up on recent events and was always seen with his custom decorated cane—designed with a fire motif.
Levy answered his last alarm on Monday, Jan. 7. In his honor, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano ordered flags on county government buildings to be flown at half-staff for the week following his death.
“I join our citizens in mourning the loss of ex-captain and life member Danny Levy and send my deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and fellow brothers and sisters of the fire service,” said Mangano.
Levy will be sorely missed by his family within the Plainview Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, Rachel, and two daughters. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Larger than Life Foundation: 5415 35th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, or online at www.largerthanlifeusa.org.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
It has been more than a decade since Debbie Wells moved to Plainview to raise her family and pursue her passion for art. This week brought Wells her latest milestone when she was elected vice chair of the Art League of Long Island’s Board of Trustees.
“I love the Art League for so many reasons,” said Wells, a graduate of Parsons School of Design and established artist. “It’s close. It’s a great place and I want to do everything I can to make it even better.”
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Standing on stage at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. in late November, Lisa Matassa was wrapping up rehearsals for her part in a tribute to country music great George Jones.
She was to sing part of a medley on the Jones classic, “The Love in Your Eyes” with a few other artists when she received a special request from a noteworthy person. Nancy Jones, the late country singer’s wife, asked the Plainview resident to wrap her voice around “Walk Through This World With Me.”