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.
Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00
One local playwright and his company — The Plainview Project — seem to be headed to the big leagues.
Claude Solnik of Plainview, the Plainview Project’s writer, is married with two children. While he has a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University, after graduating he ended up going into journalism, which currently remains his day job. But in his free time he indulged in his true passion, hammering out numerous play scripts until the day they he realized that he needed to stop sitting on these works he was creating and put them in the hands of actors that could give them life.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Even as they hoped the parties would reach a last-minute settlement, commuters across Long Island were scrambling last week to devise alternate plans for getting to work if Long Island Rail Road’s 5,400 workers go on strike July 20. And they were vocal in their anger with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The strike, it seems, has roused commuter ire over a wide range of LIRR issues, from timeliness to cleanliness to costs.
“I’ll have to figure out a new way home from work,” said Marco Allicastro, a 20-year-old Queens resident waiting for a train home at the Bethpage station after a day’s work at the local King Kullen. “Long Island doesn’t really have a lot of options in terms of transportation. Maybe I should get a new job.”