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Levittown Honors Veterans

Brady, Dell’Aera inducted into Hall of Honor

Veterans Day at Memorial Park was a success, considering the circumstances of the power outages from the hurricane and nor’easter. Town Supervisor Kate Murray was in attendance and Legislator Dennis Dunne gave the commemoration, surrounded by members of the local American Legion and VFW organizations. Many residents, including members of the fire department, were also in attendance, considering the post-storm conditions.

In addition, Assemblyman David McDonough held the 2nd Annual Veterans Hall of Honor at the Merrick Public Library just a couple of weeks before the Veterans Day holiday to honor veterans who go above and beyond the call of duty.

This year, McDonough honored 22 local veterans from his district. Two of this year’s honorees are residents of Levittown, both members of Levittown’s American Legion Post 1711, John Brady and Mario Dell’Aera.

Brady served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era and continued his service by joining the Army and Navy Reserves. He has been a member of Post 1711 for more than 25 years, has served as an officer of the post, and is currently the post’s vice commander. Brady serves as the post liaison to two Cub Scout packs and is the coordinator of programs for children with special needs. He also serves as a driver for the county’s veteran services program.

U.S. Air Force veteran, Dell’Aera, has been a member of Post 1711 for more than 14 years and is devoted to serving his community with an emphasis on the post’s Americanism Awards Program. He is a founding member of the post’s flag etiquette program that is taught in the Levittown School District.

Dell’Aera has served as post official several times. He serves as Color Guard for the post and for the county, including as trumpeter at memorial and funeral services. He regularly participates in Day at the Races at the Northport VA and helps with the post’s food collections for the needy.

News

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.

“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”

During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.

Hempstead town officials recently announced plans to improve the roadway along Longfellow Avenue in Levittown.

“One way we invest in our communities is by improving our roadways,” said Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “Upgrading our streets saves money in the long term, while making roadways safer and more aesthetically pleasing for neighbors.”

Construction is slated to begin as early as this month and is expected to be complete by October. The project will include repairs to Longfellow Avenue and Byron Place, as well as portions of Milton and Emerson avenues.


Sports

Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.

Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.

Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.

Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).


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