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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.

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The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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