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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

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, nearly 2,000 military veterans and Gold Star families in Levittown and Island Trees will have to wait for their tax break until next year. 

 

Both the Levittown and Island Trees school districts are among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, trustees in both districts voted unanimously to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year. 

In response to the criticism from the community over the proposed sale of 11.3 acres of school district property housing the Stephen E. Karopczyc and Geneva N. Gallow school facilities, the Island Trees  Board of Education has revealed the details of an $18 million proposal to develop housing for seniors (age 55 and up).

 

“People should be aware of the whole story,” said Island Trees Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy. “There is this perception that [the board] acted hastily... It was not just a quick decision over chump change.”


Sports

Kaitlyn Gerdes and Kelly Gerdes, seniors at MacArthur High School in the Levittown School District, have signed National Letters of Intent to continue playing soccer on the college level at Hofstra University this fall. They will each pursue a degree in exercise science.

 

Both girls are co-captains of the varsity soccer team and received All-County designations this fall. As sophomores, the twins assisted their team in winning the county, Long Island and New York State championship titles. As a junior, Kaitlyn was designated as an All-

Class player, while Kelly garnered an All-Class designation in her junior year and has been named an All-Long Island and All-Conference player. Kaitlyn and Kelly also play for the Farmingdale United travel soccer team and are peer leaders at their school.

 

— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District 

An international soccer conference featuring the legendary Pelé is coming to the local area. Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity and Politics is at Hofstra University in Hempstead through April 13.

 

“Pelé transformed and transcended the game of soccer,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “While the world first came to know him for extraordinary athletic feats, his soccer career was, in many respects, simply a prelude to an extraordinary life of service as a philanthropist and advocate. He understands the power and responsibility his soccer legacy carries, and has used it to improve the lives of others.”

 

Members of the Long Island Junior Soccer League are invited to join the conference as a guest and at no charge on Saturday, April 12 at Hofstra University. Panels and discussions on Saturday will include experts in coaching, leagues and sports media and were designed with the soccer enthusiast in mind.


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