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Obituary: Barbara A. Schaffner

Schaffner, Barbara A., 72, of Levittown, formerly of Elmhurst, IL, died Feb. 4, in Bolingbrook, IL. She was born August 31, 1940, in Elmhurst. Beloved daughter of the late George A. and Isabella Flemming Schaffner, dear sister of Mary (Bob) Korman of Omaha, NE, adored aunt of Erin Gillotte, Robyn (Dave) Lisy and Michael (Julie) Korman, all of Bolingbrook, IL, great-aunt of Caitlin, Meghan, Alex, Sydney, Kimberly and Madison, great-great aunt of Charlotte.

Schaffner grew up in Elmhurst and was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Grade and High School. She attended Mundelein College in Chicago and received her undergraduate degree in Education with a minor in English. Schaffner later received a master’s degree in Educational English from Hofstra University. She was employed as a teacher in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District for many years and was a member of The Women in Literacy and Life Assembly of The National Council of Teachers of English. She was an avid reader and loved the theater.

Services and interment were held on Feb. 7 at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and Cemetery in Naperville, IL. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to: Levittown Library Foundation, Inc., 1 Bluegrass Lane, Levittown, NY 11756-1223. Arrangements were entrusted to Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Naperville, IL.


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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