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Veteran Spotlight: U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Peter D’Angelo

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 22 August 2014 00:00

After graduating from MacArthur High School in the fall of 1994, United States Marine Corps Veteran Sgt. Peter D’Angelo attended one semester at C.W. Post before he decided to drop out and join the military.


“I couldn’t afford it,” D’Angelo said, “so I enlisted.”


Once finished with his basic training at Paris Island, S.C., D’Angelo was assigned to an administrative position in Arlington, Va. There, Deangelo would be put in charge of payroll... until one day when opportunity knocked.


County Kicks Trees To The Curb

Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

Residents are in a fervor over Nassau County’s recent decision to remove 176 oak trees along a mile-and-a-half stretch of Seaman’s Neck Road.


“It’s outrageous,” said local resident Lee Gardner. “It changed the entire landscape.”


Like most of her neighbors, Gardner said she was shocked, since the county did not notify residents. 


Smile, You’re On School Zone Camera

Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00

Nassau County drivers are up in arms due to the recent implementation of school zone speed cameras, which have issued numerous violations since they were installed just weeks ago. The source of residents beef with the county’s speed cameras stems from the cameras issuing speed violations even when school wasn’t in session.


Director of Nassau County Traffic Safety Chris Mistron said that while some residents were taken by surprise, summer school hours are still considered a violation period. 


Family-Run Acting Studio Opens

Written by Marlo Jappen Saturday, 16 August 2014 00:00

One local mom was concerned about her shy daughter’s first acting class at the newly opened Neighborhood Entertainment Arts and Theatre (NEAT) at 166 Center Lane in Levittown; but after her daughter’s lesson with Theatre Director Watson Miller, she was surprised to hear her daughter broke out of her shell, singing not one, but two songs for the class. 


“My husband has a very special gift with kids,” Koula Miller said. “He brings out the best in them.” 


Town Thwarts T-Mobile Towers

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 15 August 2014 00:00

Four years after the Hempstead Town Board of Appeals denied a proposal to construct six T-Mobile transmitters on the roof of the Farmingdale-Wantagh Jewish Center along Woodbine Avenue, a federal district court decision, on July 22, dismissed the case.


“The court’s decision to dismiss this case signifies another crucial victory for Hempstead Town and Wantagh neighbors,” said Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “The proposal never conformed to the character of this cherished suburban community, and we’re thrilled that our preservation efforts have been rewarded.”


In 2010, the town hired Richard Comi, a consultant with the Center for Municipal Solutions, to ensure that any of the company’s new wireless communications would be sited in a location with the least negative impact on the community.


Veteran Spotlight: U.S. Air Force Radar Repairman Frank Marcinek

Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

Growing up in a large family, U.S. Air Force Veteran Frank Marcinek, 61, of Levittown, was eager to enlist, hoping to one day follow in the footsteps of his father and eight uncles, all of whom served in either World Word II, Korea or Vietnam.


Graduating from Plainedge High School at age 17, Frank wanted to join the Marine Corps, but was let down when he was told he had to be at least 18 to sign up. 


Local Band Has Hart And Soul

Written by Levittown Tribune Staff Wednesday, 13 August 2014 00:00

Close to 70 people went to the public library in Westbury on July 30 for a free performance from Levittown’s own Hart & Soul Band. 


Founded in 2012, Hart & Soul is a five-piece rock group that has been performing shows throughout the tri-state region for the past two years, playing top songs from the 60s to the more modern hits of today.


Veteran Spotlight: U.S. Army Radar Operator Angelo Manzo

Written by Daniel Offner Saturday, 09 August 2014 00:00

Stationed in El Paso, Texas from 1957 to 1963 — during the U.S. involvement in Vietnam — U.S. Army Veteran Angelo Manzo of Levittown spent most days working as a radar operator, tracking the skies in case any planes flew in.


In his down time, when there wasn’t much to do, Manzo said he and some of his buddies would go into town or out for a swim. 


“I had a good time in El Paso,” Manzo said, remembering how he met a couple of “flyers” with the U.S. Air Force who offered to take him up in their jet. 


Searching For A Savvy Senior

Written by Marlo Jappen Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

Frank Zizzo, 83, of Levittown donned a golden crown and a red velvet robe as he was named the “Savvy Senior King” of 2013. Soon, he will make another senior citizen feel like royalty as he crowns this years’ winner at the Parker Jewish Institute on Sept. 7.


The Association of Generational Experts for Seniors (AGES) recognizes seniors who make a difference in their community. Among the twenty-six nominees, Zizzo was chosen as “Savvy Senior King” last Sept. at the Holiday Inn in Plainview. 


“I was very surprised and elated,” Zizzo said. “I never realized I did so much... it was a very emotional thing for me.”


Local Kids Go On Reptile Edventure

Written by Deborah Bellomo Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

Iguanas, toads, and alligators, oh my. On July 30, Erik’s Reptile Edventures paid a visit to Levittown Hall for an entertaining session filled with crawling critters and fun facts to help his young audience better understand nature.


Erik started and ended his show by making everyone raise their hands and say, “I promise to always follow my dreams and enjoy nature.” Each child raised their hand vigorously to join him in this promise. 


Many of the parents have seen the influence Erik has had on their children and are quite happy with the results.


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