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Levitt Park Vote Sept. 10

Town to set the cost of bond construction

After more than a decade of activity, including lawsuits and counter-lawsuits, a resolution concerning the Roslyn Country Club continues to make progress.

On this Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Town of North Hempstead board hopes to vote on several resolutions establishing Levitt Park in the Roslyn Heights Park District.


As noted in last week’s issue of The Roslyn News, the main resolution would set the cost of the bond to finance the park’s construction at “approximately” $7.5 million. The resolution also states that the bond “not…exceed” that number. Other resolutions would authorize the execution of a professional services agreement for engineering services at the pool and acknowledge the receipt of approval from the New York State Department of Audit and Control and establish the park district.


Currently, the Roslyn Country Club is being used as a catering service. When the Country Club neighborhood was being constructed in the 1940s, membership in a facility that included pool and tennis court usage was part of living in the neighborhood. Over the years, maintenance costs led to ownership changes to the point where pool and tennis court usages were phased out. 


The park’s name -- Levitt -- reflects that of the family,  synonymous with Levittown. The Levitt family built the Country Club neighborhood as well as Levittown, considered the model for post-World War II suburban development. At recent meetings, Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman has noted that the name can be seen as temporary, one open for change in the future. 


The past year has seen significant progress for a park district that would restore the old amenities. At the town’s December 2012 meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve a basic plan, with 7.3 acres housing a heated outdoor pool, Jacuzzi/spa area, water slide and plunge pool, playground, kiddy pool and splash pad, concession and outdoor seating area, bathhouse, lower and upper poolside promenades and resurfaced tennis courts with viewing area.


Also at the December meeting, board members estimated the cost to the typical Town of North Hempstead property at between $800 and $1,000 in the first year, depending on the assessed value of the residential property. Kaiman said that the town would allow for membership to all town residents. But the park district would have to limit separate membership at a price higher than the annual cost to Country Club neighborhood residents. Kaiman estimated that the outside membership cost would run “maybe” in the $1,200 range.


At the July 2012 meeting, the town board approved an acquisition of the 7.3-acre property. After facing opposition from various civic associations from neighboring villages, the town eventually responded with a compromise, creating a special improvement district. With this plan, the town would acquire the property through its Environmental Legacy Fund (ELF) and an estimated cost of $2 million. 


Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.


“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


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