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Town Focus: Levittown, Day 2

The Levittown Property Owners Association expects to meet

The Levittown Property Owners Association expects to meet Tuesday to discuss the future of two closed schools in the Island Trees School District. Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

Today, I’m back in Levittown and learning more about the organizations that help keep the community together.

I stopped in at the Levittown Public Library yesterday to chat with library director Celeste Watman. Look for a story today on a new project that has librarians there excited.

I’ll also meet with one of the charter members of the Levittown Community Council, a group open to anyone in the Island Trees or Levittown school districts that aims to rally support and pride for the community. The council sponsors annual community events, like the Lazy Days of Summer, that brings residents together.

Yesterday, I spent the morning at the Levittown Historical Society Museum, where a local second-grade class was getting a lesson on local history. I was there for my own lesson, as well, given to me by historical society president Polly Dwyer.

In addition to taking me through the vast collection of materials they have at the museum, Dwyer sat down with me to talk about her own experiences moving to Levittown almost 60 years ago. She also gave me a map and marked a walking tour of Levittown that would take me to a few original Levitt houses -- some that have been modified almost beyond recognition -- and other original landmarks in town.

When the sun comes back this week, I may take Dwyer up on that tour. Be sure to follow me on Twitter, where I’ll post photos as I go. You can also reach out to me or send suggestions by email or in the comments section below.

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