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Who Made a Difference in Levittown in 2012?

Nominate your Levittown neighbors for Patch's list of people who mattered this year.

Ex-Chief Timothy Courtney and Honorary Chief Vincent Zupo were honored by the Town of Hempstead at the Firematic Awards this year.
Ex-Chief Timothy Courtney and Honorary Chief Vincent Zupo were honored by the Town of Hempstead at the Firematic Awards this year.
Levittown is filled with special people who make a difference, people who make an impact on our lives on a regular, sometimes daily, basis.

There are educators, business owners, volunteers, public officials, students and others working to make Levittown a better place. 

Levittown Patch is compiling a list of 10 local people who mattered in 2012. We need your help. 

Nominate candidates in the comment section below, or write on our Facebook page.

Please give us the person’s name and the reason they belong on this list. The list will run the last week in December as part of our Year in Review series.

Previous winners are not eligible this year. If we can get you started, we’d like to include the following, so please vote or submit your own nominations in the comments:
  • Lindsay Gruntorad, who organized her annual coat drive in Levittown, which donates hundreds of coats to the needy. 
  • Levittown Crossfit, which recently held a fundraiser with Long Beach resident Kerriann Cunningham for Sandy victims of Long Beach.
  • The team at Harp & Hammer, who organized and held a Thanksgiving feast for out-of-state utility workers displaced by Hurricane Sandy.
  • The Levittown mom who saved Halloween for many children this year - Kristine Ekberg came up with the idea of "Trick-or-Trunking" in a parking lot to keep kids safe, away from downed trees and wires following Hurricane Sandy.
  • A number of Island Trees parents who held a fundraiser at Mulcahy's for a local family in need. Andrea Benson, Janeth Kennedy and Kim Norberg organized the fundraiser for April Correll and her children, after they lost Matthew Correll to leukemia.
  • Island Trees High School junior Kevin Welsh - him and a team of volunteers from both school and his boy scout troop hosted a car wash, where they raised money toward the construction of a reading garden at Stokes Elementary School.
  • Levittown native Mike Cohen, who inspired many by riding his bicycle from San Diego to New York to celebrate his sixth year of being cancer free.
Please vote or submit your own nomination in the comments, and follow our volunteering group to receive more stories like this. 
Marie December 11, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I vote for Kristine Ekberg. Not only was I in attendance at the "trunk and treat", I know that she is tireless in her dedication to others. Kris is constantly volunteering at Northside School, she volunteers for Meal-on-Wheels, delivering food to seniors in need and extends herself to anyone who needs her help! She is a role model for our children and a wonderful person in our community!
Shari December 11, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I agree 100% with Marie. Kris Ekberg is always giving of her time and energy, and I was in awe of the way she brought our school and neighborhood community together to provide our kids with a safe and fun experience while we were all reeling from the effects of Sandy.

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