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DFS Mobile Command Center
Friday, March 16

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Auction
Sunday, March 18

Farmingdale Soccer Club
Monday, March 19


Friday, March 16

DFS Mobile Command Center

Senator Fuschillo has arranged for specialists from DFS to bring the department’s Mobile Command Center to Marjorie Post Park, located on the corner of Merrick Rd. and Unqua Rd. in Massapequa, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to assist residents in danger of losing their homes. Homeowners should bring copies of their mortgage documents, loan payment records, letters from their lenders or mortgage servicers or any other information relevant to their personal situation which could be useful to DFS staff in helping to provide assistance. No appointments are necessary. For information about the Foreclosure Prevention Program can call 516-882-0630.


Sunday, March 18

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Auction

Last Hope Animal Rescue is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Auction on from 5 to 8 p.m. at HR Singletons, 150 Hicksville Rd., Bethpage. Tickets are $52 per person; $40 for children 10 years old and under. Dinner includes appetizer, salad, main course and dessert. Join Last Hope Animal Rescue for a fun-filled evening featuring a 50/50 “Pot of Gold,” plus regular, silent and Chinese auctions. All proceeds benefit Last Hope’s foster dogs and cats plus community outreach programs such as Fix-A-Feral. For more information, call 516-935-0503 or 516-921-2008; or visit www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org.

Senior Pops Orchestra

The next concert will be an inter-generational concert with the students of Huntington High School. It will be held at 2 p.m. in the Huntington High School auditorium. Pieces include Carmen by Georges Bizet, My Funny Valentine by Richard Rodgers, Brazil, a samba by Ary Barroso. For further information visit www.seniorpops.org or call 516-414-1831.


Monday, March 19

Farmingdale Soccer Club

Parent meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Allen Park. It is open to all registered families.


Tuesday, March 20

AFPLI Professional Development Meeting

One of the most important strategies for a not-for-profit organization is creating a high impact board that will move the organization to meet its strategic goals. This workshop will focus on the challenges facing an organization to convey its needs, find the right people, engage them with the organization, and motivate the board to be the best it can be for the mission and goals of the organization. Hear from two dynamic executives who have seen the results when an organization develops a high impact board - Theresa Regnante and Patricia H. Clemency, CFRE, two highly respected and accomplished leaders in the not-for-profit world. The meeting will take place at the Melville Marriott, 1350 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, with 8 a.m. registration and buffet breakfast; the program begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Advance registration is $25 members; $50 for nonmembers. Walk in registration is $35 members; $60 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required to guarantee seating. To register in advance, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call 631-249-5008, or visit www.afpli.org to register online.

The STEM Diversity Summit

The Advancing Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through Collaboration and Community Summit, in alliance with NYS STEP/CSTEP will explore innovative ways to strengthen STEM teaching and learning in the 21 century, in order to meeting the pressing demands of the workforce. Nationally distinguished scientists, mathematicians, educations, students, public officials, business and non-profit leaders will gather for a day of discussions on how to fully prepare Long Island’s students for productive roles in our rapidly changing world. 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Farmingdale State College, Roosevelt Hall. Call Kathryn Coley at 631-420-2400.

The Road Home

Open general meeting of the Greater LI Running Club will feature a special screening of The Road Home, a 70-minute inspirational documentary. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, starting promptly at 8 p.m. The Road Home is about the power of the human spirit. It follows a small group of injured American soldiers – recent amputees from Iraq and Afghanistan. Through the efforts of Achilles International, these men and women regain control of their lives by training for, and eventually crossing the finish line of, the New York City Marathon. The general public is invited to attend. Open seating in the auditorium is available on a first-come first-served basis. For more information about the club or the meeting, call mike or Linda at the GLIRC office 516-349-7646 or visit www.glirc.org.


Wednesday, March 21

LI League to Abolish Cancer Fundraiser

Military Bridge Afternoon at noon at Lee Gendron Memorial Hall, 428 Stewart Ave., Bethpage. Fun, prizes, and no knowledge of bridge needed. Price: $15, includes admission and light lunch. To reserve your place or for information, contact Anita 516- 935-9138 or Lena 516-692-2809 by March 14.

The Senior Expo

A fun-filled, informative day of bowling at Farmingdale Lanes, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All young minded people 50 and over will enjoy: free bowling and free u se of bowling equipment, on-lane bowling instruction available, free coffee and cake, free seminar from elder care attorney Joan Robert of Kassoff, Robert & Lerner, LLP, free 20-minute elder law consultation. Bring questions. Ask for Craig, Colleen or Paul for more info. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Call 631-249-4300.

Nursery School Open House

The Hicksville Nursery School will hold an Open House from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Programs such as Mommy and Me for toddlers, 2-year-old slow-separation Playgroup classes, 3-year-old Nursery classes and 4-year-old Pre-K classes are offered. The school is located at 115 W. Cherry St., Hicksville (north of Old Country Rd.). Call 516-681-8246for details or visit www.hicksvillenurseryschool.org.


Thursday, March 22

International Energy/Sustainability Conference

Designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of interested participants, all are welcome to learn about energy-related topics and how to save money on energy bills. Panels and keynote presentations will appeal to students/researchers, international individuals or corporations, interested academics, business representatives and home owners. Invited speakers with a broad range of qualifications will share cutting-edge concepts through abstract presentations, workshops, networking, vendor interaction and keynote presentations. The conference is designed to prepare participants to face the challenges ahead as well as finding and integrating sustainable alternative energy sources in a world with diminishing resources, while maintaining and ensuring energy security. 8:30 a.m. to 4;30 p.m. at Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Rd., Roosevelt Hall. Also on March 23. Call Tara Kirsch 631 420-6175.

Town Hall Meeting

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto will be hosting a Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. at the Hicksville Community Center, 28 Carl St., Hicksville. The event is free and open to all residents. Discussion on the current financial condition of the county; how to challenge your assessment and find out if you qualify for tax exemptions; what the Nassau County Comptroller’s Office is doing to protect your tax dollars.


Friday, March 23

Supermarket Bingo

Farmingdale Columbiettes Supermarket Bingo Fundraiser will be held at 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus #2204, 1 Morton St., Farmingdale (off Route 109 - behind 7-11). Tickets $10. Arrange to secure your tickets in advance. Call Barbara 516-293-3429 or Marie 516-249-8536 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Food donations for the St. Kilian’s Food Pantry always appreciated (bin in lobby).

Psychic Medium Richard

Richard tries to reach out to everyone’s heart. As this is an open reading, there is no guarantee that everyone will have a reading, but Richard promises a very enlightening and enjoyable evening. 7 p.m. coffee, tea, soda and dessert will be served. 8 p.m. Richard will begin a group reading at VFW Post #516, 635 Main St,, Farmingdale. All guests must be paid in full in advance via check or PayPal. $55. Seating is limited and payment through PayPal is strongly advised. Contact information is requested in case of cancellation or rescheduling. Payment via check should be made out to the Eve Foundation and mailed to Box 218, Farmingdale, NY 11735. Payment via PayPal may be made at the www.evefoundation.com web site. Call 516-293-1457 or 516-249-4267 or email the foundation at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Night of Laughter

The Sarah Grace Foundation will host its 9th Annual Night of Laughter benefit fundraiser at the Milleridge Cottage, 585 North Broadway, Jericho. Host Rick Morgan will lead the event, which will feature John Santo, impersonator; Ellen Karis, The Greek Goddess of Comedy FoxTV; Rich Ramirez, HBO-BET, Last Comic Standing; and Pete Michaels of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. The unique evening of entertainment is recommended for mature audiences. The event, which costs $75 per person with advance purchase required, will begin at 7:15 p.m. Admission includes show, dinner, raffles and a big 50/50. Raffle books, which include prizes of a GE Deluxe Wine Center and Walt Disney World park passes and more, are available at a pre-show discount of $25 per book. Tickets can be purchased online at www. thesarahgracefoundation.org. For additional information, contact The Sarah Grace Foundation at 433-9745 or email matt. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Saturday, March 24

Goods and Services Auction

The Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center, 3710 Woodbine Ave. Wantagh, will once again present its famous and fabulous Goods and Services Auction at 8 p.m. Included will be many items and services such as dinners, shows, jewelry, a day at the races, gift certificates, raffles and much more. Everyone is welcome. Admission is only $5. Refreshments. will be served. For additional information call 785-2445.

Spring Craft Fair

Holy Trinity DHS “Spring Craft Fair” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 98 Cherry Ln., Hicksville. New merchandise, crafts, food, raffles and more. For info call 433-2900, ext. 119.

Spring Craft Fair

At Maria Regina RC Church, 3945 Jerusalem Ave., Seaford, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 798-2415.


Sunday, March 25

Pancake Breakfast

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Wantagh Fire Department will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast at the headquarters at 3470 Park Ave., Wantagh. Breakfast will be served between the hours of 8 and 11 a.m. Admission is $6 per person; $3 per child under the age of 9. Start your Sunday morning with a delicious home-cooked breakfast of pancakes with syrup, bacon, sausage and orange juice. Complete your meal with a cup of coffee or tea and a home-cooked breakfast cake or muffin. The proceeds from this event will be donated to assist in sending a child who is severely burned between the ages of 8 and 18 to the Children’s Burn Summer Camp sponsored by the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation. For more information, contact Dee (781-3689) or Barbara (679-8021), co-chairladies for this event.


Thursday, March 29

Community Summit Expo/Health Fair

The Farmingdale 10th annual Community Summit Expo and Health Fair is Farmingdale’s premier event for bringing business and community together. This event is organized by the Farmingdale Community Summit Council and sponsored by the Farmingdale Chamber. 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Farmingdale High School, 150 Lincoln St. Meet the chamber and other local businesses. The Expo will have a new feature - A Taste of Farmingdale - providing a special opportunity for food service businesses and restaurants to show off their culinary delights.


Friday, March 30

The Veterans Resource Day

Hosted by The NYS VBOC, SBDC at Farmingdale, Nassau and Suffolk County Veterans Service Agencies. This free event has been specifically developed for all veterans; service disabled veterans, discharging active duty personnel, reservists and the National Guard to provide the resource available to help our veterans get back to work. The program will include resources and information on: employment resources, technical assistance for starting or growing an existing business, certification programs, training opportunities, small business management training, funding resources, individual employment issues or concerns. The goal of the event is to get all LI veterans working in their own business, employed or better prepared for employment. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Roosevelt Hall, Farmingdale State College. Preregistration required. Call John Narciso 631-370-8891 with questions.


Saturday, March 31

Easter Celebration

The annual Easter Celebration will be held at the Village Green at noon. Come to see the Easter Bunny, and participate in an egg hunt.

Hugs for Sarah Memorial Blood Drive

From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The William P. Bennett Community Center, 28 W. Carl St., Hicksville. Go to http://www.thesarah gracefoundation.org/ to purchase tickets. Call 433-9745.


Upcoming Events

Spring Fun Hunt Sponsors Wanted

Hosted by the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce on April 1 at 2 p.m. at the Children’s Playground, Wantagh Park. The chamber is looking for sponsors to help make this event a success. Sponsorship $50. Send company name, billing address, business phone, fax number, e-mail address and check to Wantagh Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 660, Wantagh, NY 11793. Call 679-0100.

St. Thomas’ Life Skills Fellowship

Learn about critical topics and local resources. All workshops will be held at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: In lieu of a registration fee, forward a free will offering to support local ministry (including a feeding program) at St. Thomas’ Church. Preregistration is preferred and strongly recommended. Call the church 516-752-9254 or the Rectory at 516-752-2750. Forward registration and workshop you’d like to attend, ASAP, to: St. Thomas’ Church, Attn: Life Skills Fellowship, 298 Conklin St., Farmingdale, NY 11735:

•March 27: Workshop B: Domestic Violence Prevention – What Do We Know, Where Can We Go. Dale Kassan will discuss myths and facts, resources and opportunities for women at-risk of or involved in incidence of domestic violence. For this workshop, bring a donation to support the women at the Coalitions’ Safe House (cleaning supplies and gift cards to K-Mart, Target, Walmart (or other department stores)) to support their move from the safe house to their own home and baby products-diapers, clothing, etc.

•May 22: Workshop C: Talking To Kids About Drugs: Prevention and Resources. A representative from the YES Community Counseling Center will discuss signs, signals and related services.

•June 12: Workshop D: Senior Services and Supports including information on Medicare supplements and Advantage plans.

Vendors Wanted

The Friends of the Farmingdale Library are seeking crafters and flea market vendors for their Mothers Day Family Fair to be held on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Table space is $40 and may be reserved by calling either 454-6813 or 244-0829. Space is limited, so reserve your space earl.


Ongoing Events

Stroke Support Groups

Stroke Life Society is a community organization of survivors and co-survivors in the pursuit of living and helping others. A stroke can be very isolating. By sharing experiences and encouraging one another, together we can face and overcome common challenges. All welcome. RSVP is requested but not required. For information and other locations and times, call Ben Thomas 398-4994. Go to www.strokelife.org.

•Every first Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. in Room 12, St. Frances de Chantal, 1309 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh.

•Every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh.

•Every second Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Epilepsy Conference Room, Research Building Level C, 270-05 76th Ave., New Hyde Park.

•Every third Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Parish Center, 3100 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown.

•Every fourth Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Room 106, St. James Parish Center, 80 Hicksville Rd., Seaford.



Weekly Events

•Bingo every Monday to support Deborah Hospital. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the game starts at 7:15 p.m. at 110 Bingo Hall, 585 Broadhollow Rd., Melville. Call Pam 631-730-8021.

•Free Support Group for divorced or separated meets every Monday except holidays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at St Kilian’s RC Church Parish Center (basement), 485 Conklin St. (Route 24). Widowed welcome as well. All singles needing support. Call 516-753-0923 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•Do You Speak Yinglish? The Yiddish Club allows individuals of varying language abilities to speak “Yinglish,” a combination of Yiddish and English. Read, speak and tell stories related to Yiddish experiences. Meets every Monday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center, 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh. Call 785-2445.

•Caregiver Support Group offered by the LI Alzheimer’s Foundation at Brandywine Senior Living at Huntington Terrace, 70 Pinelawn Rd., Melville. This professionally facilitated group meets on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and allows participants opportunities to share feelings and strategies related to caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Call 767-6856 and speak with group facilitator, Alana Rosenstein, LMSW, before attending for the first time. Those who are financially able are asked to contribute $10 to the LI Alzheimer’s Foundation for each session they attend.

•Senior Pops Orchestra is seeking string players, especially string bass. The orchestra meets every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Melville. Join a fun group. Visit www.seniorpops.org, to find out more about the orchestra.

•Mastering Life – Conversations. Do you experience frustration in relationships, career, health, confidence? Conversations produces a permanent, positive shift in all areas of life. Led by Stefan Deutsch on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. in Melville. Call 631-692-0986. $10.


Monthly Events

•Island Photo Group, a group of photographers working together to advance each other’s photographic skills and to be an exciting force in photographic education on LI. Meets the 1st, 2nd, 4th Mondays of every month at 7:30 p.m. (except legal holidays) in the Community Center in Allen Park, 101 Motor Ave. Check our calendar of events at www.islandphotogroup.com or call 516-450-LENS.

•Farmingdale Columbiettes #2204 meets the first Monday of the month at 7  p.m. at the Farmingdale Knights of Columbus Hall #2204, 1 Morton St., Farmingdale (off Route 109 behind 7-11). This wonderful faith-filled Catholic women’s organization is based on charity with emphasis on helping our local community. We would love it if you would think about joining us. If interested in learning more call Diane at 631-293-4290 or Lyn at 516-753-0923 or even better, email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

•Speak Easy: A Toastmasters Club. Can help you conquer your fear of public speaking. In Bethpage, Northrop Grumman Toastmasters meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:45 p.m. in Northrop Grumman Building 5, South Oyster Bay Rd., Bethpage. Call Brian 346-7516.

•Farmingdale Knights of Columbus meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 8 p.m. at 1 Morton St. (off 109). New members always welcome. Call 1-631-755-2204.

•Farmingdale Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Veterans of Foreign Corp. George Benkert Jr. Post of Farmingdale is actively recruiting veterans of Afghanistan, Iraq, Desert Storm, Vietnam, Korea and WWII. Membership requirements include active participation in a foreign conflict. For membership qualifications contact membership chairman Bob Fullam at 516-694-5530. The VFW building is at 635 Main St., Farmingdale, and members meet there on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 p.m.

•Farmingdale American Legion, Hugh C. Newman Post #449 for those who have served in the Armed Forces during various wars and conflicts such as WWII, Korea, Viet Nam and the Gulf War. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at VFW Post #516, 635 Main St., at 8:15 p.m. Call Commander Thomas Taylor 752-9613.

•Italian Culture Society at Farmingdale meets the last Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Ellsworth W. Allen Park, Motor Ave. For lessons in Italian come early at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments are served. For private lessons call Francesca at 249-4543.

•Farmingdale AARP Chapter 3967 welcomes new members, offers senior information, entertainment and Bingo at meetings which are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Farmingdale Library. Call Ann Derasmo 631-694-2371.

•The Knights of Columbus Rt. Rev. Msgr. William A. Delaney Council #5983 meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at the council located at 110 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale, at 8 p.m. Members only. For hall rentals, call 390-1281. For membership information, call 804-8998.

•Green Living Seminars, a series hosted by Starflower Experiences at 7 p.m. at the Melville Branch of the Half Hollow Hills Library, 510 Sweet Hollow Rd., on the second Thursday of each month except July and August. Call 938-6152.

•Bethpage Masonic Lodge No. 975 Free and Accepted Masons will meet at 8 p.m. at the Hicksville Masonic Temple, 18 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. Meetings are every second and fourth Friday. Call 731-2488.

•Italian Genealogical Group meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month from September to June at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethpage Library, 50 Powell Ave., Bethpage. Free. Call 631-931-3907. Free.

•Earthwalk conducted by the staff of Starflower Experiences on the first Sunday of every other month at 2 p.m. A light touch of nature on an unusual and enjoyable walk. For adults and children 9 and up. Meet at Sweet Hollow Hall in West Hills County Park, Melville. Fee of $2.50 per person. Call 938-6152 to sign up and for directions.


Ongoing Programs

Farmingdale Adult Day Care Center

A social day care program offering socialization and stimulation to persons 60 and over. The caring staff provides innovative activities for those who can no longer attend regular senior centers because of physical and/or mental impairment. It also affords respite to caregivers allowing them valued time to devote to matters of home or personal needs. This interfaith service meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 407 Main St. Support groups are also held once a month on Wednesdays. Call 293-8928.

Free Educational Services

Free courses and academic advice is available to economically and educationally disadvantages adults. The LI Educational Opportunity Center offers programs leading to employment in a variety of fields as well as entrance to college. The LIEOC has satellite units in many areas. Call the unit located at Hooper Hall, Farmingdale State College, at 631-434-3740 for further information.

Exhibit

Don’t miss the incredible, world-renowned artist Rudy Gutierrez. March 19 through April 19 in The Memorial Gallery, Hale Hall, Farmingdale State College. Gallery viewing (Monday- Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Artist’s lecture will be held March 22 from 11 a.m. to noon in Gleeson Hall, Room 202.

Farmingdale State College Offers Free Instruction

In college preparation including: English, reading, math, biology and chemistry, preGED/College Prep. reading and math; business education including: word processing and computer literacy; health care programs, nurse assistant training, clinical training given in area nursing homes, phlebotomy, high school equivalency, English for international students, adult basic education and more. Come in today! Farmingdale State College, Hooper Hall. Call 420-2280. Financial eligibility required. Course offerings may vary according to unit EEO/AA.

At the Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center

Located at 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh. Call 785-2445 for information on the following:

•Learning the Torah and Haftorah Trops on Mondays at 7 p.m. Instructor Rabbi Alan Lavin. This is a practical course for those who can read Hebrew to learn how to participate more easily at services and lead prayers. The course is open to all men and women.

•Beginners Hebrew course, sponsored by Hadassah, will be held at on Mondays at 7 p.m. Instructor Murray Zwerling. For those who would like to learn or improve their basic Hebrew reading.

•Introduction to Jewish Prayer on Mondays at 8:15 p.m. Text: To Pray as a Jew by Rabbi Haim Donnin. Instructor Rabbi Alan Lavin. The course is designed for those who would like to learn the history, meaning and structure of the siddur.

•Sisterhood Book Club – If you have an interest in reading, the Sisterhood Book Club is for you. Join other women to discuss interesting books. Call the synagogue office for more information about the Book Club and Sisterhood events.

Adults and Children With Learning Disabilities

ACLD, a private not-for-profit agency, is offering individual and family counseling for the primary caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities. Support groups are available for parents and siblings and new groups for senior parents, parents of transitioning high school students as well as a group for parents who have a developmental disability. Groups are held during day and evening hours and will be facilitated by a social worker at 807 South Oyster Bay Rd., Bethpage. Call Florence Horne 822-0028, ext. 167.

Farmingdale United Methodist Nursery School

Offers classes for children from 18 months old through 5 years old where they can grow, play and learn together. The school offers a well-rounded program designed to stimulate the child creatively, socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally. Children are exposed to a variety of art-media, paint, finger paint, chalk, dough, pasting, cutting, coloring, writing, block play, music, group work, books, circle and story time, cooking experiences, puppet show, all types of parties, movement classes, computers, outdoor and indoor large motor activities and stimulating walking distance field trips. For more information or class schedules, call the school 293-9078.

Bring a Smile to a Poor Person’s Face

That is the invitation being sent across LI by Hope for the Future Ministries, a Farmingdale-based not-for-profit organization which helps the poor and homeless. Items needed include warm hats and scarves, thermal gloves and socks, thermal underwear, sweatshirts and sweatpants, toiletries and toys, new gifts, unwrapped with price tags removed. Bring to Hope for the Future Ministries, 131 Verdi St. Call 752-5771.

Support Groups

The following support groups will be held at the Plainedge Baptist Church, 96 Stewart Ave., Bethpage. For free enrollment or information call 731-6736.

•Alcohol/Substance Dependency Support Group. Celebrate Recovery is a nationally acclaimed program that invites people of any faith or no faith at all to experience God’s healing power in the lives of all who suffer from alcohol or drug dependency. Mondays from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

•Divorce/Separation Support Group. DivorceCare helps people recover from the pain of separation and divorce. Become a part of a small support group of people who are experiencing the same. This is a non-denominational video seminar with nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

•Grief Recovery Support Group. GriefShare is a non-denominational, 13-week video seminar featuring interviews with leading authors, counselors, speakers and pastors with years of expertise in grief recovery. Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m.

Pretty New Thrift Shop

Donations are needed for the Pretty New Thrift Shop, 238 Main St., Farmingdale. The shop supports the work of Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, Inc., a multi-service mental health and substance abuse agency located in Hicksville. The shop is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and accepts gently used clothing, housewares, furniture and collectibles. Call 420-1394.

Free Writer’s Workshops

Got a hidden talent? Why not share it and develop it at a free writer’s workshop? The LI Writer’s Guild is a friendly, Nassau County-based organization of amateur/professional, published/unpublished poets, essayists, novelists and short story writers who meet at informal workshops at the Levittown and Bethpage Libraries. Everything from plot development to characterization to basic literary theory for the fiction and nonfiction writer alike is discussed and practiced. There are reading and critiquing sessions and recommendations and contacts for the more serious writers seeking to publish their work is provided. For a schedule of workshops and social events, log onto www.liwritersguild.org.

News

Philip D’Aguanno, 79, of Melville, passed away on Oct. 15. Loving husband of Maria. Devoted Father, father-in-law and grandfather. A funeral mass was held at S.t Kilian R.C. Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Inc.


The Citizens Campaign for the Environment, a Farmingdale-based advocacy group, recently joined state lawmakers and Massapequa water district officials for a press conference calling on New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the proposed Navy Grumman Plume Remediation Act (A9492), which has already passed both the state Assembly and Senate, in an effort to protect Long Island’s drinking water and the Great South Bay from the Grumman-U.S. Navy underground plume of toxic chemicals. 


Sports

Nassau County ASA President Keith O’Donnell and Chief Umpire Vincent Donnelly recently presented a $2400 check to Over the Hill Gang President Jim Reilly. The donation will be added to the funds the men’s softball league raised on behalf of Sal Pugliese Jr. as the young boy battles a rare hip disorder. The OTHG would like to thank the ASA for its generous contribution to a fantastic local cause.

—Submitted by the Over the Hill Gang


Farmingdale runners Theresa Gannon, Chris Bartlett, Patty Baker and Jenine Cottone each came home with an award from the Blue Ribbon 10 kilometer and 5 kilometer runs for Prostate Cancer at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park. 


Calendar

Thanksgiving Eve - November 26

Altheas Boutique Opening - November 29

Tri-Centennial Tree Lighting - December 2


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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