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Easter Celebration
Saturday, March 31

Farmingdale-Wantagh Breakfast Reception
Sunday, April 1

Farmingdale Public Library Budget Vote/Trustee Election
Tuesday, April 3


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.

St. Thomas’ Fellowship Cafe

Come for a free brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 298 Conklin St., Farmingdale. All are welcome. Call 752-9254.

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.


Sunday, April 1

Spring Fun Hunt Sponsors Wanted

Hosted by the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce 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.

Farmingdale-Wantagh Breakfast Reception

UJA-Federation of New York will honor Lorraine Levin and Gerald Lutzker at the Farmingdale-Wantagh Breakfast Reception at the at the Farmingdale-Wantagh Jewish Center. There is no cost to attend this event. To make a reservation, contact Mary Resnick 1-516-677-1893 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Through your gift to UJA-Federation, you can help people in need, connect people to their Jewish identity, and respond to crises in New York, in Israel, and around the world.


Tuesday, April 3

Farmingdale Chapter Homemakers Council

Meeting at 10 a.m. at Ellsworth Allen Town Park, Motor Ave., Farmingdale. Come for programs and refreshments. Call Barbara 249-0976 for further information. Today’s program will include a Country Auction.

Farmingdale Public Library Budget Vote/Trustee Election

Held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The proposed 2012-2013 budget reflects a tax levy increase of 1.98 percent, less than the 2 percent recommended by the new tax cap law. If you have any questions, call the library 516-249-9090.


Thursday, April 5

LI NAIM Catholic Widows/Widowers Club

Meeting at the V.F.W. Post 7277 Hall, 191 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa, at 8 p.m. Proof of widowhood is required. DJ Ray will be playing. For information call Maureen 781-4763.

Free Prostate Cancer Screening

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), in conjunction with the Integrated Medical Foundation, will be sponsoring a free prostate cancer screening program between 4 and 6 p.m. at the Massapequa Library (Bar Harbour Building), 40 Harbor Ln., Massapequa Park. The free screenings will be conducted by Dr. Michael Ziegelbaum, Dr. Matthew Mene and Dr. Evan Eisenberg from Advanced Urology Centers of NY. Open to all men over the age of 40 who have not previously been diagnosed with prostate cancer, regardless of whether or not they have insurance. Screenings will include a digital rectal exam and a PSA blood test. Men who will be getting screened must bring a photo ID containing an address, such as a driver’s license. Patients wishing to be notified of the exam results should bring two stamped envelopes: one addressed to themselves and the other to their doctor. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins will be accepted. Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Men who would like to schedule an appointment should call Senator Fuschillo’s office 516-882-0630.


Sunday, April 8

Liberation of Nazi Death Camps to be Remembered

On the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi death camps a number of the American armored vehicles similar to those that broke down the gates and freed the survivors of the Holocaust will be the backdrop for educational services that will be held at the American Airpower Museum, 1230 New Hwy., Farmingdale, with educational program, through the sponsorship of Morrell Caterers. Students from area schools, Mauthausen concentration camp survivors Thea and Jack Rumstein and others will gather for the program to help sustain the story of Holocaust and liberation. Students will have an opportunity to meet the Rumsteins, inspect period armor that helped liberate the death camps and here from American veterans. April 8: Buchenwald; April 15: Bergen–Belsen.

See the Birds in Massapequa Preserve

Join the South Shore Audubon Society for a bird walk at the Massapequa Preserve from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Walk leaders and other birders and nature enthusiasts will be happy to share their knowledge and experience with you. The bird walk is free. Bring binoculars. Rain will cancel. The group will meet at the northeast parking lot at the Massapequa Long Island Railroad Station. For more information, log onto www.ssaudubon.org or telephone Steve Schellenger 516-987-8103.


Monday, April 9

Free Health Screenings

YES Community Counseling Center in partnership with St. Francis Hospital announces a day of free health screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The screenings include: brief cardiac history, blood pressure, simple blood test for cholesterol and diabetes. Appropriate patient education and referrals will be provided for clients as needed above the age of 18. The screenings will be provided on the St. Francis Hospital Outreach Bus directly in front of YES Community Counseling Center, 75 Grand Ave., Massapequa. Call YES 516-799-3203 with questions.


Saturday, April 14

Blood Drive

Help Long Island Blood Services meet it’s need for blood by donating the gift of life. Runner’s Edge is hosting an Anniversary Blood Drive at Runner’s Edge on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 242 Main St., Farmingdale. RSVP to schedule (15 minute increments) to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-359-9409. Walk-ins are welcome.

Super Market Bingo Night

Join Last Hope Animal Rescue for its first ever Super Market Bingo Night. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the games will be played from 7 to 10 p.m. Prizes to include an assortment of baskets…Groceries, Household, Italian Night, Kids Playtime, Gardeners Delight, Movie Night, Cleaning Day and more. All money raised goes toward Last Hope Animal Rescue’s adoptable dogs/cats and community outreach programs such as Fix-A-Feral. Admission: $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Additional cards, daubers and soda/water can be purchased separately. Bring your own snacks. For more information or if you would like to donate a basket contact Connie 516-935-0503 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Diane 516-735-2058 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Go to www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org.


Upcoming Events

Chinese Auction

The Nassau BOCES Rosemary Kennedy School PTA is sponsoring a Chinese Auction on April 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. Doors Open at 6 p.m.; Auction begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosemary Kennedy School, 2850 North Jerusalem Rd., Wantagh. Admission is free. Donations of new merchandise and gift cards/gift certificates are being sought. Contact Mindy Davidson 516-396-2616 with questions or if you have any items or gift certificates to be picked up.

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:

•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.


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. On view 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

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


Calendar

Les Miserables - November 21

The Wedding Singer - November 21

Holiday Parade - November 22


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