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Blood Drive
Saturday, April 14

Republic Airport Commission
Tuesday, April 17

Farmingdale Summit Meeting
Thursday, April 19


Saturday, April 14

Blood Drive

Help Long Island Blood Services meet its 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. on April 14 at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Pky., Hicksville. 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.

Get Ready to Dance with Dancin’ Machine

Looking for a great night out? Get out your bell bottom jeans and polyester shirt. Recapture the days of Boogie Fever and do The Hustle to all of the top Disco hits of the ‘70s. This 10-piece band comes complete with a horn section, four great vocalists and all the sequins that you can handle. These guys really bring it with a power groove and power moves, uplifting the spirit of Disco Dancers everywhere. Featuring vocalists Gregory Lathan, Kristina Marie and Emily Denham, guitarist Mark Pastore, Rafael Carrasquillo on keyboards, horn players Dana Watson, David Fox and Jason Ingram, Rob Miccuci on bass and Charlie Spataro on drums. A perfect blend of musical personalities working harmoniously to recreate the sound, look and feel of the ‘70s with classic style, expert precision and fun. Contact Stan Miller at STM Entertainment www.stm-ent.com , 973-975-7189 or visit www.dancinmachine band.com. The event will be held at Kodiak’s,1815 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale (631) 414-7055).


Monday, April 16

Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees

Meeting at 7 p.m. at 367 Main St. Call 249-0093. Work session.


Tuesday, April 17

Professional Development Meeting

AFPLI’s meeting will feature a dynamic panel discussion featuring two highly respected and accomplished leaders, Ruth Negron-Gaines and David Kilmnick, who will explore the importance of diversity for not-for-profit boards of directors and share their experience and practical knowledge. AFPLI board member Dionne Walker-Belgrave, a diversity consultant, will serve as moderator. The meeting will take place at the Melville Marriott, 1350 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Melville. 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 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.

Republic Airport Commission

Meeting, which is open to the public, at 7 p.m. in Conference Room 201 of the Main Terminal of Republic Airport, 7150 Republic Airport.

Wine and Food Expo

Presented by the Farmingdale Rotary Club to benefit the club’s foundation and Camp-Pa-Qua-Tuck. Premier wines and spirits, sumptuous food, music. 7 p.m. at the Huntington Hilton, Route 110, Melville. Call Len 516-249-9283 or Lou 516-694-1883 for ticket information.$40 per person.


Thursday, April 19

Farmingdale Summit Meeting

The next Farmingdale Summit meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Farmingdale Library.

NAMI LI Regional Council

Meeting at 7:45 p.m. at North Shore University Hospital at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd., Lecture Room (lower level). Call 694-7327 or 367-1893. Program: Remarkable living spaces for people with mental illness. Speaker: Michael Bellotti, associate executive director, Concern for Independent Living.


Friday, April 20

How to Plant the Abundant Landscape

Farmingdale State College’s Department of Ornamental Horticulture will host a day-long workshop titled “Home Grown Food: Planning and Planting the Abundant Landscape.” It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Teaching Gardens and Greenhouse. The public is invited, and the $5 admission will benefit the Department of Ornamental Horticulture’s Sustainable Garden. Everyone interested in learning how to grow their own fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers should attend. It will also feature interactive workshops, garden tours, plants for sale, and local food. For more information contact Michael Veracka 631-420-2113.

LI NAIM W/W Dance

From 8 p.m. to midnight at the Massapequa Elks, Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. All welcome. Cost $14. DJ Ray will be playing. For information call Maureen 781-4763.


Saturday, April 21

Farmingdale State College Open House

Open House provides an exceptional opportunity to meet professors and counselors as well as see the campus via student-led campus tours of classroom buildings, cafeterias, labs and residence halls. Shuttles to the Aviation Center at Republic Airport will be available and two new Piper Warrior planes will be on display. Staff from athletics, admissions, financial aid, housing, and the health and wellness center will be available to answer questions. Professors will describe their classes and job opportunities upon graduation. 10 a.m. to noon in Nold Hall. All are invited to this free event. Reservations can be made on the college’s website: www.farmingdale.edu.

Shed the Meds

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick), the Nassau County Police Department, and the Village of Massapequa Park are joining together for a Shed the Meds to help residents safely disposal of unused or expired medications. The program will be held between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Brady Park, 1000 Lake Shore Dr., Massapequa Park. Residents can drive up, drop offold or unused medications and drive away. All collected medication will be safely disposed of by Nassau County Police officers, who will be supervising the program. Call Senator Fuschillo’s office 516-882-0630.


Monday, April 23

Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees

Meeting at 7 p.m. at 367 Main St. Call 249-0093. Work session with counsel.


Tuesday, April 24

Health and Wellness Fair

Held by Farmingdale State College from 10 am to 3 p.m. in Roosevelt Hall’s Multipurpose Room. Sponsored by the Health and Wellness Center, the event is free and open to the public. A synthesis of holistic and western modalities, the fair will feature more than 80 agencies and vendors offering everything from acupuncture to yoga. Experts will provide relaxing messages and also health screenings, including vision and blood pressure testing. Attendees can enjoy free herbal tea in the tea garden, learn the latest in green products and services, buy spring plants, and much more. Highlights also include raffle prizes, demonstrations, and free samples throughout the event. Staffed with nurses, physicians and wellness counselors. For further information, call 631-420-2690 or 631-420-2009.

Blood Drive

At the North Massapequa Fire Department’s Headquarters, 1000 Broadway, N. Massapequa, from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. To qualify as a blood donor, a person must between the ages of 17 and 75 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood within the last 56 days. The fire department will provide refreshments for everyone who attends the blood drive. For more information, residents can contact the fire department by calling 516- 579-0900. Residents can also go online at www.NMFD-660.com.


Wednesday, April 25

Junior League Night

The Junior League of the Women’s Club of Farmingdale Night will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Chili’s, 901 Route 110, Farmingdale. Call 631-249-6760.


Thursday, April 26

Comedy Night

Presented by Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Farmingdale Knights of Columbus,1 Morton St. Featuring three top comedians: Rich Walker, Joe Currie and Steve Lazarus. Tickets: $25 which includes buffet dining, beer, wine, soda, coffee and dessert.All are welcome. For tickets call Dr. Chris Wider 516- 752-1007. Proceeds support the chamber’s Farmingdale High School Scholarship Fund.


 Friday, April 27

Chinese Auction

The Nassau BOCES Rosemary Kennedy School PTA is sponsoring a Chinese Auction 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.


Saturday, April 28

Asian-American Cultural Festival

Celebrate diversity on Long Island by bringing the whole family to the 6th Annual Asian-American Cultural Festival in the Multi-Purpose Room of Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Rd. The event features colorful displays, costumes, art exhibits and live traditional and contemporary entertainment from various parts of Asia. Feast on a selection of international foods at the outdoor food court. Watch exciting martial arts exhibitions. See a staged theater performance with professional singers and dancers. Listen to the sounds of WaFoo - the hottest Japanese jazz band in the tri-state area. And vie to become the first Asian-American (Festival) Idol by singing for charity (bring your own downloadable music for the karaoke machine) – with all proceeds going to Leadership Huntington. There will be workshops for children, corporate and small business vendor displays, a lion dance, cultural parade, discount coupons from local merchants and more. Free general admission; theater performance (limited seating) $3 children; $5 adults. Sponsors and vendors call 631-543-5768 or 631-754-6640.

Rock Out Autism

The event will take place at The Nutty Irishman, 323 Main St., Farmingdale. It is an all ages show. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. This year’s show will feature Paging Grace, Nick Tangorra, The Walking Tree, Homebound, Trish Torrales, and the #1 New York Foreigner Tribute, Head Games. Visit rockoutautism.com.


Sunday, April 29

Earth Day Celebration

Sponsored by the Farmingdale High School Go Green Club. The event will be held on the Village Green in Farmingdale from noon to 4 p.m.


Upcoming Events

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 Needed

The Wantagh Preservation Society will be holding its Spring Yard Sale on May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date May 20) on museum grounds, 1700 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh. Rental fee for space (which includes car) is $35. Merchandise of new, used, crafts and collectables may be sold (no food vendors). For more information or an application, call Elaine 516-785-0761.


Weekly Events

•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 .

•Therapeutic Movement Group. Bodies in Motion is a therapeutic movement group for children ages 5 to 1 who need that extra special attention to promote coordination, strength, balance, fine and gross motor skills, social skills, attention and focusing. This group meets Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. at Hot Shots Xtremes Gymnastics Center, second floor, 127 B. Carmans Rd., Farmingdale. Call 631-249-3127 or 631-249-3126. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Facilitators are licensed therapists specializing in pediatrics.

•Overeaters Anonymous. Are you a compulsive overeater? Under eater? Overeaters Anonymous can help. There is a meeting on Tuesdays on the corner of Salisbury Park Dr. and Carmans Rd., East Meadow, across from the firehouse from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. Call for directions 997-4534. For information about the meeting call Nancy 798-2547 (between 7 and 9 p.m.) or Ed 845-5423.

•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.

•Mid Nassau Jewish Retirement Club meets every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Temple Emanuel 123 Merrick Ave., East Meadow. New members are welcome. Call Marty Fein 485-3171.

•The Scrabble Club meets on Thursdays from 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. at the Plainedge Library, 1060 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa. All ages. Scrabble players wanted. Call Judy 827-9506.

•The Relationship Journey, a group for widow, widowers, divorced and singles 45+. Meets every Thursday at 8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 449 Stewart Ave., Bethpage. Fee $7. Facilitated by TV talk show host of The Relationship Journey. Refreshments. Call 395-8303 for room location.

•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, human development expert. Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. in Melville. Call 631-692-0986. $10.

•Clutterers Anonymous, a 12-step self-help group, offers help and support to those who have clutter problems in their homes or workplace. Meets weekly on Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 265 Asbury Ave., and also the 1st and 3rd Friday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the School of the Community Reformed Church, 90 Plandome Rd., Manhasset. There are no dues or fees. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call (866) 800-3881 or visit www.Clutterers Anonymous.net.

•Massapequa Singles and Massapequa Couples holds dances every Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Couples and singles tables. Professional Dance Lesson at 11:15 a.m. Dance starts at noon and a full-course hot buffet luncheon is served at 1 p.m. $15 donation. Singles are introduced and partners are encourage at Manor East Catering Hall, 201 Jerusalem Ave., Massapequa. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 332-7825.

•Massapequa Singles and Massapequa Couples hosts a workshop to Learn To Dance. All Social Dances, American and Latin. Partners are encouraged but not necessary at 11:15 a.m. every Friday at Manor East Catering Hall, 201 Jerusalem Ave., Massapequa. $10. Email Dancezee @aol.com or call 332-7825.

•Overeaters Anonymous. Are you a compulsive overeater? Under eater? Overeaters Anonymous can help. There is a meeting on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Rose of Lima Church, 2 Bayview Ave., Massapequa. For information about the meeting call Nancy 798-2547 (between 7 and 9 p.m.) or Ed 845-5423.


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.islandphoto group.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

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

•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 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 516-694-5539. 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 is looking for new members 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. (just south of the railroad crossing), at 8:15 p.m. Call Commander Thomas Taylor 752-9613.

•South Shore Hand Smockers meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Main St., Babylon. Beginners are welcome. Call Marie 631-277-1096.

•LI Junior Chamber of Commerce regularly has the Meet and Greet on the first Thursday and the monthly meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, along with a variety of other events throughout the month, For more information on the LI Junior Chamber, visit WWW.LIJC.com. Contact: Martin Dekom, Chairman, 850-2717 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Julie Dekom, Membership Director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Steven Eiselen, Community Development VP This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•South Shore Hand Smockers meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Main St., Babylon. Beginners are welcome. Call Marie 631-277-1096.

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


Columns

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