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Pumpkin Carving Contest

Saturday, October 12

Marching Band

Thursday, October 17

Homecoming

Friday, October 18


October 12

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Long Islanders are encouraged to bring in their carved and decorated pumpkins to Hicks Nurseries for the third annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Registration begins at 1 p.m.; judging begins promptly at 2 p.m. The winner of each category will receive a $20 gift certificate to Hicks Nurseries.


October 13

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

Come out to the Westbury Village Piazza from 2 to 5 p.m. for music, dancing, games and other festivities  as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.


October 16

Candidates Night Out

The Carle Place Civic Association will be hosting its annual Candidates Night Out. Several county and town candidates will discuss their platforms at the Carle Place High School North Cafe at 8 p.m.


October 19

Long Island Weight Loss Challenge Kickoff

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Pi Pi Omega and Theta Iota Omega Chapters) will be holding the first Long Island Weight Loss Challenge. At this kickoff event, you can register on your own, or with a team of five. You can also get nutritional, health and exercise information. Registration is $20 per team member, and all proceeds will go to a charity of the winning team. At the “Yes We Can” Community Center, 141 Garden Street in Westbury from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit www.akathetaiotaomega.com.

Wine Tasting

Stew Leonard’s Wines of Carle Place will offer a Grand Tasting of more 100 wines from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.   The wines, which will be set up on stations around the store, will be sampled to the public to taste free of charge.  Wines representing twelve countries will be offered that day, including wines that are not commonly featured during in-store tastings. At 221 Glen Cove Road. Call 516-742-2588 for more information.


October 22

Carle Place Fundraiser

The Carle Place Education Foundation is having a fundraiser at Hicks Nursery. Admission is $5. There will be refreshments, music and free pumpkins for kids. From 7 to 9:30 p.m.


October 24-26

Carle Place Homecoming

The varsity football game against Cold Spring Harbor will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.


October 26

Westbury Homecoming

The parade starts at noon and kickoff for the varsity football game against Bellmore/JFK will be at 2 p.m.

Westbury Senior Citizen’s Annual Bazaar

Come to the Village Community Center at 360 Post Avenue for handcrafted gifts, jewelry, ceramics, knitted and crocheted items, lunch, homemade baked goods and more. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


October 27

Family Fun Run

The Carle Place Civic Association will be hosting their 34th annual Family Fun Run/Walk Day on Sunday, Oct. 27 starting at 1 p.m. The 3 mile marked race starts in front of Carle Place High school and there will be six runner age categories (participants must be in fifth grade or older). Medals, certificates and ribbons will be awarded. The registration fee is $10. Registration will take place in the main lobby of the high school on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon, and the day of the race from 10 a.m. to noon. You can also mail in the registration form found at www.cpcivicassociation.com/page4/page4.html no later than Oct. 20. Families must register together. For more information, visit www.cpcivicassociation.com/page3/page3.html.


Ongoing

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns

See over 5,000 hand-carved Jack O’Lanterns light up the night at the Old Westbury Gardens. Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns features the work dozens of local artists and sculptors in a unique walk-through experience that’s suitable for visitors of all ages. Advanced tickets are required and there are a limited number of tickets available per day and time. Tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets for adults (13-64) are $18-20, child (3-12) and senior (65 and older) are $16-$18 and children 2 and under are free. The Rise will be open Oct. 11-13, 17-20, 24-27 and Nov. 1-3. More information and tickets are available at www.therise.org.

Fall Festival

The Fall Festival at Hicks Nurseries includes hayrides, farm animals, the cider tent, roasted corn, popcorn, fudge apples and autumn flowers. Roasted corn will be sold until Oct. 27. Saturday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 31.

Farmer’s Market

New Cassel Farmers’ Market is an investment in yourself, your family, and your community. Our market provides farm-fresh, local produce to customers at an affordable price and acts as a gathering place where neighbors can come together, share recipes, watch a cooking demonstration and enjoy fun activities and events for the entire family. New Cassel Farmers’ Market, operated by Unified New Cassel Community Revitalization Corp., is open every Saturday through Nov. 23 from 11 – 4 p.m. or until sold out in the parking lot of First Baptist Cathedral located at 212 Garden Street, Westbury. Volunteers needed/Vendor space available. For more information, Call 984-0230 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

News

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

In Farmingdale, school district officials have been vigilant in their efforts to combat the virus. 


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


Calendar

Networking Event - October 29

Halloween Parade - October 31

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair - November 2


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