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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

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



Columns

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