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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

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.


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