Written by Daniel Offner Saturday, 28 December 2013 00:00
For many, getting into the holiday spirit simply means waiting in long lines for a last minute sale, putting up lavish decorations in and around the house, watching a marathon of holiday classics, singing carols around the fireplace, or just enjoying a tall glass of eggnog that you managed to sneak away with, without your Great Aunt noticing.
But, Christmas is really a season of giving… and perhaps nobody knows how to get into the giving spirit better than Karen Feinberg of Bethpage.
Each year, Feinberg creates and donates homemade holiday gifts for about 30 children with the Family and Children’s Association—a non-for-profit agency that helps protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.
“A number of years ago I was looking to donate some clothes to an organization in my community and to get involved,” said Feinberg, 64. “I found Family and Children’s Association, where I met a wonderful group of women who work there… and I told them I wanted to do something more.”
With a shared passion for sewing, Feinberg, along with her mother, Eleanor Werner, started out by stitching together pillowcases for the children. And, as time went on, they started to include fleece blankets and quilts.
During the year leading up to the Christmas holiday, Feinberg and her mother would work on their own creations and eventually they started to include stuffed animals and children’s books to match their quilts. Feinberg’s granddaughter, Hayley, also joined in to help them make pillowcases, purchase stuffed animals and when the holidays arrived, help pack and deliver everything.
“It feels good to be able to make a difference and use a talent for a good purpose and to do it with those you love,” Feinberg said.
Although Werner passed away last year, Feinberg said she intends to continue doing what they started together because it makes her feel closer to her mother. In addition, she said she plans to carry forward the tradition, as it is a joy for her to be able to share her designs with the kids of the Family and Children’s Association in Mineola.
“Karen Feinberg is a long-time supporter of the Family and Children’s Association and a shining example of how one can use her or his gifts and passions for the benefit of those in need,” said Joyce Mullen, the director of marketing and communications for the Family and Children’s Association. “We are extremely grateful to Ms. Feinberg for her generosity and for the love she sews into each gift she makes; she and others like her who support our mission are the cornerstones of charity on Long Island.”
This year, Feinberg—with help from her granddaughter—donated her homemade quilts and stuffed animals for about 30 kids with the Family and Children’s Association.
“Everyone I have met at Family and Children’s Association has been wonderful and it is great to hear the stories of the children who have received our creations,” Feinberg said. “I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to do this.”
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
It may have been a polar vortex outside, but inside Farmingdale’s Village hall things were heating up with the first annual Winter wonderland. Close to 800 people filled the village hall over two hours on a frigid Wednesday evening to eat, laugh, and mingle with Main
Street’s finest, the business owners. While K 98.3 played music outside, inside the wonderful aromas of a variety of hot food from the local restaurants filled the air. There were rice balls, and chicken picatta, pastas and meat balls supplied by Cascarino’s and Palmer’s
Grill, along with Shepard’s pie, hot wings from Croxley’s Ale House. The guacamole from Caracara Mexican Grill was so fresh and delicious it would make a Texan jealous. There were 37 business represented all giving away free samples, food, and discounts to a packed crowd ranging in age from infants to seniors.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Farmingdale, East Meadow, Massapequa and Levittown school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
On an uncharacteristically beautiful, Feb. 23, the local running community responded in a big way. Between 450 and 500 people showed up at the Runner’s Edge in Farmingdale for the annual Winter Fun Run co-sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone (center) recently attended the Farmingdale Firehawks Football Luncheon at Carlyle On The Green in Farmingdale. The Farmingdale Hawks players ages 5 to 13, along with their coaches, parents and team moms all attended the luncheon to show their support and receive annual awards. Pictured behind the players from left to right are Board Members Bob McCormic and Tim Greco, Village Trustee Patricia A. Christainsen, Village Trustee Cheryl Parisi, Nassau County Legislator Michael Venditto, President Bob Dentato, Councilman Macagnone, Vice President Regina Mott, and Board Members Mike Ippolitti, Andrew Frigerio, and Steve Licata.
— Submitted by The Town of Oyster Bay