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Ladies Night Out
Friday, May 4

AARP Chapter #5224 Floral Park
Monthly Events

Citizen’s Party of FP
Monthly Events


Saturday, April 28

Over the River And Through the Woods

Get ready to laugh out loud as Nick – a young, single Italian-American from New Jersey – announces his plans to move away to both sets of grandparents, whom he visits for dinner every Sunday. As the grandparents cook, conspire and cajole him to stay, Nick gets to know and love them even more. 8 p.m. Also on April 29 at 2:30 p.m. at the BroadHollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. Box office 516-775-4420. Advance tickets are $23 adults; $21 seniors; $18 students; $14 for youth (under 12). All tickets are $25 at the door. Group rates available. Call 631-581-2700 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for group information.

Aladdin

Welcome to Agrabah, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail. All of your favorite characters are here including Aladdin, Jasmine and, of course, the genie. 2 p.m. at the BroadHollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. Box office: 516-775-4420. Tickets are $10. Group rates available. Call 631-581-2700 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for group information.


Sunday, April 29

Benefit Concert

The annual Benefit Concert of Bremervoerder Chorus will be held at 3 p.m. with Songs of the Old and New Heimats in Jaeger Halle of Park Restaurant, 1032 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square. Donation $10. Buffet dinner for $38 with cash bar open to attendees at 5 p.m. in the restaurant. Call Elsie Bulgrin for reservations 718-746-8862.


Friday, May 4

Ladies Night Out

The Floral Park Woman’s Club will hold its Ladies Night Out at St. Elisabeth’s Church, Harvard St., Floral Park, at 7 p.m. Come and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, tasty desserts, wine, soda, coffee and tea. After enjoying these refreshments, tables of four or more are available to play cards, games of your choice, or visit with friends. Fabulous prizes are available at our raffle tables. The cost is $15. For reservations and directions call Pat, 516-775-8496. Reservations are to be made by April 29. Proceeds from this function will be added to the club’s Scholarship Fund.


Saturday, May 5

Photography And American Sign Language

Beginning today, students who are proficient in American Sign Language can learn about photography from award-winning deaf photographer Alnoe T. Paler. This exciting, one-of-a-kind workshop merges the worlds of photography and American Sign Language. Students will be introduced to the art of photography, including subject matter, composition, and lighting. At the conclusion of the workshop, students have the opportunity to participate in a photography exhibit showcasing the talent of the members of the deaf community. The four-week course will be offered on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Hofstra University, Hempstead. For more information, call 516-463-7200 or visit ce.hofstra.edu/asl.

Concert On The Quad

The D’Addario Community Music Appreciation Initiative and the Hofstra University Music Department will present a free outdoor concert from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on Hofstra’s South Campus, Hempstead. Admission is free. For more information call the Hofstra Music Department, 516-463-5490. The concert will feature an eclectic mix of jazz, classical music and new compositions by Hofstra students and alumni. Participating groups include the Hofstra Jazz Ensemble directed by David Lalama; The Hofstra String Quintet directed by Alexander Sharpe; and the Hofstra Alumni Nonet directed by Gary Henderson. In addition the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble of the Nassau Suffolk Performing Arts is scheduled to perform.


Saturday, May 12

Gary Ferrar’s Ah! Real Magic!

In a performance geared toward children and families, Gary Ferrar will guide audiences through the world of magic, performing everything from stage illusions to close-up magic. His high-energy show gets everyone involved, no matter how young or old. 2 p.m. at the BroadHollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. Box office: 516-775-4420. Tickets are $10. Group rates available. Call 631-581-2700 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for group information.

Damn Yankees

Light, fast-paced, devilishly clever and with plenty of “heart,” Damn Yankees is a home-run hit whose All-American subject matter and sense of humor have had audiences in stitches. Great songs and characters fill this masterful theatrical journey which encompasses the American dream…baseball and family. Performances (through May 27): Wednesday, May 16 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays 2:30 p.m. at the BroadHollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. Box office 516-775-4420. Advance tickets are $25 adults; $23 seniors; $18 students; $14 for youth (under 12). All tickets are $28 at the door. Box office: 516-775-4420. Group rates available. Call 631-581-2700 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for group information.


Upcoming Event

6th Biennial Sojourn To West Africa

10-day cultural trip to Ghana, West Africa, Aug. 4-14, 2012. Visits to cultural sites: W.E.B. Dubois Center for Pan-African Culture, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Elmina/Cape Coast Slave Castles – Door of No Return, River of the Last Bath/Assin Manso, Kakum National Park, Kumasi (Seat of the Ashanti Empire), Manhyia Palace. Ashanti Craft Villages: Ahwiaa (Wood Carving Village), Ntonso (Adinkra Textile Printing Village), Bonwire (Kente Weaving Village). Akosombo Dam, Boat Cruise on the Volta Lake – largest man-made lake in the world, Torgome Village for Naming Ceremony, shopping galore. For further information contact Pat Jenkins This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-997-6585.


Weekly Events

•Gam-Anon, an anonymous organization for spouses, adult children over 18, family and friends whose lives have been affected by a gambling problem. Meets Mondays at the Jewish Community Center of W. Hempstead, 711 Dogwood Ave., W. Hempstead. For information call 321-2883.

•Triple Bingo every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bellerose Jewish Center, 254-04 Union Tpke., Floral Park. Win up to $3,000.

•Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of the Barber Shop Harmony Society invites any man who is interested in singing barbershop harmony to join them any Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. in the Church of the Advent Winthrop Hall, 555 Advent St. (one block east of Post Ave.; two blocks south of Jericho Tpke.), Westbury. Call George Seelinger 333-0803.

•Bingo. Robert Van Cott American Legion Post #1139, 734 Woodfield Rd., West Hempstead, hosts a weekly Bingo game Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. Early bird and game specials.

•Boy Scout Troop 158. Queens Village for boys ages 10 to 18 meets at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 92-10 217th St., Queens Village, every Friday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Call Mr. LeVine 1-781-465-5522 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Monthly Events

•Look Good...Feel Better, sponsored by LIJ Medical Center in association with the National Cosmetology Association, the Toiletry Fragrance Association and the American Cancer Society. The program reaches out to women with cancer and teaches them how to best apply makeup and wear their hair while undergoing cancer treatment. Meets on the second Monday of every month at LIJ Medical Center, 27005 76th Ave., New Hyde Park. Reservations suggested, but not required. Call Harriet Pine or Selma Robinton 718-470-7094. All women who attend receive a makeup kit filled with brand-name cosmetics valued at over $200.

AARP Chapter #5224 Floral Park meets on the third Monday of the month at the Floral Park Recreation Center. For further information call Marge Vance, president, 354-4296.

•Family Promise Of NC. Are you concerned about helping homeless families in our local communities? You are invited to meetings for Family Promise of Nassau County, Inc., the third Monday of every month, at 7:30 p.m. at the New Hyde Park Baptist Church, 635 New Hyde Park Rd., NHP (352-9672 ). All congregations invited: Churches, synagogues, mosques and NC residents. The need is great. Call Family Promise at 684-9833.

•Stewart Manor Auxiliary Police Unit 105 is currently having an ongoing Recruitment Drive. Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month at the Village Hall, 120 Covert Ave. (side entrance on Chester Ave.). Those interested should call Sgt. Jerry Ortell 775-5126 to find out more.

•Garden City Ski Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays through April (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 1000 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park. Social events, trips to our lodge in Vermont, and skiing in a variety of areas throughout the West and New England. Ages 21 and over, please. For additional info and schedules visit www. gardencityskiclub.com or call 872-1448.

•Order Sons Of Italy meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall, Lincoln Rd., Franklin Square. There are also entertaining programs and refreshments and food are served free at every meeting. Call Sal Palmeri 328-0333 for an application.

•Citizen’s Party of FP meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the American Legion Hall. To become a member, residents are invited to visit www.fpcitizensparty.com or call 775-2940.

•Your Widows/Widowers Social Group, a nonsectarian, nonprofit organization of widows and widowers ages 50 to 70 years of age. Fee for members is $3, nonmembers $5. Meets at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 5th St. and Franklin Ave., Garden City, on the third Wednesday of each month. Call Denise 488-4597. No meeting at the church during July and August.

•FP Arthritis Support Group meetings will be held on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Floral Park Library, Tulip Ave. and Carolina Pl., Floral Park. Call the Arthritis Foundation 427-8272.

•LI Junior Chamber of Commerce. The LIJC 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 .

•Free/Low Cost Health Insurance. The residents of communities served by Mercy Medical Center will have the opportunity to apply for free or low cost health insurance for children, families and adults up to age 64 on the first Thursday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m. in Mercy’s Main Lobby. Staff from Catholic Charities of LI will assist you and your children applying for Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid Health Insurance Programs. The bi-lingual enrollers will screen adults for income eligibility for the state’s health insurance program Family Health Plus. Children are eligible for Child Health Plus. These programs cover medical check-ups, hospitalization, emergency care, prescriptions, vision and dental care.

•Zonta Club of LI, a member of Zonta International, a worldwide service organization with a local club. Members help advance the status of women and are involved in many community service activities. The name Zonta is a word taken from the Sioux and stands for honesty, trust, inspiration and the ability to work together for service and understanding. At meetings members discuss and learn about issues facing women, develop and conduct fun fundraising that benefits community programs and network with Zonta International programs. The club meets at a monthly dinner meeting in New Hyde Park on the third Thursday of each month. Call Kathy Rau 488-2796.

•Art League Of NC monthly meeting and demonstration by a guest artist. Meets on the fourth Friday of each month at the New Hyde Park Recreation Center, Clinton G. Martin Park, Marcus Ave. and NHP Rd., NHP (near Union Tpke.) at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited. Refreshments served. Call 437-0919. Nonmembers $2. No meetings in June, July, August, December.


Ongoing Programs

The Art Club

Has year round classes all taught by a professional. Classes for the littlest artist to the more serious, adult classes too. Call for more information at 742-7662 or go onto the web at thegardenartstudio.com.

Safe Boating Courses

Safe Boating Courses, free vessel safety checks and more from America’s Boating Club, the United States Power Squadrons. With 18 squadrons around Long Island, there’s one near you. Visit WeBoatSafe.org or call 1-800-341-8777 for more information.

Help for Seniors

Are you a senior who would like help paying for your Medicare benefits and prescription drugs? Free assistance is only a phone call away if you qualify for extra help because of limited income. There may be a way to alleviate some of the cost of Medicare – deductibles and coinsurance, Part B premiums, prescription drug plans (Part D). Reducing monthly premiums, annual deductibles and co-payments, aiding with coverage gaps (the doughnut hole). To learn more call an LIS/HHS (Low Income Subsidy from U.S. Dept. of HHS) counselor from Family & Children’s, a community of caring. 485-3425, ext. 222.

At The Bellerose Jewish Center

Located at 254-04 Union Tpke., Floral Park. Call 718-343-9001:

•Free Jewish education for kindergarten and Sunday School children. A thorough religious curriculum with experienced teachers for third grade to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah is also provided.

•The Renaissance Group. A nonsectarian group of men and women who have lost a dear one. Dialogue and an exchange of ideas can be helpful. Call for date of the next meeting.

Senior Programs

The following programs regularly serve all residents of Nassau County (call the NC Dept. of Senior Citizen Affairs 571-4330):

•Employment Referrals for Seniors. The NC Dept. of Senior Citizen Affairs is a resource to employers seeking qualified workers and to mature job seekers, 55+, who want assistance with employment and résumé preparation. Services are free of charge.

•The Foster Grandparents Program is recruiting senior volunteers to share their time and love with children in Nassau County. Volunteers receive a non-reportable stipend, transportation reimbursement, paid holidays, sick days and vacation days.

•If you are 55+, make your spare time count. Join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a national organization, and share your talents and skills at one of the many diversified placements.

Stroke Support Groups

Stroke Life Society is a community organization of survivors and co-survivors in the pursuit of living and helping others. A stroke can be very isolating. By sharing experiences and encouraging one another, together we can face and overcome common challenges. All welcome. RSVP is requested but not required. For information and other locations and times, call Ben Thomas 398-4994. Go to www.strokelife.org.

•Every first Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. in Room 12, St. Frances de Chantal, 1309 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh.

•Every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh.

•Every second Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Epilepsy Conference Room, Research Building Level C, 270-05 76th Ave., New Hyde Park.

•Every third Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Parish Center, 3100 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown.

•Every fourth Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Room 106, St. James Parish Center, 80 Hicksville Rd., Seaford.


Thrift Shop

Franklin Hospital Medical Center’s Thrift Shop, 138 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

News

TV studio enhances web presence, wins awards

Lights. Camera. Action. These are the words you may hear if you are in Floral Park’s village hall. 

 

For almost two decades Floral Park has been home to Four Village Studio (4VS), a local community television station serving the four-village area.  

The community station airs a variety of programs hosted by residents, a community billboard and its own weather station. However, according to Operations Manager James Green, this is not the only goal of the studio.

Senator Jack Martins mentioned education, business and drug use among other topics in a recent interview with the Floral Park Dispatch. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. 

Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped foster to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.


Calendar

Spirit Day - September 20

Town Stop - September 21

Sewanhaka Central - September 23


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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