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Weed and Feed II
Friday, September 29

The Emperor’s New Clothes
Saturday, October 13

Defensive Driving Courses
Upcoming Events


Thursday, September 27

Long Island Fair

The Long Island Fair begins Thursday, Sept. 27 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Corn husking contests, farm animals, games, crafts, vegetables, flower sales, and more. Visit www.lifair.org or call 516-572-8416 for more information. Fair runs through Sunday, Sept. 30.


Friday, September 29

Weed and Feed II

Back by popular demand. Spend some time gardening and getting the Sanctuary in shape. Enjoy hot dogs and refreshments. From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. At the Garden City Bird Sanctuary and Tanners Pond Environmental Center, located opposite 181 Tanners Pond Rd., in Garden City. For more information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Sunday, September 30

Country-Western Party

A Country-Western party will be hosted by the Nassau & Queens Chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. The party will be held in the Parish Hall of the Church of St Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh. The facility is completely accessible. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children under 16, and includes food, beverages, music and line dancing lessons. For more information call Cathy at 718-849-0952. No tickets will be sold at the door.


Sunday, October 7

North Shore Land Alliance Fall Walk

Join North Shore Land Alliance and Naturalist Peter Martin for an early fall stroll at Norman J. Levy Park & Preserve in Merrick at 2 p.m. Experience the wonder of early autumn foliage and fall migrating birds with Peter at this magnificent 52-acre former landfill. Bring the kids. The program is free. Registration is encouraged. To register and for directions please contact North Shore Land Alliance at 516-626-0908 or visit: walksinthewoods @northshorelandalliance.org.

Free Rabies Vaccine for Pets

The Last Hope Animal Rescue will be hosting a free rabies vaccine clinic for dogs and cats from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Last Hope Adoption Center, 3300 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh. All Long Island pet owners are eligible; no appointment necessary. All pets must be at least 4 months old. Dogs must be leashed and cats need to be in carriers. In addition, Last Hope is offering canine and feline distemper combination shots at the discounted price of $12 per vaccine. For questions call 516-223-6673 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit: www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org.


Thursday, October 11

Benefit Event For The Animal Cancer Foundation

Join Pet Sitters Club, Inc. along with Cara and James Preissler and The Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) Board of Directors as they jointly host a fundraiser event featuring great food, raffle prizes and fun photo favors provided by the Main Event. The funds raised through this event will be utilized to support ACF’s mission of funding research in the study, prevention and treatment of cancers that occur in both people and pets. The event will be from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Northport Yacht Club. Tickets are $90 ($44 of which is a tax deductible donation to The Animal Cancer Foundation). For more information about this event or to make a donation please visit http://www.petsitclub.com/acfevent/ or call 516-466-5617.


Saturday, October 13

Annual Walk For Epilepsy

The Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island sponsored by B.FIT, will hold its Annual Walk for Epilepsy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eisenhower Park, Field 6/6A, East Meadow. Registration fee is $25 before Oct. 13 and $30 on the day of the event (children under 12 are free). Register at www.efli.org. Late registrations will be accepted on the day of the walk from 9 to 10 a.m. Donations will also be accepted at this time. The walk begins at 10 a.m. ending approximately at 11 a.m., followed by a concert with music provided by “The Vinyl Plane,” and others. For more information www.efli.org or call Dolores Frederick at the Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island 516-739-7733 ext. 155.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Nassau Community College Department of Theatre and Dance presents the children’s musical The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Mainstage Theatre, 1 Education Dr., Garden City. Performances are at 2 p.m. each day, except for Oct.19, when it will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9/$6 for 12 and under. Rush tickets for college students with valid ID are free for the Oct. 9, 7 p.m. performance only. For more information call the Theatre Box Office at 516-572-7676. Additional show dates: Oct. 14, 19, 20, 21, 27 and 28.


Upcoming Events

Volunteers Sought for Breast Cancer Program

If you’ve had breast cancer and want to pay it forward become a hotline volunteer. Women and men who are breast cancer survivors and others who are concerned about breast health issues can become volunteers at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program in Garden City. Volunteers can help by doing fundraising and publicity, as well as by answering hotline calls. Hotline volunteers provide emotional support, information and referral services to callers with breast health concerns. Although the program is housed on Long Island, hotline services and telephone counseling are available to callers throughout New York State. The next five-session training cycle will be starting at the end of September 2012 at the Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. For more information call Caroline Mulcahy at 516- 877-4315. To reach the Hotline from anywhere in New York State, call 1-800-877-8077.

Creative Cups

The popular, life-affirming event of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is returning and people are invited to participate by creating an “art bra” or becoming a sponsor. Submitted creations must be received by Oct. 15 to be included in the auction/gala (to be held on March 14, 2013 at Adelphi University in Garden City). Those wishing to create a bra are encouraged to sign up early, as entrants will be limited to 200. Creative Cups celebrates the lives of those living with breast cancer and those lost to this terrible disease. For more information, guidelines and to register, visit www.adelphi.edu/creative-cups or call 800-877-8077.

Defensive Driving Courses

Six-hour course conducted by the AAA NY in the Garden City office located at 229 7th St. Save money; reduce violation points; sharpen skills. The cost is $39 for AAA members; $32 Plus members; $32 members 60 and older; $32 members 16-24 years old; $49 nonmembers; special group rates available. Dates and rates subject to change. Online class available. Visit AAA.com/DefensiveDriving. Reservations required. Call 873-2381. The following dates are offered:

• Sept 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fall Events At The Garden City Bird Sanctuary and Tanners Pond Environmental Center

Community members are invited to join and volunteer at The Garden City Bird Sanctuary and Tanners Pond Environmental Center (TPEC). If you would like to volunteer or need more information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Garden City Bird Sanctuary and Tanners Pond Environmental Center (TPEC) is located opposite 181 Tanners Pond Rd., in Garden City. Upcoming events:

•Oct. 13: Members and Friends Appreciation Event: Wine and cheese reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at 44 Fenimore Ave., Garden City. Event is free. RSVP required to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Oct. 5.

•Oct. 20: GCHS Homecoming and Street Fair. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. Buy a T-shirt, coffee mug, and tickets to Halloween Fest. Renew your membership.

•Oct. 21: Setup for Annual Halloween Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Get those spider webs out of the attic and help get the trails ready for Haunted Hikes.


Ongoing Events

Free Breast Cancer Support Groups

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer program is offering new support groups. There is no cost for any group; however pre-registration is required. Additional groups are formed upon request, including groups for men with breast cancer and family members. All groups meet at Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. For more information call Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW, at 516-877-4314, or the Breast Cancer Hotline at 800-877-8077.

Starting October 1:

•Support group for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for women post treatment will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for young women with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for women with metastatic breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Starting October 2:

•A telephone support group for women with breast cancer will be held weekly for eight weeks from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Furniture Needed

The A.T. Stewart Exchange Consignment Shop, 109 Eleventh St., Garden City, is looking for furniture to add to its inventory. The shop can use cocktail tables, end tables, consoles, chairs of all types, dressers, dining room tables, breakfronts, servers, secretaries, mirrors, etc....it’s all in demand. If you have a particularly large piece, take a picture, and show it to Kris or Jill at the shop (516 746-8900). Consignees get 50 percent of the selling price. Parking is convenient because the shop is located on the lower level of the Garden City Historical Museum.

Dance Classes

Learn the art of social and ballroom dancing with professional dance instructors. Singles and couples welcome. Beginners and advanced. At Kismet, 18 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. Fridays from noon to 3:30 p.m. Lesson is $10. Social dancing takes place at 12:30 p.m. Chicken, salads, bagels, cream cheese, and pastries. DJ, singles and couples areas, singles introduced, dance hosts, large dance floor. A donation of $14 includes group lesson. Dates: Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26. For more information call 718-332-7825 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Board Meetings

Cultural And Recreational Affairs Board Of Commissioners meets on the first Tuesday of each month (except July and August) at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Senior Center.

Architectural Design Review Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. at Village Hall.

Zoning Board Of Appeals meets at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Planning Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall.

Environmental Advisory Board meets at 8 p.m. at Village Hall on the last Wednesday (except July and August) of each month.

Traffic Commission meets on the third Thursday (except July and August) of each month at 8 p.m. at Village Hall.


Weekly Events

•Waldorf Choral Society. Do you love to sing? Rehearsals are every Monday from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Waldorf School, Cambridge Ave., Garden City. For audition information call 747-4457.

•Irish American Society Social Gatherings every Monday at the Irish American Center, 297 Willis Ave., Mineola, from noon to 3 p.m. In the tradition and mission of the Irish American Society we are here to make all welcome and be part of the local community. Bring lunch. Coffee and tea will be served. Play cards, board games or just sit and socialize. A film once a month. Ladies and gents welcome. Free to all. Call Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 746-9392 or 742-8080.

•Long Term Care Workshop, a free informative workshop conducted by Jim McTighe of McTighe & Capaccio, LLC, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at 1001 Franklin Ave., Suite 207, Garden City. Workshops are limited to no more than 10 people. Bagels and coffee served. Reservations only; call Terry 739-1240, ext. 312.

•Free Prenatal Consultations offered by Village Pediatrics, 975 Franklin Ave., Garden City, on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Parents are invited to meet the physicians prior to the child’s birth. Call 248-8334 for an appointment.

•LI Chess Nuts meets at 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City, Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for K to third grade and Fridays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for fourth grade and up. Optional lessons for beginners and advanced players available at 4 and 5:30 p.m. For more information call Margarita Lanides at 739-3907.

•Storytime every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Barnes and Noble, Country Glen Center, 91 Old Country Rd., Carle Place. Call 741-9850 for information.

•Anxiety And Depression Group, a free self-help group for anxiety, panic disorder, depression, OCD and other nervous fears now meets every Thursdays at 8 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, corner of Chester Ave. and New Hyde Park Rd., Garden City. Through the Recovery International process, members learn to manage stress, panic, anxiety, depression, anger, irrational fears, phobias, compulsions, obsessions and other emotional or behavioral problems. Members also learn how to face and manage psychosomatic symptoms such as heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, sweats, fatigue, headaches, numbness, chest pressure and sleep problems. All group leaders are trained lay volunteers who have experienced some type of difficulty with an emotional problem and practice the Recovery International method of self-help. Call Steve 652-8560 or visit www.recovery-inc.org.


Monthly Events

•Write On! Writing Workshop hosted by Marvin Illman on the first and third Mondays of each month. Sharpen your skills on paper whether you want to write creatively, professionally or personally. 7:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, Country Glen Center, 91 Old Country Rd., Carle Place. Call 741-9850 for information.

•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.

•Calling All War Time Veterans (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq). VFW Garden City Park Post #120 invites you to become a member. Meet new service buddies, share experiences and become involved in your community. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at 2162 Jericho Tpke., Garden City Park. Call Cmdr. G. Popowitz 746-0662.

•Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) was founded in 1978, is congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA Chapter #82 is your Nassau County Chapter and meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. at Hicksville’s VFW Hall. Call 677-5384 for further information or contact us by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Come and join your fellow Vietnam veteran in support of each other.

•Irish American Society meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. at 297 Willis Ave., Mineola. For more information, call 746-9392.

•Garden City Ski Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays, September 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.

•Round Robin Poetry Group. Indulge in an evening of poetry readings hosted by Carol Zimet and her loyal group of poets. Anyone who would like to read his/her original work is invited to sit in and join the group. The warm and accepting atmosphere makes it easy to open up and join in. Meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, Country Glen Center, 91 Old Country Rd., Carle Place. Call 741-9850 to confirm the event.

•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.

•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 Diana 516-481-9280. No meeting at the church during July and August.

•LI Junior Chamber Of Commerce 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 .

•Zonta Club Of LI, 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 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.

•LI Tourette Syndrome Association Support groups for those who have family members or other loved ones with Tourette Syndrome meet from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month at the DeMatteis Center, north side of Northern Blvd., Old Brookville (directly opposite the NY Institute of Technology campus). There are three separate support groups running simultaneously: one group for children, one for teens and one for parents/adults. Siblings of TS children are also invited. Free for LI-TSA members. For further information, call 876-6947 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•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.

•Ethical Issues In The News will be presented by the Ethical Humanist Society of LI on the first Sunday of each month at 10 a.m. at the society, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. Call 741-7304.


Ongoing Programs

Free Hotline For Those Dealing with Addiction

Anyone who has experienced a loved one suffering from addiction knows all too well that it affects more people than just the addicted; everyone close to a person addicted to drugs or alcohol feels the effects. Residents of Nassau County who are dealing with or affected by drug or alcohol addiction are urged to urged to call the NC Dept. of Drug and Alcohol Addiction’s free, anonymous 24/7 hotline, run by Long Island Crisis Center, at 481-4000.

Alzheimer’s Day Program

Herricks Alzheimer’s Day Program “Our Space.” This social day program serves seniors with early to moderate dementia and offers them a chance to engage in social and recreational activities including music, art and exercise in a safe, supervised environment. At the same time, the caregiver can enjoy a respite. The program meets on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Herricks Community Center, 999 Herricks Rd., New Hyde Park. Co-sponsored by the NC Dept. of Senior Citizen Affairs. Call Ann Tountas 742-0851.

Anger Management

Contact Lani McElgun, M.A., LMFT, at 520 Franklin Ave., Suite 213, Garden City, or call 428-1167 for information on the following: Group: Turn angry behaviors into more productive ones; learn healthier ways to communicate with spouse, children, co-workers. Individual: Combine individual therapy and anger management techniques. Both are held on a weekly basis and facilitated by a licensed marriage and family therapist, also certified in anger management. Court mandates welcome.

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.

Bereavement Groups

Contact Catherine Bottari, LCSW, at 500 Old Country Rd., Suite 300, Garden City, or call 732-6964 for information on the following:

•Group 1: A woman’s bereavement group is available to help women share and learn about their grief. Groups are held on a weekly basis and are facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker.

•Group 2: The death of a love one is hard for all of us but especially for children. A 12-week bereavement support group is available for children ages 7 to 9. Groups will be held on Saturdays and are facilitated by a licensed social worker.

Career Development Workshop

Circulo’s Career Services workshop prepares you for the challenges of finding and holding a job - while emphasizing goal centered career development. You are prepared for short and long term success by focusing on development essential job search skills in the context of employer’s decision making - or hiring process. This workshop will cover everything needed to get started and/or to improve on an already established work history. Professional career counseling, job search and internship placement are available upon workshop completion. All services are free. Workshops begin every second Tuesday of the month and meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays. English 2 to 5 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m. Spanish 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 91 N. Franklin St., Hempstead. Call 292-2433.

Cradle Of Aviation Museum

In the world of aviation, signals and coded messages are an important part of how airplanes and air traffic control speak everyday. The Cradle of Aviation Museum has a variety of free family activities. Walk through the eight museum galleries and you’ll walk through over 100 years of aerospace history with 75 planes and space craft and a variety of examples of how pilots navigated and communicated from the early days of flight through the space program. Museum activities are free with admission and are available each day from noon to 4 p.m. The museum also is home to the IMAX Dome Theatre and is located on Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Museum Row. Call 572-4111.

Creativity Classes For Women

City Folk, Inc., 45 New Hyde Park Rd. (one block south of St. Anne’s Church), Garden City, offers Creativity Classes for women. It’s a great opportunity to have fun, while experiencing your creative side. Learn many different craft techniques in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Create a one of a kind craft project that is uniquely your own. No experience needed, just a desire to have fun. Each class includes a demonstration, lesson and supplies needed to complete the project. “Creativity Night” is also offered. Bring your group or club together for an exciting evening out. Select one project from samples, then choose the evening that works best for them. The program is held weeknights at 7 p.m. Reservations required. Call 326-4544 or stop by for more details and class fees.

Help For Domestic Violence Victims

The NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers help and support to victims of domestic violence. The coalition operates the only Safe Home in the county. The Safe Home is a place where victims can enjoy security and a haven from violence. In the Safe Home setting, families can begin to plan their futures, and gain insight into the violence, upheaval and loss that they have suffered. The services offered to residents afford them the opportunity for personal growth, mutual support, and an end to the isolation they have experienced. Children receive special assistance at the Safe Home. The coalition’s Children’s Services Project makes it possible by providing them with an opportunity to break the cycle of violence they have witnessed observing their parents. If you are a victim of domestic violence, know that the abuse is not your fault and you are not alone. The NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence can help you. The 24-hour hotline is staffed by counselors who can give you the information and support you need. Call the hotline any time at 542-0404. For more information about the coalition, call the main office 465-4700 or visit www.cadvnc.org.

Elder Abuse

If you are 60 or older and are being hurt by someone who should be caring, you are not alone. If you are suffering from abuse, mistreatment or neglect at the hands of family members or someone who is living with you, help is available. The NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers counseling, legal advocacy and support services to seniors in need of help. All services are free and confidential. Call 542-0404. The Coalition is a member agency of the Community Chest of Port Washington, Garden City, Community Fund, United Community Fund of Great Neck and United Way of LI.

Epilepsy Foundation

Located at 506 Stewart Ave., Garden City (739-7733) the following is offered:

•Free Puppet Show on Seizure Disorder. A free children’s program on epilepsy using the internationally acclaimed “Kids on the Block” troupe of puppets to public and private elementary schools. These shows are appropriate for the 3rd and 4th grades levels but can be tailored to your needs. Programs are also available for junior and senior high classes. Help us foster a climate of acceptance, understanding and compassion in our schools for all. Call Janet Romeo, ext. 145.

•Support Groups. Do you have seizures? Are you having difficulty with jobs, relationships, etc.? Are you isolating from your family and friends? If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, we have group for you. Call Jennifer Colbert, CSW, ext. 400.

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 our 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.

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 a LIS/HHS (Low Income Subsidy from US Dept. of HHS) counselor from Family & Children’s, a community of caring. 485-3425, ext. 222.

You Have Options!

In 1982 Options for Community Living, Inc., was established to help respond to the need for supportive housing for people living with mental illness. As the Mental Health Residential Program continued to expand, Options began serving homeless families as an emergency shelter provider in 1990. A few years later, Options opened a comprehensive case management and housing program for Long Islanders with HIV/AIDS. A small not-for-profit organization with humble beginnings has since grown to serve over 800 individuals and families with special needs across Long Island. With offices in Hempstead, Smithtown and Riverhead, help is easily accessible. For more information or to offer support call 631-361-9020. Visit www.optionscl.org.

School Closings And Delayed Openings

Will be posted on the Garden City Public Schools website at: www.gardencity.k12.ny.us and will also be available on the following stations: WCBS 880 AM; WOR 710 AM; WGBB 1240 AM; WALK 1370 AM; WINS 1010 AM; WHLI 1100 AM; WKJY 98.3 FM; television News 12 LI. Please do not contact the Police or Fire Departments for confirmation about school closings.

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 resume 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.

Sons Of Italy

Order Sons of Italy in America is seeking new members to join the America Lodge #2245, Franklin Square, Elmont, West Hempstead, Floral Park, Garden City, Stewart Manor and Malverne. A membership drive is currently in progress. The America Lodge #2245 is a co-ed lodge with many projects that enhance the preservation of the members’ Italian heritage. The lodge raises funds for contributions to worthy charities. Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall, Lincoln Rd., Franklin Square. There are entertaining programs, refreshments and food served free at every meeting. Call Sal Palmeri 328-0333.

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.


News

Stewart Manor Fire Department to host open house

You hear the horn sound multiple times a day, around the clock, but did you ever wonder what happens during the critical moments after a distress call is made to the firehouse? Who are the volunteers who are stopped in their tracks at the sound of that horn and dash off to help a neighbor in need? You’d be surprised to learn that it could be the gentleman you see walking his dog after work in the evenings, the woman you see standing at the bus stop with her children every morning, or even the young man you used to see playing with his friends in front of your house.

April 19 fundraiser to be

held for baby with rare disease

Tom Onorato, the nephew and office manager of Dr. Joseph Onorato Garden City practice All Island Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, recently celebrated the birth of a baby boy with his wife Melissa. Both were thrilled when Thomas Kevin Onorato came into the world on September 10, 2013. Despite being born five weeks early, baby Thomas managed to surprise his parents with his indomitable spirit and was sent home with a clean bill of health. A mere four days later began the fight for Thomas’ life.


Sports

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This Year Three hunt will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.

Commitment at Kellenberg

Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.

The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.


Calendar

Going To The Birds (Sanctuary)

Saturday, April 26

Nassau Coaches Meet

Saturday, April 26

Making A Beautiful Noise

Friday, May 2



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