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How To Pay Less Income Tax

Thursday, January 23

Buskin & Batteau

Friday, January 24

A Look Back In Time

February 1 - 27

Thursday, January 23

How To Pay Less Income Tax

Barry Lisak will lead a seminar to help reduce federal and New York State taxes at the Garden City Public Library at 7 p.m. Lisak, who is an IRS-enrolled agent and tax professional, is currently the tax columnist for New York’s civil service paper The Chief. All new 2013 tax laws will be highlighted and a free booklet, 21 IRS Audit Red Flags, will be distributed to all attendees. Topics include education, retirement, home ownership, charitable, medical, investment, employee and miscellaneous deductions. Remember to bring a pad and pencil. There is no registration and all are welcome.


Friday, January 24

Buskin & Batteau

Buskin & Batteau have been winning hearts and minds with their soulful acoustic balladry and fun-filled performances for more years than they care to remember. Famous in the eighties as superstar jingle writers—Batteau’s “Heartbeat of America” heads a list of a hundred or more hits—they’ve also divided their time between writing songs for other artists—Judy Collins, Tom Rush, Astrud Gilberto, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Peter, Paul and Mary and Bette Midler; helping a diverse group of non-profits—Paul Newman’s Hole-In-The-Wall Camps, Harry Chapin’s WhyHunger, Roger Payne’s Ocean Alliance, among others; and hosting their quirky, unpredictable Radio B&B show on WPKN-FM and WPKN.org. Their latest CD, Love Remembered, Love Forgot, was recorded at Neale Eckstein’s Fox Run Studios in Sudbury, MA. Buskin & Batteau will perform at Garden Stage at the Garden City Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 223 Stewart Ave. (corner of Nassau Boulevard) at 8:30 p.m., preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m., $20 with advance reservations, and $22 at the door. For reservations and Information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-248-8891.


Saturday, January 25

Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Vs. New Hyde Park Memorial

11 a.m. Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070

Boys Varsity Basketball Vs. New Hyde Park Memorial High School

1 p.m. Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070

Boys & Girls Varsity Fencing Vs. Jericho High School

12:30 p.m. Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Ave., 516-478-2070


February 1 - 27

A Look Back In Time

Garden City Library to be featured

The History of Garden City Public Library will be exhibited from Feb. 1– 27 in Garden City Public Library’s gallery. The display is presented by Garden City’s Historian Suzie Alvey who notes, “What makes the library so special is the many people who saw a need and were inspired to create it, as well as its fast growth as a center of the Garden City community.” Exhibits are free and open to the public during regular library hours. For hours and directions please call 516-742-8405 or visit www.gardencitypl.org The library is located at 60 Seventh St. in Garden City. Funding for exhibitions is provided by The Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Installation and removal dates are subject to change.


Ongoing Events

Thursday, January 30

Blood Drive

Long Island Blood Services will hold a blood drive at the Garden City Public Library from 1:45 to 7:45 p.m. in the large meeting room on the lower level of the library. Area hospitals are in need of local residents’ help. Each donation can help to save up to three lives. Eligible donors must be between 16 and 75 years of age, with a minimum weight of 110 lbs., and no tattoos within the past 12 months.  Sixteen year olds must have parental permission and donors age 76 and over must present a doctor’s note. All donors must have valid ID with signature or photo. Donors are encouraged to eat well (low fat) and drink fluids. For medical questions concerning blood donations, call 1-800-688-0900. Call the Library at 742-8405, ext. 210 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

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/Premier 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 516-873-2381. The following dates are offered:

Jan. 25 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 26 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 30 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 2 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 5 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 8 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 11 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 16 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 24 & 25 -  6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.  

Feb. 27 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

March 1 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

March 9 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

March 13 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.    

March 15 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

March 18 & 19 - 6:15 to 9:15 pm

March 23 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

March 30 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Ongoing Events

Furniture Needed

The A.T.Stewart Exchange Consignment Shop at 109 Eleventh St. in 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 Maryann Caterino at the shop (516-746-8900). Consignees are paid 50 percent of the selling price. There is ample parking and the shop is conveniently located on the lower level of The Garden City Historical Society Museum. All proceeds from the A.T.Stewart Consignment Shop go towards the maintenance and upkeep of the Garden City Historical Society Museum, an original 1872 A.T.Stewart era Apostle Victorian structure.


Ongoing Programs

Stroke Support Groups

Stroke Life Society is a grassroots 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 are welcome. RSVP is requested. For information and other locations and times, please call Ben at 516-398-4994. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”

• Every 1st Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m.—St. Frances de Chantal, 1309 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh (Room 12)

• Every 2nd Monday of the month at 6 p.m.—The Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh

• Every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m.—St. Gregory the Great, 242-20 88th Ave, Bellerose

• Every 3rd Friday of the Month at 2 p.m.-St Bernard Parish Center, 3100 Hempstead Tpke, Levittown

• Every 4th Monday of the Month at 6 p.m.-St. James Parish Center, 80 Hicksville Rd., Seaford (Room 104)

• Every 4th Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. (with guest speaker)­William Bennett Community Center, 28 W. Carl St., Hicksville

• Every 4th Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. - Plainview Hospital, 888 Old Country Rd., Plainview Waldorf Choral Society’s 40th Anniversary Concert featuring Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra with George V. Rose’s  conducting his  final performance before his retirement

Clutterers Anonymous

Clutterers Anonymous (CLA), a 12-step self-help group, offers help and support to those who have clutter problems in their homes or workplace. Meets every Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 265 Asbury Ave., in Westbury. There are no dues or fees. For more information, call 866-800-3881 or visit: www.ClutterersAnonymous.net.

Monthly Cancer Support Group

Franklin Hospital’s cancer support group meets in the former coffee shop at North Shore LIJ Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream. The group regularly meets the first Monday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. It is open to all cancer survivors, including family members and is ideal for people who need someone to talk to about the illness. Discussions include new medicines and treatments, advice on how to cope and also provides emotional support. Additional information about the monthly meetings, or those seeking assistance and information concerning cancer are urged to contact group advisors Anna Rossetti at 516-256-6025 or Meg Wehrum, RN at 516-256-6478.

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.

•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.

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

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. For more information call the Hotline at 1-800-877-8077.To reach the Hotline from anywhere in New York State, call 1-800-877-8077.

Safe Boating Courses

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

News

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.

Budget adjustments, staff reductions recommended

The Garden City Board of Education will prepare to adopt next year’s school budget in a couple of weeks. Before they do, they’ll have to go over a few changes.

At the board’s public work session held at the high school on Wednesday, April 9, school superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen recommended a few adjustments, part of the annual balancing act that is the school budget.


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

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com