Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00
Getting Rid of Inner Clutter
Wednesday, February 29
Sunday, March 4
A non-profit organization dedicated to higher learning in the metaphysical field held at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Pky., Hicksville. Members $10; nonmembers $15. Call 731-0909. Go to www.eyes oflearning.org. Program: Lecture: “The Answers to Your Questions about Life and How to empower yourself,” Karen Garvey, author of The Answers to Your Questions about Life, MBA, channeler, intuitive and life coach. Karen will be an instrument between you and the energy realm, where your questions posed to non-physical sources will be answered. Karen’s goal is to guide you to personal happiness and to help you reveal your very best selves. Karen has the unique gift to get “answers” to virtually any question, and to assist individuals in uncovering the answers within. Everyone can find greater happiness, peace and joy by either discovering this pathway to the answers within or finding another conduit to it. It is Karen’s joy and privileged to be able to be this conduit and provide this service of helping people uncover the answers within themselves. You won’t want to miss out on this lecture where Karen will give an extraordinary voice to our purpose on earth and how to use universal truth to live a very happy and joyful life. 8 p.m.
Dr. Duffy Spencer, social psychologist, will be presenting “Getting Rid of Inner Clutter: The Stuff That Weighs You Down” at Bethpage Library, 47 Powell Ave., Bethpage, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 931-3907 or 334-8985.
The St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Daughters of the Americas #869 annual Military Bridge, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.; game begins at 2 p.m. sharp. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and cards for just $10, which includes coffee, cake and prizes. March on down to Msgr. Tarrant Hall in St. Ignatius Loyola School, 30 E. Cherry St., Hicksville. For reservations contact Alice 433-7857.
Joseph Barry Columbiettes, 45 Heitz Pl., Hicksville, will hold an Afternoon Tea on March 24 at 1 p.m. Tea/finger sandwiches/sweets. Bring a teacup. Wear a hat for the parade. Games/prizes, 50/50, raffles. $10. Reservations required by March 16. Call 334-3553 or 935-3153.
Holy Trinity DHS “Spring Craft Fair” on March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 98 Cherry Ln., Hicksville. New merchandise, crafts, food, raffles and more. For info call 433-2900, ext. 119.
Currently meets Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bethpage Senior Community Center. The organization is open to seniors ages 62 and older and offers trips, games and more. Call Andy for more information at 349-7801.
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.
•Overeaters Anonymous. Are you a compulsive overeater? Under eater? Overeaters Anonymous can help. There is a meeting on Tuesdays on the corner of Salisbury Park Dr. and Carmans Rd., East Meadow, across from the firehouse from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. Call for directions 997-4534. For information about the meeting call Nancy 798-2547 (between 7 and 9 p.m.) or Ed 845-5423.
•Bible Studies conducted by the Cornerstone Christian Church of LI every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Currently the book of Galatians in the New Testament is being studied. This is an in-depth study titled: Galatians: The Charter of Christian Liberty. Taught by Dr. Richard Goswiller, pastor, teacher, author of 30 years full-time ministry experience. There is also a time of questions and comments which stimulates interesting discussions. The group meets at 250 W. Old Country Rd., Country Bridge Plaza, (behind Antun’s Catering House; nearest cross road: Route 106). For more information call 342-1552 or go to the website www.cornerstonechristian churchny.com.
•Mid Nassau Jewish Retirement Club meets every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Temple Emanuel 123 Merrick Ave., East Meadow. New members are welcome. Call Marty Fein 485-3171.
•Martial Arts America in Hicksville, 300 South Broadway, holds free Child Safety workshops on Saturdays. The free workshops are offered as part of the school’s monthly community service. For more information, visit www.MaaSchools.com or call 932-5275.
•Calling All Seniors. Why be bored at home? Come for fun, trips and to meet new friends. Qualifications: resident of Hicksville, Plainview or Levittown. Meetings every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bethpage Senior Center, 103 Grumman Rd. West, Bethpage. Call Andrew Grieshaber 349-7801.
•Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 12:15 at Caracalla Ristorante, 102 Jericho Tpke., Syosset.
•Hicksville Homemakers business meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the William Bennett Community Center, 28 W. Carl St. Come in and join the group and become a member. Classes held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•Charles Wagner American Legion Post 421, founded in 1919, meets the first and third Mondays of the month at 8 p.m. at the Hicksville VFW Hall, 320 S. Broadway, Hicksville. During July and August the post meets only the third Monday. All eligible veterans are most welcome. Dedicated to assisting veterans, POW-MIA, military, children and community. Come and help your fellow veterans. Write to the American Legion at PO Box 925, Hicksville NY, 11801.
•William M. Gouse Jr. Post #3211 VFW meeting at 8 p.m. at 320 S. Broadway. For information call 931-7843. Meetings are held every second and fourth Monday of each month.
•William M. Gouse Jr. Post #3211 VFW Ladies Auxiliary meets at 8 p.m. at 320 S. Broadway. Meetings are held every second Monday of the month.
•Korean War Veterans of NC Chapter #1 regular monthly meeting at 8 p.m. (1:30 p.m. during the winter months) at American Legion Post #1711, 3123 N. Jerusalem Rd., Levittown. The chapter meets on the third Monday of every month (except July and August). Call 334-1025.
•The LI Psoriasis Network Meetup Group will get together in the second floor In-Service Classroom of North Shore University at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd., on the first Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. All are welcome. No cost. More information is available at http://psoriasis.meetup.com/24/
•Central Nassau Chapter #1592 AARP meets at 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday (except July and August) of the month at Levittown Town Hall, 201 Levittown Pky., Hicksville. Anyone over the age of 50 and a national AARP member is invited to attend. No fee. For information call 794-9158.
•Order Sons of Italy in America invites those interested to join the Galileo Galilei Lodge #2253 in Hicksville. The meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Wm. Bennett Community Building, 28 N. Carl St. Join by calling Marie Matassa 931-2843 for an application.
•The Board of Fire Commissioners regular meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month except in the month of December when the meeting is held on the first Tuesday. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the E. Marie St. Firehouse. Meetings are also held on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at which time department matters and small details are discussed with the chiefs of the department.
•Nassau County Aquarium Society meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 66 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. Free parking, free admission, guests welcome. Refreshments served. Junior members always welcome. Call Mike Foran 798-6766; Ken Smith 631-589-0913 or Brandie 631-473-4018.
•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 info@vva chapter82.org. Come and join your fellow Vietnam Veteran in support of each other.
•NC Mothers of Twins Club, a caring support, education and resource for parents of multiples. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. at the Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave., on the third Tuesday of each month with the exception of July and December. Call 616-3366 or visit www.NCMOC.org.
•Alzheimer’s Support Group. Are you a caregiver who would like to share your experience with others? There is strength in knowing you are not alone. Join this support group at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in the Adult Day Health Care Program Room at the Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 378 Syosset-Woodbury Rd., Woodbury. Call Sheldon Rybak, RCSW/ACSW 622-7770.
•Young Widows/Widowers Social Group, a nonsectarian, nonprofit organization of widows and widowers ages 40 to 69 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 481-9280. No meeting at the church during July and August.
•Bernard’s W/W Interfaith Organization. General meeting at 8 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Club, 2612 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. All are invited. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month. For further information contact Chris 631-842-6734.
•Catholic War Veterans. All Catholics who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces are invited to attend the meeting of Joseph Barry Post No. 1946 of the Catholic War Veterans on the third Thursday of each month at 8 pm. at the Joseph Barry Knights of Columbus Council, 45 Heitz Pl. For information on joining call 433-5008.
•Perceptual Problems Affecting Reading/Learning. Free meetings about a little-known but common perceptual problem which affects the reading and learning capabilities of children and adults, as featured on 60 Minutes, are now being held at Perceptual Change Associates, 120 Bethpage Rd., Hicksville. Seating is limited for the twice monthly meetings being held on the first Friday and second Thursday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. For reservations to learn more about this easily correctable perceptual problem call 822-4900.
•Bethpage Masonic Lodge No. 975 Free and Accepted Masons will meet at 8 p.m. at the Hicksville Masonic Temple, 18 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. For information call 731-2488. Meetings are every second and fourth Friday.
•Bernard’s W/W Interfaith Organization Dance every fourth Friday at the Elks Club, Veterans Blvd., Massapequa, at 8 p.m. to midnight. $12. For further information contact call Chris 631-842-6734.
•The River Flows Coffee House, an evening of fellowship consisting of conversation, board games, music that rocks as well as coffee provided by Starbucks and cake are offered. Presented by The River of Life Church on the second Saturday of each month. A free will offering of $7 per adult is allocated to a “Free Lunch Buffet” and other church ministries. 15 W. Marie St. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Donations of nonperishable, prepackaged and canned, foods and personal hygiene products are needed to provide aid for the poor or homeless and can be dropped off Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Call Pastor James Cohen 937-9226.
•Jewish War Veterans, Gieir-Levitt Post #655 invite all Jewish war veterans to join them at the Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd., Plainview, at 9 a.m. on the second Sunday of every month. Call Larry Sklar 942-3327.
There are free practice centers for Chee-Gong at the Syosset Woodbury Community Park and Stony Brook University. All Falun Dafa (Chee-Gong) activities are free of charge. Call 238-7049 for information or visit www.falundafa.org.
An ongoing exhibit of rocks and minerals, dinosaurs and fossils, butterflies and moths and historical artifacts and curiosities in Hicksville’s historic 1895 Heitz Place Courthouse. Now featuring the “Sights and Sounds” audioguide system in English and Spanish, the Naturalist’s Gift Shop and “Butterfly Days” every Thursday afternoon. Gregory Museum, Heitz Pl. and Bay Ave. Call 822-7505 or log onto www.gregorymuseum.org. Closed Mondays.
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.
At the Syosset Counseling Center. Groups will be run in the Syosset Counseling Center, 6900 Jericho Tpke., Suite 309, Syosset. For further information or to join a group call Leslie Cohen 364-8040, ext. 116. Offered are: Men with relationship problems; individuals dealing with separation and divorce; parents of adolescents; married couples; children from separated or divorced families; young adults and women with relationship problems.
The Pretty New Thrift Shop, 238 Main St., Farmingdale. The shop supports the work of Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, Inc., a multi-service mental health and substance abuse agency located in Hicksville. The shop is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and accepts gently used clothing, housewares, furniture and collectibles. Call 420-1394.
•Wanted: All military active duty, retirees, veterans and widows from all branches of the military services. Belong to a national professional organization designed exclusively for the active duty and veterans of all branches of the US Armed Forces. Continue close association with the active and the retired by meeting on a professional and social level to exchange information and knowledge of concern to all of us. Write or call Capt. Margaret Desanti, USA (Ret), 1st Vice Commander, United Veterans of America, Empire State Chapter #1, PO Box 422, Riverhead, NY 11901-1529 (631-369-6660).
•Appeal for Housing. The United Veterans of America, Empire State Chapter #1, is making a special appeal for funds to build a home for enlisted men’s, widow’s dependents, children. This is a non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible. Mastercard, Visa, American Express credit cards honored. Contributions and requests to United Veterans of America, Empire State Chapter #1, PO Box 422, Riverhead, NY 11901-0301 (631-369-6660).
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.
The Hicksville Gregory Museum seeks volunteers form every age and walk of life. The museum is especially interested in high school and college student volunteers. This is a good way to gain “real world” experience and looks impressive on a resume and/or letter of recommendation to potential employers. Call Paul Manton or Tom Heckhaus 822-7505, ext. 10. Visit www.gregorymuseum.org.
Hunger is a real issue facing our local area. In response to this need, the Hicksville United Methodist Church, 130 Old Country Rd., opened a food pantry. The pantry is open on Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Non-perishable foods, paper goods and hygiene items are given to our neighbors in need. Contact us if you can help in any way. The pantry relies on private donations. If you would like to help fill our shelves, we accept donations. Call 516-931-2626.
Need a gift for your favorite veteran? The NC Veterans Memorial Fund Inc., a nonprofit organization (not affiliated with Nassau County or any government agency) offers all veterans throughout the US a place on the “Walls of Honor.” These walls are located at Veterans Plaza, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. It is for those living and deceased who served our county during war and peacetime. Space is available for those interested in including their name or that of a loved one. Proof of military service and a contribution of $100 per name is required. A 50 word or less military biography on each person on the wall will be housed in the veterans tower if requested. Contact the Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund, Inc., PO Box 7911, Hicksville, NY 11802 or call 997-5484.
Located at 950 South Oyster Bay Rd., Hicksville. The following programs are offered:
•The Community Program has a group for senior citizens. The Golden Years? The group is open to all people over 60 who are dealing with issues related to drugs or alcohol. This is an opportunity to talk confidentially with your peers as well as having the support and guidance of a skilled professional. Medicare and most other insurances are accepted. For information about this or any other services call 822-4060.
•A support group for those who have family members with mental illness meets Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. The fee is $5 per family. Therapeutic and supportive services to people hampered in their functioning by mental illness, psychological difficulties and/or substance abuse and addiction problems is provided. Among its services, the agency provides outpatient mental health services for children and adults living in Nassau County. The staff is comprised of psychiatrists, registered nurses and certified social workers. Call 822-6111.
•An outpatient substance abuse agency offering a Parenting Group on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. This group specializes in parenting issues for substance abusers as well as parents whose children use drugs. While drug use among teens has declined in other parts of the country, it continues to rise here in Nassau County. For information on this group as well as other services, call 822-4060. All inquiries are confidential.
•Women’s Domestic Issues group provides support and education to women experiencing domestic conflict, child abuse, substance abuse and related issues. The focus will be on education, support as well as empowerment and proactive behavior. Issues related to the family and the legal system will be addressed. The group will be held on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Preregistration required. Call 822-4060.
•Young Adult Drug Addiction Group for people 18 to 21 who are recovering from drug addiction. The goals are to enhance skills, increase self-awareness and work toward a drug and alcohol free life. The group meets Thursdays at 8 p.m. Call 822-4060. All inquiries are confidential.
•Volunteers are needed by Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services to help staff the Pretty New Thrift Shop, 238 Main St., Farmingdale. The volunteers help raise much needed funds for the agency so that mental health and substance abuse programs can continue to be provided to the residents of Hicksville and the surrounding communities. If you have four hours per week and are looking to make friends while helping to raise needed revenue, call Diane Bythrow or Sharon Bohen at 822-6111, ext. 229.
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.
There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.
Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.
It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.
Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup. I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club. This U16 team has a group of standout players led by Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.