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Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, May 12

Flea Market
Saturday, May 12

Blood Drive
Saturday, May 19


Saturday, May 12

Spring Plant Sale

St. Ignatius Boy Scout Troop 382 will be hosting a Spring Plant Sale. Start spring planting with this beautiful variety of annuals, hanging baskets and specialty items. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sears parking lot (in front of the Auto Center) on Route 106/107, Hicksville.

Flea Market

The Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave., Hicksville, will hold its annual Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain or shine). There will also be a bake sale and refreshments. First Step Nursery will have an open house. Vendors interested in renting space should contact Millie at 516-938-1233.


Monday, May 14

CHADD Forum/Support Group

(Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders) of Nassau County will hold its monthly forum and support group at the East Meadow Jewish Center, 1400 Prospect Ave., East Meadow. Support groups meet from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Adult/Parenting Workshop: Conflict Resolution: A Win-Win Negotiation. Speaker Linda Rose, LCSW. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Friday, May 18

Social Dancing And Luncheon

Every Friday afternoon at the VFW, 320 South Broadway in Hicksville (off Old Country Rd. on 107 south) at 12:15 p.m. Chicken lunch, coffee, cake, pastries, bagels, cream cheese served. Great exercise. Enjoy an afternoon of socializing. Beginners are welcome. $14. Singles and couples areas. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 718-332-7825.


Saturday, May 19

Blood Drive

Holy Family Council, K of C sponsors a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Family School, 25 Fordham Ave., Hicksville. Further information, contact 516-735-3066.

Walk Of Love Walk-A-Thon

Ronald McDonald House of Long Island’s Annual Walk Of Love Walk-A-Thon. The three-mile walk will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park. Check-in will start at 9 a.m. Senate candidate George Maragos will be on hand for the opening ceremony and Ronald McDonald will lead the walk at 10 a.m. Registration fees are as follows: $20 pre-registration; $15 children (under 12); $25 day of registration. Registration includes an event T-shirt, special raffle for preregistered walkers, entertainment, meet and greet with Ronald himself, refreshments, finish line medal and finish line celebration. All proceeds from this event directly support the vital services provided by The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Call 516-775-5683, ext. 133.


Tuesday, May 22

Nassau County Historical Society

Natalie Naylor presents “The Legacy of New Deal Art on Long Island” at 7:30 p.m. in the Hicksville Middle School auditorium, 215 Jerusalem Ave. Free. Call 516-538-7679. All welcome. This slide presentation focuses on surviving New Deal murals and sculptures in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Fifty murals and sculptures survive in post offices, schools, and government buildings including five in the Hicksville Middle School auditorium where the meeting is being held. Most of the murals portray local history, with Native Americans, George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt. Call 516-538-7679.


Upcoming Events

Golf Outing

Our Lady of Mercy Holy Name Society Golf Classic will be held on Tuesday, May 29 at the Town of Oyster Bay Course in Woodbury with 11:30 a.m. registration, 1:30 p.m. start and includes golf, lunch, cocktail hour, prizes and dinner. For information call 516-405-0467.

Arts and Crafts Vendors Needed

Shows feature a wide variety of crafters of all kinds: chocolatiers, pie makers, cookie designers, artists, monogrammed items, photographers, antique furniture, potters, ceramics, personalized and engraved items, floral and wreath designers, mural artist, marble trinkets, jewelry, stained glass, decoupage, dolls, quilting, Malayan lamps, tapestry and Chinese art to mention a few. Contact Theresa or Allie: 516-221-6593 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The following event is a fundraiser for Childhood Shield Foundation/protecting kids environments in America. Eisenhower Park Summertime Gift Fair Expo, East Meadow - June 16, 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

6th Biennial Sojourn To Ghana West Africa

Ten-day adventure to Ghana (The Gold Coast) Aug. 4-14, 2012. $2250 double occupancy (land package only). Airfare from U.S. not included. Trip price includes: beautifully appointed hotel accommodations (double occupancy), two meals daily, transfers and ground transportation via deluxe air conditioned motor coaches, friendly experienced English speaking tour guides, tour fees and admissions. Tours to W.E.B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Slave Castles - Door of No Return, River of the Last Bath, Boat Cruise on the Volta Lake - largest man-made lake in the world, visit to Torgome Village for Naming Ceremony, tour of Kumasi (Seat of the Ashanti Empire/Manhyia Palace), craft villages and shopping opportunities galore. For additional information contact Pat Jenkins This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-997-6585.


Ongoing Event

Miscarriage Support Group

A safe, confidential, supportive environment to talk about what you have been through, reactions and feelings and how to move forward. You are not alone. Facilitated by a professional therapist. Three consecutive Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Hicksville-Plainview area. $60 for three meetings. To register call Nancy Berlow, LCSW: 516-356-7109. All inquiries are confidential.


Weekly Events

•Bible Studies conducted by the Cornerstone Christian Church of LI every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. 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 www.cornerstonechristian churchny.com.

•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.

•Hicksville Mid-Island Seniors 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.


Monthly Events

•Charles Wagner American Legion Post 421, founded in 1919, meets the first and third Monday of each month (July and August the post meets only the third Monday) at 8 p.m. at the Hicksville VFW Hall, 320 S. Broadway, Hicksville. All eligible veterans are most welcome. Dedicated to assisting veterans, POW-MIA, military, children and the community. Come and help your fellow veterans. For further information, contact American Legion Post 421 by writing to American Legion 421, PO Box 925, Hicksville, NY, 11801 or e-mail your request for further information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or telephone 516-781-0843.

•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.

•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.

•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@vvachapter 82.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.

•Hicksville Historical Society. The trustees, members (and guests) of the HHS meet on the fourth Tuesday of March, May, September and November in the Kenneth Barnes Community Room in the Hicksville Library at 7:15 p.m. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•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.

•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.


Ongoing Programs

Exhibit

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.gregory museum.org. Closed Mondays.

Eyes Of Learning

A non-profit metaphysical study group held at Levittown Hall, Levittown Pky., Hicksville. Membership is $15 for individuals; $25 joint membership per year. As a member, you will continue to receive our calendar mailed to your home six times per year and be entitled to a discount at all E.O.L. programs. Contact Patricia at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Call 731-0909.

HUMC Food Pantry Open

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.

News

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.

Some students returning to school the first day might see a new face on the bus: Hicksville’s new interim superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso.

“Every year on the first day of school I ride one of the buses. To see the face of a kindergartener on that first ride just reminds you of why you’re in the field,” he says.


Sports

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.

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.


Calendar

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August 29

Adventures in Genealogy

September 4

Greek Festival

September 5-7



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