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Temple B’nai Torah Honors War Veterans
Friday, November 9

The Eyes of Learning Event: Meet the Psychics
Friday, November 9

Salute to Veterans Benefit Concert
Friday, November 9


Friday, November 9

Temple B’nai Torah Honors War Veterans

Temple B’nai Torah located at 2900 Jerusalem Ave. and Oakfield Ave. in Wantagh, will honor the Jewish War Veterans as part of the Erev Shabbat Service on Friday evening at 8 p.m. The community is invited as Rabbi Marci Bellows and Cantor Steven Sher will acknowledge with words and prayers, the veterans who have served their country. Veterans are encouraged to come in uniform.

The Eyes of Learning Event: Meet the Psychics

This evening’s program is designed to bring you the opportunity to get up close and personal with gifted readers, mediums and psychics. So mark this date on your calendar and be there at “Meet The Psychics” to experience firsthand, in a very intimate environment, many of these gifted metaphysicians that will read at our Nov. 11 festival. Members: $10/non-members: $15. 8 p.m.

Salute to Veterans Benefit Concert

Benefit concert will be held at the Uniondale High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Including People Of Value and Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. All proceeds will be donated to local veteran organizations to aid in veteran assitance programs. For more information, call 516-303-3141 or 516-318-6237.


Saturday, November 10

CCAN’s Gala Event

The Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network (CCAN) will host the 9th Annual “Celebration of Life” Gala on Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The evening includes a cocktail hour, dinner, open bar, coffee and cake, music, dancing, 50/50 raffles, and raffle prizes. The gala will be held at The Sterling, 345 Hicksville Rd., Bethpage. Attendance is $95 per person or $875 for a table of ten. To register or for more information visit: www.carcinoid awareness.org.


Sunday, November 11

Craft Fair

St. Ignatius Boy Scout Troop 382 will be having a holiday craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Ignatius Loyola, Msgr. Tarrant Hall, 30 E. Cherry St., in Hicksville. Vendors wanted. E-mail: Troop382craftfair @gmail.com or call 516-322-8226.

The Annual Eyes of Learning Fall Festival

Come join the Eyes of Learning’s Fall Festival with raffles, vendors, free lectures, food, camaraderie and the option to purchase your own psychic reading. Spend a day with “like minded individuals” and make some new friends. The festival is a source of the Eyes of Learning operating revenue thanks to the many volunteers and psychics who generously give of their time and talents to keep the regularly scheduled lectures and workshops available to all. You can “give back” to the Eyes of Learning through your annual membership dollars and by generously supporting festival vendors. A token admission fee of $4 will gain access to lectures, vendors and food providers while helping to fund operations. Visit: http://eyesoflearning.org

Free Lecture at Hofstra University

The Long Island Society of the Archaeological Institute of America will be presenting a free lecture titled “The Unsolved Mystery of the Athenian Agora Bone Well” at 2 p.m. The lecture will take place in Breslin Hall, Room 106 at Hofstra University. Speaker will be Dr. Susan Rotroff, (AIA speaker), who is a professor in the Dept. of Classics at Washington University, St. Louis. Dr. Rotroff has studied and will discuss how human and animal bones found their way into the well. For more information, call 631-420-1564.


Friday, November 16

Barn Dance

The Joseph Barry Council, 45 Heitz Place, in Hicksville will be hosting a Columbiette barn dance at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25 per person. Mail checks payable to: Joseph Barry Columbiettes. Chicken and rib menu, beer/wine/soda. Dance all night with Larry Moser. Partners are not required. Reservations: 516-822-7605 or 516-931-6784.


Saturday, November 17

Luncheon Party

The Eating Out Club of Long Island Luncheon Party is at Domenico’s, 3279A Hempstead Turnpike, in Levittown. The luncheon starts at noon. New members are welcome but must reserve. For further information write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-938-0506 or see the website on Meetup.com.

Art Exhibit

East Meadow Public Library, 1886 Front Street, will present an exhibit by photographer and graphic artist, Keith Warhola in the lower level gallery. The opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.


Monday, November 19

Blood Drive

Trinity Lutheran Church, 40 West Nicholai Street in Hicksville, will host a blood drive from 3 to 8:45 p.m. in their multipurpose room. For an appointment or more information, call 822-4867.


Wednesday, November 28

Grumman Retiree Club Meeting

Grumman Retiree Club will hold a regular membership meeting and luncheon at the Milleridge Inn beginning at noon. Reservations are suggested. E-mail the club at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional details or call 516-575-3777 or visit: www.grummanretireeclub.org.

Eyes of Learning Executive Council Meeting

All members are welcome to attend the monthly Executive Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway, in Hicksville. Call first 516-731-0909 to confirm that a meeting is scheduled for the month that you want to attend.


Friday, November 30

Our Heroes Night Out Spiritual Reading

Our Heroes Night Out presents an evening of spiritual reading with Medium Janet Russell at 6:30 p.m. at Levittown Hall, Levittown Parkway, in Hicksville. Cost: $25 at the door/$20 in advance. All proceeds will go to the organization Our Heroes Night Out that honors the homeless veterans and the Disabled American Veterans association. For more information, call Carol Klein at 516-579-6524 or visit: www.mismathchtheclown.com.


Saturday, December 1

Craft Fair and Flea Market

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas #869 will be having their annual craft fair and flea market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Ignatius Loyola School, 30 E. Cherry St., in Hicksville. For vendor information, call Maria at 516-942-5070 after 6 p.m. or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .    


Friday, December 7

Doo-Wop Fundraiser

An Evening With the Stars: Doo-Wop Fundraiser to help support the games for the physically challenged will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. at Bethpage High School. Featuring Winnie Winfield, Lenny Dell and the Dimensions, Continentals, Cathy Jean, The Fireflies, The Jarmels, and Classic Sounds. Tickets are $25 each, reserved seating only. Free parking. Go to www.larentr.com or call 631-873-8817 for more information.


Upcoming Events

Winter Coat Drive

The Parkway Community Church will be holding a winter coat drive during the months of November and December. All coats will be donated to The Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) in Hempstead. All donations of new or gently used coats (infant, child and adult sizes) can be dropped off at the Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave., Hicksville between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, call 516-433-5659.

Vendors Wanted

Vendors wanted for the Temple B’nai Torah of Wantagh located at 2900 Jerusalem Avenue for the Holiday Shopping Flea Market fundraiser on Sunday, November 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sell your merchandise or promote your business to shoppers from the South Shore of Nassau County. Rain or shine. For information call Ben at 516-221-2370 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


Ongoing Events

Twin County Chorus

Ladies, do you love to sing? Then we’ve got a place for you. Join Twin County Chorus in the joys of a cappella harmony. We rehearse every Thursday evening in Levittown from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Call Bobbi at 516-798-4325 or Susan at 516-729-8323 for more information. Or visit our website: www.twincounty.org.

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.

Social and Ballroom Dancing

Ongoing party mix every Friday afternoon Nov. 9, 16, and 30 at Kismet Shriners Hall, 18 W. Nicholai in Hicksville (off Old Country Road 107N) from noon to 3 p.m. Professional DJ, singles and couples areas, chicken, salads, bagels, coffee, and pastries. Private lessons available. Call 718-332-7825 for more information.

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.


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