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Barn Dance
Friday, November 16

Luncheon Party
Saturday, November 17

Benefit Concert for Storm Relief Fund
Sunday, November 18


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.


Sunday, November 18

Benefit Concert for Storm Relief Fund

Holy Family Parish in Hicksville is sponsoring an evening of songs and arias to benefit the Diocese of Rockville Centre Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort. Artists from national and international opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera are scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 5 Fordham Ave., in Hicksville. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and students. A free will offering will also be taken and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 516-938-3846.


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

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.

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.


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.


Friday, December 14

The Eyes of Learning

Lecture: “Astrological Forecast for 2013”, at 8 p.m. with Montgomery Taylor, New York’s most gifted astrologer, lecturer, frequent radio and TV guest, author, and astrologer to the UN and host of the radio show “Living Consciously” at http://www. talkingalternative.com/monday-shows/living-consciously. Monty will reveal and demystify what astrology is all about and also what it has to say about the powerful changes for 2013 and beyond. You don’t want to miss this or miss out on your future. Bring a question for Monty. Cost: members $10/non-members $15. Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville. Call 516-731-0909 or visit: www.eyesoflearning.org. Monty’s website: http://astrologydemystified.com.


Upcoming Events

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 Friday afternoon Nov. 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

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


Calendar

Spooktacular Halloween

October 17

Fall Festival

October 18

Veterans Casework Seminar

October 21



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