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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

Two brothers achieve the American dream

with their barbershop

Twenty-one years ago, brothers Solomon (“Sal”) and Albert (“Al”) Basanelov of eastern Uzbekistan joined some four dozen relatives from their small city of Fergana and traveled more than 9,000 miles west to America, where they sought escape from the tightly controlled and repressive regime that marked the former Soviet state.

In 1993, the brothers established themselves in Rego Park in Queens and began seeking out careers where they could live what they saw as the American dream—ownership of their own business and the freedom to pursue their own lives and fortunes. After working for a short while caring for patients in a Queens nursing home and motivated by two cousins, Al and Sal went to a New York City barber college and after finishing the course, worked as employees for their cousins who owned barber shops in Franklin Square. Eventually, they decided to open their own shop—Al and Sal’s Barber Shop—in a small shopping strip on Stewart Avenue in Hicksville.

Hicksville’s interim School Superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso gave a review of the district’s recently completed capital projects and facilities updates at Nov. 19’s board of education meeting. Most of the projects were completed over the summer in each of the district’s schools.

“Thanks to Director of Facilities and Operations, Dave Bell and his staff, we are structurally sound,” said Bonuso. “So much of what we do is in-house which saves the district money and our staff makes the facilities as special as the students they serve.”


Sports

For the past 11 months, Hicksville’s Marlo Signoracci has been training for IRONMAN, one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there. The triathlon includes a swim, bike and run portion. Signoracci recently traveled down to Florida to compete in IRONMAN Florida. Here’s a look at her experience.

Nov. 1, 2014 will be a day in my life I will never forget and will carry with me forever. It truly was the celebration of the last 11 months of training.

The fall athletic season seemed to move quickly, but all teams had outstanding seasons with all teams reaching the playoffs except for two who had their best season in many years.

In addition to athletic acheivements, all of the varsity programs at Hicksville High School also participated in raising more than $4,000 for several charities this past fall: pediatric cancer, breast cancer awareness and cystic fibrosis.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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