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Social Dancing at Kismet Hall

January 24

Family Fun Day

January 25

Blood Drive

January 25


Ongoing

Korean War Veterans of Nassau County

The Korean War Veterans of Nassau County Chapter 1 monthly meeting is held at 8 p.m. at American Legion Post #1711 at 3123 N. Jerusalem Road in Levittown the third Monday of every month. Call 334-1025. You didn not have to have served in Korea to become a member.


January 24

Social Dancing at Kismet Hall

Every Friday afternoon from noon to 3 p.m. at Kismet Hall (located at 18 W. Nicholai Street) in Hicksville there are dance classes for those 45 and older. Kick up your heels and join the fun. Enjoy a ballroom dance lesson taught by professional instructors and then do some social dancing to a professional DJ on a large dance floor. There will be snacks, singles hosts and introductions, couples areas. Call 718 332-7825, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


January 25

Family Fun Day

The Broadway Mall will be holding a family fun day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come to Center Court to enjoy free entertainment such as crafts, pretzel making, face painting and more for kids.

Singles Club Meeting

The Singles Club of Long Island is having a luncheon at the Asian Buffet on Old Country Road in Hicksville. Starts at 11:30 a.m. You do not hae to be single and anybody is welcome to join the club. For more information write to Karin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-938-0506. You can also find the group at meetup.com.

Blood Drive

Broadway Mall will be hosting a blood drive in parternship with Long Island Blood Services. Come to the IKEA Wing from 10:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. to donate blood and help save a life.


January 26

Historical Society Winter Social

The Hicksville Historical Society will be hosting their winter social at the Hicksville Gregory Museum from 1 to 4 p.m. Historian Marissa L. Berman will give a presentation on Nunley’s Amusement Park  that was on Sunrise Highway in Baldwin.  Berman, a Long Island  native and Assistant Director of the Archives at Queensborough  Community College, has a book on the park published by Arcadia Books. For more information, call society President Mike Christodoulou at 516-433-7462 or write This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


January 29

Sands Casino Trip

The Catholic Daughters of the America’s #869 will be hosting a bus trip to the Sands Casino in Pennsylvania. The cost is $42 per person. Give back is $30 slot pay and $5 food voucher. The bus leaves at 9 a.m. sharp, please arrive at Cantiague Park, near the miniature golf course at 8:30 a.m. We will be returning at approximately 8:30 p.m. For reservations, call Barbara at 516-935-5576. The first to pay is the first on the bus. All profit will benefit our charities and scholarship fund.


February 8

Dare To Wear Red

The Joseph Barry Columbiettes will be hosting a Dare To Wear Red-Women’s Heart Health Dinner and Dance. Featuring singer and entertainer Joe Salemi. Speakers include Legislator Rose Walker and other health care professionals. Cost is $27 per person, which includes dinner, dessert, soda, coffee and tea. There will be a cash bar. Reservations and checks payable to Joseph Barry Columbiettes must be made prior to Feb 1. Call Pat at 516-433-4186.  Proceeds benefit Columbiette charities and scholarships. From 7 to 11 p.m. at 45 Heitz Place.

Defensive Driving Class

Our Lady of Hope R.C. Church will be hosting a defensive driving course. This class will help students become safer drivers, and they can also receive a 10 percent insurance reduction from their liability and collision premium and up to four points will be deducated from their driving record. The cost of the class is $45. From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  To register or for more information call 516-334-6288.

News

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

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.

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.


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

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs and Ascended Masters

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