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Italian Night at Cellini Lodge
Saturday, October 6

New Hyde Park Chamber/Lions Club Golf Outing
Thursday, October 11

Antique and Collectibles Auction
Saturday, October 13


Monday, October 1

Notice of Public Meeting

The Nassau County Rent Guidelines Board will hold a meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Nassau County Legislative Chambers, 1550 Franklin Ave., Mineola. There are no public speakers at this meeting. For more information, call 718-262-4505.


Saturday, October 6

Italian Night at Cellini Lodge

Cellini Lodge #2206 will be having Italian Night dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. at Clinton G. Martin Park Recreation Center, New Hyde Park Rd. and Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park. Buffet dinner, beer, wine, soda, and dessert. Live music performed by The Acchords. Raffles and 50/50. Cost is $40 per person. Call 516-747­1680 for more information or visit: www.cellinilodge2206.org.

Flea Market

Flea market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hillside United Methodist Church, 2801 Hillside Ave., (corner of Heywood St. or two lights West of Herricks Rd.), New Hyde Park. Vendors: boutique items, jewelry, bric-a-brac, glassware and more. For more information, call 516-437-7580.


Save The Date
Thursday, October 11

New Hyde Park Chamber/Lions Club Golf Outing

The Greater New Hyde Park Chamber and The New Hyde Park Lions Club will hold its 2012 Golf Outing at the Harbor Links Golf Course, Port Washington. This year’s event will feature a buffet dinner and open bar at the Harbor Links Golf Clubhouse. Plus lunch, cocktail hour, full locker room usage. raffle prizes, various golf awards and contests. This year’s event will be held in memory of local Garden City Park college student, Casey Falconer. Proceeds from the event will be used for the Casey Falconer Scholarship Fund as well as a continuation of community projects such as: Greater Chamber Fund, NHP Gladiator Fund, Katie’s Run, Area High School Scholarship Funds, Holiday Gift Certificate for the Needy and Ronald McDonald House. For donation amounts and further information, please contact golf chairman Chris Vulpis at 328-8282 ext. 24 or Ralph Ventura at 466-9207.


Saturday, October 13

Antique and Collectibles Auction

There will be an antique and collectibles auction at the First Presbyterian Church, 16 South 9th St., New Hyde Park at 5 p.m. for view, 6 p.m. auction. Lots include art work, books, jewelry, glass, furniture, games, linens, and much more. Refreshments available. Call 516-328-1963 or 516-437-7580 for more information.

Pumpkin Carving Contest At Hicks Nurseries

Long Islanders are invited to bring their home-carved pumpkins to Hicks Nurseries in Westbury to compete in the Hicks Nurseries Second Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Registration is at 1 p.m. Judging begins at 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for: Best Carved Pumpkin, Best Decorated Pumpkin, Scariest Pumpkin, Funniest Pumpkin and Best Pumpkin Carved by a Child (12 and under). The winner of each category will receive a $20 gift certificate to Hicks Nurseries. Rules: One entry per person. All pumpkin decorating must be done at home prior to the contest. Use of candles is prohibited and no power will be provided. Hick Nurseries reserves the right to deny participation to entries considered to be offensive or done in bad taste. By entering the contest, entrants accept and agree to these rules and the prize judging process, which shall be final. Entrants allow Hicks Nurseries to use images of the pumpkins for publicity and promotion. For a list of all fall events at Hicks Nurseries, visit www.hicksnurseries.com.


Wednesday, October 24

Gold Coast Film Festival From Oct. 24 to Oct. 28

The Gold Coast International Film Festival will be held from Oct. 24 to Oct. 28 the films will be shown in Manhasset, Roslyn, Great Neck and Port Washington. Venues for many of the events and parties include renowned Gold Coast mansions, including NYIT’s de Seversky Mansion (former DuPont estate), the Oheka Castle, commissioned by Otto Kahn, and the former Chrysler Mansion (currently on the grounds of the United States Merchant Marine Academy). For tickets or further information, please go on Facebook at facebook.com/gciff.

According to the organizers, the festival will include “feature length narrative, documentary and short film competitions with the Panavision and Deluxe Audience Awards; an out-of-competition series that will focus on classics and forgotten gems; foreign films; conversations with prominent members of the film community; and signature series, panels and special events.”

This year’s honorees include Ed Burns The Brothers McMullen, She’s the One, Saving Private Ryan, an actor, producer, director, and writer, who will receive the “Artist of Distinction” Filmmaker Award. A special screening of his latest film, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas will be presented during the festival.

Nelson DeMille – a best-selling author who wrote The Gold Coast, The Gate House, The General’s Daughter – will receive the festival’s Gold Coast Legend Award honor.

The lineup of films will be announced in October, but categories will include

Iconic Hollywood: screenings of a classic silent film with live music accompaniment as well as conversations with Hollywood power personalities and more.

Heroes: a tribute in film and television to those who protect and defend our nation; films, broadcast, visual and musical presentations.

The Best of Long Island: films and candid conversations with producers, directors and writers from LI that have made an impact on the film industry.

Movies that Rock: films that tell stories about some of our most famous musicians and bands.

Animation: master class with Oscar-nominated animation artist Bill Plympton, featuring his latest film program featuring the best-animated shorts of New York’s Children’s Film Festival.


Saturday, October 27

Class Reunion Of Class Of 1965

The graduating class of Holy Ghost School, 1965, is sponsoring a reunion for all Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit students Saturday, October 27 at 6 p.m. at Umberto’s Restaurant and Pizzeria. Many a story of struggling families sending large numbers of children through parochial school will be remembered. Amazingly, most of the classes numbered 60 or more students with only one teacher, usually a nun. The class of ’65 has the distinction of being the last class to be so named before the change was made to Holy Spirit. These blue and white uniformed baby boomers started first grade in what was then a rickety older wooden building in disrepair, with the classrooms separated by army surplus parachutes hanging as dividers. To make room for the new school, the Catholic Church built in 1892 for Polish immigrants was moved from the northeast corner on Jericho Turnpike at S. 6th Street, directly west toward the rectory, and then sadly, later demolished. Tickets can be purchased through Paypal on the Facebook webpage “Holy Ghost New Hyde Park.” Additional activities may be planned. Email Ed Knapp at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. Seating is limited. Renowned guitarist Terry Brady will provide music.


Upcoming Events

Long Island Children’s Museum

Upcoming events at the Long Island Children’s Museum include: Early Childhood Programs stART (Story plus Art): Tuesday to Friday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Music and Movement: Wednesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Messy Afternoons: Saturday, Sunday, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fee: $3 with museum admission ($2 LICM members). For additional information, contact 224-5800 or visit www.licm.org.

News

Dedicating itself to brining freshly made burgers to its customers, Smashburger in New Hyde Park provides gourmet hamburgers, but with a twist.

 

Since its grand opening on Oct. 18, 2013, business at Smashburger has been a smash, says owner Irwin Kruger.

 

“The location has been great for us,” added Kruger. “We have good tenants that surround us. It’s conveniently located on Marcus Avenue, and there’s plenty of parking.”

At the July 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the school district addressed a recent response by the State Education Department (SED) in regards to a recent hot-button topic that has many parents, students, and teachers alike up in arms—the rapid and stressful increase in state assessment testing.

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth recently received an email from Assistant SED Commissioner Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, addressing the concerns of both parents and school districts in New York regarding the great deal of stress that many students have been put under as a result of what many have referred to “excessive state testing.” 

 

Many parents and school administrators argue these rob children of valuable classroom learning time in favor of multiple standardized assessment exams designed to gauge teacher performance, and

Rafal-Baer’s email acknowledged the difficulties that many students have been undergoing since the testing was implemented last year. 


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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