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Class Reunion Of Class Of 1965
Saturday, October 27

St. John’s Fair
Saturday, November 3

Temple Tikvah Annual Rummage Sale
Sunday, November 11


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.


Monday, October 29

A Spiritual Call To Ban Fracking

Join faith and community leaders in urging Governor Cuomo to ban fracking. Vigils to protect land and water will be followed by a potluck supper. Please bring food to share. The event, which begins at 6 p.m., takes place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, located at 48 Shelter Rock Road in Manhasset.


Wednesday, October 31

Kabbalah Course

“The Kabbalah of You: A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential”. A six-week course from the Jewish Learning Institute that will explore what it is that makes the real you, enabling you to discover new depths of meaning that will have an impact on every aspect of your life. Six Wednesdays beginning Oct. 31 to Dec. 5 (excluding Nov. 21) from 8 to 9:30 p.m. At Chabad of Roslyn, 75 Powerhouse Rd., Roslyn Heights. Fee: $99 which includes textbook and all materials. Couples discount: 10% off. Not sure? Sign up and try the first class free. To register or for more information, visit: www.ChabadRoslyn.com or call 516-484-3500 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Saturday, November 3

Fall Fair

Presbyterian Church in Garden City will host a fall fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be handmade items, jewelry, bakery and deli goods, raffles and much more. The church is located at the corner of New Hyde Park Rd. and Chester Ave. Entrance is on Adams St. For more information, call 354-1848.

St. John’s Fair

Hosted by the Ladies’ Aid of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Willis Ave. and Cornell St., Williston Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homemade baked goods, stationery, gifts, handicrafts, white elephant items, gently used toys, and more. Proceeds will go to various missions. Moderately priced refreshments will be available during the day. Free. For information call 516-742-5858.


Sunday, November 11

Temple Tikvah Annual Rummage Sale

Temple Tikvah of New Hyde Park will hold its annual rummage sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Monday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. Highlights this year include costume jewelry, watches, pocket books, clothes, shoes, books and household items. Vintage fashion finds and great bargains. Temple Tikvah is located at 3315 Hillside Ave., in New Hyde Park.


Upcoming Events

Gold Coast Film Festival From October 24 to October 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.

At the 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

While this year’s New Hyde Park Street Fair takes place one day before the first official day of fall, the event keeps the spirit of summer alive a little longer for the 20,000-25,000 attendees. 

 

Organizers are looking to up the ante for the 19th annual event on Saturday, Sept. 20, with the usual clowns and crafts supplemented by a petting zoo, pony rides and a new children’s carnival, from New Hyde Park-based Send in the Clowns.

 

“We try to capatilize on all the elements of the fair that work and modify ones that need work,” said New Hyde Park Village Board Research Assistant/Fair

Coordinator Janet Bevers. “The fair has been in place for 19 years now so in essence we follow a similar format. We invite all the village merchants to participate.”

 

The pony rides will be stationed near the Green Meadow Farms petting zoo on Lakeville Road, with the carnival setting up shop in the village’s Central Boulevard parking lot.

 

“It’s exciting to see a local company taking on a big piece of the fair,” Bevers said.

 

Fair reps expect at least 220 vendors to line the street fair this year. In the fair’s inaugural outing in 1995, just 90 craft vendors showed up.

 

“I think it’s one of the biggest events in Nassau County,” Queens-based Craft-A-Fair President Tony Ciuffo said. “The fair accentuates the local merchants.

Every year it gets more and more exciting. I expect new vendors this year. Around 25 percent of the vendors will be new this year.”

 

Each year, vendors rent space on the turnpike from New Hyde Park Road, continuing west to Covert Avenue. Last year, a few extra blocks were added near Lakeville Road.

 

Former trustee Florence Lisanti was one of the first organizers of the street fair, who trustee Donald Barbieri commended for leading the charge.

 

“[The fair] is a great day for the community,” he stated. “We’re proud to have all our local organizations along the turnpike. The merchants get to showcase what they do. We are very proud of the street fair.”

 

Local merchants, Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce members, charity and service groups can set up tables on the sidewalk free of charge, Bevers said.

 

“We view the fair as the premiere street fair on Long Island,” Bevers stated. “It goes about a square mile. The community feel to the fair is crucial. It’s a big fair and still retains its local charact

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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