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Thursday, February 7

West End Civic Meeting 

The West End Civic Association will hold its first 2013 meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue Firehouse on the second floor.  Trustee Dominick Longobardi will update the members on village matters and the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy.

The guest speaker will be Perry Criscitelli, a practicing litigator and acting village justice, who will discuss the legal aspects of your automobile insurance coverage and what you should know.  All members are urged to attend.

Saturday, February 9

Grand Masquerade Ball 

The Plattduetsche Restaurant on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square will hold a Grand Masquerade Ball on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Live entertainment, raffles, cash prizes for best costumes and more will be available.

Advance tickets for adults are $15, $20 at the door. Call for children pricing. For more information, call 631-793-7711 or go to www.KFNY1961.org. The event will benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and North Short LIJ’s Children’s Medical Center.

Sunday, February 10

Handel’s Israel In Egypt

The Waldorf Choral Society presents Handel’s Israel in Egypt with chorus, soloists and full orchestra at 3 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church of Garden City, 91 Chester Ave., Garden City. Adults $20/seniors and students $18. For more information, call 516-747-4457.

Tuesday, February 12

PTA Founders’ Day 

The PTAs of Floral Park-Bellerose School and John Lewis Childs School, along with the PTSA of Floral Park Memorial High School will gather on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Floral Park-Bellerose School to celebrate the 116th birthday of the National Parent Teacher Association and PTA Founders’ Day.

Past presidents from all three PTA units have been invited, giving the community the chance to honor their achievements and to thank them for their service to the youth of the community. There will be a guest speaker and entertainment.  The public is invited to attend.

Thursday, February 14

Hillside Library Trustees Meeting

The Hillside Public Library’s Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. at 155 Lakeville Road in New Hyde Park.

Upcoming Events

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 516-224-5800 or visit www.licm.org.

Ongoing Events

Clutterers Anonymous

Clutterers Anonymous (CLA), a 12-step self-help group, offers help and support to those who have clutter problems in their homes or workplace. Meets every Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 265 Asbury Ave., in Westbury. There are no dues or fees. For more information, call 866-800-3881 or visit: www.ClutterersAnonymous.net.

Free Breast Cancer Support Groups 

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer program is offering new support groups. There is no cost for any group; however pre-registration is required. Additional groups are formed upon request, including groups for men with breast cancer and family members. All groups meet at Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. For more information call Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW, at 516-877-4314, or the Breast Cancer Hotline at 800-877-8077. 

•Support group for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

•Support group for women post treatment will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

•Support group for young women with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

•Support group for women with metastatic breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

•A telephone support group for women with breast cancer will be held weekly for eight weeks from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Little League Registration Now Open

The Merillon Athletic Association (MAA), home of the Merillon Little League and Merillon Sharks Travel Program, would like to announce that registration for Spring 2013 is currently open. For more information, please visit www.merillonaa.com to register today.

Monthly Cancer Support Group

Franklin Hospital’s cancer support group will meet on Monday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. in the former coffee shop at North Shore LIJ Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream. (Please note the new location for 2013.) The group regularly meets the first Monday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. It is open to all cancer survivors, including family members and is ideal for people who need someone to talk to about the illness. Discussions include new medicines and treatments, advice on how to cope and also provides emotional support. Additional information about the monthly meetings, or those seeking assistance and information concerning cancer are urged to contact group advisors Anna Rossetti at 516-256-6025 or Meg Wehrum, RN at 516-256-6478.

Elmont American Legion Post 1033

It’s time to highlight Elmont American Legion Post 1033 located in the impressive building on Hill Ave. Besides providing great Memorial Day parades, the post is involved in many programs that benefit the community. Veterans are welcome to join this organization and become part of a group devoted to the betterment of the community. Call 354-9884. 

Thrift Shop

The thrift shop at the Floral Park United Methodist Church located at 35 Verbena Ave., is now open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is a wide selection of household items, jewelry, antiques, clothing, as well as a Christmas room and Halloween decorations.


News

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.

At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 22

International Night - October 23

Halloween Dance - October 24


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