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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 Village of New Hyde Park adopted its 2014-15 operating budget Tuesday, April 14. The new budget totals $6 million. Last year’s budget topped off at $5.8 million. 

 

The adopted budget holds a final tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.65 percent increase from last year. It’s estimated that residents will need to pay an additional $18 per year in village taxes.

The Village of New Hyde Park held off on its decision regarding the possible reopening of the Angry Gnome Pub. New Hyde Park resident John Murnane is looking to reestablish the bar and its two upstairs apartments at 1217 Jericho Tpke.

 

The pub was devastated because of Hurricane Sandy two years ago. According to village officials, tenants were using “alternative means of heat and air conditioning” which caused a fire in October 2012 after the storm, resulting in two deaths.

 

“It’s a neighborhood bar,” said Murnane. “It’s been a fixture in New Hyde Park for a long time.”


Sports

Sewanhaka High School’s girls lacrosse coach Erica Brennan knows something good is going to happen when attacker Skylar Shimansky is sprinting down the field. 

 

“When she’s on the move, shooting, 90 percent of the time, it’s going in,” Brennan said. 

 

The goals have been going in for Shimansky on a consistent basis so far this season. She leads the Indians with eight goals and has scored in each of the team’s first six games.

For Ariana Bruschi, winning the school award in the national Wendy’s High School Heisman competition is about hard work. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior is a standout Gladiators field hockey, lacrosse player and an avid volunteer.

 

“It really helped me and showed how hard work paid off,” she said. “I thank all my coaches and my guidance counselor Mary Beth Healy. They really helped me.”

 

The Wendy’s competition measured three parts: academics, athletics and leadership. These categories were strengths for Bruschi.


Calendar

Budget Vote - April 24

Herricks Host Calhoun - April 24

Senior Lunch - April 27


Columns

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