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Kiwanis Club - Down the Stretch they Come!
Saturday, March 3

Trash to Treasure
Saturday, March 3

Pasta Dinner
Sunday, March 4


Saturday, March 3

Kiwanis Club - Down the Stretch they Come!

“Cruise Ship” Horse Racing is Back. If you missed out on last year’s “Cruise Ship” Horse Racing sponsored by the Levittown Kiwanis Club, you’re in luck. The Kiwanis Club is hosting the 2012 edition of the fun and exciting event at the South Levittown Lanes at 6:30 pm. The event opens with the auctioning of the “horses,” so be sure to bring themed apparel to dress up your winner. Raffles and food/soda will follow throughout the night. For just $15, it is an economical way to spend a Saturday night, so bring your friends and family.

Trash to Treasure

Indoor Yard Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 3434 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown. Call Karen 622-1275.

Jewelry Sale

Last Hope Animal Rescue is holding a Jewelry Sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Last Hope Wantagh Adoption Center, 3300 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh (across from Wantagh High School). These sales have been popular with shoppers at other locations. All proceeds benefit Last Hope’s special needs dogs and cats. To donate items or for more information, call 921-2008 or visit www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org.


Sunday, March 4

Pasta Dinner

Explorer Post 690 of the Wantagh Fire Department will host a Pasta Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. at Wantagh Fire Department Station 1 located at 3470 Parks Ave., Wantagh. The dinner will consist of salad, spaghetti, meatballs, Italian bread and a desert all for a minimal cost of $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12 years. The gala event is in an effort to raise funds for the explorer post and the many activities in which the department participates.

10th Anniversary Celebration Of the Mary Brennan INN

The public is invited to join the executive director of The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), Jean Kelly, to celebrate the 10thanniversary of LI’s largest soup kitchen, the ribbon cutting of the agency’s first ever guest choice pantry, and the unveiling of, a special art piece, presented to The INN by a group of artists called, the Seven of Us. The event will include a brief speech by the executive director, interviews if requested, an extensive tour of the facility, and photo opportunities. 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mary Brennan INN, 100 Madison Ave., Hempstead. RSVP to Cynthia Sucich 516-486-8506, ext. 115.


Tuesday, March 6

Central Nassau Chapter #1592 AARP

Meeting at 1 p.m. at Levittown Hall, Levittown Pky., Hicksville. Seniors are invited. No fee. For details call 794-9178. Magician John Lepre will entertain.


Wednesday, March 7

Defensive Driving

Sponsored by the Community Center of Plainview-Old Bethpage and the N.Y.S.P. State approved for insurance and point reduction. March 7 and 14 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Plainview Middle School, Central Park Rd. To register call 1-516-495-4786. You must dial 1-516 first even if that is your area code.


Friday, March 9

Lenten Soup and Bread Suppers

For five Fridays during Lent, through March 30, the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, 1845 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh, will be hosting Soup and Bread Suppers at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall (the white building next to the church). All are welcome for delicious soup and bread, beverage and dessert. Kid friendly food, too. There will be a short presentation/activity. There is non charge for this supper. However, if you wish, you can make a monetary donation and/or bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated to the Freeport Emergency Food Pantry. There is plenty of free parking in the municipal parking lot behind the church. Reservations are requested but are not mandatory. Call the church 785-1829 or Gloria 735-4980.

Mardi Gras Gift Basket Auction

Come enjoy a festive Mardi Gras Gift Basket Auction at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 3434 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown, at 6 p.m. There will be over 100 gift baskets or gift certificates to be won. There’s something for everyone. There will be music, refreshments, a festive atmosphere and lots of prizes to win. Admission is $20 per adult which entitles you to 25 free raffle tickets. Call 731-2314 for information.

Scholarship Sweeps

The Division Avenue High School PTSA will host its 12th “Scholarship Sweeps” Division Avenue High School. Bring your lucky pennies, rabbit foot, 4 leaf clovers, lucky troll or bell and join us for a night of Family Fun, Basket Bingo and a Chinese Auction. Admission is $5 per person, which includes one game card packet for four games, one door prize ticket, coffee/tea and cake. First game starts at 7 p.m. (doors will open at 6 p.m.). Contact Laura 735-3578 or Patty 735-0136 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information or to reserve a table. The proceeds form this evening go directly to the DAHS PTSA Senior Scholarship Fund which award scholarships to DAHS seniors who have meet the application criteria. Applications are available in the Guidance Office at DAHS.

Long Island Rose Society

Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Plainview Old-Bethpage Library. The featured speaker is Ann Marie Zawistowski, the curator of The Rose Garden at Old Westbury Gardens. She will present a program entitled “The Organic Rose Garden,” the history of transitioning to organic care in a public setting, the highs and lows. Consulting Rosarians are available to answer questions. Admission is free. Refreshments are served.


Saturday, March 10

Art Auction

The Sisterhood of Temple B’nai Torah, 2900 Jerusalem and Oakfield Aves., Wantagh, in conjunction with Marlin Fine Arts of Long Island, will sponsor a fundraiser Art Auction from 7 to 10 p.m. View Contemporary, Southwestern, Americana and more. $5 per person includes admission, wine and Cheese, hors D’oeuvres and coffee. Reservations requested. Call Joni at 221-2370.

Open House at INN

Open house will be held at Long Island’s largest soup kitchen, the Mary Brennan INN, 100 Madison Ave., Hempstead, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours will be given every half hour. Refreshments will be served. All ages welcome. Door prizes. Free prize for the 50th, 100th, 150th and 200th attendee. Call Emily Wilensky 486-8506, ext. 138.


Sunday, March 11

Low Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic

Last Hope Animal Rescue will be sponsoring a low cost pet vaccination clinic for cats and dogs at the Wantagh Adoption Center, 3300 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $5 – Rabies; $12 – Canine and Feline Distemper; $12 – Canine Bordatella. No appointment necessary. Pets must be at least two months old for distemper and Bordatella and four months old for Rabies. All dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers. Call 516-417-0222 or 631-205-5069. Visit www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org.


Sunday, March 13

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast

The East Meadow Kiwanis Club offers a delicious way to help others in need. Unlimited juice, pancakes, eggs, sausages, coffee and tea. Plus, free blood pressure screening, face painting, balloons and raffle drawings for a 32” HD TV, Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet and a Sony Cyber-shot digital camera. Proceeds go toward the club’s college scholarship and underprivileged children projects. Only $5 adults; $3 seniors, students and children. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the East Meadow High School cafeteria, 101 Carman Ave., East Meadow. Contact Gary Fromowitz 516-455-9344 for info.


Thursday, March 15

NAMI LI Regional Council

Meeting at 7 p.m. at North Shore University Hospital at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd., Lecture Room (lower level). Call 694-7327 or 367-1893. Program: Representing Clients with Mental Illness. Speaker: Matthew J. Rosenblum, attorney at law.


Sunday, March 18

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Auction

Last Hope Animal Rescue is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Auction on from 5 to 8 p.m. at HR Singletons, 150 Hicksville Rd., Bethpage. Tickets are $52 per person; $40 for children 10 years old and under. Dinner includes appetizer, salad, main course and dessert. Join Last Hope Animal Rescue for a fun-filled evening featuring a 50/50 “Pot of Gold,” plus regular, silent and Chinese auctions. All proceeds benefit Last Hope’s foster dogs and cats plus community outreach programs such as Fix-A-Feral. For more information, call 516-935-0503 or 516-921-2008; or visit www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org.


Upcoming Events

Urgent Casting Call

The Arena Players Children’s Theater is casting for the roles of Sandwich Man/Fire Eater and Harlequin in its upcoming production of Pinocchio, which runs from March 3 through April 7. For Sandwich Man/Fire Eater Arena is seeking a young adult male between the ages of 13-17 with the ability to play a villain and for the role of Harlequin, a girl/young adult female between the ages of 10-17 is being sought to play Pinocchio’s puppet friend. Rehearsals will be mostly at the Vanderbilt Mansion Carriage House, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport, will work around school schedules and begin immediately. Send head shots and resumes (if applicable) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , as soon as possible. Call 293-0674.

Spring Craft Fair

The annual Spring Craft Fair will be held on March 31 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 3434 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be arts and crafts vendors, refreshments, bake sale, Granny’s Attic and photos with the Easter Bunny between noon and 3 p.m. Call 731-2314 for information.

Goods and Services Auction

The Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center, 3710 Woodbine Ave. Wantagh, will once again present its famous and fabulous Goods and Services Auction on March 24 at 8 p.m. Included will be many items and services such as dinners, shows, jewelry, a day at the races, gift certificates, raffles and much more. Everyone is welcome. Admission is only $5. Refreshments will be served. For additional information call 785-2445.

Spring Fun Hunt Sponsors Wanted

Hosted by the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce on April 1 at 2 p.m. at the Children’s Playground, Wantagh Park. The chamber is looking for sponsors to help make this event a success. Sponsorship $50. Send company name, billing address, business phone, fax number, e-mail address and check to Wantagh Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 660, Wantagh, NY 11793. Call 679-0100.

Vendors Wanted

Holy Trinity DHS “Spring Craft Fair” on March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 98 Cherry Ln., Hicksville. New merchandise, crafts, food, raffles and more. For info call 433-2900, ext. 119.

6th Biennial Sojourn To West Africa

10 Day Cultural Trip to Ghana, West Africa, Aug. 4-14, 2012. Visits to Cultural sites: W.E.B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Elmina/Cape Coast Slave Castles – Door of No Return, River of he Last Bath/Assin Manso, Kakum National Park, Kumasi (Seat of the Ashanti Empire), Manhyia Palace. Ashanti Craft Villages: Ahwiaa (Wood Carving Village), Ntonso (Adinkra Textile Printing Village), Bonwire (Kente Weaving Village). Akosombo Dam, Boat Cruise on the Volta Lake – largest man-made lake in the world, Torgome Village for Naming Ceremony, shopping galore. For further information contact Pat Jenkins This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-997-6585.


Ongoing Events

Stroke Support Groups

Stroke Life Society is a community organization of survivors and co-survivors in the pursuit of living and helping others. A stroke can be very isolating. By sharing experiences and encouraging one another, together we can face and overcome common challenges. All welcome. RSVP is requested but not required. For information and other locations and times, call Ben Thomas 398-4994. Go to www.strokelife.org.

•Every first Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. in Room 12, St. Frances de Chantal, 1309 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh.

•Every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh.

•Every second Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Epilepsy Conference Room, Research Building Level C, 270-05 76th Ave., New Hyde Park.

•Every third Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Parish Center, 3100 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown.

•Every fourth Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Room 106, St. James Parish Center, 80 Hicksville Rd., Seaford.


Port North Spring Boys Basketball

Port North is a 3-year-old independent basketball team based out of Port Washington that plays year round in the super league at Island Garden and various tournaments in the metropolitan area. The program currently has a combined record of 30-3 in the winter super league. The emphasis is on teaching the fundamentals, developing good practice habits and preparing players for middle and high school basketball. The team has a professional trainer with over 20 years experience. We are currently looking for experienced and dedicated basketball players in grades 4 through 10 who are interested in trying out for spring and AAU basketball. If you are interested or have any questions email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Weekly Events

•Homemakers Club Levittown Day Chapter meeting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays at the VFW Hall Post #9592, Hickory Ln. Call 579-4420.

•Overeaters Anonymous meeting every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 474 Wantagh Ave., Levittown. Do you have a problem with food? We are a 12-step group for those who eat compulsively. Call 794-1333.

•Mid Nassau Jewish Retirement Club meets every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Temple Emanuel 123 Merrick Ave., East Meadow. New members are welcome. Call Marty Fein 485-3171.

•Calling All Seniors. Why be bored at home? Come for fun, trips and to meet new friends. Qualifications: resident of Hicksville, Plainview or Levittown. Meetings every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bethpage Senior Center, 103 Grumman Rd. West, Bethpage. Call Andrew Grieshaber 349-7801.

•Cub Scout Round Up. Parents of boys in first - fifth grades who are interested in joining the Cub Scouts at Temple B’nai Torah, Wantagh, should contact Jeff Cohen at 205-1589. The Cub Scouts are sponsored by the Brotherhood of Temple B’nai Torah. Meetings are on Thursdays in the Youth Lounge from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. For more information about the Cub Scout Pack go to our website at www.troop189ny.com.

•Adult Yiddish Classes beginners and advanced beginners/intermediates. Sundays at the Nassau Cultural Center, 574 East Meadow Ave., East Meadow. To register call 794-0506.

•New Attitudes Singles meets every Sunday at 6 p.m. at PieSanos Pizzeria, 2330 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow. Call 851-6114. Singles meet and greet. Introductions and discussion. Fee $10 plus expenses.

•Bel Canto Chorale. Each year, the chorale performs two major concerts and a benefit concert. All soloists are selected from within the membership. All voices are invited to rehearsals on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, 1845 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh. Call 541-0726 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Monthly Events

•Levittown Lions Club meets on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Domenico’s Restaurant. Call Tom Di Iorio at 242-2273 for more information.

•Levittown Historical Society. If you are interested in helping collect memorabilia, photographs, appliances and furnishings from the early days of Levittown, come down for an interesting evening. All welcome. No admission charge. Free refreshments. Brief business meeting. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Levittown Library. Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month. Call 735-9060.

•Levittown Community Council. Levittown and Island Trees organizations and residents are invited to monthly meetings of the Levittown Community Council held at 7:30 p.m. at Levittown Memorial Education Center in the Panther Room on the fourth Monday except in July and August. Informational programs relevant to the community are presented and refreshments are served. Meetings are open to the general public. Membership in the council is for residents and organizations in the areas comprised by the Levittown and Island Trees school districts.

•East Meadow Lions meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the East Meadow Library. Call John Persich 334-3730.

•Knights of Columbus Holy Innocents Council #3581 meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the council headquarters, 3581 Jeffries Rd., at 8 p.m. Call 735-1724 for rentals.

•St. Bernard’s W/W Interfaith Organization general meeting at 8 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Club, 2612 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. All are invited. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month. Call Chris 631-842-6734.

•The Levittown Chapter of the Red Hat Society meets the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Community Room of the Levittown Library. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•Levittown South-North Wantagh Republican Club meets on the third Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 3123 N. Jerusalem Rd. Food is always served. There is no charge to attend and new members are always welcome. Call 731-7600 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•Levittown American Legion Post #1711 meets on the first and third Friday of each month at the Post Headquarters, 3123 North Jerusalem Rd., at 8 p.m. Any veterans residing in the area are encouraged to come and join the ranks to share the comradeship they had when serving as members of the Armed Forces.

•St. Bernard’s W/W Interfaith Organization Dance every fourth Friday at the Elks Club, Veterans Blvd., Massapequa, at 8 p.m. to midnight. $12. Call Chris 631-842-6734.

•Pet Loss Support Group for people who feel very sad about the loss or serious illness of their cat or dog. Group sessions meet the first and third Saturdays of every month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the conference room at Bideawee, 3300 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh. Open to the public. No fee, but donations accepted to help Bide-A-Wee provide for the animals in its care until they are placed in loving homes. To register call Joan Stoppa 785-4199, ext. #1.

•Faith on Tap addresses concerns of people in their 20s and 30s on issues of faith and morals, which have an impact on the lives of individuals, families, local communities and society at large. 7 to 9 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at the Wantagh Inn, across the street from the Wantagh railroad station. Admission is free. Call 378-0665. Not held in December, May, June, July or August.

•East Meadow-Levittown JWV Post #709 meets every month except July and August, at 9 a.m. on the fourth Sunday at Levittown Hall, Levittown Pky., Hicksville. Breakfast is served and all new members are welcome. Call 933-9400.

•Korean War Veterans of NC Chapter #1 regular monthly meeting at 8 p.m. on the third Monday of every month (except July and August) at American Legion Post #1711, 3123 N. Jerusalem Rd., Levittown.  Call 334-1025. KWVA is seeking all who served in the US Armed Forces and UN Command during the Korean War between Sept. 3, 1945 to Jan 31, 1955 or Feb. 1, 1955 to the present. You did not have to have served in Korea to be a member.

•Free Informational Lectures. Chiropractors Dr. Laraine Valenti and Dr. Michael Bernstein will hold free informational lectures in their office, 3000 Hempstead Tpke., Suite 304, on the first Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration required by calling Lois 731-0712 or 579-4949. All attendees will receive a free reusable hot/cold pack and a certificate for a complimentary spinal examination and consultation.


Ongoing Programs

Levittown’s Brass and Percussion

A nonprofit organization that will teach kids, ages 8 to 88, to play an instrument and have fun parading, performing, competing and many social events. Free of charge. Beginners or experienced musicians welcome. Free transportation and instruments if needed. Have fun while learning music, discipline, responsibility, good self-esteem, team work, camaraderie and improve skills and motivation. Call Gary Jacobs 731-7819 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Cosmetology Program

Levittown Career and Technical Center at Abbey Ln. is offering the public salon services performed by students on Fridays from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pricing for a haircut, shampoo and style, and manicure is $3. Permanent waves and highlights ($20) and hair coloring services ($10) are also available by appointment only. Call Kurt Witkofski or Nancy Stine at 520-8330, ext. 670.

Child and Adult Food Program

All children in attendance will be offered the same meals at no separate charge, with no physical segregation of, or other discriminating against, any child because of race, color, age, national origin, sex or handicap. This applies to Teacher’s Pets Child Care Centers in Levittown and Plainview. Call 731-3263.

At the Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center

Located at 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh. Call 785-2445 for information on the following:

•Adult Education led by Rabbi Alan Lavin. Course #1 Torah Reading Skills. Learn and sharpen your basic skills to read Torah. Mondays at 7 p.m. Course #2 Basic Talmud. Learn the legends, laws and background of the Wisdom of the Rabbis. 8:10 p.m.

•Learning the Torah and Haftorah Trops on Mondays at 7 p.m. Instructor Rabbi Alan Lavin. This is a practical course for those who can read Hebrew to learn how to participate more easily at services and lead prayers. The course is open to all men and women.

•Beginners Hebrew course, sponsored by Hadassah, will be held at on Mondays at 7 p.m. Instructor Murray Zwerling. For those who would like to learn or improve their basic Hebrew reading.

•Introduction to Jewish Prayer on Mondays at 8:15 p.m. Text: To Pray as a Jew by Rabbi Haim Donnin. Instructor Rabbi Alan Lavin. The course is designed for those who would like to learn the history, meaning and structure of the siddur.

•Sisterhood Book Club – If you have an interest in reading, the Sisterhood Book Club is for you. Join other women to discuss interesting books. Call the synagogue office for more information about the Book Club and Sisterhood events.

Levittown Historical Society and Museum

The organization collects, preserves and educates history of Levittown. Holds seven yearly general meetings in the Community Room of the Levittown Library and maintains the museum located in the Levittown Memorial Education Center, Room 10, 150 Abbey Ln., Levittown. The museum contains history of Levittown, WWII memorabilia, artifacts from the Levitt houses, toys, furniture, clothing of the ‘40s and ‘50s, replicas of the Levitt kitchen and the Levitt ranch living room. Gift shop. Regular hours Wednesdays 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. - Fridays 7 to 9 p.m. Weekday tours by appointment. Call 516-735-9060. Website – Levittownhistoricalsociety.org.

News

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island, came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.

 

For Andrea Kopatka, 49, of Levittown, this was her first race in three years. 

 

“I wanted to run this race before I turned 50,” she said. “It was on my bucket list.” 

Over the summer, 13-year-old Zachary Martin of Levittown was named an All-American athlete for his performance on the gridiron, earning him an invitation to the ninth annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

 

Martin, a defensive lineman for the Wisdom Lane Middle School Wildcats, said he was selected among a group of young athletes after attending a rigorous five-day football camp at LIU Post.  


Sports

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michelle Duffy of Levittown was recently named head coach for the Blue Angels’ cross country program at the College of New Rochelle. 

 

“We are very pleased to have a coach with Michelle’s pedigree take the reins of our cross country program,” said Athletics Director Harold Crocker. “Her success athletically and academically, as well as her ability to mentor and guide young women, makes her the ideal coach for the Blue Angels.”


Calendar

Levittown Board of Ed - September 10

Patriot Day - September 11

Annual Country Fair  - September 13


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