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Friday, March 23
Growing up Levittown
Friday, March 23
Saturday, March 24
Come visit Long Island’s largest operating O Gauge Train layout, located in Levittown beneath Cue Nine, 2953 Hempstead Tpke. on March 23 from 8 to 10 p.m.; March 24, 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Go to www.nloe.org.
Steve Bergsman, author of Growing up Levittown, will be appearing at the Levittown Museum for a book signing and reading from 7 to 9 p.m. Refreshments available. All welcome. Call 735-9060.
At South Levittown Lanes, 56 Tanners Ln., to support the FGA Revling cheerleaders. The event will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 7 p.m. $20 per person includes: two hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza pie for each lane and a pitcher of soda. Each lane will hold up to 6 people. Lane request and payments were due by March 20. There will also be some small raffles and a 50/50. Call Kim 516-644-5663 for more information.
The Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center, 3710 Woodbine Ave. Wantagh, will once again present its famous and fabulous Goods and Services Auction 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.
At Maria Regina RC Church, 3945 Jerusalem Ave., Seaford, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 798-2415.
Holy Trinity DHS “Spring Craft Fair” from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 98 Cherry Lane, Hicksville. New merchandise, crafts, food, raffles and more. For info call 433-2900, ext. 119.
Join the Levittown Community Council for the 14th annual LEADD (Levittown Education Against Destructive Decisions) Family Walk to be held at the Levittown Memorial Education Center, 150 Abbey Ln. There will be a fair immediately following the walk. Be sure to visit the LLC table; find out more about our organization and how you can volunteer to help our community. Sign up for our Earth Day Clean Up and receive a gift that can be planted in your garden. The Kiwanis Club will be holding its Pancake Breakfast prior to the LEAD Walk from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at Levittown Memorial. Cost is between $5 and $10 for kids & adults.
Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Levittown from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Levittown Memorial Education Center, Panther Room, 150 Abbey Lane. Have breakfast before the LEADD Walk and Fair. $6 per person; $3 children under 10 and seniors; free for children 2 and under. Call Fred Interdonato 579-2961 or Gary Crozier 579-5361.
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Wantagh Fire Department will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast at the headquarters at 3470 Park Ave., Wantagh. Breakfast will be served between the hours of 8 and 11 a.m. Admission is $6 per person; $3 per child under the age of 9. Start your Sunday morning with a delicious home-cooked breakfast of pancakes with syrup, bacon, sausage and orange juice. Complete your meal with a cup of coffee or tea and a home-cooked breakfast cake or muffin. The proceeds from this event will be donated to assist in sending a child who is severely burned between the ages of 8 and 18 to the Children’s Burn Summer Camp sponsored by the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation. For more information, contact Dee (781-3689) or Barbara (679-8021), co-chairladies for this event.
Monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Levittown Historical Society Museum located on the ground floor of the Levittown Memorial Education Center, 150 Abbey Ln. A tour of the museum will be given and the controversial and comical film Wonderland will be shown. Admission is free.
The Wantagh Preservation Society presents a program on “The Ghosts and Legends of Long Island” given by the Long Island Society for Paranormal Research. 8 p.m. at the Wantagh Library, 3285 Park Ave., Wantagh. All welcome for this free event; refreshments will be served. For more information call 516 221-1200.
Senator Kemp Hannon invites everyone for a free Alzheimer’s seminar at MacArthur High School, 3369 North Jerusalem Rd., Levittown, from 7 to 9 p.m. The featured speaker is Dr. Alan Mazurek. The seminar will focus on: What are the signs & symptoms of Alzheimer’s; What part of memory loss is age-related and what you should be worried about; What causes Alzheimer’s; Who should you see if you suspect someone is suffering from Alzheimer’s; What is an Alzheimer’s “Work-up”; What medications can help Alzheimer’s sufferers; What can be done to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s; What are the signs and symptom. Reservations are required. Register by calling Senator Hannon’s Community Office 516-739-1700, or by visiting www.kemphannon.com.
Hosted by the NYS VBOC, SBDC at Farmingdale, Nassau and Suffolk County Veterans Service Agencies. This free event has been specifically developed for all veterans; service disabled veterans, discharging active duty personnel, reservists and the National Guard to provide the resources available to help our veterans get back to work. The program will include resources and information on: employment resources, technical assistance for starting or growing an existing business, certification programs, training opportunities, small business management training, funding resources, individual employment issues or concerns. The goal of the event is to get all LI veterans working in their own business, employed or better prepared for employment. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Roosevelt Hall, Farmingdale State College. Preregistration required. Call John Narciso 631-370-8891 with questions.
At Christ the King Episcopal Church, between 5th and 6th Sts., off Prospect Ave., East Meadow, at 7 p.m. Price $7/person. Call 731-3902. Refreshments and prizes for all.
The Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, 1845 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh, will be hosting a Soup and Bread Supper 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.
The annual Spring Craft Fair will be held 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.
From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The William P. Bennett Community Center, 28 W. Carl St., Hicksville. Go to http://www.thesarah gracefoundation.org/ to purchase tickets. Call 433-9745.
Artisans and more for the entire family. Easter plants, religious articles, raffle baskets, grand 50/50, baked goods, hot and cold food, pictures with the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Msgr. Thomas G. Leavey Auditorium, St. William the Abbot School, 2001 Jackson Ave., Seaford.
This free event is hosted by the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce at 2 p.m. at the Children’s Playground, Wantagh Park. Have your picture taken with the Giant Bunny, Pooh Bear and Spiderman. Bring your own basket and camera. Limit six eggs per child. Call 679-0100.
Vendors wanted for the Temple B’nai Torah of Wantagh, 2900 Jerusalem Ave., rain or shine Summer Flea Market on July 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sell your merchandise or promote your business in a spacious parking or the air-conditioned social hall and small party room in case of inclement weather to shoppers from the South Shore of Nassau County including Wantagh, Merrick, Bellmore, Seaford, East Meadow, Levittown, Massapequa, as well as parts of Suffolk and Queens County. The temple holds two flea markets one in the summer and another in the fall. For information call Ben at 516-221-2370 or e-mail brotherhood@temple-bnai-torah. org for more information.
The Levittown Division Avenue High School chapter of SADD is beginning its annual Prom Boutique Dress Drive. Donations of gently-used prom-appropriate gowns or short dresses can be brought to Division Avenue’s main lobby where convenient hangers and clothing racks will be located. All sizes are needed. Please make sure that donated items are clean and undamaged. Accessories such as shoes, handbags, and costume jewelry are also needed. The boutique will be open for any student in the Levittown school community who needs it to make prom night extra special. Any remaining prom dresses will be donated to the Long Island Volunteer Center for Girls. The Division Avenue Dress Drive will run through March 30.
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.
•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.
•Bingo For Kids/Families. On Tuesday evenings you can fun with your family at a special bingo designed just for kids. At Temple Beth-El of Bellmore, 1373 Bellmore Rd., N. Bellmore, play bingo for prizes (not cash). Doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per player. An adult must accompany the children. Adult play is optional. Bring a marker or purchase one at the event. The snack bar will be open at 6 p.m. and will serve a variety of reasonably priced items.
•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.
•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 (except July, Aug., Jan., Feb.). 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.
•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 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.
•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.
•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.
•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.
•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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
When Msgr. Ralph Sommer was growing up he found inspiration from the example of his uncle, Father Ralph Besendorfer. “He was a Brooklyn priest,” said Msgr. Sommer, who is known to parishioners as “Father Sommer” or “Father Ralph.”
“My uncle was a most powerful and delightful influence, happy, caring, and helpful,” said Father Sommer, outgoing pastor of St. Brigid’s Church, in Westbury. “I would look at him and say, ‘I could do that.’”
For a number of years, Father Besendorfer would come out to St. Bernard’s in Levittown on weekends to assist.
Now, Father Sommer finds himself about to become pastor of St. Bernard’s on June 26, succeeding Msgr. Gerard Ringenback, pastor of St. Bernard’s since 2001.
He doesn’t know if anyone at St. Bernard’s will remember his uncle, Father Sommer said, but “if I meet people who remember him from that time, it will be a nice thing.”
Born in Flushing, Queens, Father Sommer grew up in Garden City, attending St. Anne’s School. He advanced to St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary, a high school for young men considering the priesthood.
“It was a caring community,” with priest-instructors and students who shared an interest in exploring the priesthood.
For college, he left the seminary system for Adelphi University near his home. “I walked every day. We didn’t have another car.”
Adelphi offered an opportunity to test his vocation. He majored in psychology, “which I thought would help me if I became a priest.”
After Adelphi, he returned to priestly studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington. Upon graduation, he was ordained a priest in 1983.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 07:26
Under dark cloudy skies, Coach Bob Fehrenbach and the MacArthur Lady Generals, defending Long Island champions, ended their season with a 12-1 loss after forcing a third game in the best of three series from East Meadow.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Senior pitcher Anthony Semonella at Division Avenue High School has received a scholarship from the University of Bridgeport and has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at the collegiate level. He was joined by parents Donna and Ralph Semonella, Principal Dr. Francesco Ianni, Physical Education Chairperson Mauro Chiti and varsity baseball coach Tom Tuttle as he signed a letter confirming his acceptance to the university’s athletic program.
Photo provided by Syntax
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
St. Thomas Aquinas College freshman Robert Naughton, of Levittown, has made his impact known in the NCAA Baseball East Coast Conference. Naughton started out his 2013 campaign not allowing an earned run in the first 19 innings he pitched.
At completion of his first season Naughton pitched 58 innings compiling a record of 6-1, leading the East Coast Athletic Conference with an era of 1.54.