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Steel Magnolias
Friday, March 30

Track and Field Invitational
Saturday, March 31

Bowling Fundraiser Night
Saturday, March 31


Friday, March 30

Steel Magnolias

Presented by Broadway Bound at 8 p.m. at 2123 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh. All tickets $15. To purchase tickets call 516-384-9706 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . March 30 at 8 p.m., March 31 at 3 and 8 p.m.; April 1 at 2 p.m. Cast members are from Wantagh, Valley Stream, Sea Cliff, Hicksville and Muttontown.


Saturday, March 31

Track and Field Invitational

Third annual MacArthur Spring Track and Field Invitational at 10 a.m. at MacArthur High School. Thirty-five Long Island high schools will attend and participate. Sponsored by the Mercury Club, the Parent Booster Club for the MacArthur High School Winter and Spring Track and Field and Cross Country teams.

Spring Craft Fair

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.

Bowling Fundraiser Night

In honor and memory of Spc. Daniel A. Fuentes, for service to our country, Danny was a Levittown soldier killed in action in Iraq. 7:30 p.m. at South Levittown Lanes, 56 Tanners Ln., Levittown (516-731-5700). $20 per person. Included: pizza and soda, door prize and three hours of bowling. Sweepstakes including many fantastic prizes. Donations go to the Daniel Fuentes Memorial Scholarship Fund at Island Trees High School. Lane sponsorships available for $50 or $100 per pair. If you are unable to attend you can still support by addressing donations to: Daniel Fuentes Memorial Scholarship Fund, Attn: Susan Lyons/ Coach Garcia, Island Trees High School, 59 Straight Ln., Levittown, NY 11756. For more information, Sweepstakes donations, reservations or ticket purchase, contact Nancy Fuentes at fundraiser@spcdaniel fuentes.com or call 516-491-9156. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Coach Garcia, Susan Lyons at ITHS, Coach Tuorto at IT Memorial or at South Levittown Lanes (Keith Pappas).

Hugs for Sarah Blood Drive

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.

Spring Craft Fair

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.


Sunday, April 1

Spring Fun Hunt

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.

Farmingdale-Wantagh Breakfast Reception

UJA-Federation of New York will honor Lorraine Levin and Gerald Lutzker at the Farmingdale-Wantagh Breakfast Reception at the at the Farmingdale-Wantagh Jewish Center. There is no cost to attend this event. To make a reservation, contact Mary Resnick 1-516-677-1893 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Through your gift to UJA-Federation, you can help people in need, connect people to their Jewish identity, and respond to crises in New York, in Israel, and around the world.


Monday, April 2

National Autism Awareness Day

In honor of National Autism Awareness Day, The ELIJA School, 100 Periwinkle Rd., Levittown, will be hosting its 3rd Annual ELIJA School Autism Awareness Week (ESAAW 2012), April 1-5. Providing the Long Island community with a variety of events and activities, ELIJA hopes to increase community awareness and involvement with ELIJA and the Autism community at large. ESAAW 2012 will feature a special ELIJA NY Islanders Hockey Game (April 1), an opportunity to “Experience and Understand Autism at The ELIJA School” (April 2-5) and a wonderful community event, “Champions of Awareness: An Autism Community Event” (April 4), featuring VIP Autism community speakers and opening remarks by Councilman Gary Hudes. For more information about the ESAAW events mentioned and/or to RSVP, visit www.ELIJA.org or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Tuesday, April 3

Town Meeting

They have changed the date of the Town Meeting from March 28 to April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Karopczyc School. This was done to accommodate officers from the 8th Precinct who plan on attending this meeting. At the last Town Meeting, the community asked if they could invite officials from the 8th Precinct to speak about what law enforcement is doing to address the drug problem in the community. Two 8th Precinct officials will be on hand to engage in an open dialogue with the community. It is appreciated that the police department is able attend this meeting.


Saturday, April 14

Super Market Bingo Night

Join Last Hope Animal Rescue for its first ever Super Market Bingo Night. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the games will be played from 7 to 10 p.m. Prizes to include an assortment of baskets…Groceries, Household, Italian Night, Kids Playtime, Gardeners Delight, Movie Night, Cleaning Day and more. All money raised goes toward Last Hope Animal Rescue’s adoptable dogs/cats and community outreach programs such as Fix-A-Feral. Admission: $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Additional cards, daubers and soda/water can be purchased separately. Bring your own snacks. For more information or if you would like to donate a basket contact Connie 516-935-0503 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Diane 516-735-2058 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Go to www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org.

Blood Drive

Help Long Island Blood Services meet it’s need for blood by donating the gift of life. Runner’s Edge is hosting an Anniversary Blood Drive at Runner’s Edge on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 242 Main St., Farmingdale. RSVP to schedule (every 15 minutes) to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-359-9409. Walk-ins are welcome.


Upcoming Events

Chinese Auction

The Nassau BOCES Rosemary Kennedy School PTA is sponsoring a Chinese Auction on April 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. Doors Open at 6 p.m.; Auction begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosemary Kennedy School, 2850 North Jerusalem Rd., Wantagh. Admission is free. Donations of new merchandise and gift cards/gift certificates are being sought. Contact Mindy Davidson 516-396-2616 with questions or if you have any items or gift certificates to be picked up.

Donations Wanted

The Nassau BOCES Rosemary Kennedy School PTA is sponsoring at Chinese Auction on April 27 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Rosemary Kennedy School, 2850 N. Jerusalem Ave., Wantagh. Donations are being sought that will be raffled off that night. A tax ID number can be provided should you wish to use the donation for tax purposes. Get a lot of holiday gifts that you want to use or re-gift and donate them to the auction. The school serves students ages 8 to 21 from Nassau County’s 56 school districts who have developmental disabilities such as autism and/or mental retardation. Contact Mindy Davidson 396-2616 for questions or if you have items or gift certificates to be picked up.

Vendors Wanted

The Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave., Hicksville, will hold its annual Flea Market on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain or shine). Vendors interested in renting space should contact Millie at 516-938-1233.

Vendors Wanted for Flea Market

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


Ongoing Events

Soldiers Angels

Soldiers Angels sends care packs to deployed troops all through the year. Cards and letters for our deployed troops, local veterans and for our wounded heroes are also needed. Soldiers Angels also accepts donations for our local veteran missions in the community. For more information on this and other local missions of support call 406-9217 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You may drop off cards and letters of support to the LevitStyle office at 19 Jerusalem Ave., Levittown. You can also visit the Soldiers Angels website at www.soldiersangels.org.

Prom Boutique Dress Drive

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.


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. 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 the 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 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. Meetings are open to the general public. Membership is for residents and organizations in the areas comprised by the Levittown and Island Trees school districts.

•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 .

•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.

•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. Admission is free. Call 378-0665. Not held in December, May, June, July or August.

•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 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 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, August, January, February). Call 735-9060.

•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 .

•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.


Ongoing Programs

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.


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

It’s been a long time since Nicole Shaw and Chris McCabe first met—years, in fact—but after taking a chance on each other, the couple realized that they were meant to be with

McCabe recently proposing to Shaw at Old Westbury Gardens’ annual Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns after six years of dating. 

 

McCabe, now an NYPD officer, and Shaw, who works for Mill Neck Services for Deaf Adults, met in middle school and developed their friendship through high school, said Shaw. 

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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