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Once Upon A Mattress
Saturday, April 28

March For Babies
Sunday, April 29

Craft Fair
Saturday, May 5


Friday, April 27

Chinese Auction

The Nassau BOCES Rosemary Kennedy School PTA is sponsoring a Chinese Auction 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.


Saturday, April 28

Once Upon A Mattress

At Temple Emanu-El of East Meadow, 123 Merrick Ave., in the Social Hall. Adults $18; seniors $14; under 18 $9. Call the temple office, 794-8911, to order tickets. Performances: April 28, May 5 at 8 p.m.; April 29, May 6 at 2 p.m.

First Annual Safety Fair For Families

Takes place April 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wantagh Park, 1 King Rd., Wantagh, just south of Merrick Rd., west of the Wantagh State Pky. The Safety Fair is free to the public and will feature family fun, giveaways and free raffles. For more information visit: www.NassauCountyNY. gov/OEM or contact Nassau County OEM at 516-573-0636.

Adopt-A-Park

As a sponsor, Wantagh Bay Yacht Club is having its Spring Cleanup at 10 a.m. Participants are club members as well as local community residents, organizations and Boy Scouts. Participants can gather to clean up the shoreline, plant flowers, paint and do some minor maintenance in and around the Community Building. A certificate of community services is offered to anyone requesting it. Call 516-446-5319 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to attend.

New York Guitar Show Exposition

Hundreds of vintage, new and used guitars, amps, accessories. Custom guitar and amp builders, dealers and collectors. Buy, sell, trade. Food, beer, soda and family fun. April 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cure of Ars Church, Merrick. Admission is $8. Free parking. Some booths still available. Call 516-889-6895. Go to www.NYGuitar Expo.com. Sponsored by Guitar World, the Les Paul Foundation and Base Musicians Gear Source.


Sunday, April 29

March For Babies

A baby’s first steps are one of the most precious moments in life and the March of Dimes believes every baby deserves a healthy first step. Join March for Babies and make sure more babies get that chance. Walk together for stronger, healthier babies. March for Babies will be held in at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. It’s a family-friendly event where the community comes together to raise money to support research, services, education and advocacy in the fight against prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality. Interested walkers and donors can visit marchforbabies.org to sign up as an individual or family, start a team, or donate. For more information contact Ann Morrison 516-628-6267 or amorrison@march ofdimes.com.

Stone Soup Open Mic

Hosted by the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, 1845 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh, from 2 to 4 p.m., to benefit the Freeport Emergency Food Pantry. People of all ages and faiths are welcome to participate and attend. Choirs and other groups as well as soloists, instrumentals, poetry and dramatic readings are welcome. Participants should be prepared to perform something appropriate for all ages as there will be young children present. Since this is a food benefit, songs about food will be the sub-theme, but are not required. If you do not have an accompanist, bring sheet music. There is one mic stand, a couple of mics, a keyboard, an organ and an upright piano. Admission to this foodraising event is at least one nonperishable food item per person. Call 516-785-1829 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Community Relations Council Brunch

UJA-Federation of New York will honor Joyce and Paul Teller, Diane and Seth Meisel, Diane Pollack, Merri Quinonez and Ellen and Howard Weiss at the East Meadow Community Relations Council Brunch at the East Meadow Jewish Center at 9:45 a.m. There is no cost to attend this event. To make a reservation, contact Mary Resnick at 1-516-677-1893 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Through a gift to UJA-Federation, people can help others in need, connect people to their Jewish identity and respond to crises in New York, in Israel, and around the world.


Monday, April 30

Adventures In Music

Temple B’nai Torah, 2900 Jerusalem and Oakfield Aves., Wantagh, and Cantor Steven Sher, with support from the Kliegman Fund, present the final Adventures In Music program for the 2012 winter/spring season: “A Concert of Entartete Musik: Music Banned by the Third Reich,” Tim Ruedeman, saxophone, Steve Beck, piano. The program will be held at noon. A donation of $3 per person is requested. The Chai Club will provide refreshments.

In Good Taste Benefit Event

Support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention by attending In Good Taste, a restaurant tasting event at The Carltun in Eisenhower Park. Fine food, winning wines and delicious desserts will be provided by many of Long Island’s premier restaurants, wineries, and bakeries. A Cabaret After-Party will feature singers and a comedian. This year, the addition of a casino will round out the evening. Tickets are $90 per person for the main event and $125, which includes the fantastic After Party. For more information, contact Dale Camhi 516-869-4215.


Saturday, May 5

Craft Fair

The Levittown Fire Department Engine Company 7 will be hosting its third Annual Craft Fair at the (old) K-Mart shopping center, 3350 Hempstead Tpke., corner of Gardiners Ave. They will be having approximately 150 vendors and lots of good things for Mother’s Day gifts. All kinds of crafts from jewelry, lawn ornaments, pocketbooks and more. Also featuring a full food court with lots of specialty foods from sausage and peppers to zeppoles, to chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, pretzels and assorted pickles from the famous Pickle Me Pete. Come on out for a great family day. Raindate: Sunday. May 6.


Tuesday, May 8

LI/NYC Area Young Widow/ers

Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Chen’s Buffet City (an all-you-can-eat Japanese-Asian fusion buffet), 3056 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown. $25 cash covers dinner, soda, tax plus tip. RSVP to 516-536-1410 to reserve. The group will be in a private room. Ample free parking in back. Great chance for widows and widowers to socialize with each other.


Wednesday, May 9

Don’t Give Into Arthritis

A public education Arthritis Expo from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bellmore Memorial Library. Participants will choose to attend two out of four workshops on exercise, pain management, nutrition and stress management. There will be entertainment provided by Moonlight Serenaders. Metro PT will be talking about therapeutic procedures for pain relief, modalities, laser, cryotherapy, aquatics, balance and exercise progression to take away pain. The Expo is conducted and sponsored cooperatively by the Bellmore Memorial Library, HealthCare Partners and the Arthritis Foundation. Contact Metro PT at 516-745-8050 for more information.

Stroke Fundraiser

Stroke Life Society, the East Meadow based, nonprofit organization, will be holding its Second Annual Fundraiser at Governor’s Comedy Club in Levittown. Stroke Life Society’s last comedy event, a big hit with stroke survivors, their families and friends, packed the house to capacity and left guests a little more lighthearted than when they arrived. A ticket donation is $20 and is 100 percent tax deductible; Governor’s requires a two-drink minimum. Tickets must be purchased in advance through www.strokelife.org or by calling 516-946-1548. For those interested in taking chances on baskets full of goodies (donated by local merchants), door prizes and their 50/50 raffle, doors will open at 6:30. The comedians will start promptly at 8 p.m.


Thursday, May 10

Small Business Networking Expo

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is inviting all current and prospective small business owners to his 2012 Small Business Networking Expo from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Seaford Knights of Columbus, 2183 Jackson Ave., Seaford. The program provides current and aspiring small business owners with an opportunity to network with one another and learn about services that could help their business grow. Call Senator Fuschillo’s office 516-882-0630 or visit fuschillo.nysenate.gov.


Friday, May 11

Senior Citizens Prom

Held by the Levittown School District. The prom is a way of recognizing and thanking senior citizens for their selfless and invaluable contributions to the school district and the community as a whole. The prom will be held in the gymnasium of the Levittown Memorial Education Center, 150 Abbey Ln., Levittown, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Denise Brunnhoelzl at 520-8300, ext. 592.


Saturday, May 12

Flea Market

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


Upcoming Events

Island Trees Senior Citizen’s Prom

Spring is here and it’s time for the Island Trees Senior Citizens’ Prom. The event will be held on Friday, May 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Island Trees Memorial Middle School. The tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in person at the Island Trees Middle School April 27 or May 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. or by mailing a self-addressed stamped envelope with check made payable to CAPIT to; CAPIT c/o Linda Rincon, 14 Mallard Rd., Levittown, NY 11756. Come for an evening of good food, music, dancing and raffles.

Vendors Needed

The Wantagh Preservation Society will be holding its Spring Yard Sale on May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date May 20) on museum grounds, 1700 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh. Rental fee for space (which includes car) is $35. Merchandise of new, used, crafts and collectables may be sold (no food vendors). For more information or an application, call Elaine 516-785-0761.

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 Event

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.


Weekly Events

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

•Family Support Group, an ongoing support group for those who have family members or other loved ones with mental illness. Meets on Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. at Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services, 950 South Oyster Bay Rd. The fee is $5 per family. In addition to verbal support, the group presents guest lecturers, workshops, education programs and holds social events. For information call 822-6111.

•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.

News

A clown named Renaldo performed magic tricks for an enthusiastic audience as part of the National Circus Project, which visited Levittown Public Library on Wednesday, July 16.

 

All 150 tickets available for the performance were sold out in this interactive magic show for children. Throughout the entire circus act, children laughed and raised their hands as high as they could to be chosen as one of Renaldo’s helpers.

 

Raising her hand to participate was three-year-old Kirsten Cantwell from Seaford. “She was upset that she didn’t get picked,” said her mother Melissa Cantwell.

 

Kirsten Cantwell goes to any activity offered at the library, and is starting to enjoy watching magic shows. According to her mother, she really enjoyed the performance.

 

In the circus show, National Circus Project performer, Al Calienes, acted as Renaldo the clown.

 

“The show has different components of acts in the circus,” explained Calienes. “We teach children circus moves.”

 

With the National Circus Project, children get to see magic tricks performed live. “We infuse enthusiasm by showing them, and they in turn will be able to repeat the process,” said Calienes.

Renaldo performed plate spinning, where he spun a plate on a stick and passed it along to the stick of one of his helpers from the audience, who then passed the plate down a line of three more helpers. This interactive way of teaching the children magic tricks really allows them to absorb what they are learning.

 

The National Circus Project travels and performs for elementary schools, as well as middle and high schools. When the National Circus Project is not going to schools, they perform at library shows, summer camps, and other types of events.

 

The performance entertains the adults as well as the children. “We involve everybody,” said Calienes. “Everybody’s engaged on some level or another. “

 

At every library performance, Calienes donates the children’s book he wrote and illustrated Renaldo Joins the Circus to the library. He feels that he owes a lot to the library system. “Anything that ever meant anything to me I learned in the library,” said Calienes.

 

Calienes learned how to draw from the library, which is how he became a commercial artist. One of the main characters he would always draw would be Renaldo the clown. “I wanted to make him real so I joined the circus,” he said.

 

Calienes has been performing with the National Circus Project for seven years and has been in the circus business going on 26 years.

 

The National Circus Project brings magic to children at any school, camp or library all over Long Island as well as across the country.

 

Last June, Nassau County passed legislation that allows for the deployment of a speed enforcement camera system in school zones for each of the 56 public school districts in the county. 

 

The new systems will be implemented throughout the county on July 25, and will be operational on scheduled school days throughout the year. 


Sports

Levittown’s Division Avenue High School varsity baseball team, under the direction of coach Tom Tuttle, won the Class A County Championship, garnering a third-place ranking in New York State. This is the team’s 13th county championship win and the second county championship for the school in the past four years.

 

In addition, senior Chris Reilly was named Championship MVP for throwing a complete game shutout in game two and going three for four with two RBIs. 

Taylor Traenkle, a junior at Division Avenue High School recently received the MVP award for the Nassau County Varsity Hockey League Association.

 

Traenkle, who plays no. 9 for the Levittown Ice Falcons, led the way averaging 2.8 points a game with a total of 25 goals and 23 assists in just 17 games. 


Calendar

Lazy Days Of Summer - July 26

Flea Market - July 27

Darlene Prince and the Bragg Hollow Band - July 28


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