Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00
Saturday, May 5
Wednesday, May 9
Senior Citizens Prom
Friday, May 11
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.
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: May 5 at 8 p.m.; May 6 at 2 p.m.
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.
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 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.
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.
Join Senator Hannon for an informational seminar, Planning Ahead: Boomers and Seniors Living in the 21st century. The event will be taking place at the East Meadow Library,1886 Front St., East Meadow, from 7 to 9 p.m. Featured speakers will be Nicole Zuvich, elder law attorney, Marie Rakoczy, elder care advisor, and William Worth, financial advisor for the New York State Partnership for Long Term Care. Contact Senator Hannon’s Community Office at 516-739-1700.
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.
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.
Says the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, inviting the community to its comedy fundraiser at 8 p.m. at Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. In addition to enjoying the show, guests can try their luck in a pick-a-prize raffle and a 50/50 cash raffle. Doors open at 6:30 and guests are encouraged to come early as seating is on a first-come/first-served basis. Tickets cost $20 and there is a two-beverage minimum per person per table. Tickets must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be sold on the night of the event. Contact Caroline Mulcahy at 516-877-4315 to purchase tickets or visit www.adelphi.edu/nysbreastcancer.
Meeting at 7 p.m. at North Shore University Hospital at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd., Lecture Room (lower level). Call 694-7327. Program: Open forum: All aspects of mental illness are up for discussion. Speaker: Dr. Luis Betancourt, psychiatrist, Nassau University Medical Center.
Spring is here and it’s time for the Island Trees Senior Citizens’ Prom. The event will be held 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 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.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Wantagh Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wantagh Library, 6285 Park Ave., Wantagh. Sales are cash only. Call 221-1200. The sale will also be held on May 19.
The Wantagh Preservation Society will be holding its spring yard sale 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.
Ronald McDonald House of Long Island’s Annual Walk Of Love Walk-A-Thon. The three-mile walk will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park. Check-in will start at 9 a.m. Senate candidate George Maragos will be on hand for the opening ceremony and Ronald McDonald will lead the walk at 10 a.m. Registration fees are as follows: $20 pre-registration; $15 children (under 12); $25 day of registration. Registration includes an event T-shirt, special raffle for pre-registered walkers, entertainment, meet and greet with Ronald himself, refreshments, finish line medal and finish line celebration. All proceeds from this event directly support the vital services provided by The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Call 516-775-5683, ext. 133.
In recognition of Armed Forces Day, Levittown Community Church, 100 Periwinkle Rd., Levittown, will be hosting a free Veterans Benefits Seminar for all military members now serving as well as those who have previously served our country. This informative seminar will take place immediately following the 10 a.m. worship service honoring our Armed Forces. For further information, call the church office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 516-735-6550.
A walk for women and their families at Jones Beach, Field 5. There will be plenty of activities, arts and crafts and attractions for the kids (and adults too). Visit the da Vinci robot. Sit down and operate on our minimally invasive, state-of-the art equipment. Come for yoga, Zumba, kickboxing and dancing - all taking place before the walk. There is still time to register. Visit EveryWomanMattersWalk.com to join. Check-in 8:45 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m.
At Eisenhower Park Field 2, East Meadow. Skin cancer, with a lifetime risk of 1 in 5 including deadly melanoma, risk of 1 in 50 is an epidemic. It is the most common form of cancer in adults 25-29 and second among 15-25 year olds. Register online or on-site starting 8:30 a.m. Run starts 10 a.m.; walk 10:30 a.m. A $20 donation by May 6 is requested. Under 12 free. After May 6, the donation is $25. Winner medals, prize wheel, raffles, 50/50 and children’s activity tables. Go to www.ccmac.org.
A safe, confidential, supportive environment to talk about what you have been through, reactions and feelings and how to move forward. You are not alone. Facilitated by a professional therapist. Three consecutive Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Hicksville-Plainview area. $60 for three meetings. To register call Nancy Berlow, LCSW: 516-356-7109. All inquiries are confidential.
•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.
•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.
•Business Networking International. Join the “All In” chapter of BNI at its breakfast meeting every Tuesday at 7 a.m. at the East Bay Diner, Merrick Rd., Seaford. Referrals are exchanged between local business people to help their businesses grow. Call Denise Langweber for more information at 765-2800, or meet the group there.
•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.
•Korean War Veterans of NC Chapter #1 monthly meeting 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 U.S. 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 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.). For more information call 735-9060 or go to www.levittownhistoricalsociety.org.
•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. The object of “Faith on Tap” is to address 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 last 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.
•Performance Poets Association meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 8 p.m. at The Cup Café, Railroad Ave., Wantagh. Hosted by Cliff Bleidner and Irene Wright. $2 plus one purchase. Call 794-9826.
•Levittown American Legion Post #1711 meets on the first and third Friday of each month at the Post Headquarters located at 3123 North Jerusalem Rd., Levittown. Meetings start at 8 p.m. Any veterans residing in the area are encouraged to come down to Post Headquarters and join the ranks to share the comradeship we all had when serving as members of the Armed Forces.
•Bethpage Masonic Lodge No. 975 Free And Accepted Masons will meet at 8 p.m. at the Hicksville Masonic Temple, 18 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. Meetings are every second and fourth Friday. Call 731-2488.
•NC Mothers Of Twins Club, a caring support, education and resource for parents of multiples. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. at the Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave., on the third Tuesday of each month. Call 616-3366 or visit www.NCMOC.org.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00
The members of the eighth-grade graduating class at Jonas E. Salk Middle School proceeded down the aisles of the school’s gymnasium in a ceremonial moving-up tradition, as proud parents and family members watched from the bleachers. Class officers led the salute to the flag, after which the eighth-grade chorus, conducted by Lisa Levenberg, sang the national anthem.
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.
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.