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North Shore Pops Concert Band At Eisenhower Park
Monday, June 11

Police Appreciation Run
Thursday, June 14

Gypsy
Saturday, June 16


Saturday, June 9

Still Crazy For Broadway

The LI Cabaret Theatre presents a Cabaret of Broadway Songs Show with 35 talented singers and guest Brian Enoch. Musical directors: Kim Oler and Sid Cherry. The show will be followed by dance music with The Usual Suspects. BYOB. Dance until 1 a.m. Set ups, snacks, soda, unlimited dessert and coffee bar after the show. 8 p.m. at Temple B’nai Torah, 2900 Jerusalem Ave., Wantagh. Tickets $22 per person. Call 516-946-7207. Go to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Reservations at the door.


Monday, June 11

North Shore Pops Concert Band At Eisenhower Park

The concert band opens the season with a performance at 7:30 p.m. at Eisenhower Park. The 60-piece band, under the direction of Eric Albinder, will present an eclectic selection of Big Band music, light classics, Broadway show tunes and popular favorites. Call 631-864-2574.

Save A Life – Volunteer

Long Island Crisis Center, the 24 hour-a-day, seven day-a-week suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline, is currently recruiting volunteers to participate in its upcoming Counselor Assistant Training Program. No experience is necessary and the hours are flexible (around-the-clock) to accommodate the individual needs of volunteers. The free, comprehensive orientation training program takes place over three-hour sessions at the Crisis Center’s office in Bellmore. June’s training will be held on three successive Mondays from 7 to 10 p.m. on June 11, 18 and 25. July’s training will be held on three successive Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 14, 21 and 28. For more information, check out LICC’s website, www.long islandcrisiscenter.org and click on “Volunteer.” Then call 516-826-0244 to schedule an interview.


Thursday, June 14

Police Appreciation Run

David Lerner Associates and the Greater Long Island Running Club will host the 21st Annual David Lerner Associates Long Island Police Appreciation Run at the Fieldhouse in Eisenhower Park to benefit the Police Crisis Fund, which supports families of the local law force in emergency situations. Registration can be completed online at www.glirc.org. The entry fee to participate is $20 in advance; $25 for those who enter on the day of the run; $17 for Greater Long Island Runners Club members and a 50 percent discount is given to students up to and including the high school level. To make a donation to the Police Crisis Fund, send checks payable to the GLIRC Police Crisis Fund to The Greater Long Island Running Club, 101 Dupont St., Suite 24, Plainview, NY 11803 or contact Mindy 516-520-9481.


Saturday, June 16

Gypsy

The TBT Players in conjunction with the Temple B’nai Torah (2900 Jerusalem Ave., Wantagh) Capital Campaign Fund will present Rabbi Marci Bellows as Mama Rose in the musical Gypsy. Perri Levine will play legendary Gypsy Rose Lee. Performances begin June 16 for a limited run. As part of the fund raising effort, prior to single ticket sales, Rabbi Circle Seating along the Gypsy runway can be secured with a donation to the temple Capital Fund. Advertisers and individuals who make a donation will receive an invitation to the gala Opening Night party with egg rolls from JANI and cookies from Felicia’s Fabulous Bakery. For information call 917-453-4762.


Monday, June 18

Change at Jamaica

Railroad historian, author and former LIRR branch manager David Morrison discusses the history of the Jamaica station and its major impact on the growth of suburbia and the commuter culture after WWII. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Levittown Library. Sponsored by the Levittown Historical Society and Museum.


Thursday, June 21

NAMI LI Regional Council

Meeting at 7:45 p.m. at North Shore University Hospital at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd., Lecture Room (lower level). Call 694-7327 or 367-1893. Speaker: Linda Manzo, BA education, BS special education, history CAS/SAS: supervision and administration. Subject: Student Voices Loud and Proud, a remarkable documentary…a living credit tool to eradicate stigma.


Saturday, June 23

Fred K’s Cancer Event

The Third Annual Fred K’s Cancer Event will take place at Eisenhower Park (North Linden Picnic Area, Parking Field 6A), East Meadow from 9 to 11 a.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.). To find out more information about Fred K’s Cancer, visit www.fredkscancer.blogspot.com. To donate online, visit the fundraising page at www.firstgiving.com/fredkscancer. Every dollar counts.


Upcoming Events

NYVAG Veteran’s Fundraiser

Join the NYVAG for an evening of dinner, dancing, open bar and raffles at the annual NYVAG fundraiser on Friday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Memorare Caterers in Seaford. NYVAG is a nonprofit organization that provides housing to homeless veterans. Make a difference in the lives of these forgotten heroes. RSVP required. Go to www.nyvag.org for more details on purchasing tickets to the fundraiser or call Dex at 398-4120.

Garage Sale

YES Community Counseling Center, 75 Grand Ave., Massapequa, will be conducting its Annual Garage Sale on June 30 (rain date July 1) at the back of the offices (New York Ave. between Central Ave. and Hicksville Rd.) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. YES will be collecting items, old and new (but saleable). To donate items (all contributions are tax deductible), contact 516-799-3203. The proceeds from this event will be used to support programs and services to youth and families. Donations can be dropped off any time after June 1.

Lazy Days Of Summer Picnic

Plans are underway for the Levittown Community Council’s annual Lazy Days of Summer Picnic to be held at the East Village Green on Jerusalem Ave. on July 7. There will be free entertainment, activities and crafts at the event, which is a fun family day for all, paid for by membership fees and local business donations. The council is looking for volunteers to help with this program. Those interested should contact Mauro Cassano at 516-796-3392 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Sponsors are also being sought for the event.

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 lot 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

Miscarriage Support Group

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.

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 mwheeler@soldiers angels.org. 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.

•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. 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.

•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.

•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.

•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. Singing in Nassau County for over 40 years, welcomes new members. 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 (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.

•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.

•Knights Of Columbus Holy Innocents Council #3581 meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the council headquarters, 3581 Jeffries Rd., Levittown, at 8 p.m. The newly renovated meeting hall is also available for party rentals. Call 735-1724 for rentals.

•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.

•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. The chapter is accepting new members. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•The 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., Levittown. Food is always served. There is no charge to attend and new members are always welcome. Every meeting has an informative speaker or presentation. Call 731-7600 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

News

U.S. Air Force Veteran Mario Dell’aera, 80, of Levittown said he first volunteered for service in 1952, during the Korean War.

 

“They called volunteers ‘regulars,’” he said, reflecting back to when he first enlisted.

 

From 1952-1956, Dell’era called the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. home. The base, he said, operated 24 hours, 7 days a week, training pilots to fly overseas into Korea.

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.


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