Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00
Red Devils Parade
Saturday, September 8
Sunday, September 9
LI/NYC Area Young Widow/Widowers Social
Wednesday, September 12
The 61st Annual Levittown Red Devils football parade will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8. Step off begins at 3 p.m. from Center Lane and Hempstead Turnpike. The event ceremonies will begin at 4 p.m. at McLaren Field at Loring Road in Levittown.
Help support a Troop 323 Eagle Scout project to purchase, install, and landscape around a sign for the Island Trees Public Library. Only $5 per car. Located in the front circle of the Island Trees Memorial Middle School on Wantagh Ave. in Levittown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also on Saturday, September 22.
Open to widows and widowers of all ages. New faces are always joining us at every event. Cost: $10 cash plus a minimum $15 restaurant order, separate checks. Apollo Diner, 630 Merrick Ave., East Meadow. Private room in the back. RSVPs are recommended. Walk-ins will be accepted on a space-available basis. Call 516-536-1410.
Nassau Community College (NCC), in conjunction with Nassau University Medical Center, will host its 18th Annual “Back to School” blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the College Center Building, 1 Education Dr., Garden City. The process takes less than an hour and refreshments will be served to participants. Blood donors must be at least 17 years old and in good health. Donors should bring photo identification. Although small snacks will be provided, donors should eat before donating. To make an appointment call Dr. Friedman at 516-572-7883 or simply come by the College Center Building the day of the blood drive.
Town of Hempstead’s 7th Annual Collector’s Car Show will be held at Town Park Point Lookout, 1300 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach, from noon to 4 p.m. Open to display cars 1987 and older. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 16. Car display check in begins at 10 a.m. Call 516-812-3496 for more information.
Weight Watchers will be hosting a Lose For Good Open House event at their Levittown location, at 3507 Hempstead Turnpike from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join for this very special one-day-only offer, prizes, refreshments, recipes and more! The Open House will host a Lose for Good food drive to benefit Island Harvest so remember to bring a non-perishable item to donate. Weight Watchers will donate $1 for every pound lost, up to a million dollars. For all participating locations visit WeightWatchers.com/LoseforGood.
Planting Fields Foundation and Chamber Players International announce the Beethoven Festival at Coe Hall Mansion. Performances are as follows:
• Concert featuring Adrian Daurov, cellist, Philip Edward Fisher, pianist. Cello Sonatas: F Major (No.1) op.5 and A Major (No.3) op. 69 at 2 p.m.
• Lecture “The Keys to Beethoven” at 3 p.m.
• Concert featuring Anastasia Khitruk, violinist, Phillip Edward Fisher, pianist. Sonata in A minor (No.4) op. 23; “The Two Romances”; Sonata in C minor (No.7) op. 30 at 4 p.m.
Non-members $25/members, seniors and students $20. Parking fee: $8 per vehicle. For tickets call Lilly McGurk at 516-922-8676 or email emcgurk@planting fields.org.
St. James Church and the Monsignor Delaney Knights of Columbus will hold a blood drive at St. James Church Parish Center, 80 Hicksville Road, Seaford, from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Must be in good health and between the age of 17 and 75 and weigh at least 110 lbs. Donors will have a chance to win two tickets to the BroadHollow Theatre which will be raffled off. For information call 516-694-2016.
NAMI Long Island Regional Council Inc., is hosting a lecture on mental illness. Topic: Keeping emotionally fit and healthy as we age. For family members with mental illness: preventing relapse and toxic thoughts. Speaker is Dr. Jane Brody, RN, Professor Nassau Community College. Begins at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Room (lower level) at North Shore University Hospital at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd., Plainview. Meeting is free. For more information call 694-7327.
There will be a free prostate cancer screening at St. Joseph Hospital, Ambulatory Surgery Area, 4295 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage from 9 a.m. to noon. To schedule an appointment, call 516-520-2500. Visit: www.StJosephHospitalNY.org
Please join Long Island TRIO ((Transplant Recipients International Organization) at our most cherished event, a ceremony where we honor and thank donor and donor families who have given others new life. At noon at the Donor Rose Garden, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. Adjacent to the Women’s Sport Pavilion-Parking Field 6/6A. All are welcome. For information and directions call 516-942-4940.
The Bethpage Ocean to Sound 50-Mile Relay will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23 to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Start time is 8 a.m. Begins at Jones Beach and ends at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay. Teams must register online at www.glirc.org. Cost: $360/team if registered by Sept. 16. No day-of-race entries will be accepted.
The Long Island Fair begins Thursday, Sept. 27 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Corn husking contests, farm animals, games, crafts, vegetables, flower sales, and more. Visit www.lifair.org or call 516-572-8416 for more information. Fair runs through Sunday, Sept. 30.
Dr. Duffy Spencer, social psychologist, will be presenting “Dealing With Harsh Criticism” at Bethpage Library, 47 Powell Ave., Bethpage at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 516-931-3907 or 516-334-8985.
A Country-Western party will be hosted by the Nassau & Queens Chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. The party will be held in the Parish Hall of the Church of St Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh. The facility is completely accessible. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children under 16, and includes food, beverages, music and line dancing lessons. For more information call Cathy at 718-849-0952. No tickets will be sold at the door.
The Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave., Hicksville, will hold a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors interested in renting space should contact Millie at 516-938-1233 for an application. Rain date October 20.
The Levittown Chamber of Commerce is holding its Annual Business to Community Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Levittown Veterans Memorial Park (on Hempstead Turnpike, in front of the library).
“Halloween Casino Night” cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, games of chance, silent auction, entertainment and dancing to benefit Hospice Care Network’s programs and services. Honorees include Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Justice Ute Wolff Lally. At the Glen Head Country Club, 240 Glen Cove Rd., Glen Head from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets are $350 each and sponsorships begin at $100. Call 516-224-6467 or visit www.hospicecarenetwork.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.
Ladies, do you love to sing? Then we’ve got a place for you. Join Twin County Chorus in the joys of a cappella harmony. We rehearse every Thursday evening in Levittown from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Call Bobbi at 516-798-4325 or Susan at 516-729-8323 for more information. Or visit the website: www.twincounty.org.
•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.
•Overeaters Anonymous. Are you a compulsive overeater? Under eater? Overeaters Anonymous can help. There is a meeting on Tuesdays on the corner of Salisbury Park Dr. and Carmans Rd., East Meadow, across from the firehouse from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. Call for directions 997-4534. For information about the meeting call Nancy 798-2547 (between 7 and 9 p.m.) or Ed 845-5423.
•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.
•Bingo For Kids/Families. On Tuesday evenings you can have fun with your family at a special bingo designed just for kids. At Temple Beth-El of Bellmore, 1373 Bellmore Rd., N. Bellmore, you can 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. No food can be brought with you into the temple because strict kosher food laws are observed.
•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 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.
•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.
•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.
•Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group held on the first Tuesday of every month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the East and West Conference Rooms on the Main Floor at Nassau University Medical Center, 2201 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow. For information call Linda McCammon 543-2245, ext. 212.
•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.
•St. Bernard’s W/W Interfaith Organization general meeting from 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. For further information contact Chris 631-842-6734.
•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.
•St. Bernard’s W/W Interfaith Organization Dance every fourth Friday at the Elks Club, Veterans Blvd., Massapequa, at 8 p.m. to midnight. $14. For further information contact 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 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.
•Free Informational Lectures. Chiropractors Dr. Laraine Valenti and Dr. Michael Bernstein will hold free informational lectures in their office, 3000 Hempstead Tpke., Suite 304, Levittown. They have found that many people appreciate the opportunity to get their health-related questions answered by caring doctors. The lectures are held the first Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Due to limited seating, registration is 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.
Learn to be a comic at Governor’s Comedy Cabaret. A comprehensive course that will teach you the basics of standup comedy, culminating in your appearance on Governor’s stage. Governor’s is located at 90 Division Ave., Levittown. Call 731-3358 or visit www.govs.com for more information.
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.
And we’ll keep her feet on the ground. A Big Sister can really make a difference. A Big Sister provides the additional support and friendship to help you make sure your daughter grows up to become the best person that she can possibly be. A Big Sister gives your daughter another person to talk to about “sister” things. Plus, she can help reinforce the positive values and goals you would like her to achieve. To enroll your daughter in the program call 731-7880.
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:
•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.
Is a nonprofit organization run by moms for moms. A safe, nonjudgmental place for mothers to share ideas, exchange information and make new friends. Discussion groups, mommy and me classes, separation classes, craft classes, family activities and mom’s night out are offered. Midshore Mother’s Center is located at the Church of St Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh. For more information call 679-4641. New members are being accepted.
Catholic Charities Seaford Community Service Center, located in St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 2197 Jackson Ave., Seaford, welcomes persons age 60 and over to its multi-purpose senior center. Delicious hot meals are served daily and transportation is provided in the towns of Wantagh, Seaford, Massapequa and Massapequa Park. Trips, drama and art classes, card playing, bingo, parties and access to social services are offered. Call 679-8373.
Sponsored by the Town of Hempstead, Dept. of Senior Enrichment. Since the club meets at Memorial High School, Abbey Ln., it runs on a school schedule from September to June on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The members enjoy coming in to socialize, play cards, games, bingo and get instruction on different arts and crafts projects. If anyone has questions about joining the club, call Noreen Hunt on Mondays and Thursdays only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 520-8300, ext. 677.
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.
Need a gift for your favorite veteran? The NC Veterans Memorial Fund Inc., a nonprofit organization (not affiliated with Nassau County or any government agency) offers all veterans throughout the U.S. a place on the “Walls of Honor.” These walls are located at Veterans Plaza, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. It is for those living and deceased who served our county during war and peacetime. Space is available for those interested in including their name or that of a loved one. Proof of military service and a contribution of $100 per name is required. A 50 word or less military biography on each person on the wall will be housed in the veterans tower if requested. Contact the Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund, Inc., PO Box 7911, Hicksville, NY 11802 or call 997-5484.
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.