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Temple B’nai Torah Honors War Veterans
Friday, November 9

Salute To Veterans Benefit Concert
Friday, November 9

CCAN’s Gala Event
Saturday, November 10


Friday, November 9

Temple B’nai Torah Honors War Veterans

Temple B’nai Torah located at 2900 Jerusalem Ave. and Oakfield Ave. in Wantagh, will honor the Jewish War Veterans as part of the Erev Shabbat Service on Friday evening at 8 p.m. The community is invited as Rabbi Marci Bellows and Cantor Steven Sher will acknowledge with words and prayers, the veterans who have served their country. Veterans are encouraged to come in uniform.

Salute To Veterans Benefit Concert

Benefit concert will be held at the Uniondale High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Including People Of Value and Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. All proceeds will be donated to local veteran organizations to aid in veteran assitance programs. For more information, call 516-303-3141 or 516-318-6237.


Saturday, November 10

CCAN’s Gala Event

The Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network (CCAN) will host the 9th Annual “Celebration of Life” Gala on Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The evening includes a cocktail hour, dinner, open bar, coffee and cake, music, dancing, 50/50 raffles, and raffle prizes. The gala will be held at The Sterling, 345 Hicksville Rd., Bethpage. Attendance is $95 per person or $875 for a table of ten. To register or for more information visit: www.carcinoidawareness.org.


Sunday, November 11

Bird Walk at Mill Pond Park

Join the South Shore Audubon Society for a bird walk at Mill Pond Park from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The group will meet at the Park on the north side of Merrick Road, west of the Wantagh State Parkway (Wantagh/Bellmore). Bring binoculars. Walk leaders and other birders and nature enthusiasts will be happy to share their knowledge and experience with you. The bird walk is free of charge. Rain will cancel the bird walk. For more information, visit: www.ssaudubon.org or call 516-987-8103.

Free Lecture At Hofstra University

The Long Island Society of the Archaeological Institute of America will be presenting a free lecture titled “The Unsolved Mystery of the Athenian Agora Bone Well” at 2 p.m. The lecture will take place in Breslin Hall, Room 106 at Hofstra University. Speaker will be Dr. Susan Rotroff, (AIA speaker), who is a professor in the Dept. of Classics at Washington University, St. Louis. Dr. Rotroff has studied and will discuss how human and animal bones found their way into the well. For more information, call 631-420-1564.


Tuesday, November 13

Blood Drive

The Wantagh Fire Department’s 2012 Semi-Annual Blood Drive will be held at Station 1, 3470 Park Avenue, Wantagh, from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m., in cooperation with the Blood Donor Center of the Nassau County Medical Center. Blood volunteers must be between 17 and 75 years of age, in general good health, must weigh at least 110 pounds, and must not have donated blood in the last 56 days. Volunteers with a history of Multiple Sclerosis, heart disease and/or stroke will not be accepted. However, those with diabetes that is non insulin-dependent and is under control will be allowed. Those over 75 years must meet all criteria and provide a physician’s letter. Social Security numbers are required so donations may be crossed checked for health reasons. The Blood Drive Committee and Ladies Auxiliary will host a light dinner.


Wednesday, November 14

Holiday Boutique

A holiday boutique will be hosted by The Doris Kramer preschool of Congregation Beth Tikvah (formerly Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center), 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Venders will be selling handmade tye-dye clothing for children and adults, jewelry, scarves, handbags, hair accessories, and other gift items. Great buys and hassle free shopping. For more information, call 516-785-2445.


Friday, November 16

Book Sale

Giant book sale sponsored by Friends of the Wantagh Library, at 3285 Park Avenue, in Wantagh from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sales are cash only. Also on Saturday, Nov. 17.


Saturday, November 17

Art Exhibit

East Meadow Public Library, 1886 Front Street, will present an exhibit by photographer and graphic artist, Keith Warhola in the lower level gallery. The opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.


Monday, November 19

Long Island Fight for Charity Event

Long Island Fight for Charity will host a free 10th Main Event Announcement and Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Long Island Hilton, Route 110, in Melville. The program will include a look back at the LI Fight for Charity’s history of charitable support. Businesspeople, community members, alumni boxers, sponsors and volunteers will be thanked for their past and continued support. Complimentary appetizers, beer, wine, soda, and cocktails. Cash bar. Call 877-240-7821 to RSVP.

CHADD Forum

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders) of Nassau County will hold its monthly educational forum and support group at the East Meadow Jewish Center, 1400 Prospect Ave., East Meadow. Support groups meet from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The forum at 8:30 is “How to Advocate for Your AD/HD Child” with Wayne Rock, Special Education Advocate. For more information, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Wednesday, November 28

Grumman Retiree Club Meeting

Grumman Retiree Club will hold a regular membership meeting and luncheon at the Milleridge Inn beginning at noon. Reservations are suggested. E-mail the club at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional details or call 516-575-3777 or visit: www.grummanretireeclub.org.


Saturday, December 1

Holiday Fair

There will be a holiday fair at the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church located at 1845 Wantagh Ave. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair will be held in Seaman Hall (the white building next to the church). Admission is free and there is free parking behind the church. TV raffle, vendors of all types. Lunch available. There will be breakfast with Santa at 10:30 a.m. and lunch with Santa at 1 p.m. The cost for breakfast or lunch with Santa is $12 per person. For more information, call 516-785-1829.


Sunday, December 2

Annual Holiday Lighting

The Wantagh Chamber Committee holiday lighting will take place at 3 p.m. at Triangle Park located across from the train station. Seeking committee members that would like to help put this event together as well as participate in the celebration. Call 516-781-7412 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


Friday, December 7

Doo-Wop Fundraiser

An Evening With the Stars: Doo-Wop Fundraiser to help support the games for the physically challenged will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. at Bethpage High School. Featuring Winnie Winfield, Lenny Dell and the Dimensions, Continentals, Cathy Jean, The Fireflies, The Jarmels, and Classic Sounds. Tickets are $25 each, reserved seating only. Free parking. Go to www.larentr.com or call 631-873-8817 for more information.


Upcoming Events

Winter Coat Drive

The Parkway Community Church will be holding a winter coat drive during the months of November and December. All coats will be donated to The Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) in Hempstead, a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization that addresses the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island. All donations of new or “gently” used coats (infant, child and adult sizes) can be dropped off at the Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave., in Hicksville between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, call 516-433-5659.

Vendors Wanted

Vendors wanted for the Temple B’nai Torah of Wantagh located at 2900 Jerusalem Avenue for the Holiday Shopping Flea Market fundraiser on Sunday, November 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sell your merchandise or promote your business to shoppers from the South Shore of Nassau County. Rain or shine. 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 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.

Social and Ballroom Dancing

Ongoing party mix every Friday afternoon Nov. 9, 16, and 30 at Kismet Shriners Hall, 18 W. Nicholai in Hicksville (off Old Country Road 107N) from noon to 3 p.m. Professional DJ, singles and couples areas, chicken, salads, bagels, coffee, and pastries. Private lessons available. Call 718-332-7825 for more information.

Twin County Chorus

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.

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