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Sunday, April 21

Detective Sgt. John Mateer, NCPD Fundraiser

Friends and family will gather to raise funds for Detective Sgt. John Mateer of Nassau County Police Department on April 21 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Avenue in Wantagh. Mateer was a dedicated member of the Nassau County Police department since 1985. He lost his wife Carol to cancer in 2003 and was raising his four children by himself when he also became terminally ill. After a brave five-year battle, Mateer passed away on Dec. 29, 2012. If you wish to donate and cannot attend, please mail your donation to: Mateer College Fund – Acct 212980, N.C.P.D. Federal Credit Union, 777 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY 11803. Tickets to the event are $60 and include live music featuring Secret Circus and Half Step, a dinner buffet, open bar, raffles and giveaways. 

Nunsense II: The Second Coming

St. Bernard’s Parish, 3100 Hempstead Tpke in Levittown presents Nunsense II: The Second Coming on April 21, at 2 p.m. in the church’s auditorium. Fun for all. Tickets $10 adult, $5 children. Purchase at rectory.

Monday, April 22

General Meeting 

Levittown Community Council’s general meeting will be held on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the large boardroom of the Levittown Memorial Education Center. The Levittown School District budget for 2013-14 will be discussed by a school district representative. All district residents are welcome to attend. Call Pat Patane at 516-579-2831 for more information. 

Tuesday, April 23

Preservation Society Meeting

The Wantagh Preservation Society will be having their meeting on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wantagh High School, north cafeteria, 3301 Beltagh Ave. Featuring presentation on the Wantagh Schools Financing of Education by Christopher Wendt. All are welcome, free admission. Refreshments will be served. 516-826-8767.

Wednesday, April 24

Drinking Water Meeting

The League of Women Voters is hosting an information session, “What About Our Drinking Water?” at the Levittown Public Library on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. Topics include potable water for generations, existing problems and solutions, and more. Join Sarah J. Meyland, an associate professor in the department of environmental technology at New York Institute of Technology. 

Fire Department Fundraiser

The Levittown Fire Department Rescue 4 will be having a fund raising event at the T.G.I. Friday’s at 3535 Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown on April 24 from 4 to 11 p.m. Spend $20, T.G.I. Friday’s will donate $5 to the fire department. Patrons must present a flyer for the event. 

Thursday, April 25

Spring Job Fair

Farmingdale State College will hold its Spring Job Fair on April 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on campus at Roosevelt Hall’s multipurpose room at 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale. Visit www.farmingdale.edu for updates and information.

Sunday, April 28

Musical Tribute To Danny Kaye

Join Congregation Beth Tikvah, 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh, on Sunday, April 28, at 5 p.m. for a musical review honoring the life and work of the multi-talented Danny Kaye. Bob Spiotto will present song, dance, and an uncanny impersonation. Hors d’oeuves. Dinner, and show for $36 per person. Everyone is welcome. Call 516-785-2445 for reservations.

Tuesday, April 30

Blood Drive

Wisdom Lane and IDC Service Club Blood Drive on April 30 from 3 to 9 p.m. at 120 Center Lane, in Levittown. Donating blood takes less than an hour and you get free cookies and juice. Eligibility criteria: bring ID with signature or photo; minimum weight 110 lbs.; age 16 – 75 (16 year olds must have parental permission. Age 76 and over need doctor’s note); eat well (low fat) and drink fluids; no tattoos for past 12 months. To make an appointment call Tatiana Laimit at 917-261-8832. Donors will be eligible to win a Target giftcard. 

Thursday, May 2

Casino Night

Treat yourself to a good bet while raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention. Join the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for an exciting evening of fine food and drink, delectable desserts, and fantastic casino fun on May 2 at The Carltun located in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., a fabulous night of casino fun with great prizes. Tickets are $125. Checks may be made payable to AFSP, 25 Pepperidge Road, East Rockaway, NY 11518. Credit cards are also accepted. On-line ticket sales are available at www.afspli.org. Proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Tuesday, May 7

Keeping Kids Safe

News stories continually alert us to a child whose trust has been betrayed by a predator. Thankfully, there are things that parents can do to prevent it. Join Anthony Zenkus, LMSW, director of education and mental health services, on Tuesday, May 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Island Trees Public Library, to learn to recognize warning signs in adults who may wish to harm children, and some simple steps to help you minimize the opportunity that your child could ever be harmed.

Thursday, May 9

Free Voice Lessons

Ladies, do you love to sing? Twin County Chorus has a place for you. Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to join the Twin County Chorus of Sweet Adelines International in the joys of a cappella harmony. For four weeks starting May 9, at 7 p.m., the chorus will offer free voice lessons at an open house at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, at 3434 Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown. Call Bobbi at 516-983-2128 or Susan at 516-729-8323 for more information. Or visit www.twincounty.org.

Saturday, May 11

POW-MIA service 

Non-sectarian memorial service held for the remembrance of all brethren who are still listed as POW-MIA. Service on May 11 at 2 p.m. at St. Francis DeChantal, 1309 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh. 

Scholar In Residence

Join Congregation Beth Tikvah, 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh for the annual Scholar in Residence program on Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 at 9:15 a.m. The guest speaker will be Rabbi Jonathan Porath who will be addressing several topics including “Visits to Jews in Russia.” Everyone is welcome. Optional meals available for purchase. Call 516-785-2445 for information.

 

News

In response to the county’s fly-by-night decision to remove 176 old oak trees along Seaman’s Neck Road, earlier this month, New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon has issued a letter to Nassau County Department of Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias regarding constituents’ concerns with the appearance of the roadway.

In his letter, Hannon asks Commissioner Shah-Gavnoudias if the removal of the trees were under the jurisdiction of LIPA or PSEG.

“If not, I would like to know who made the decision to remove these trees and why,” Hannon states. “I request you review this case and take whatever course of action necessary.”

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.

“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”

During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.


Sports

Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.

Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.

Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.

Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).


Calendar

BOE Planning Session

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Bad Seed Auditions

Thursday, Aug. 28

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs

Friday, Aug. 29



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