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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.

Spring Craft And Vendor Fair

On Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church will be hosting their annual Spring Fair. There will be vendors and crafters of all types, including local art, handbags, jewelry, candles, baby and kid items, accessories, household items, plant and flower sale (Just in time for Mother’s Day) and more. Lunch and baked goods will be available for purchase.  Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church is located at 1845 Wantagh Ave.  Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking in the municipal parking lot behind the church.

Wednesday, May 15

De-Stuff

Dr. Duffy Spencer, social psychologist, will be presenting “The Stress of Stuff: How to ‘De-Stuff’, De-Stress and Get the Life You Deserve!” at Bethpage Library, 47 Powell Avenue on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 516-931-3907 or 516-334-8985.

Immigration Update

Do you agree with current policies? Do you want changes? On Wednesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a panel presentation on this subject at the Levittown Public Library. At that time you will have an opportunity to get answers to questions you may have which will help to clarify the complex issue of immigration. The meeting is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of East Nassau. All are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, May 16

Anti-bullying Session

Girl Scouts of Nassau County will hold an anti-bullying session for all girls in grades 6-8 on May 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hicksville Community Center, 28 West Carl Street. Cost is  $20 per girl, includes annual membership fee. For more information, contact Eliza Zipper, program and critical issues manager by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-741-2550 x254.

Friday, May 17

Get Hypnotized

On Friday, May 17, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Wantagh Fire Dept. will be hosting The James Munsey Comedy Hypnosis Show. It will be held at Wantagh Fire Dept. headquarters, 3470 Park Ave., Wantagh. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person which includes soda, coffee, tea and dessert. For tickets and information, contact Kathy at 516-315-2808 or Mary Ellen at 516-313-4745.

Book Sale

The Friends of the Wantagh Library, at 3285 Park Avenue will hold their Giant Book Sale on May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, and again on Saturday, May 18. Call 516-221-1200. Sales are cash only. 

Saturday, May 18

Church Homecoming 

The First Presbyterian Church of Levittown at 474 Wantagh Avenue is hosting a Homecoming Weekend for members, friends and the community. Join on Saturday, May 18, for a performance of the Prodigal Daughter, a musical at 4:30 p.m. followed by refreshments. Tickets: $20 for adults, $10 for those 18 and under. For information or to reserve tickets, call the church office at 516-731-3808.

Monday, May 20

Homemaker’s Bingo

The Levittown Homemaker’s Day Chapter will hold “Gift Card Bingo” on May 20 at 11 a.m. at the VFW Hall, Post #9592, 55 Hickory Lane in Levittown. Admission is $7 and includes refreshments. Chances on raffles prizes will be available. Call Jo McDonogh at 516-520-4601 for information.

Sunday, May 26

Memorial Day Service

The UVO Memorial Day Service will be held at Veterans Plaza in Eisenhower Park, near parking field #6 on Sunday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. For information call: 516-343-0106.

Sunday, July 14

Classic Car Show

Classic Car Show on July 14 at Bethpage Federal Credit Union at 899 South Oyster Bay Rd in Bethpage. All makes and models welcome. Live performance by one of Long Island’s top doo-wop bands, The Fabularies. Trophies, raffles, vendors, radio broadcast, and more. Download a car registration form at www.corvettesociety.com. Raindate is July 21. Show spots sell out each year, reserve early. For more info call Joe at 516-849-2465. 


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

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