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Craft Fair - June 8

Blood Drive - June 12

Book Signing - June 15

Saturday, June 8

Craft Fair

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Levittown Post 9592 will hold their craft fair and spring sale on June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 55 Hickory Lane in Hicksville. 

Wednesday, June 12

Blood Drive

The Hicksville United Methodist Church will hold a blood drive on June 12 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Old Country Road and Nelson Avenue. Contact Ginny Visceglie at 516-931-0157 if you have any questions or to make an appointment.

Saturday, June 15 

Book Signing

Christopher M. Collora will be available to sign copies of Long Island: Historic Houses of the South Shore at Costco, 625 Broadhollow Road (Route 110) in Melville on June 15 from noon to 3 p.m. The book explores the South Shore’s famous resident personalities, including Schuyler Parsons, Fred Astaire, Anita Stewart and Robert Pinkerton. The lifestyle of the South Shore is also portrayed, including activities like hunting and fishing as well as the famous beaches that served as tourist attractions. 

Poet Laureate Induction

The Nassau County Poet Laureate Society is pleased to announce the induction of Mario Susko as the new Poet Laureate for Nassau County on June 15 at the Farmingdale Public Library, 116 Merritts Road, at 2 p.m. All poetry lovers are welcome.

Saturday, June 29

Irish Night Concert

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 15 of Nassau County and Massapequa present an evening of Irish entertainment with live traditional Irish music by renowned Irish entertainer Ed Ryan, and featuring champion Irish step-dancers with an additional performance by the Tara Pipes and Drums of Massapequa. Festivities start at 7 p.m. on June 29 at Brady Park on Front Street in the village of Massapequa Park. Homemade Irish soda bread, giftware and refreshments will be available. For information call 516-799-5413 or 516-798-0244.

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 information call 516-849-2465. 

Sunday, July 21

Summer Fair

Hicksville’s 11th Annual Summer Street Fair will be held on July 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Kennedy Park, Route 107 and Jerusalem Avenue. 

Saturday, August 17

Hicksville Run

The Greater LI Running Club has teamed up with the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce for the inaugural Discover Hicksville 5-mile run on Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. Course will start and finish at Cantiague Park. Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information contact 516-443-9204 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


News

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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Turkey Cookie - November 21

Lost Nights - November 22

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