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Rosie O'Donnell At Governors - January 25

Levittown Community Council - January 27

Northside PTA - January 28 

Thursday, January 23

Island Trees Vs. Harlem Wizards

On Jan. 23, watch as the Harlem Wizards play some of the Island Trees principals, teachers and staff. The game will be held inside the Island Trees Memorial Middle School Gym at 7 p.m. Tickets are in limited supply, any tickets not sold in advance will be sold at the door. Seniors and students are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. General admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Court Side seats are also available for $25 and includes a meet & greet before the game and an autographed picture.

 

Friday, January 24

Island Trees Public Library Board of Trustees

The next meeting of the Island Trees Public Library Board of Trustees will be held on Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. inside the community room.

 

Saturday, January 25

Rosie O’Donnell at Governor’s 

Actress/Comedian Rosie O’Donnell will take the stage at Governor’s in Levittown for five special performances on Jan. 25, Jan. 30, and Feb. 1.

Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $40 - $70 online. Admission is 18 and up and there is a two drink minimum at the tables. 

 

Monday, January 27

Levittown Community Council Meeting

Join members of the Levittown Community Council for a discussion with guest-speaker Ken Heino of the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs about consumer complaints, identity theft, social host laws and food expiration dates. The local civic organization meeting will be held at the Levittown Library on Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, January 28

Northside PTA

The next meeting of the Northside Elementary School PTA will be held on Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. 

 

Wednesday, January 29

Levittown PTA Council

On Jan. 29, the Levittown PTA Council will host an evening with New York State Deputy Commissioner of Education Ken Slentz. The event is being held at 7 p.m. inside the auditorium at Wisdom Lane Middle School, located at 120 Center Lane, where Slentz will discuss the Common Core Learning Standards and other issues in Education. 

There will also be a question and answer session following the presentation, however, only questions submitted in advance will be considered. To submit a question e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it along with name, address and phone number.

 

Thursday, January 30

Business Honor Society 

On Jan. 30, MacArthur High School will hold its Business Honor Society induction ceremony at 7:30 p.m.   

 

Weekly Events

• 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 516-579-4420.

 

• Family Support Group, an ongoing support group for those who have family members or other loved ones with mental illness. Meets on Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. at Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services, 950 South Oyster Bay Rd. The fee is $5 per family. In addition to verbal support, the group presents guest lecturers, workshops, education programs and holds social events. For information call 516-822-6111.

 

• 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 516-794-1333.

 

Women’s HIV/AIDS Counseling Services 

Offering free support service, individual counseling, couples/family counseling, services for children. If you are a woman with HIV or AIDS and you need a place to talk or just to listen, we’re here to help. The support group meets every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the “B” Building, Room 347 (inside the Child Development Center), Nassau University Medical Center, 2201 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow. Individual counseling is also available by appointment. Call Dr. Suzanne Lachmann or Dr. Laura Cini at 516-572-5932.

 

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 516-349-7801.

 

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 516-205-1589. 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 our website at www.troop189ny.com.

 

Bel Canto Chorale

Singing in Nassau County for over 40 years, welcomes new members. Each year, the chorale performs two major concerts and a benefit concert. All soloists are selected from within the membership. All voices are invited to rehearsals on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, 1845 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh. Call 516-541-0726 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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 516-334-1025. 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.

 

 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 516-378-0665. Not held in December, May, June, July or August.

 

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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