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Maundy Thursday - April 17

Andrew Dice Clay - April 17

American Legion - April 18

 

Wednesday, April 16

Chamber of Commerce

The next general meeting of the Levittown Chamber of Commerce will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at 12:30 p.m. at the YES Community Center, located at 152 Center Lane, Levittown. 516-799-3203. We will be catering lunch so there will be a $10 fee to offset the cost of the food. Please let us know whether or not you can attend the meeting by calling Eileen O’Rourke at 516-520-8000.

 

Thursday, April 17

Bulldogs Softball

On April 17, the Island Trees High School Girl’s Varsity and JV Softball teams will take the field at 11 a.m., to face-off against Carey High School. 

 

Maundy Thursday

On April 17, join the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Levittown, located at 3434 Hempstead Tpke., for soup, supper and worship services at 6:30 p.m. in Miles Hall. 

 

Andrew “Dice” Clay At Governor’s 

One of America’s most controversial and outrageous comics of all time, Andrew “Dice” Clay is coming to the stage at Governor’s Comedy Club, located at 90 Division Ave. in Levittown, for a total of six performances from April 17-19. Admission is 18 and over. Tickets cost between $55-$85. For more information visit tickets.govs.com or call 516-731-3358.

 

Friday, April 18

American Legion Post #1711

The next monthly meeting of the American Legion Post #1711 will be held at 8 p.m., on April 18 at 3123 N. Jerusalem Rd. 

 

Saturday, April 19

Rock-N-Roll Easter

On April 19, join the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Levittown, located at 3434 Hempstead Tpke., for some rocking Easter festivities. From 1-3 p.m., there will be crafts, games and an Easter Egg Hunt. Cost is $5 per child to participate. 

 

Sunday, April 20

HAPPY EASTER

 

Tuesday, April 22

EARTH DAY

Wednesday, April 23

Night of Honor

On April 23, Division Avenue High School will hold a special ceremony, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., for all honor society students. 

 

Friday, April 25

Bellmore Auxiliary Bingo / Chinese Auction

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Bellmore Fire Department is holding a Bingo and Chinese Auction Night on Friday, April 25, at the Bellmore Fire Department Headquarters, 230 Pettit Avenue in Bellmore.   

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first Bingo game starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $8 and children 10 years and under is $4. Admission includes a bingo card pack, door prize raffle ticket, coffee/tea and dessert. For more information or to reserve a table, call Valerie at 516-860-9389.

 

Saturday, April 26

Earth Day Cleanup

On April 26, the Levittown Community Council, working in conjunction with the Town of Hempstead, will hold its eigth annual Earth Day Cleanup from 1-4 p.m. Rain date scheduled for April 27. Participants are asked to meet in front of OfficeMax at Hempstead Tpke. and Gardiners Ave. in Levittown. Please bring rakes, shovels and gloves, as it may get dirty. There is no fee to participate and the town will provide trash bags. For more information contact Co-President and Event Chairperson Tom Kohlman at 516-221-6590 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Island Trees Bowling For Scholars

On April 26, Island Trees’ Dollars for Scholars committee will be hosting it’s first annual bowling fundraiser from Noon-3 p.m. at Farmingdale Lanes, located at 999 Conklin St. in Farmingdale. This special family event will help raise money for Island Trees High School seniors deserving of a scholarship. The event costs $20 per person to play, you can enjoy three hours of bowling complete with shoe rental, pizza and soda. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. For more information or to reserve a lane, contact Ronni at 516-579-3259.

 

Monday, April 28

School Budget Discussion

On April 28, the Levittown Community Council will have special guest speaker, Levittown School District Superintendent Dr. James Grossane to discuss the district’s proposed spending plan and its impact on taxes and school programs. For more information contact Co-President and Program Chairperson Pat Patane at 516-579-2831 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Tuesday, April 29

Duplicate Bridge Tournament

On April 29, Temple B’nai Torah, located 2900 Jerusalem Ave. and Oakfield Ave. will host its annual Duplicate Bridge Tournament fundraiser from noon-4 p.m. A donation of $13 per person is required to play. Limit 100 players. Payment is due no later than April 21. This an ACBL sanctioned event. Please call 516-541-6222 for more information.

 

Weekly Events

Knights Of Columbus Holy Innocents Council #3581 

Meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the council headquarters, 3581 Jeffries Rd., Levittown, at 8 p.m. The newly renovated meeting hall is also available for party rentals. Call 516-735-1724 for rentals.

 

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.

 

 

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous meeting every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 474 Wantagh Ave., Levittown. We are a 12-step group for those who eat compulsively. Call 516-794-1333.

 

Bel Canto Chorale

Singing in Nassau County for over 40 years, Bel Canto Chorale 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 .

 

Homemakers Club Meeting

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.


News

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.”

A little bit of Hollywood has come to Plainview. The Loft Sound Studio, a Plainview-based vocal and performance training facility, is the creation of lifelong music artist Donnie Klang

and Matthew LaPorte. The duo says that they draw upon their personal experience of the ups and downs of the recording industry to give kids today the chance to be superstars.

 

“Essentially, we’re looking for the next Justin Bieber, someone we can train and teach them how to really become an artist, put them on YouTube and hope they really blow up,” said

LaPorte. “If they do, through our connections that we made while we were in the music industry the past 15 years, we would try and get them a record deal.”

 

The Loft Studio, located at 1530 Old Country Road, already has a list of achievements, including protégé Madison Beer, who got attention after Justin Bieber tweeted a link to a video of her singing. She is currently signed to a record deal on Bieber’s label in Los Angles.


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.


Calendar

Turkey Cookie - November 21

Lost Nights - November 22

Town of Hempstead Meeting - November 25


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