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Joey Foundation Teams With Bowling Green K-Kids To Brighten Holidays

The Joey Foundation and Bowling Green K-Kids have spent much of December engaged in service projects directed toward helping children who are ill or who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  

However, the K-Kids and Joey Foundation received the help of many other individuals and groups, including Alan Finchly of Nassau County Craft Fairs who invited the K-Kids to a recent fair to collect toy donations and generously donates a table for the Joey Foundation to fundraise at all of his events, and Jimmy Hudak whose visit to the party made the event extra special for the children. 

The project began on Saturday, Dec. 1. K-Kids President Kira Gruber and toy drive chair Danielle Hallett played elves for Santa at the Roslyn High School Craft Fair.  The elves invited children to pose for a photo with Santa and distributed candy canes and holiday pencils. Photos were free but the elves accepted donations toward the toy drive for pediatric nephrology patients at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center. 

Members of ASG, a national organization of women getting together for a common cause, sewing items for organizations in need, brought a shopping bag full of toys for the children at Cohen’s. Some of the items they have done are blankets for Ronald McDonald House and gloves and scarves for nursing homes, they will be doing another joint venture with the Joey Foundation in February where they are making small pillows for the kids at Cohen’s Children Hospital. Ann Torcivia’s late son, Joey, was a patient at Cohen’s. He received one of these little pillows; he called it his IV pillow to put under his arm when he had an IV. 

On the day of the Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center Holiday Party, the Bowling Green K-Kids and Clarke Builders Clubbers donned elf and reindeer costumes to assist patients in selecting their gift and visiting with Santa for a photo. The Builders Club had run their own toy drive to assist the Joey Foundation and the K-Kids.

The Builders Club also received a donation from the Builders Club, Key Club, Aktion Club and Kiwanis Club of Ogdensburg. These clubs wanted to help a club that had a project negatively impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The storm had cut short the toy drive and reduced the number of donations.

The generosity of the Ogdensburg Builders Club gave the Bowling Green K-Kids and the WT Clarke Builders Club the funds needed to buy the toys needed to give every patient a gift. 


News

U.S. Air Force Veteran Mario Dell’aera, 80, of Levittown said he first volunteered for service in 1952, during the Korean War.

 

“They called volunteers ‘regulars,’” he said, reflecting back to when he first enlisted.

 

From 1952-1956, Dell’era called the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. home. The base, he said, operated 24 hours, 7 days a week, training pilots to fly overseas into Korea.

Something about the warmth and sunshine of summer makes it the perfect season for lounging around. 

 

On July 26, the Levittown Community Council hosted its 17th annual Lazy Days of Summer Picnic at the East Village Green Park for families to take advantage of this season of relaxation and laidback fun free of charge.  

 

The DJ played Latin songs as children shook neon colored macarenas and followed the dance moves of a Zumba instructor. Other children enjoyed pony rides, shooting hoops, playing Can Jam and

Tug-of-War, petting farm animals, jumping in a bouncy castle, and fishing for plastic fish in a kiddie pool. 


Sports

Those looking to take swimming lessons and exercise classes at a nearby aquatic center can register for the fall 2014 session at Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow.  

 

On Friday, Aug. 1 is the last chance for open registration. It begins at 8 a.m. for any remaining spots.  The availability of remaining classes will be made public the day before at 5 p.m.

 

On Monday, September 8 the first day of classes for the fall session begin.

 

Swim lessons will be offered for all levels: 

Eric Haslbauer of Levittown scored fourth overall in the 11th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run held on the streets of Plainview on July 20. 

Haslbauer, 21, who has done  most of his running lately for Molloy College, crossed the finish line in 17 minutes, 53 seconds, earning him the second place award in the highly competitive 20-24 age group.

 

A near record field of 531 runners and walkers completed the run, only ten less than the record set last year. The Heart & Sole has clearly become an important summer road race in Nassau County.  The

Run benefits programs at Plainview and Syosset Hospitals.  Race management was handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club. 


Calendar

Erik's Reptile Edventures - July 30

Rich Vos At Governor's - August 1

Worship Without Walls - August 2 


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