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Bonsai Takes Over East Meadow

Memorial Day weekend is always filled with backyard barbecues, family gatherings, block parties and more, but if you are looking for something different to do during the long weekend, look no farther than the East Meadow Farm. 

 

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County and the Bonsai Society of Greater New York will be hosting a Bonsai display at the farm on Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “This is a first for Cornell working with the Bonsai Society of Greater New York,” said John Capobianco, treasurer of the Bonsai Society of Greater New York and an award-winning Bonsai expert and instructor. “We expect to have 10 Bonsai on display, including examples of evergreen and deciduous bonsai. If the bonsai cooperate, we should have some in flower,” he said. 

 

Bonsai, or miniature trees, are a form of Japanese art. Bonsai can be created from nearly any perennial woody-stemmed tree or shrub species that produces branches. After it has reached its desired size, it is potted to restrict further growth and is trimmed and shaped as the owner wants. Since Bonsai requires specific tools and techniques for cultivation and care, Capobianco said that representatives from the Bonsai Society of Greater New York will be on hand to answer questions and give tips about successfully growing Bonsai. “Some of the most frequently asked questions we get are ‘How do I keep it alive?’, ‘How do I trim it?’ and ‘How much water does it need?’ We will be there to give tips,” Capobianco said. “A workshop is a great way to get experience with the design and mechanics of creating a Bonsai.”

 

In addition, Capobianco said that anyone who has a Bonsai with some issues can bring it down for on-site advice. “If anyone has a bonsai and is having problems with it or has questions, bring the tree in for advice between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the experienced members of the Bonsai Society of Greater New York will be available to assist,” he explained. 

 

The East Meadow Farm, formerly Friendly Farms, is located on Merrick Avenue and Luddington Road. For more information on the event, check out bsgny.org/2013_Bonsai_Day. 


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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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