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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. 


News

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.

“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”

During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.

Hempstead town officials recently announced plans to improve the roadway along Longfellow Avenue in Levittown.

“One way we invest in our communities is by improving our roadways,” said Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “Upgrading our streets saves money in the long term, while making roadways safer and more aesthetically pleasing for neighbors.”

Construction is slated to begin as early as this month and is expected to be complete by October. The project will include repairs to Longfellow Avenue and Byron Place, as well as portions of Milton and Emerson avenues.


Sports

Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.

Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.

Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.

Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).


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