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Senator Hannon’s 2013 Alzheimer’s Seminar will take place on Nov. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Bethpage Public Library (47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage).
Hannon’s other guest speaker will be Tracey Kuczinski, who has been in the field of geriatrics for over 15 years, first as an Occupational Therapy Assistant working with seniors to achieve their rehabilitative goals, then as a Patient Advocate assisting seniors in their time of crisis while in hospitals and rehab settings. Topics will include: the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, what part of memory loss is age related and what memory loss you should be worried about, who you should see if you suspect someone is suffering from Alzheimer’s, medications that can help, and what can be done to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s. Reservations are necessary, and can be made by calling 516-739-1700 or by visiting www.kemphannon.com.
The Levittown community will gather at Veterans’ Memorial Park, in front of Levittown Public Library on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. to honor all veterans.
Andy Lockwood will present “ How to Pay Wholesale For College” on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Levittown Public Library. Visit www.andylockwood.com or call 516-882-5464 for information.
Established in 1988, the Levittown Historical Society is a nonprofit educational institution of volunteers dedicated to preserving the legacy of William J. Levitt, the world-famous suburban town he and his family built for homecoming GIs, and the rural communities that preceded it. To that end, the society maintains an open-to-the-public museum at the Levittown Memorial Education Center, hosts educational forums, and participates in community 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.
•Overeaters Anonymous. Are you a compulsive overeater? Under eater? Overeaters Anonymous can help. There is a meeting on Tuesdays on the corner of Salisbury Park Dr. and Carmans Rd., East Meadow, across from the firehouse from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. Call for directions 516-997-4534. For information about the meeting call Nancy 798-2547 (between 7 and 9 p.m.) or Ed 516-845-5423.
•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 NCMC 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.
•Levittown Lions Club meets on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Domenico’s Restaurant. Call Tom Di Iorio at 516-242-2273 for information.
•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 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.
•Levittown Historical Society. If you are interested in helping collect memorabilia, photographs, appliances and furnishings from the early days of Levittown, come down for an interesting evening. All welcome. No admission charge. Free refreshments. Brief business meeting. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Levittown Library. Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month (except July, Aug., Jan., Feb.). For more information call 516-735-9060 or go to www.levittownhistoricalsociety.org.
•Levittown Community Council. Levittown and Island Trees organizations and residents are invited to monthly meetings of the Levittown Community Council held at 7:30 p.m. at Levittown Memorial Education Center in the Panther Room on the fourth Monday except in July and August. Informational programs relevant to the community are presented and refreshments are served. Meetings are open to the general public. Membership in the council is for residents and organizations in the areas comprised by the Levittown and Island Trees school districts.
•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.
•Central Nassau Chapter #1592 AARP meets at 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday (except July and August) of the month at Levittown Town Hall, 201 Levittown Pky., Hicksville. Anyone over the age of 50 and a national AARP member is invited to attend. No fee. For information call 516-794-9158.
•Performance Poets Association meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 8 p.m. at The Cup Café, Railroad Ave., Wantagh. Hosted by Cliff Bleidner and Irene Wright. $2 plus one purchase. Call 516-794-9826.
•NC Mothers Of Twins Club, a caring support, education and resource for parents of multiples. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. at the Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave., on the third Tuesday of each month with the exception of July and December. Call 516-616-3366 or visit www.NCMOC.org.
•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.
•Free Informational Lectures. Chiropractors Dr. Laraine Valenti and Dr. Michael Bernstein will hold free informational lectures in their office, 3000 Hempstead Tpke., Suite 304, Levittown. They have found that many people appreciate the opportunity to get their health-related questions answered by caring doctors. The lectures are held the first Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Due to limited seating, registration is required by calling Lois 516-731-0712 or 516-579-4949. All attendees will receive a free reusable hot/cold pack and a certificate for a complimentary spinal examination and consultation.
•Levittown American Legion Post #1711 meets on the first and third Friday of each month at the Post Headquarters located at 3123 North Jerusalem Rd., Levittown. Meetings start at 8 p.m. Any veterans residing in the area are encouraged to come down to Post Headquarters and join the ranks to share the comradeship we all had when serving as members of the Armed Forces.
•Bethpage Masonic Lodge No. 975 Free And Accepted Masons will meet at 8 p.m. at the Hicksville Masonic Temple, 18 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. Meetings are every second and fourth Friday. Call 516-731-2488.
•Pet Loss Support Group for people who feel very sad about the loss or serious illness of their cat or dog. Group sessions meet the first and third Saturdays of every month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the conference room at Bideawee, 3300 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh. Open to the public. No fee, but donations accepted to help Bide-A-Wee provide for the animals in its care until they are placed in loving homes. To register call Joan Stoppa 516-785-4199, ext. #1.
•East Meadow-Levittown JWV Post #709 meets every month except July and August, at 9 a.m. on the fourth Sunday at Levittown Hall, Levittown Pky., Hicksville. Breakfast is served and all new members are welcome. Call 516-933-9400.
Anyone who has experienced a loved one suffering from addiction knows all too well that it affects more people than just the addicted; everyone close to a person addicted to drugs or alcohol feels the effects. Residents of Nassau County who are dealing with or affected by drug or alcohol addiction are urged to call the county department of drug and alcohol addiction’s free, anonymous 24/7 hotline, run by Long Island Crisis Center, at 516-481-4000.
Has year-round classes all taught by a professional. Classes for the littlest artist to the more serious, adult classes too. Call for more information at 516-742-7662 or go onto the web at www.theartclub.info.
Safe Boating Courses, free vessel safety checks and more from America’s Boating Club, the United States Power Squadrons. With 18 squadrons around Long Island, there’s one near you. Visit WeBoatSafe.org or call 1-800-341-8777 for more information.
Located at 950 South Oyster Bay Rd., Hicksville. The following programs are offered:
•The Community Program has a group for senior citizens. The Golden Years? The group is open to all people over 60 who are dealing with issues related to drugs or alcohol. This is an opportunity to talk confidentially with your peers as well as having the support and guidance of a skilled professional. Medicare and most other insurances are accepted. The Community Program is also a NYS DMV approved facility. For information about this or any other services call 516-822-4060.
•A support group for those who have family members with mental illness meets Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. A nominal fee is charged. Therapeutic and supportive services to people hampered in their functioning by mental illness, psychological difficulties and/or substance abuse and addiction problems is provided. Among its services, the agency provides outpatient mental health services for children and adults living in Nassau County. The staff is comprised of psychiatrists, registered nurses and certified social workers. Call 516-822-6111.
•An outpatient substance abuse agency offering a Parenting Group. This group specializes in parenting issues for substance abusers. While drug use among teens has declined in other parts of the country, it continues to rise here in Nassau County. For information on this group as well as other services, call 822-4060. All inquiries are confidential.
•Women’s Domestic Issues group provides support and education to women experiencing domestic conflict, child abuse, substance abuse and related issues. The focus will be on education, support as well as empowerment and proactive
behavior. Issues related to the family and the legal system will be addressed. Preregistration required. Call 516-822-4060.
•Young Adult Drug Addiction Group for those who are recovering from drug addiction. The goals are to enhance skills, increase self-awareness and work toward a drug and alcohol free life. Call 516-822-4060. All inquiries are confidential.
•Volunteers are needed by Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services to help staff the Pretty New Thrift Shop, 238 Main St., Farmingdale. The volunteers help raise much needed funds for the agency so that mental health and substance abuse programs can continue to be provided to the residents of Hicksville and the surrounding communities. If you have four hours per week and are looking to make friends while helping to raise needed revenue, Sharon Bohen or Kathleen Kovach at 516-822-6111, ext. 295.
•An Anger Management program led by a social worker from the agency’s Community Program is open to adults 17 and older. The course is geared to individuals who have unhealthy expressions of anger and need to learn how to manage anger; stop violence or the threat of violence; and develop self-control over thoughts and actions. Course attendees will receive positive support and feedback from others. Additionally, help will be provided to identify triggers, recognize cues to anger and develop individual anger management strategies. The fee for this course is $200. Central Nassau accepts Medicaid as well as several credit cards. Advanced registration is required and reservations can be made by calling 516-822-4060.
Learn to be a comic at Governor’s Comedy Cabaret. A comprehensive course that will teach you the basics of standup comedy, culminating in your appearance on Governor’s stage. Governor’s is located at 90 Division Ave., Levittown. Call 516-731-3358 or visit www.govs.com for more information.
Levittown Career and Technical Center at Abbey Ln. is offering the public salon services performed by students on Fridays from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pricing for a haircut, shampoo and style, and manicure is $3. Permanent waves and highlights ($20) and hair coloring services ($10) are also available by appointment only. Call Kurt Witkofski or Nancy Stine at 516-520-8330, ext. 670.
And we’ll keep her feet on the ground. A Big Sister can really make a difference. A Big Sister provides the additional support and friendship to help you make sure your daughter grows up to become the best person that she can possibly be. A Big Sister gives your daughter another person to talk to about “sister” things. Plus, she can help reinforce the positive values and goals you would like her to achieve. To enroll your daughter in the program call 516-731-7880.
The NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers help and support to victims of domestic violence. The coalition operates the only Safe Home in the county. The Safe Home is a place where victims can enjoy security and a haven from violence. In the Safe Home setting, families can begin to plan their futures, and gain insight into the violence, upheaval and loss that they have suffered. The services offered to residents afford them the opportunity for personal growth, mutual support, and an end to the isolation they have experienced. Children receive special assistance at the Safe Home. The coalition’s Children’s Services Project makes it possible by providing them with an opportunity to break the cycle of violence they have witnessed observing their parents. If you are a victim of domestic violence, know that the abuse is not your fault and you are not alone. The NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence can help you. The 24-hour hotline is staffed by counselors who can give you the information and support you need. Call the hotline any time at 542-0404. For more information about the coalition, call the main office 516-465-4700 or visit www.cadvnc.org.
All children in attendance will be offered the same meals at no separate charge, with no physical segregation of, or other discriminating against, any child because of race, color, age, national origin, sex or handicap. This applies to Teacher’s Pets Child Care Centers in Levittown and Plainview. Call 516-731-3263.
Are you a senior who would like help paying for your Medicare benefits and prescription drugs? Free assistance is only a phone call away if you qualify for extra help because of limited income. There may be a way to alleviate some of the cost of Medicare – deductibles and coinsurance, Part B premiums, prescription drug plans (Part D). Reducing monthly premiums, annual deductibles and co-payments, aiding with coverage gaps (the doughnut hole). To learn more call a LIS/HHS (Low Income Subsidy from U.S. Dept. of HHS) counselor from Family & Children’s, a community of caring. 516-485-3425, ext. 222.
Are being formed by the National Infertility Network Exchange (NINE). Topics include coping with infertility, medical procedures, male infertility, in-vitro fertilization, miscarriage, secondary infertility, and adoption. NINE is a national not-for-profit organization. Call 516-794-5772.
Located at 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh. Call 516-785-2445 for information on the following:
•Learning the Torah and Haftorah Trops
•Beginners Hebrew course
•Introduction to Jewish Prayer
•Sisterhood Book Club
The organization collects, preserves and educates history of Levittown. Holds seven yearly general meetings in the Community Room of the Levittown Library and maintains the museum located in the Levittown Memorial Education Center, Room 10, 150 Abbey Ln., Levittown. The museum contains history of Levittown, WWII memorabilia, artifacts from the Levitt houses, toys, furniture, clothing of the ‘40s and ‘50s, replicas of the Levitt kitchen and the Levitt ranch living room. Gift shop. Regular hours Wednesdays 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. - Fridays 7 to 9 p.m. Weekday tours by appointment. Call 516-735-9060. Website – Levittownhistoricalsociety.org.
Attention managers, store owners, private businesses: YES Community Center has a job referral service that helps businesses fill their job vacancies with pre-screened, motivated young people. The employment program consists of approximately 150 youth every year in their efforts to secure employment within the community. All participants go through an initial screening process to determine their employability and job readiness. They are offered information and assistance with any job-related issue such as job search skills, interview preparation and résumé writing, career guidance and planning. YES provides a listing of current job openings within the area and helps match the needs of the employer with those of the young people. To register your job vacancy call the vocational coordinator at 516-799-3203. No cost or obligation. For questions call Lisa Banta.
Is a nonprofit organization run by moms for moms. A safe, nonjudgmental place for mothers to share ideas, exchange information and make new friends. Discussion groups, mommy and me classes, separation classes, craft classes, family activities and mom’s night out are offered. Midshore Mother’s Center is located at the Church of St Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh. For more information call 516-679-4641. New members are being accepted.
Catholic Charities Seaford Community Service Center, located in St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 2197 Jackson Ave., Seaford, welcomes persons age 60 and over to its multi-purpose senior center. Delicious hot meals are served daily and transportation is provided in the towns of Wantagh, Seaford, Massapequa and Massapequa Park. Trips, drama and art classes, card playing, bingo, parties and access to social services are offered. Call 516-679-8373.
Sponsored by the Town of Hempstead, Dept. of Senior Enrichment. Since the club meets at Memorial High School, Abbey Ln., it runs on a school schedule from September to June on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The members enjoy coming in to socialize, play cards, games, bingo and get instruction on different arts and crafts projects. If anyone has questions about joining the club, call Noreen Hunt on Mondays and Thursdays only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 516-520-8300, ext. 677.
Stroke Life Society is a community organization of survivors and co-survivors in the pursuit of living and helping others. A stroke can be very isolating. By sharing experiences and encouraging one another, together we can face and overcome common challenges. All welcome. RSVP is requested but not required. For information and other locations and times, call Ben Thomas 516-398-4994. Go to www.strokelife.org.
•Every third Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Parish Center, 3100 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown.
Need a gift for your favorite veteran? The NC Veterans Memorial Fund Inc., a nonprofit organization (not affiliated with Nassau County or any government agency) offers all veterans throughout the U.S. a place on the “Walls of Honor.” These walls are located at Veterans Plaza, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. It is for those living and deceased who served our county during war and peacetime. Space is available for those interested in including their name or that of a loved one. Proof of military service and a contribution of $100 per name is required. A 50 word or less military biography on each person on the wall will be housed in the veterans tower if requested. Contact the Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund, Inc., PO Box 7911, Hicksville, NY 11802 or call 516-997-5484.
Got a hidden talent? Why not share it and develop it at a free writer’s workshop? The LI Writer’s Guild is a friendly, Nassau County-based organization of amateur/professional, published/unpublished poets, essayists, novelists and short story writers who meet at informal workshops at the Levittown and Bethpage Libraries. Everything from plot development to characterization to basic literary theory for the fiction and nonfiction writer alike is discussed and practiced. There are reading and critiquing sessions and recommendations and contacts for the more serious writers seeking to publish their work is provided. For a schedule of workshops and social events, log onto www.liwritersguild.org.