Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00
Spring Craft Fair
Saturday, March 24
Ghosts and Legends of LI
Tuesday, March 27
Lenten Soup and Bread Suppers
Friday, March 30
At Maria Regina RC Church, 3945 Jerusalem Ave., Seaford, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 798-2415.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money to fund the must promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives, has issued a challenge to everyone who wants to help raise money for pediatric cancer research. Be a hero for kids with cancer by shaving your head in return for pledges of financial support from family and friends. Volunteers will shave their heads to help Conquer Kids’ Cancer at Johnny McGoreys, Massapequa Park, commencing at 2 p.m. Money will also be raised through raffles donated by merchants and friends. Six-year-old Colin Conaty, a native Massapequan and student and parishioner at St. William the Abbot, Seaford, along with his dad, mom and four older siblings are the honored guests.
The Wantagh Preservation Society presents a program on “The Ghosts and Legends of Long Island” given by the Long Island Society for Paranormal Research. 8 p.m. at the Wantagh Library, 3285 Park Ave., Wantagh. All welcome for this free event; refreshments will be served. For more information call 516 221-1200.
The Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, 1845 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh, will be hosting Soup and Bread Supper at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall (the white building next to the church). All are welcome for delicious soup and bread, beverage and dessert. Kid friendly food, too. There will be a short presentation/activity. There is non charge for this supper. However, if you wish, you can make a monetary donation and/or bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated to the Freeport Emergency Food Pantry. There is plenty of free parking in the municipal parking lot behind the church. Reservations are requested but are not mandatory. Call the church 785-1829 or Gloria 735-4980.
Dance Nights are held on the first and fifth Friday of every month from 9 p.m. to midnight at Amityville American Legion Post 1015, 70 Elm St., Copiague. Call John 631-691-7490.
Artisans and more for the entire family. Easter plants, religious articles, raffle baskets, grand 50/50, baked goods, hot and cold food, pictures with the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Msgr. Thomas G. Leavey Auditorium, St. William the Abbot School, 2001 Jackson Ave., Seaford.
Meeting at the V.F.W. Post 7277 Hall, 191 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa, at 8 p.m. Proof of widowhood is required. DJ Ray will be playing. For information call Maureen 781-4763.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), in conjunction with the Integrated Medical Foundation, will be sponsoring a free prostate cancer screening program between 4 and 6 p.m. at the Massapequa Library (Bar Harbour Building), 40 Harbor Ln., Massapequa Park. The free screenings will be conducted by Dr. Michael Ziegelbaum, Dr. Matthew Mene and Dr. Evan Eisenberg from Advanced Urology Centers of NY. Open to all men over the age of 40 who have not previously been diagnosed with prostate cancer, regardless of whether or not they have insurance. Screenings will include a digital rectal exam and a PSA blood test. Men who will be getting screened must bring a photo ID containing an address, such as a driver’s license. Patients wishing to be notified of the exam results should bring two stamped envelopes: one addressed to themselves and the other to their doctor. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins will be accepted. Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Men who would like to schedule an appointment should call Senator Fuschillo’s office 516-882-0630.
Vendors wanted for the Temple B’nai Torah of Wantagh, 2900 Jerusalem Ave., rain or shine Summer Flea Market on July 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sell your merchandise or promote your business in a spacious parking or the air-conditioned social hall and small party room in case of inclement weather to shoppers from the South Shore of Nassau County including Wantagh, Merrick, Bellmore, Seaford, East Meadow, Levittown, Massapequa, as well as parts of Suffolk and Queens County. The temple holds two flea markets one in the summer and another in the fall. For information call Ben at 516-221-2370 or e-mail brotherhood@temple-bnai-torah .org for more information.
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 398-4994. Go to www.stroke life.org.
•Every first Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. in Room 12, St. Frances de Chantal, 1309 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh.
•Every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh.
•Every second Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Epilepsy Conference Room, Research Building Level C, 270-05 76th Ave., New Hyde Park.
•Every third Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Parish Center, 3100 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown.
•Every fourth Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Room 106, St. James Parish Center, 80 Hicksville Rd., Seaford.
•Massapequa Senior Citizens Center. The center is located in the back of McKenna School on Second Ave. and Spruce St. in Massapequa Park. Meetings are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center offers luncheons, day trips, arts and crafts, painting, speakers, stretch and relaxation exercises and Chi Kung. The program is sponsored by S.D. #23. Call 308-5505.
•One on One Information and Referral Service for Massapequa and Massapequa Park residents. Topics include Medicare, local recreation, health insurance, nursing homes and assisted living. 10 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Massapequa Library, Bar Harbor (40 Harbor Ln. 799-0770) and Central Avenue (523 Central Ave. 798-4607) Buildings.
•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 997-4534. For information about the meeting call Nancy 798-2547 (between 7 and 9 p.m.) or Ed 845-5423.
•Bingo every Tuesday 10:15 a.m. at the Massapequa Elks, 2162 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. Progressive game, Line game. Call 798-2162.
•Bingo For Kids/Families. On Tuesday evenings you can fun with your family at a special bingo designed just for kids. At Temple Beth-El of Bellmore, 1373 Bellmore Rd., N. Bellmore, you can play bingo for prizes (not cash). Doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per player. An adult must accompany the children. Adult play is optional. Bring a marker or purchase one at the event. The snack bar will be open at 6 p.m. and will serve a variety of reasonably priced items. No food can be brought with you into the temple because strict kosher food laws are observed.
•FEGS Suffolk Vocational Center/Displaced Homemaker Center. Group information meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Free services and options available to qualified LI residents. Job seekers, displaced homemakers (widowed, divorced, abandoned, separated, single parents, those on public assistance or with a permanently disabled or chronically unemployed spouse), and certified dislocated workers will be interested in the programs designed for them. Job placement assistance and job readiness programs. No fee for meeting or services. Programs are funded by the NYS Legislature, LI’s United Way and the UJA/Federation Campaign. Call 598-0108 for an appointment.
•Adoptive Moms Group. Covers the factors which influence your decision to adopt children, sources used for information, relationships with siblings and other family members, the first weeks at home, talking to the child about being adopted (how and when), issues that arise should the child want to meet his/her biological parents including: will you help in the search, how to go about getting information, how to handle the situation. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Massapequa Mothers’ Center, Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh. For information call 679-4641.
•The Scrabble Club meets on Thursdays from 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. at the Plainedge Library, 1060 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa. All ages. Scrabble players wanted. Call Judy 827-9506.
•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 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.
•Bingo every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Shalom Center of Amityville and the Massapequas, 79 County Line Rd., Amityville. 264-2891.
•Overeaters Anonymous. Are you a compulsive overeater? Under eater? Overeaters Anonymous can help. There is a meeting on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Rose of Lima Church, 2 Bayview Ave. For information about the meeting call Nancy 798-2547 (between 7 and 9 p.m.) or Ed 845-5423.
•Massapequa Fire District regular monthly meetings are usually held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the firehouse, 1 Brooklyn Ave.. at 8 p.m. The board will also conduct monthly work sessions on the first, third, and when applicable, the fifth Monday of each month commencing at the same time.
•Korean War Veterans of NC Chapter #1 regular monthly meeting at 8 p.m. (1:30 p.m. during the winter months) at American Legion Post #1711, 3123 N. Jerusalem Rd., Levittown. The chapter meets on the third Monday of every month (except July and August). Call 334-1025.
•Massapequa Homemakers Evening Chapter meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at McKenna School, Second Ave., Massapequa Park. Come for fun, classes, crafts and friendship. Call Sue 798-8776.
•Nassau County Aquarium Society meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 66 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. Free parking, free admission, guests welcome. Refreshments served. Junior members always welcome. Call Mike Foran 798-6766; Ken Smith 631-589-0913 or Brandie 631-473-4018.
•Italian Culture Society at Farmingdale meets the last Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Ellsworth W. Allen Park, Motor Ave. Italian lessons are given by a native Italian teacher. For lessons in Italian come early at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments are served - ample parking. For private lessons call Francesca at 249-4543.
•Veterans of Foreign Wars Post $7763 Massapequa Park meets at 8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at 1012 Park Blvd. To become a member one had to serve overseas during conflict. Call 799-6758 or 796-8331.
•Massapequa Park Republican Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2 East Gate Rd. (corner of Front St.) Massapequa Park.
•Massapequa Park Garden Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m. at the Village Hall, Front St., Massapequa Park. Call 797-4899.
•Farmingdale AARP Chapter 3967 welcomes new members, offers senior information, entertainment and Bingo at meetings which are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Farmingdale Public Library.
•St. Bernard’s W/W Interfaith Organization general meeting at 8 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Club, 2612 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. All are invited. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month. For further information contact Chris 631-842-6734.
•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 731-2488.
•American Veterans Post #88 meets the second Friday of each month at 8 p.m. at 690 Broadway, Massapequa. Eligibility is open to active members of the armed forces and to all honorably discharged veterans. New members are welcome. AMVETS are veterans helping veterans and the community. For information call 798-9188.
•St. Bernard’s W/W Interfaith Organization Dance every fourth Friday at the Elks Club, Veterans Blvd., Massapequa, at 8 p.m. to midnight. $12. For further information contact call Chris 631-842-6734. New address and time.
•Networking for Referrals. A group of LI Professionals Networking (LIPNET) announces a bi-monthly schedule of networking for referrals in Massapequa. LI business people come together every other Friday at 7:45 a.m. at the Massapequa Diner, Sunrise Hwy. at Broadway (eastbound) for the purpose of meeting others to exchange business referrals. The meetings for growing businesses are open to all interested in sharing and receiving business leads. The group is looking for one representative from every business type as members for the ongoing exchange or referrals. First two meetings free. $5 for breakfast. For reservations call 795-1223, ext. 42.
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.
The community food pantry at St. Rose of Lima’s Community Outreach Center offers free, nonperishable food items to families and individuals in need. The pantry is fully operational and anyone who would like assistance can call 798-4954 or stop by the center at St. Rose of Lima, Merrick Rd.
At Congregation Beth-El, 99 Jerusalem Ave. Open Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. Open to all who are in need regardless of religious affiliation.
Gam-Anon is an anonymous fellowship for spouses, adult children over 18 years of age, family and friends who may be affected by a gambling problem. There are meetings every night. Call the 24-hour hotline 516 and 631-321-2883.
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 US Dept. of HHS) counselor from Family & Children’s, a community of caring. 485-3425, ext. 222.
Hope for Youth is a not-for-profit agency located in Amityville and serving LI families and youth since 1969. Caring families are being sought to be part of the agency’s Therapeutic Foster Care Program or the Emergency Foster Boarding home program. Extensive training is offered and support to foster parents. If you are interested in finding out more about the programs, call 666-9333.
Congregation Beth-El, 89 Jerusalem Ave. is offering Mishpacha (mommy, daddy, grandma, grandpa, aunt or uncle) and Me. The program is designed for children ages 18 months to 4 years old. It will be meeting twice per month on Sunday mornings and offer the opportunity to learn a little about Jewish customs, Bible stories, holiday celebrations and songs in a supportive, nurturing environment. For information or to preregister call Barbara 541-0740. Congregation Beth-El is an egalitarian, Conservative synagogue.
Welcome! Come join the Massapequa Park Senior Community Service Center, 379 Linden St., Massapequa Park (Our Lady of Lourdes School). Meet new people, lunch with friends. Experience new things: painting, sculpture, arts and crafts, Tai Chi, dancing, trips and much more. Transportation is available. Call today for a reservation 797-5357. Program sponsored by Catholic Charities Diocese of Rockville Centre. Funded by the NC Dept. of Senior Citizen Affairs, the NYS Office of the Aging and the US Administration on Aging.
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 Laura Montefusco 679-8373.
The following support groups will be held at the Plainedge Baptist Church, 96 Stewart Ave., Bethpage. For free enrollment or information call 731-6736.
•Alcohol/Substance Dependency Support Group. Celebrate Recovery is a nationally acclaimed program that invites people of any faith or no faith at all to experience God’s healing power in the lives of all who suffer from alcohol or drug dependency. Mondays from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
•Divorce/Separation Support Group. DivorceCare helps people recover from the pain of separation and divorce. Become a part of a small support group of people who are experiencing the same. This is a non-denominational video seminar with nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
•Grief Recovery Support Group. GriefShare is a nondenominational 13-week video seminar featuring interviews with leading authors, counselors, speakers and pastors with years of expertise in grief recovery. Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m.
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 US 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. Call 681-8214.
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.
Located at 75 Grand Ave., YES is a non-profit community-based agency licensed and funded by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Call 799-3203 or visit yesccc.org for information on the following:
•Adult Alcohol and Substance Abuse Psycho-Educational Series. This 10-week group is for adults whose lives have been affected by their alcohol or substance use. The program addresses the dynamics of addiction in a supportive environment at the beginning stage of recovery. Ongoing and open.
•Active Parenting Program. This six-week program is for parents seeking support and assistance in enhancing parenting skills. The group is offered several times throughout the year, based upon request and need in the community.
•Adolescent Alcohol and Substance Abuse Psycho-Educational and Support Group for males and females between the ages of 13 and 17 who are either at risk for or are currently using alcohol or substances. This program addresses the dynamics of addiction in the context of adolescent development. Ongoing and open.
•Anger Management Group. This 10-week group is for males and females ages 14 to 17 who can benefit from developing healthier coping skills and more effective strategies in response to their angler. The group is offered several times throughout the year, based upon request and need in the community.
•Cooperative Parenting through Divorce. This eight-week program is for parents seeking support related to separation and divorce issues. This group is offered several times throughout the year, based on request and need in the community.
•Female Self-Esteem Group for females between the ages of 14 and 18 who present with self-esteem issues and related at risk behaviors including alcohol/substance use, sexual promiscuity, poor choices in relationships, violence, poor academic achievement. Ongoing and open.
•Training for Mandated CPS Reporters. YES is approved by the NYS Dept. of Education to provide the state’s two-hour certification training for individuals training for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. Call for more information or to register for the next training dated.
•Support Groups: Specialized groups are available for adolescents, young adults, men and women who are seeking support and addressing various issues including socialization, transitioning to adulthood, relationships and recovery.
•Quitting smoking is the single most important action you can take to improve your health and overall quality of life. If you are interested in taking the first step to smoke-free living call YES Community Counseling Center and register for the Smoking Cessation Group which meets for five one-hour sessions. The cost of the entire five-week group is $75. Call Marissa at YES and register to attend. A start day/time will be determined based upon interest.
•Young Adult Support and Recovery Group for young adults between the ages of 18 and 23 at any stage in the recovery process. The group’s focus is to support goal development and achievement necessary to transition to a healthy adulthood. Issues addressed include education, employment, social and family relationships and the challenges of maintaining abstinence. Ongoing and open.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00
As voters in the Massapequa Union Free School District approach the Tuesday, May 21, budget vote, the proposed spending plan retains popular educational programs while keeping the rise in spending to 1.49 percent.
Despite what district officials call unprecedented increases in state-mandated employer pension contributions, as well as rising health insurance costs, the overall budget is up just over $2.7 million.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
After Massapequa resident Sol Goldstein and several friends helped finish building a house for a family 20 years ago for Habitat for Humanity, they had a question: “What do we do now?” They were all retired, had enjoyed working together and accomplishing something for a family in need, and wanted to do more.
“I was looking for something [to do] hands-on,” said Joe Botkin, of Williston Park, a retired principal, who had worked with Goldstein in building the home.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Vinny Zanfardino started his coaching career in 1997 when he stepped up to coach his daughter’s Little League team.
What started as a hobby turned into a full-blown obsession for Zanfardino, 48. Coaching became an outlet to do some good for children while staying close to the game he loves: baseball.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
On Saturday, May 18, the Town of Oyster Bay will conduct a ceremony to officially re-name its golf course in honor of Joseph Colby, a resident of Massapequa Park who served as the Town of Oyster Bay’s 56th supervisor. The Honorable Joseph Colby was appointed supervisor in 1977 and was elected to that office five times in the following ten years. He was then elected as a New York State Supreme Court Justice in 1988, a post he held through his retirement from public service in 1992. The unveiling will take place at the main entrance of the course off South Woods Road in Woodbury.
“When the sign for Honorable Joseph Colby Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course is unveiled, it will celebrate an outstanding career in public service,” Supervisor John Venditto said. “Joseph Colby has always had the needs of the public as his top priority and has been widely respected for his innovation and responsiveness. This golf course will now forever bear his name as a tribute to his outstanding legacy.”