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Grand Marshal Dinner Dance
Sunday, February 26

Clark Botanic Garden Education Program
Sunday, March 4

Couples Coping with a Diagnosis of Breast Cancer
Wednesday, March 7


Sunday, February 26

Grand Marshal Dinner Dance

At the Irish American Society, 297 Willis Ave., Mineola, at 5 p.m. Music by Billy Keenan’s Band. The Grand Marshal is Betty McLoughlin and her aides are Mary Coyne, Aileen Scott, Jeff Clark and Sean Treanor. Call 746-9392 or 742-8080.


Sunday, March 4

Clark Botanic Garden Education Program

Faces of Central Asia, Fireside Chat, Doug Going. This dynamic digital multi-media presentation captures the essence of a storybook land and its current daily life. The countries of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan were former Soviet republics and are now independent nations. Having served as major thoroughfares of the ancient Silk Road, these lands offer a glimpse into a past that changed the world. Brimming with color and life, Central Asia is a melting pot of history, tradition and ways of life. Come along on this journey and experience one of the world’s most exciting and dynamic places to visit. 1 p.m. at Clark Botanic Garden, 193 I.U. Willets Rd., Albertson. Fe $8 members; $10 nonmembers. Refreshments served. Registration required. Call Maria Morgan 484-8603.


Monday, March 5

Support Group for Women with Gynecological Cancer

Women dealing with gynecological cancer are invited to join Winthrop-University Hospital’s free support group from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sessions will be held once a month at the Winthrop Wellness Pavilion, 1300 Franklin Ave., Suite ML-5, Garden City. The group is being conducted by Mary Rzeszut, LMSW, from Winthrop’s Institute for Cancer Care. Sessions are free, but registration is required. For further information or to register, call 663-3867.


Wednesday, March 7

Couples Coping with a Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

 Winthrop-University Hospital’s Breast Health Center is holding an innovative program, “Finding Strength Together: A New Tool for Couples,” designed for breast cancer patients and their significant others on March 7 and March 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. The program will be held at the Winthrop Wellness Pavilion, 1300 Franklin Ave., Suite ML-5 in Garden City, and is intended to provide strategies to help couples tackle the challenges of coping with breast cancer. Topics are scheduled as follows: March 7 – Solving Problems, Managing Issues and Improving Communication; March 14 - Exploring Your Role as Caregiver or Survivor and Integrating Problem-Solving into Your “New Normal.” Sessions will be led by Alisha Ellis, LMSW, MA. Advance registration and pre-screening is required. A light dinner will be included. For more information or to register, call Ms. Ellis 663-2556.


Thursday, March 8

Sleep Disorders in Children

Parents – does your child suffer from excessive daytime drowsiness or have trouble staying asleep? Parents and caregivers can learn what they need to know at Winthrop-University Hospital’s free Parenting Today lecture, “Sleep Disorders in Children: More Common Than You Think.” The program begins with registration at 6:45 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7 and will be held at Winthrop’s Community Outreach Center, 101 Mineola Blvd., corner of Second St., Mineola. Christina Valsamis, MD, Pediatric Pulmonologist, will discuss normal sleep patterns, the signs and symptoms of a sleep disorder, the evaluation process, and the latest advances in treatment. A question and answer period will follow the lecture. Parking and the entrance are available in the rear of the building. Admission is free, but seating is limited and preregistration is required. To reserve a space, call 663-8305.


Upcoming Event

6th Biennial Sojourn To West Africa

10 Day Cultural Trip to Ghana, West Africa, Aug. 4-14, 2012. Visits to Cultural sites: W.E.B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Elmina/Cape Coast Slave Castles – Door of No Return, River of he Last Bath/Assin Manso, Kakum National Park, Kumasi (Seat of the Ashanti Empire), Manhyia Palace. Ashanti Craft Villages: Ahwiaa (Wood Carving Village), Ntonso (Adinkra Textile Printing Village), Bonwire (Kente Weaving Village). Akosombo Dam, Boat Cruise on the Volta Lake – largest man-made lake in the world, Torgome Village for Naming Ceremony, shopping galore. For further information contact Pat Jenkins This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-997-6585.


Ongoing Events

Port North Spring Boys Basketball

Port North is a 3-year-old independent basketball team based out of Port Washington that plays year round in the super league at Island Garden and various tournaments in the metropolitan area. The program currently has a combined record of 30 - 3 in the winter super league. The emphasis is on teaching the fundamentals, developing good practice habits and preparing players for middle and high school basketball. The team has a professional trainer with over 20 years experience. We are currently looking for experienced and dedicated basketball players in grades 4 through 10 who are interested in trying out for spring and AAU basketball. If you are interested or have any questions email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Stroke Support Groups

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.strokelife.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 Buildng 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.



Weekly Events

•Boy Scout Troop 200 of Williston Park meets every Monday between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church located at Willis Ave. and Winthrop St. Boys 11 to 17 are welcome to join.

•Mineola Choral Society meets every Monday at 8 p.m. in Mineola High School, Armstrong Rd., Garden City Park. New voices are welcome. For more information call 294-1175.

•Nassau Chess Club meets each Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Mineola, First and Main Sts. For more information call 631-218-4440.

•Kiwanis Club of County Seat Mineola meets Mondays at 8 a.m. at Ihop, corners of Willis and Hillside Aves. For more information, call President Ed Schutz This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Interested prospective members are welcome to join us for complimentary breakfast any Monday.

•Boy Scout Troop 45 of Mineola meets every Tuesday between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Mineola located at First and Main Sts. Boys 11 to 17 are welcome to join.

•Leisure Club of Mineola meets Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mineola Community Center, Washington Ave. For more information, call 741-8747.

•Irish American Society Social Gatherings every Monday at the Irish American Center, 297 Willis Ave., from noon to 3 p.m. In the  tradition and mission of the Irish American Society we are here to make all welcome and be part of the local community. Bring lunch. Coffee and tea will be served. Play cards, board games or just sit and socialize. A film once a month. Ladies and gents welcome. Free to all. Call Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 746-9392 or 742-8080.

•LI Singers meets every Tuesday at the Unitarian Church, 42 Shelter Rock Rd., Manhasset at 8 p.m. For more information call 676-1879.

•Storytime every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Barnes and Noble, Country Glen Center, 91 Old Country Rd., Carle Place. Call 741-9850 for information.

•Chemical Dependency Lecture Series. Seafield Outpatient Services, 110 Main St., is offering a free, informative discussion series on Chemical Dependency and the Effects on the Family. It is held every Tuesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 747-5644.

•Relapse Prevention Support Groups are held by the LI Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in its Williston Park Office, 207 Hillside Ave. Groups are facilitated by professional staff trained to help you or a loved one successfully transition from inpatient treatment back home or into a sober living environment. Aftercare and support following substance abuse treatment is an essential part of maintaining sobriety and creating a strong foundation for recovery. Groups are facilitated by professional staff trained to help you or a loved one successfully transition from inpatient treatment back home or into a sober living environment. Call Jeffrey L. Reynolds 747-2606, ext. 12 or Steve Chassman, ext. 17.

•Free Weekly Stand-Up Comedy Show every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Simply Fondue of Great Neck, 24 Great Neck Rd., (across the street from the LIRR Great Neck station), second floor, The Gardens shopping plaza, Great Neck. No admission fees; no drink minimums - just free comedy. Featuring acts from top clubs of Manhattan and LI. Call 466-4900.

•Gam-Anon Support Group holds an anonymous meeting for spouses, adult children over 18, family and friends of those whose lives have been affected by a gambling problem. Held on Thursdays at Temple Emanuel, Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park at 8 p.m. For more information call the 24-hour hotline 631-321-2883.

•Nimble Fingers Meeting. Looking to make some new sewing friends? Come and join us at the Mineola Community Center. We are a small group of ladies who just love to sew, quilt, and share ideas. Everyone creates their own projects, be it a small wall hanger or a queen-sized quilt. We meet every Thursday at the Mineola Community Center, 155 Washington Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To join our group, call Anna Spatola (484-7226) or just drop by with your lunch and needles.

•Mineola Golden Age Club meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mineola Community Center, 155 Washington Ave.

•LI Chess Nuts meets at 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City, Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for K to 3rd grade; and Fridays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for fourth grade and up. Optional lessons for beginners and advanced players available at 4 and 5:30 p.m. For more information call Margarita Lanides at 739-3907.

•Bingo Games every Friday at 7:15 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 83 Sea Cliff Ave., Glen Cove. $1,500 in cash prizes. Door prizes and progressive on last game. Smoke-free environment. Call 676-1828 for further info.

•Bingo every Friday (except August). Games begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School, 101 Maple Ave., Westbury. Two “Share the Wealth” Games are offered, a $500 and a $1000 Jackpot as well as Progressive Bingo. Other weekly events include Bell Jars and 50/50 Raffles. Food and drinks are available in the kitchen. Call 334-0021, ext. 145.


Monthly Events

•Write On! Writing Workshop hosted by Marvin Illman on the first and third Mondays of each month. Sharpen your skills on paper whether you want to write creatively, professionally or personally. 7:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, Country Glen Center, 91 Old Country Rd., Carle Place. Call 741-9850 for information.

•American Legion Post #349 meets on the first Monday of each month (except holiday weekends) at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center in the Mineola Village Hall, Washington Ave. Call 747-4791 or 747-5901 for more information.

•AARP #1868 Williston Area meets on the first Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the East Williston Community Church, corner of Hillside Ave. and Roslyn Rd. Coffee and cake following meeting. New members welcome. Call 742-0465 for more information.

•Look Good...Feel Better sponsored by LIJ Medical Center in association with the National Cosmetology Association, the Toiletry Fragrance Association and the American Cancer Society. The program reaches out to women with cancer and teaches them how to best apply makeup and wear their hair while undergoing cancer treatment. Meets on the second Monday of every month at LIJ Medical Center, 27005 76th Ave., New Hyde Park. Reservations suggested, but not required. Call Harriet Pine or Selma Robinton 718-470-7094. All women who attend receive a makeup kit filled with brand-name cosmetics valued at over $200.

•Family Promise of NC. Are you concerned about helping homeless families in our local communities? You are invited to meetings for Family Promise of Nassau County, Inc., the third Monday of every month, at 7:30 p.m. at the New Hyde Park Baptist Church, 635 New Hyde Park Rd., NHP (352-9672 ). All congregations invited: Churches, synagogues, mosques and NC residents. The need is great. Call Family Promise at 684-9833.

•Mineola Historical Society meets the last Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at 211 Westbury Ave. All are welcome.

•Mineola Chamber of Commerce meets on the third Tuesday of each month at Piccola Bussola, 159 Jericho Tpke., Mineola. All welcome, need not be a member to participate. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. Cost $25 which includes a full dinner. Call 248-1700.

•Irish American Society meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. at 297 Willis Ave., Mineola. For more information, call 746-9392.

•Catholic War Veterans #1949 meets every third Tuesday at Knights of Columbus, 186 Jericho Tpke., Mineola. Info: 662-5576, William Kessler, Post Commander.

•Italian American Civic Association general membership meeting at 8 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the group’s clubhouse, 117 Jericho Tpke., Mineola. There is a Bocce Court, pool, tennis and soccer tables and there are club parties, barbeques, picnics and a great Christmas party. Interested and prospective members welcome. For more information, call 746-9699.

•Garden City Ski Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays, September through April (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 1000 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park. Social events, trips to our lodge in Vermont, and skiing in a variety of areas throughout the West and New England. Ages 21 and over, please. For additional info and schedules visit www.gar-dencityskiclub.com or call 872-1448.

•VFW Post #5253 meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month (only on the second Wednesday in the summer, November and December) at 8 p.m. at 155 Searingtown Road in Albertson. For more information call 833-7536.

•Well Spouse Association for well spouses or partners of the chronically disabled. When one is sick…two need help. Is your spouse ill? Are you feeling the stress of being a caregiver? Do you feel lonely, angry, sad, guilty, frustrated, desperate? Have your friends deserted you? Would you like to share emotional problems and coping skills with others who walk in your shoes? If your answer is yes, join a group of people in similar situations. Share feelings, experiences and helpful ideas. Regular meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the St. Charles Rehab Center, 201 I.U. Willets Rd. (corner of Searingtown Rd.), Albertson. Call Betsey Budne-Finnel 482-6574 or Rose Packard 829-8740 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•Round Robin Poetry Group. Indulge in an evening of poetry readings hosted by Carol Zimet and her loyal group of poets. Anyone who would like to read his/her original work is invited to sit in and join the group. The warm and accepting atmosphere makes it easy to open up and join in. Meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, Country Glen Center, 91 Old Country Rd., Carle Place. Call 741-9850 to confirm the event.

•Stroke Support Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 200 Old Country Rd., in the lower level conference room. Group are led by Kathleen Michel, CNRN, MSN, FNP-BC, cerebrovascular program coordinator; Karin Antaky, CNRN, MSN, FNP-BC, stroke/neurology; and Brenda DeCicco, MSN, RN, behavioral health manger. Meetings will include guest speakers, followed by support sessions for survivors and family members. Parking is free on the second level of the parking garage behind the building on Third Ave. Call 663-9098 for information or to reserve your seat.

•Order Sons of Italy meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall, Lincoln Rd., Franklin Square. There are also entertaining programs and refreshments and food are served free at every meeting. Call Sal Palmeri 328-0333 for an application.

•Young Widows/Widowers Social Group, a nonsectarian, nonprofit organization of widows and widowers ages 40 to 69 years of age. Fee for members is $3, nonmembers $5. Meets at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 5th St. and Franklin Ave., Garden City, on the third Wednesday of each month. Call Denise 488-4597. No meeting at the church during July and August.

•Mineola AARP Chapter #4202 meets every fourth Wednesday of each month at Mineola Village Hall. Coffee and buns served at 9:30 a.m. and the regular meeting begins at 10 a.m.

•VFW Private Adolf Block Post #1305 meetings are held every fourth Wednesday at the Village of Mineola Community Center, 155 Washington Ave., at 8 p.m. All veterans are welcome. Call 873-8486.

•Knights of Columbus Corpus Christi Council #2502 meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 8:30 p.m. The group’s hall is located at 186 Jericho Tpke., Mineola. For more information, call 746-8643.

•Mineola Chapter Order of the Eastern Star meets every first and third Thursday at 8 p.m. at the New Hyde Park Elks Lodge, 901 Lakeville Rd., New Hyde Park. Call 354-0377 for more information.

•Independent Order of the Odd Fellow Mineola-Hempstead Lodge #125 meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. at 236 Willis Ave., Mineola.

•LI Junior Chamber of Commerce regularly has the Meet and Greet on the first Thursday and the monthly meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, along with a variety of other events throughout the month, For more information on the LI Junior Chamber, visit WWW.LIJC.com. Contact: Martin Dekom, Chairman, 850-2717 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Julie Dekom, Membership Director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Steven Eiselen, Community Development VP This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•Catholic Daughters of the Americas meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:45 p.m. Meetings are held in Fitzgerald Hall, Corpus Christi Church, 155 Garfield Ave., Mineola. For more information, call 746-1223.

•VFW Post #5253 Auxiliary holds its meeting on the second Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. at 155 Searingtown Road in Albertson. Refreshments served after the meeting. For more information call 746-9676.

•Mineola Athletic Association meets every third Thursday with the general membership at 8 p.m. For more information call 877-2542.

•Mineola Masons Lodge 985 F & AM meets every fourth Thursday day at 8 p.m. at Kismet Shriners, 18 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. Call 513-1266 for more information.


Ongoing Programs

Safe Boating Courses

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.

PACE

Parent and Child Education, 302 Willis Ave., is led by Parent Educator Carmela Bernacchio. Call 294-PACE for more information.

Mineola Road Runners

Meets Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 6:15 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. For more information call Dr. Ann Forte at 742-0088.

Informal Running Group

Mineola/Willistons Informal Running Group meets five days a week from Tuesday through Saturday. Runs during the week are usually at 5:30 a.m. and on weekends at 8 a.m. The group usually meets at 318 Mineola Blvd. Call Scott Fairgrieve 294-5914 or PJ Diskin 248-0149.

Thrift Shop

The Thrift Shop at Resurrection (formerly St. Andrew’s ), together with St. Aidan’s Church, is open every Thursday From 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday from l0 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clothing, bric-a-brac, collectables and much more at reasonable prices. Resurrection is located at the corner of Campbell Ave. and Center St., Williston Park. For further information call 746-5527.

Mineola Youth and Family Services

A non-profit youth organization that provides free, year-round after-school recreational and educational programs and counseling services to elementary and middle school youth and their families. Call Christina Gallo-Balbo, director, at 742-1715.

News

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.

Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.

 

The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.

 

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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