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Thrift Shop Clothing Half Price Sale
Thursday, March 29

The Thief of Baghdad
Saturday, March 31

Tzu Chi to Host Health Seminar series
Saturday, April 7


Thursday, March 29

Thrift Shop Clothing Half Price Sale

The Thrift Shop sponsored by Resurrection and St. Aidan Churches is planning a half price sale on clothing on March 29 and March 31. The hours are on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Resurrection Church is located on the corner Campbell Ave. and Center St, Williston Park. For any further information call 746-5527.


Saturday, March 31

The Thief of Baghdad

Experience a very rare opportunity to see the 1924 silent movie classic The Thief of Baghdad starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr. presented with LIVE theatre organ accompaniment by world-famous theatre organist, Bernie Anderson Jr. Anderson will be performing on Chaminade’s magnificent Austin Morton Theatre Pipe Organ. The program is a presentation of the New York Theatre Organ Society, the Nassau Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Chaminade High School and is expected to be the family entertainment event of the spring. The silent movie classic will be presented on March 31 in Darby Auditorium at 7 p.m. at Chaminade High School, Jackson Ave., Mineola. Tickets are $12 adults; $10 children and seniors. Special package group rates available (call for details). Tickets will be available at the door – no reserved seating, first-come, first-served. For information, call Geri Reichgut at 516-455-9815.

Hugs for Sarah Memorial Blood Drive

From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The William P. Bennett Community Center, 28 W. Carl St., Hicksville. Go to http://www.thesarah gracefoundation.org/ to purchase tickets. Call 433-9745.


Saturday, April 7

Tzu Chi to Host Health Seminar series

Tzu Chi International Medical Association Long Island branch (TIMA-LI) presents 2012 Health Seminar series: “Prevention of Gastrointestinal and Other Cancers by Dr. Min-tsung Hsu.” Illness is most unbearable among the four sufferings: birth, aging, illness, and death. Cancer is an illness that everyone fears. Based on the idea that prevention is better than treatment, TIMA-LI invites Dr. Min-tsung Hsu, a surgeon with 40 years of experience specialized in gastroenterology endoscopy, to talk about cancer prevention. Dr. Hsu will discuss factors associated with cancers as well as early detection. Dr. Hsu is a successful surgeon and a renowned speaker. He is an attending physician at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. 10:30 a.m. to noon. at Tzu Chi Foundation Long Island branch, 60 E. Williston Ave., E. Williston. Free admission, for more information, Contact Tzu Chi Foundation Long Island branch at 516-873-6888.


Saturday, April 14

Spirituality for Singles

Monthly singles gathering at 8:30 p.m. at St. Aidan Parish, 510 Willis Ave., Williston Park. Discussion, meditation, socializing. $5 donation - snacks and beverages will be served. Contact: Ray 516-561-6994 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Defensive Driving Course

Knights of Columbus #11836 at St Anne’s Church in Garden City is offering the community the Empire Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the St Anne’s Church LL Cafeteria, 35 Dartmouth St. Upon completion of this course, participants are eligible for 10 percent off their motor vehicle insurance for three years and/or a reduction of points from their driver’s license. The fee for the course is $45 per person and advance registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact John Russo at 516-384-4552 or take the online course at www.empires afetycouncil.com use code KOFC and receive a $5 discount.


Upcoming Events

Buffet Dinner and Show

Featuring a variety of Frank Sinatra songs sung by Jerry Cardone. Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Immaculata #444 on April 20 at 7 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church, Fitzgerald Hall, 155 Garfield Ave., Mineola. $35 includes buffet dinner, dessert, soda, coffee and tea. For reservations call Jill 516-294-6379.

Golf and Tennis Tournament

Family and Children’s Golf and Tennis Tournament will be held on May 24 at the Creek Golf Course in Locust Valley. The tournament begins with brunch at 10:30 a.m. followed by an afternoon of play. Guests can hit the links with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start or they can choose to participate in a tennis tournament that begins at 1 p.m. The day rounds out with lunch at the 9th hole, an outdoor sunset cocktail reception and buffet at 5:30 p.m. that includes fabulous Chinese and silent auction prizes including: Premiere Yankee tickets, tickets to Broadway show, signed Harry Potter memorabilia, golf foursomes at LI’s best country clubs and more. Costs: $650 per golfer includes brunch and cocktail buffet; $275 per tennis player includes brunch and cocktail buffet; $150 cocktail reception only. Anyone who is unable to participate can still support the foundation by attending the cocktail reception or making an online donation at www.family andchildrens.org/donate. Contact Marisa Paladino 516-746-0350, ext. 364.

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.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 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. 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. Call 631-218-4440.

•Kiwanis Club of County Seat Mineola meets Mondays at 8 a.m. at Ihop, corners of Willis and Hillside Aves. 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 come 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, 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. 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.

•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. A small group of ladies who just love to sew, quilt, and share ideas. Everyone creates their own projects. Meetings every Thursday at the Mineola Community Center, 155 Washington Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To join the group, call Anna Spatola (484-7226) or just drop by with 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.


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.

•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.

•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.

•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. 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. 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. 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. Call 746-9699.

•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 Rd. Albertson. Call 833-7536.

•Well Spouse Association for well spouses or partners of the chronically disabled. 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 .

•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.

•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. at 186 Jericho Tpke. 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., NHP. 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.

•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. Call 746-1223.

•VFW Post #5253 Auxiliary holds its meeting on the second Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. at 155 Searingtown Rd., Albertson. Refreshments served. 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.

•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.


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.

Exhibit

LI Center of Photography presents Color – Primary and Secondary. On view through May 15 at the PACE Gallery, 302 Willis Ave., Mineola. Photographers Karen Brocke and Diane Lugar set out to document these primary and secondary colors in everyday life. Objects both man-made and natural were photographed to help illustrate the combinations of the primary colors that create the secondary colors. In presenting their work, they attempt to explain visually the effects of color on all five of our senses.

Help for Seniors

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.

Help for Seniors

Family & Children’s Association, Long Island’s oldest human care agency, is offering help to seniors through its Senior Bill Payer Program. This program provides assistance to seniors with the management of their monthly bills and financial affairs. Trained volunteers visit seniors and help read their mail, organize their bills, balance their checkbook and prepare checks for the senior to sign. The senior must be able to make responsible decisions regarding their own finances in order to qualify for this program. The volunteers, who’ve been vetted and trained by Family & Children’s, can provide these services at the senior’s home; a sliding scale fee will be applied. All information is confidential and HIPPA regulations prevail. For more information please contact Family and Children’s Association 485-3425, ext. 221.

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. 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 Church (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 742-1715.

News

Jaclynn Demas always loved film and television. She dreamed of having a hand in its creative process. and wanted to shape the moving image. The East Williston resident’s obsession paid off after taking home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program last month as producer of PBS KIDS’ Peg + Cat.

 

“I’ve loved TV and was a movie buff since I was a little kid,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make films. I was just upset at how things were made. When I got older, I took a lot of courses in TV and video production.”

 

After graduating Hicksville High School in 1998, Demas, 34, attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., majoring in mass communications, specifying in film and television production.

$100K donation for Life’s WORC

In recognition of the superior care her daughter Marjorie Levine of Albertson, received, the late Elsie Levine, formerly of Great Neck, has bequeathed $100,000 to Life’s WORC. The recently deceased

Levine was an ardent advocate for those suffering from developmental disabilities. According to her daughter Cathy Levine, Elsie Levine turned her grief and pain into action and this gift demonstrates the gratitude and peace of mind Life’s WORC provided for her entire family.

 

“My mother had overwhelmingly positive feelings about the care my sister received through Life’s WORC,” added Cathy Levine. “Life’s WORC represented the dawn of giving those with special needs a life and an opportunity to reach their potential.”


Sports

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.

The Mineola 12U intramural team opened its summer season against the East Williston Wildcats at the Willis Avenue field complex in Mineola on Monday, July 7.

 

East Williston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead due to some Mineola miscues and timely hitting. Mineola starting pitcher Kenny Solosky was strong, allowing only two hits, four strikeouts and one walk.

Mineola began their push back when Zach Buongiovanni crushed a solo home run onto the railroad tracks, just missing a passing train.

 

Solosky, Jordan Sandler (game winning walk-off single), Phil LaPierre, Kieran O’Gara, Patrick Solosky, Zach Buongiovanni (2 RBIs) and Vin Othman all contributed an RBI in a balanced hitting attack.

Andrew Geagher made a nice defensive play in the shortstop hole at short throwing out the runner by a step. Matt Pardo also made a nice grab off the centerfield wall holding the East Williston player to a double.


Calendar

Leisure Club Opportunity - July 16

Green Meadows Farm - July 17

Movie Night In The Park - July 18


Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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