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Spirituality For Singles
Saturday, April 14

Children and Diabetes
Tuesday, April 17

Buffet Dinner and Show
Friday, April 20


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.empire safetycouncil.com use code KOFC and receive a $5 discount.


Tuesday, April 17

Children and Diabetes

Parents are invited to attend Winthrop-University Hospital’s free Parenting Today lecture, “Navigating the Challenges of Children and Diabetes.” The program begins with registration at 6:45 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. and will focus on pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. It will be held at Winthrop’s Community Outreach Center, 101 Mineola Blvd., corner of Second Street, Mineola. Colleen Farley-Cornell, registered dietitian/certified diabetes educator and team member of the nationally recognized Winthrop Pediatric Diabetes Program, will explain pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, factors that contribute to the disease, symptoms, and the lifestyle steps parents take to help improve their child’s well-being. A question and answer period will follow. Attendees are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. for registration. Parking and the entrance are available in the rear of the building. Admission is free, but seating is limited and preregistration is required. Call 516-663-8305.


Friday, April 20

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 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.


Tuesday, April 24

Managing Concerns Regarding Infertility

Winthrop-University Hospital’s Breast Health Center will host a special program for patients concerned with fertility issues, “Managing Concerns Regarding Infertility,” at 6 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Spatz Conference Center, Room A, located in the main hospital lower level, 259 First St., Mineola. Linda Sung, MD, will discuss fertility options for individuals with breast cancer concerns. The seminar will include a question and answer period, as well as a short Zumba session at the end of the program to help release stress. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission is free, but seating is limited and preregistration is required. To make a reservation, call Alisha Ellis 516- 663-2556.


Thursday, April 26

Foot Problems

Winthrop-University Hospital’s Perspectives in Health series will offer a free lecture for the community, “Oh, My Aching Feet!” at 7 p.m. at Winthrop’s Community Outreach Center, 101 Mineola Blvd., corner of Second St., Mineola. Bryan Ding, MD, will discuss cutting-edge techniques along with proven traditional methods that will help you get “back on your feet.” He will address the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and latest advances in treatment options for various foot problems, ranging from bunions and plantar fasciitis to sports injuries and chronic ankle instability. A question and answer period will follow the lecture. Attendees are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. for registration. Parking and the entrance are available in the rear of the building. Seating is limited and preregistration is required. To reserve a space, call 516)-663-8300.


Sunday, April 29

Getting Your Daughter Ready for College

Winthrop-University Hospital will present a unique program, “Getting Your Daughter Ready for College,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Spatz Conference Room located in the main hospital, 259 First St., Mineola. Young women and their moms are invited to join speakers, Jane Swedler, MD, and Elana Kastner, MD, as they discuss topics such as Adapting to College Life, Campus Safety, Making the Right Choices, Nutrition, On-Campus Medical Assistanc” and Time Management. A question and answer period will follow. The program costs $20 per person and includes brunch. Seating is limited and reservations are required by April 21. For more information or to register, call 516-663-2609.

Math-ternoon

Westbury Friends School invites families to “Math-ternoon,” an afternoon of interactive, hands-on math fun for children ages 3-11. Also see a dramatic student performance of Phoebe the Spy. Self-guided tour of the campus, meet our teachers, families, enjoy light refreshments. Free admission. 1 to 3 p.m. at 550 Post Ave., corner of Post Ave. and Jericho Tpke. For more information, call 333-3178.


Upcoming Events

Flea Market

The Garden City Historical Society is holding its 7th Annual Flea Market on Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is an ideal time to do some spring cleaning and weed through furniture you don’t need and have no use for. All proceeds benefit the Garden City Historical Society.

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.fam-ilyandchildrens.org/donate. Contact Marisa Paladino 516-746-0350, ext. 364.


Ongoing Events

Furniture Needed

The A.T. Stewart Exchange Consignment Shop, 109 Eleventh St., Garden City, is looking for furniture to add to its inventory. The shop can use cocktail tables, end tables, consoles, chairs of all types, dressers, dining room tables, breakfronts, servers, secretaries, mirrors, etc....it’s all in demand. If you have a particularly large piece, take a picture, and show it to Kris or Jill at the shop (516 746-8900). Consignees get 50 percent of the selling price. Parking is convenient because the shop is located on the lower level of the Garden City Historical Museum.

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 .


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.

•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

•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.

•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.


Ongoing Programs

Exhibits

•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.

•In My Dreams Photography by Marzena Grabczynska Lorenc. A world where fantasy and reality collide in a surreal and mysterious collection of work from different locations featuring infrared photography, textures and layers. Born and raised in Poland, Marzena is a fine art photographer with an imaginative eye and an intuitive sense of composition and color. Trained as a librarian, she graduated from college with a deep and abiding love of literature and there is a haunting and poetic nature to her work. Marzena came to America in 1989 and currently lives on the North Shore of Long Island with her husband and daughter. An avid traveler, she has been to all corners of the globe ...always with camera in hand. Her work will be on view at the Mineola Memorial Library, 195 Marcellus Rd., Mineola, through April 30.

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

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).

Last year, the Mineola Fire Department initiated an Adopt-A-Hydrant program to offer residents and businesses an opportunity to enhance their fire protection by providing a simple service to the village, caring for a fire hydrant. The MFD is looking for adopters once again.


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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