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MineolaAmerican.com Calendar

Spirituality For Singles
Saturday, October 6

North Shore Land Alliance Fall Walk
Sunday, October 7

Westbury Friends School Open House And Fair
Saturday, October 13


Saturday, October 6

Spirituality For Singles

Spirituality for singles monthly gathering at 8:30 p.m. at St. Aidan Parish, 510 Willis Ave., Williston Park. Presented this month are the Servants of the Shepherd playing their contemporary Christian music. Donation is $5. Snacks, pizza, and beverages will be served. Contact Ray at 516-561-6994 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


Sunday, October 7

North Shore Land Alliance Fall Walk

Join North Shore Land Alliance and Naturalist Peter Martin for an early fall stroll at Norman J. Levy Park & Preserve in Merrick at 2 p.m. Experience the wonder of early autumn foliage and fall migrating birds with Peter at this magnificent 52-acre former landfill. Bring the kids. The program is free. Registration is encouraged. To register and for directions please contact North Shore Land Alliance at 516-626-0908 or visit: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Saturday, October 13

Westbury Friends School Open House And Fair

Westbury Friends School open house and Quaker fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free children’s activities and face painting, book sale, attic treasures, baked goods and lunch. Live music by the Long Island Traditional Music Association. Campus tours conducted every hour on the hour, and information about Westbury Friend School available. Located at 550 Post Avenue. Call 516-333-3178 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Nassau Community College Department of Theatre and Dance presents the children’s musical The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Mainstage Theatre, 1 Education Dr., Garden City. Performances are at 2 p.m. each day, except for Oct.19, when it will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9/$6 for 12 and under. Rush tickets for college students with valid ID are free for the Oct. 9, 7 p.m. performance only. For more information call the Theatre Box Office at 516-572-7676. Additional show dates: Oct. 14, 19, 20, 21, 27 and 28.


Thursday, October 18

St. Aidan’s Study Course

St. Aidan’s Parish in Williston Park will hold a discussion/study course every Thursday morning and evening starting Oct. 18 covering the DVD series, Catholicism by Rev. Barron. The course is free. Registration is required. For more information, call Toti Conforti at 516-385-8963 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Saturday, October 27

Hospice Care Network’s Crystal Ball Gala

“Halloween Casino Night” cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, games of chance, silent auction, entertainment and dancing to benefit Hospice Care Network’s programs and services. Honorees include Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Justice Ute Wolff Lally. At the Glen Head Country Club, 240 Glen Cove Rd., Glen Head from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets are $350 each and sponsorships begin at $100. Call 516-224-6467 or visit www.hospicecarenetwork.org.


Friday, December 7

Doo-Wop Fundraiser

An Evening With the Stars: Doo-Wop Fundraiser to help support the games for the physically challenged will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. at Bethpage High School. Featuring Winnie Winfield, Lenny Dell and the Dimensions, Continentals, Cathy Jean, The Fireflies, The Jarmels, and Classic Sounds. Tickets are $25 each, reserved seating only. Free parking. Go to www.larentr.com or call 631-873-8817 for more information.


Upcoming Events

Volunteers Sought For Breast Cancer Program

If you’ve had breast cancer and want to pay it forward become a hotline volunteer. Women and men who are breast cancer survivors and others who are concerned about breast health issues can become volunteers at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program in Garden City. Volunteers can help by doing fundraising and publicity, as well as by answering hotline calls. Hotline volunteers provide emotional support, information and referral services to callers with breast health concerns. Although the program is housed on Long Island, hotline services and telephone counseling are available to callers throughout New York State. The next five-session training cycle will be starting at the end of September 2012 at the Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. For more information call Caroline Mulcahy at 516- 877-4315. To reach the Hotline from anywhere in New York State, call 1-800-877-8077.

Creative Cups

The popular, life-affirming event of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is returning and people are invited to participate by creating an “art bra” or becoming a sponsor. Submitted creations must be received by Oct. 15 to be included in the auction/gala (to be held on March 14, 2013 at Adelphi University in Garden City). Those wishing to create a bra are encouraged to sign up early, as entrants will be limited to 200. Creative Cups celebrates the lives of those living with breast cancer and those lost to this terrible disease. For more information, guidelines and to register, visit www.adelphi.edu/creative-cups or call 800-877-8077.


Ongoing Events

First Presbyterian Church Services

•Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

•Holy Communion: First Sunday of the month

•Education: Sunday School at 10 a.m.

•Little People Academy Preschool, call 746-1138

•Women’s Group: Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

•Men’s Group: Saturday at 7:15 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 182 First Street, Mineola. Rev. Chester J. Easton, Pastor. Call the church office at 746-7419 for more information. Office open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Free Breast Cancer Support Groups

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer program is offering new support groups. There is no cost for any group; however pre-registration is required. Additional groups are formed upon request, including groups for men with breast cancer and family members. All groups meet at Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. For more information call Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW, at 516-877-4314, or the Breast Cancer Hotline at 800-877-8077.

•Support group for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for women post treatment will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for young women with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for women with metastatic breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

•A telephone support group for women with breast cancer will be held weekly for eight weeks from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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.


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., Williston Park. 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., Williston Park. 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., Mineola, 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., Mineola, 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. Call Jeffrey L. Reynolds 747-2606, ext. 12 or Steve Chassman, ext. 17.

•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 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.

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

•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. 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 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

News

What Thanksgiving Means In Mineola

Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.

 

Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and  friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.


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 


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