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Great Summer Events In Nassau County Parks

I am so very proud of our parks system and all we have to offer in our great county. This summer, we have an action-packed lineup. With a combination of quality entertainment and fun activities for the whole family, we look forward to seeing you out and about. 

 

Alongside my continued dedication to creating tourism, the incredible support we have received from local business sponsors has made bringing top-notch events to our residents at no additional cost, a great reality. 

 

Here’s a look at some upcoming happenings. Pack your lawn chair and mark your calendar, because we have some good old-fashioned entertainment in store. 

 

The month of July is going to be full. Beginning with a musical performance by Swingtime Big Band on Wednesday, July 2, we are kicking off quite a busy time. The following day, again stop by the Harry

Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park to enjoy Mike DelGuidice and the Billy Joel Band. Both acts will hit the stage at 7 p.m.

 

If it’s up to us, this Fourth of July is going to be one you are sure to remember. Starting at 10 a.m., the 1864 Independence Day Celebration will be flowing with music, dancing, trade demonstrations, speeches, a parade and so much more to enjoy. We hope to see you all at Old Bethpage Village Restoration for the fun.

 

If Friday’s festivities aren’t enough, grab the family and head to Lakeside Theatre on Saturday, July 5, for Neil Berg’s much-anticipated “100 Years of Broadway.” Like most of our musical performances, this must-see production is free of charge and will start at 7 p.m. 

 

The International Music Nights Concert Series is a great Nassau County tradition, with nearly two-dozen nights dedicated to music and culture that honor a range of ethnic groups. Celebrate Punjabi American

Night on Sunday, July 6, German American Night on Monday, July 7 and Armenian American Night on Sunday, July 13, all beginning at 7 p.m. at Lakeside. 

 

Our busy calendar continues to unfold with a number of incredible music shows at 7 p.m. at Lakeside Theatre.. On Tuesday, July 8, see Jersey 4—a Tribute to Frankie Valli—and on Friday, July 11, check out

Oldies Night with Jay Siegel’s Tokens.

 

On Wednesday, July 9, South Bound will be entertaining audiences at Eisenhower Park’s Parking Field 6A beginning at noon, before Five Towns College Pops hit the stage at Muttontown Preserve’s Chelsea Mansion at 7 p.m.

 

The Long Island International Film Expo (LIFE) will be taking place from Wednesday, July 9 through Thursday, July 17. Please contact Bellmore movies at 516-783-3199 or the Nassau County Film Office at 516-571-3168 for more information.

 

In the meantime, to help you get in the spirit, grab some popcorn and get comfy at Lakeside Theatre, on Thursday, July 10, for a showing of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The film is set to start at dusk. 

 

Also, remember to clear your schedule the second weekend in July because the Cole Brothers Circus is coming to town. Shows will take place at Parking Field 6A of Eisenhower Park on Friday, July 11 at 5 and 8 p.m., as well as 2, 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

 

Please visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/summer for more information on any of our summer events.

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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