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Mark Your Calendar: Events In 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 line-up. 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.

This week, I would like to alert you to upcoming happenings. Pack up your lawn chair and mark your calendar, because we have some good old-fashioned entertainment in store.

To round out the last few days of July, we have planned a number of great activities and performances to enjoy, beginning with a free showcase at Eisenhower Park’s Lakeside Theatre by the American Ballet on Tuesday, July 29, at 7 p.m. Next, head over to Parking Field 6A at Eisenhower Park on Wednesday, for what is sure to be an incredible concert by Barbara Harris & the Toys.

On Thursday, Fresh 102.7 sponsors a showing of Despicable Me 2 at Lakeside Theatre, starting at dusk, while the Long Beach Film Festival Drive-In at Nickerson Beach begins at 5 p.m.

The start of August is just as jam-packed with celebration. On Friday, Aug. 1, stop down to Lakeside Theatre for Creole Family Night. The festivities are set to run from 5-9:30 p.m. Did you know Saturday, Aug. 2, is Garvies Point Day? Visit the museum at 10 a.m. before spending the evening at Lakeside Theatre for Tony Orlando’s Salute to Veterans Concert. The performance kicks off at 6:45 p.m.

Also, don’t forget that the first weekend of August means Olde Time Baseball. Come down to Old Bethpage Village Restoration at 10 a.m. on either Saturday or Sunday (or both) to enjoy.

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. Be sure to stop by and enjoy the park, music and culture all summer long. Help us to continue the celebration of each and every one of our Nassau County residents with Chinese American Night on Sunday, Aug. 3, Irish American Night on Monday, Aug.4 and Pacoli Night on Sunday, Aug. 10, all beginning at 7 p.m. at Lakeside.

We have a ton of fun movie nights in store as we move into the month. On Tuesday, Aug. 5, Cedar Creek Park in Seaford will show Diary of a Wimpy Kid, on Thursday, Aug. 7, Fresh 102.7 sponsors a viewing of the film Epic at Lakeside Theatre, and finally on Tuesday, Aug. 12, Cedar Creek Park plays Sandlot. All movies begin at dusk.

As always, we cherish every opportunity to bring musical entertainment to county residents. Coming up, we look forward to spending an afternoon with the New Vintage Big Band on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at Parking Field 6A of Eisenhower Park. The fun starts at noon. Next, the Long Island Philharmonic performs at Lakeside Theatre on Friday, Aug. 8, followed by a Saturday tribute to Neil Diamond by Super Diamond. Both Friday and Saturday’s free performances begin at 7 p.m.

Please visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Parks/index.html for more information on any summer events.

News

In a little-known chapter of New York City’s history, the name of police officer Phillip Cardillo is spoken in hushed, revered whispers. Though he was tragically killed in the line of duty back in 1972, the burning embers of his memory are still fanned by a passionate few who wish to finally obtain for the fallen hero the elusive recognition that he truly deserves.

At their Oct. 8 meeting in Mineola, the Nassau County-based Association of Retired Police Officers (ARPO) held a heartfelt ceremony, as both Cardillo as well as the driven NYPD detective who has fought for justice in his name for the past four decades, were honored as the true heroes that they are.

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.


Sports

A number of awards were given to runners in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich area at the Oct. 18 Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run, including 23-year-old Justin Nakrin of Oyster Bay, who finished in 12th place overall and second in the 20-24 age group, and 43-year-old Daniel Valderrama of Oyster Bay, who scored in 17th place overall and second in the 40-44 age group. Maggie Reid of Locust Valley earned first place honors in the 15-19 age group.

The indomitable 81-year-old Nina Jennings of Mill Neck was the oldest woman to finish the run, taking first place honors in the women’s 80-84 age group in 35 minutes, 11 seconds, a pace of 11:19 per mile. She was the fastest of all of the five finishers—male or female—who were 80 years old or more.

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.


Calendar

Ghastly Grounds

Thursday, October 30

Trick Or Treat

Friday, October 31

Long Island Baroque Ensemble

Sunday, November 2



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