Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:00
A safe, confidential, supportive environment to talk about what you have been through, reactions and feelings and how to move forward. You are not alone! Facilitated by a professional therapist. Three consecutive Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Hicksville-Plainview area. $60 for three meetings. To register call Nancy Berlow, LCSW: 516-356-7109. All inquiries are confidential.
Once a month through December, Long Island Cat Fanciers sponsors free lectures given by top local veterinarians on topics relevant to dog and cat owners. All members of the public are welcome to attend. The lectures are generally held on the first Monday of each month at the Town of Oyster Bay Syosset-Woodbury Community Center, 7900 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury, at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 631-277-3844.
American Sign Language (ASL) classes will be offered by Mill Neck Services for deaf adults on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 through March 25, 2013. The 10 sessions of the Level 1 Adult class are being held at the Day Habilitation and Interpreter Services building located at 501 S. Broadway, Suite B, Hicksville. The fee is $175, plus $65 for books/materials.For more information, or to register by phone/fax, please call Mill Neck Services at 922-3818, ext. 306. Registration may also be done online at www.millneck.org by clicking the “Community Sign Language Classes” link. Sign language interpreters will be available for guests who are deaf, provided a request is made in advance.
Clutterers Anonymous (CLA), a 12-step self-help group, offers help and support to those who have clutter problems in their homes or workplace. Meets every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, 999 Old Country Rd., in Plainview. There are no dues or fees. For more information, call 866-800-3881 or visit: www.ClutterersAnonymous.net.
•Family Support Group, an ongoing support group for those who have family members or other loved ones with mental illness. Meets on Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. at Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services, 950 South Oyster Bay Rd. The fee is $5 per family. In addition to verbal support, the group presents guest lecturers, workshops, education programs and holds social events. For information call 822-6111.
•Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Chorus welcomes new members. Meetings are held Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the choral room of POB Middle School. All voices are needed and no experience is necessary. Rehearsals run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For information call 931-4377 or 935-6243.
•Ideal Health Business Presentation. Unprecedented ground floor opportunity to earn $2,000 -$5,000 per month within six months, then more. Free. Every Monday at 8 p.m. at The Family Wellness Center 641-B Old Country Rd., Plainview. Call 822-8499 to register.
•Bible Study Classes. Free weekly classes on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 99 Central Park Rd., Plainview. No prior knowledge required. Beginners welcome. Call 349-1966.
•Young Adult Drug Addiction Group offered by the Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Community Program, 950 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Suite 102, Hicksville. For people 18 to 21 who are recovering from drug-addiction. The goals are to enhance skills, increase self-awareness and work toward a drug and alcohol-free life. The group meets Thursdays at 8 p.m. Call 822-4060. All inquiries are confidential.
•Calling All Seniors. Why be bored at home? Come for fun, trips and to meet new friends. Qualifications: resident of Hicksville, Plainview or Levittown. Meetings every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bethpage Senior Center, 103 Grumman Rd. West, Bethpage. Call Andrew Grieshaber 349-7801.
•POB Senior Citizen Club meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays in the all-purpose room at the Jamaica Avenue School, 85 Jamaica Ave., Plainview. For information call 937-6424. Members must be 60 years or older, residing in the POB S.D. are eligible. Bring school tax bill as proof of residency. Dues are $20. New members welcome.
•Plainview-Bethpage Lions Club has dinner meetings on the second Wednesday of the month (except July and August), at the Marriott Residence Inn-Plainview, 9 Gerhard Rd., at 7 p.m. The club has been serving the area since 1957. It is part of Lions Clubs International with 1.4 million men and women in 190 countries and geographical areas striving to make a difference in their local communities. For more information, call Steve Lesetz at 516-293-7534.
•Speak Easy: A Toastmasters Club. Can help you conquer your fear of public speaking. Northrop Grumman Toastmasters meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:45 p.m. at the Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Ave., Bethpage.
•Meet The Doctors. Focusing on education, Premiere OBGYN will sponsor a Meet the Doctors program on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at 79 Froelich Farm Blvd., Woodbury. Women who are planning a pregnancy or are already expecting can join Drs. Prince, Brooks and Flynn and have their questions answered on conception and a safe pregnancy.
•The LI Psoriasis Network Meetup Group will get together in the second floor in-service classroom of North Shore University at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd., on the first Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. All are welcome. No cost. More information is available at http://psoriasis.meetup.com/24/
•Alzheimer’s Support Group. Are you a caregiver who would like to share your experience with others? There is strength in knowing you are not alone. Join this support group at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in the Adult Day Health Care Program Room at the Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 378 Syosset-Woodbury Rd., Woodbury. Call Sheldon Rybak, RCSW/ACSW 622-7770.
•Golf For Singles Adults, a group of 50 + single seniors meet the third Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Sunnyside Blvd., Exit 46 off the LIE, Plainview. For info call 942-4228. The group plays on courses, mostly in Suffolk on the weekends as well as during the week.
•Italian Culture Society At Farmingdale meets the last Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Ellsworth W. Allen Park, Motor Ave., Farmingdale. Italian lessons are given by a native Italian teacher. For lessons in Italian come early at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments are served. Ample parking. For private lessons call Francesca at 249-4543.
•Plainview Republican Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m., downstairs at the American Legion Hall, 115 Southern Pky., Plainview. Connect with new friends and attend enjoyable events throughout the year. Everyone is welcome. Call Steve Joyce 644-0486.
•Introduction To Chemotherapy, a monthly information session for cancer patients who are beginning chemotherapy treatments. Family members are welcome. Refreshments served. Nurses with special training, dietitians and other professionals present information that can help individuals understand, and cope with, the effects of chemotherapy treatments. There is also an opportunity to share information with others who may have been through similar situations. Meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Patient’s Lounge on 3-West at North Shore University Hospital at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd. Call Sharon Huff, RN, to register 719-2702.
•Cancer Survivors Support Group offered for survivors and their families at North Shore Hospital at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd. The group is free and meets on the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. and includes all cancers. Call Barbara for further information 541-4673.
•Jewish War Veterans, Gieir-Levitt Post #655 invites all Jewish war veterans to come to the Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd., Plainview, at 9 a.m. on the second Sunday of every month. Call Larry Sklar 942-3327. Come for a free breakfast.
•LI Stock Traders Meetup Group held on the second Thursday of every month from 6:45 to 9:15 p.m. in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library auditorium, 999 Old Country Rd.
•Green Living Seminars, a series hosted by Starflower Experiences at 7 p.m. at the Melville Branch of the Half Hollow Hills Library, 510 Sweet Hollow Rd., directly across from the Sunquam Elementary School (between Route 110 and Old Country Rd.). The seminars will be held on the second Thursday of each month except July and August. Call 938-6152.
•Free Walk-In Stroke Support Group offered by Plainview Hospital every fourth Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. in Conference Rooms A and B, lower level, 888 Old Country Rd. Learn about risks, warning signs and treatments and hear medical specialists speak about the health issues concerning stroke and stroke prevention. Discuss experiences with others facing the same challenges seeking support, education and hope. For more information or to register, call Joy Harris 719-2411.
•Bethpage Masonic Lodge No. 975 Free And Accepted Masons will meet at 8 p.m. at the Hicksville Masonic Temple, 18 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. For information call 731-2488. Meetings are every second and fourth Friday.
•Earthwalk conducted by the staff of Starflower Experiences on the first Sunday of every other month at 2 p.m. A light touch of nature on an unusual and enjoyable walk. Discover the wonders of the natural world through your senses. For adults and children 9 and up. Meet at Sweet Hollow Hall in West Hills County Park, Melville. Fee of $2.50 per person. Call 938-6152 to sign up and for directions.
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.
Located at 678 Woodbury Rd., Woodbury. Call 682-0404 for information on the following:
•Participate in weekly Bible study classes for adults of all ages. Free discussions about the Torah portion of the week, or the next Jewish festival. No knowledge of Hebrew necessary - all classes are in English. Beginners through advanced welcome. Men and women. Meets every Tuesday.
•Code of Jewish Law. Come and learn the A-Zs on all the “how-tos” of the Jewish Lifecycle and Basic Judaism with Brocha Lipszyc. A fascinating and rewarding journey exploring the hows and whys as well as ins and outs of Jewish traditions and customs. Free of charge aside from purchase of text material for class. 8 p.m. every Wednesday.
•Hows and Whys of Jewish Customs/Traditions, a series of discussions exploring the hows and whys of Jewish traditions and customs. Rabbi Shmuel Lipszyc will hold half-hour sessions every Saturday at 9 a.m. with informative commentary and insight about deeply rooted Jewish rituals that provides an opportunity for Jews throughout the community to explore how Jewish customs and traditions came about. The public is invited to learn and ask questions. Rather than robotically following rituals and traditions, Jews now can take action to make their spiritual experience more meaningful and fulfilling.
•Modern Day Kabbalah Experience with renowned speaker Rabbi Shmuel Lipszyc. Probe the Depths of the Kabbalah in 30 minutes! Participate in our weekly Shabbat classes. No previous background or religious affiliation required. All welcome. Shabbat mornings from 9 to 9:30 a.m.
•A Woman’s Voice. Discover the answers to life’s deepest and most complex issues. Realize the amazing power that G-d bestowed upon women. Add more meaning to your life. Live a happier life. Determine your inner strengths and bring out your full potential. This class, which is taught by Dr. Bleema Feinstein, takes place every Wednesday at 10 a.m.
There are free practice centers for Chi-Gong at the Syosset Woodbury Community Park and Stony Brook University. All Falun Dafa (Chi-Gong) activities are free of charge. Call 238-7049 for information or visit www.falundafa.org.
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 at 485-3425, ext. 222.
Located at 202 Terminal Dr. Call 576-3120 for information on the following:
•Adolescent Group for youth struggling with abstinence from alcohol or drugs. Group sessions focus on education, communication skills, relationships and self-esteem issues. The group meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Call for information on joining. All inquiries are confidential.
•Eating Disorder Treatment, a weekly group for anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating on Tuesdays from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Sliding scale fee. Call to register.
•Parent Group for those parents struggling with their child’s use of alcohol and/or drugs. Group sessions focus on parenting and communication skills and education. The group meets Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Call to register. All inquiries are confidential.
•Stop Smoking Program for substance abusers.
•Women’s Issues Group for women who are in recovery from alcohol and/or drugs. Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Group sessions focus on those issues of communication skills, relationships and self-esteem. All inquiries are confidential.
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.strokelife.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 Building 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.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00
Thousands of Long Islanders streamed into Burn Park in Massapequa recently for the Town of Oyster Bay’s annual Salute to America concert featuring Dean Karahalis and the Concert Pop Orchestra with fireworks by Grucci.
The event paid tribute to veterans, past and present, and honored three deserving honorees: Guillermo Torres, Plainview’s Robert Reahl and Barbara Tortorice.
Torres is the winner of the Town’s Veteran Lifetime Achievement Award. A Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Torres was wounded while on maneuvers.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
The kids may be grown. The marriage may have not worked out. Perhaps retirement affords more free time than was anticipated.
Enter The Transition Network, an national social group featuring an active chapter on Long Island that meets regularly at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.
Judy Forman, Plainview resident and program co-chair, noted that The Transition Network is an organization of women ages 50 and over who are ‘transitioning’ into the next phase of their lives — whether it be retirement, divorce, losing a loved one or so on — and helping them to meet new people while expanding their horizons.