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Violinist Tugs At Heart Strings

A senior at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School is set to grace the stage with her violin talent.

Concert festival competition winner Amanda Hedgecock will be featured in Menselssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Island Chamber Sympony March 16.

Hedgecock started learning the violin at four years old using the Suzuki method at the Music Institute of Long Island, located in Manhasset. The Suzuki method instilled confidence in Hedgecock, as well as a love for music and performing.

“Amanda is a gifted musician and combines humility and harmony in her performances,” said Geri Kushner, violin instructor and co-director milimusic.com.

The gifted violinist has won many other music competitions. Most recently, she was selected as one out of 100 to perform with the National High School Orchestra in Tennessee at the American String Teachers Conference. This past November, Hedgecock was selected and performed in the Chamber All-State Orchestra in Rochester. She has been selected to perform in many Master Classes at MILI and chamber ensembles and she is a member of the New York Youth Orchestra in Manhattan.

The Island Chamber Symphony, under the baton of Jeremy Niles Kempton, will perform at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Glen Cove on Sunday, March 16 at 3 p.m.

Admission is available at the door, $15 general admission, $10 for seniors and students. St. Paul’s is located at 28 Highland Rd.  

For further information call 516-759-3716 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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There’s no question that Halloween is a holiday for the kids. But what about the kids that can’t enjoy it normally because they have severe allergies? That’s when “The Teal Pumpkin Project” steps in to help.

“The Teal Pumpkin Project is designed to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies – and to keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all,” said Plainview resident Heather Alberti, whose five year old son, Nathan, has a life threatening allergy to peanuts and tree nuts.

The Columbus Day Parade played host a to a very special group this year. The Family Residences and Essential Enterprises’ (FREE) Players Drum Corps made history as they became the first special needs drum corps to march in the New York City Columbus Day Parade.

The group marched up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Street with a red carpet performance on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets.


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4th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

Wednesday, Oct. 29



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