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Over 50 Fair Returns

Celebrating life on Long Island 

 The fourth annual Over 50 Fair returns to the Melville Marriott on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The one-day expo is being organized as a celebration of life on Long Island for people over 50. 


To make it even easier for attendees to participate in this year’s event, there will be free valet parking as well as free scooter rentals for those who need one, compliments of Patriot Mobility, Inc.  


“The Over 50 Fair is part health and wellness fair, part conference and part activities and lifestyle expo,” said fair director, Barbara Kaplan, the East Hills resident who also organizes Long Island’s popular All Kids Fair every April.  With 30 classes covering a variety of disciplines, there will be “something for everyone at the Over 50 Fair,” she added. 


This year’s attendees will recognize some of the speakers from last year, while many are new to the Over 50 Fair.  Classes will include two comedy shows, Zumba, social media, weight loss, bio-identical hormones, essential oils, and iPad apps.


Over 80 exhibitors will be participating, offering a broad spectrum of services and products relevant to baby boomers and seniors, including local medical and dental practices, financial experts, and education providers, plus weight loss, vitamins, in-home care, and even psychic readings.   Meditation classes will take place all day.


Geraldine Puglia, a Deer Park resident who has attended all three previous fairs described last year’s event as “very informational and fun.”


The fair’s slogan, “60 is the new 50” summarizes the philosophy of the event’s organizer, that Americans are living longer and should seek to live life to its fullest.  


“There are so many opportunities here on Long Island,” Kaplan said. “You just need to know where to look to find them.  Many can be found at the Over 50 Fair.”


Free health screenings will be available, such as body fat analysis, blood pressure checks, and oxygen saturation.  

Attendees are encouraged to bring their non-perishable food and cash donations for The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), a local non-profit, to exchange for raffle tickets for exciting and valuable prizes.  Other non-profit organizations participating include the Lymphatic Research Foundation, SeniorNet at Family Service League-L.I., and the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation.


Rounding out the expo will be photo opportunities with three beauty queens, including Ms. New York Senior America 2013, Virginia Werner.


Admission tickets, which include access to all classes and exhibitors, are $6 online, $8 at the door, and free for Veterans.  The Melville Marriott is located at 1350 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Melville off the Long 

Island Expressway’s westbound (north) service road.


More information is available at the fair’s website, Barbara Kaplan can be reached at 516-621-1446. 


Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.


“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


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