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Tuesday, Feb. 12

Stock Market Seminar

The Long Island Stock Traders Meetup Group presents a free seminar on Feb. 12, 6:45 to 9:15 p.m., to educate on investing strategies, at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library 999 Old Country Rd. Guest Speakers: Best-selling author and options specialist Larry McMillan, and Stanley Dash of TradeStation. Topic: Using technical analysis to pick winning stocks and options. All levels of experience welcome. For more info and directions go to: www.meetup.com/LISTMG or call 516-385-8244.

Wednesday, Feb. 13 

Grumman Hearing

The New York State Department of Health will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13 to discuss its recently released evaluation of cancer occurrence and environmental exposures in the area of the Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant and Grumman sites in Bethpage. The public meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Bethpage High School at 10 Cherry Avenue, Bethpage.

Friday, Feb. 15

Bowl-a-thon To Benefit Animal Rescue 

The Last Hope Animal Rescue will host a bowl-a-thon on Friday, Feb. 15 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Farmingdale Lanes on Conklin Street. Three hours of bowling excitement and raffles benefiting the organization’s animal rescue and community outreach efforts Event registration begins at 7 p.m. Shoe rental, pizza and soda are included. $25 per person. Bowlers are encouraged to seek sponsors for the event. For information visit www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org or call (631) 332-6606.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Gun Buy Back Program 

Gun Buy Back Program to be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at Grace Cathedral, 944 Jerusalem Avenue in Uniondale. The program is anonymous and individuals will be paid $100 cash for every turned in operable rifle, $200 cash for each turned in operable handgun and $400 cash for each turned in operable assault rifle. Not accepted are: licensed guns, BB Guns, air pistols, long guns and replicas. Guns transported by car must be transported in the trunk of the car and must be unloaded and put in a plastic or paper bag or in a shoebox.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

League Of Women Voters: Is Democracy for Sale?  

New York’s campaign contribution limits are sky high. Learn what can be done to increase voter participation in elections and to enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office. Learn why we need Fair Elections in New York State. Come to the League of Women Voter’s meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at the Levittown Library, 2 Bluegrass Lane. The speaker, Carol Mellor, is a member of the LWV of NYS Board. For information, call 516-785-3213 or 516-221-1948.


News

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


Calendar

Les Miserables - November 21

The Wedding Singer - November 21

Holiday Parade - November 22


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com