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Thursday, February 7

West End Civic Meeting 

The West End Civic Association will hold its first 2013 meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue Firehouse on the second floor.  Trustee Dominick Longobardi will update the members on village matters and the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy.

The guest speaker will be Perry Criscitelli, a practicing litigator and acting village justice, who will discuss the legal aspects of your automobile insurance coverage and what you should know.  All members are urged to attend.

Saturday, February 9

Grand Masquerade Ball 

The Plattduetsche Restaurant on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square will hold a Grand Masquerade Ball on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Live entertainment, raffles, cash prizes for best costumes and more will be available.

Advance tickets for adults are $15, $20 at the door. Call for children pricing. For more information, call 631-793-7711 or go to www.KFNY1961.org. The event will benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and North Short LIJ’s Children’s Medical Center.

Sunday, February 10

Handel’s Israel In Egypt

The Waldorf Choral Society presents Handel’s Israel in Egypt with chorus, soloists and full orchestra at 3 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church of Garden City, 91 Chester Ave., Garden City. Adults $20/seniors and students $18. For more information, call 516-747-4457.

Tuesday, February 12

PTA Founders’ Day 

The PTAs of Floral Park-Bellerose School and John Lewis Childs School, along with the PTSA of Floral Park Memorial High School will gather on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Floral Park-Bellerose School to celebrate the 116th birthday of the National Parent Teacher Association and PTA Founders’ Day.

Past presidents from all three PTA units have been invited, giving the community the chance to honor their achievements and to thank them for their service to the youth of the community. There will be a guest speaker and entertainment.  The public is invited to attend.

Thursday, February 14

Hillside Library Trustees Meeting

The Hillside Public Library’s Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. at 155 Lakeville Road in New Hyde Park.

Upcoming Events

At The Long Island Children’s Museum 

Upcoming events at the Long Island Children’s Museum include: Early Childhood Programs stART (Story plus Art): Tuesday to Friday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Music and Movement: Wednesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Messy Afternoons: Saturday, Sunday, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fee: $3 with museum admission ($2 LICM members). For additional information, contact 516-224-5800 or visit www.licm.org.

Ongoing Events

Clutterers Anonymous

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 Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 265 Asbury Ave., in Westbury. There are no dues or fees. For more information, call 866-800-3881 or visit: www.ClutterersAnonymous.net.

Free Breast Cancer Support Groups 

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer program is offering new support groups. There is no cost for any group; however pre-registration is required. Additional groups are formed upon request, including groups for men with breast cancer and family members. All groups meet at Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. For more information call Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW, at 516-877-4314, or the Breast Cancer Hotline at 800-877-8077. 

•Support group for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

•Support group for women post treatment will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

•Support group for young women with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

•Support group for women with metastatic breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

•A telephone support group for women with breast cancer will be held weekly for eight weeks from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Little League Registration Now Open

The Merillon Athletic Association (MAA), home of the Merillon Little League and Merillon Sharks Travel Program, would like to announce that registration for Spring 2013 is currently open. For more information, please visit www.merillonaa.com to register today.

Monthly Cancer Support Group

Franklin Hospital’s cancer support group will meet on Monday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. in the former coffee shop at North Shore LIJ Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream. (Please note the new location for 2013.) The group regularly meets the first Monday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. It is open to all cancer survivors, including family members and is ideal for people who need someone to talk to about the illness. Discussions include new medicines and treatments, advice on how to cope and also provides emotional support. Additional information about the monthly meetings, or those seeking assistance and information concerning cancer are urged to contact group advisors Anna Rossetti at 516-256-6025 or Meg Wehrum, RN at 516-256-6478.

Elmont American Legion Post 1033

It’s time to highlight Elmont American Legion Post 1033 located in the impressive building on Hill Ave. Besides providing great Memorial Day parades, the post is involved in many programs that benefit the community. Veterans are welcome to join this organization and become part of a group devoted to the betterment of the community. Call 354-9884. 

Thrift Shop

The thrift shop at the Floral Park United Methodist Church located at 35 Verbena Ave., is now open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is a wide selection of household items, jewelry, antiques, clothing, as well as a Christmas room and Halloween decorations.


News

Twenty-three-year-old Victoria Inguanta of New Hyde Park has a unique approach to her artwork. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School and Marymount College graduate takes the human body and combines figurative and abstract work using just a pencil and her canvas.

 

“For instance I’ll take a classical rendering of a face and bring out a modern aspect of the art using lines and space in my composition,” said Inguanta. “To me, the combining of the two is a lot of fun.”

The Sewanhaka Central High School District honored five educators with the Superintendent’s Teacher of the Year Award and recognized staff members with 25 years of service to the district at its Opening Day Ceremony last week, which was highlighted by presentations and student-musician performances.

 

Held at Sewanhaka High School, the ceremony began with the New Hyde Park Memorial High School Select Choir performing the Star Spangled Banner under the direction of choir director Robert McKinnon.


Sports

Tara Notrica is your typical 49-year-old mother of two. Along with her husband Barry, she is kept busy by her 14-year-old son Jared and 10-year-old daughter Samantha. One more thing: she has been battling Mast Cell disease in addition to other autoimmune diseases for the past eight years. Josh York, the CEO and founder of GYMGUYZ, an in-home personal training company, has been working closely with Notrica to help her cope with her disease.

 

“GYMGUYZ is all about the three C’s: convenient, creative and customizable workouts,” said York. “We come to the setting of your choice from homes, offices, churches, and bring our fully loaded van, which has 365 pieces of equipment,” he continued.

Nassau County Police Activity League Special Needs Unit hosted the recent Special Olympics New York Basketball Tournament held at Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center home of Nassau County PAL (NCPAL). Thirteen basketball teams, each with up to ten players, participated in the games. NCPAL-

Special Needs Unit Knights; NCPAL New Hyde Park Knights; SCO Owls; Commack Sharks; Long Island Lions: ACDS Thunderbolts, AHRC Starz and for the first time the Oakville Skywalkers, a Canadian team, competed on the court to demonstrate their skill and spirit of sportsmanship. After the games gold, silver and bronze medals and ribbons were awarded to each of the players.


Calendar

Back to School Night - September 10

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 11

Beachfest - September 14


Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com