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Sunday, January 6

Massapequa Preserve Birds

Join the South Shore Audubon Society for a bird walk at the Massapequa Preserve from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Jan. 6. Walk leaders and other birders and nature enthusiasts will be happy to share their knowledge and experience with you. The bird walk is free. Bring binoculars. Rain, snow or temperature below 25 degrees F will cancel. The group will meet at the Northeast parking lot at the Massapequa Long Island Railroad Station.  For more information, visit www.ssaudubon.org or call Steve Schellenger at (516) 987-8103

Flash Mob for Tweens and Young Teens 

Flash Mob starring American Idol Star Jackie Tohn set for Sunday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Huntington Hilton, Route 110, in Melville as part of the ORT Party Planning Showcase & Ultimate Teen Party. Performance roles in the KALIEDESCOPE OF LIGHTS video is limited to the first 200 children, ages 11 to 13, who apply. Free to attend. The child that gives the best performance will win a free ‘Club Style’ party for up to 75 people at Wall Street in Commack. All participants will also receive free professional head shots and candid shots at the party. Pre-registeration is preferred by visiting www.ortpartyplanning showcase.com. The showcase runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Tuesday, January 8

Blood Drive

Monsignor Delaney Council of Knights of Columbus and St. James Church are holding a blood drive at St. James Church Parish Center, 3:30 to 8 p.m., Hicksville Rd and Seamans Neck Rd., one block south of Hempstead Tpke., in Seaford. For information call (516) 694-2016. Help meet Long Island’s daily need for 800 pints. Blood supplies are especially low after the holidays.

Sunday, January 13

Film Screening

The community is invited to Temple B’nai Torah (2900 Jerusalem Avenue, Wantagh) for a screening and discussion of Hester Street by Joan Micklin Silver on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Starring Carol Kane and Doris Roberts, Hester Street, is the touching story of Russian immigrants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1896. The old world and new world collide as the family struggles to adjust to American life. Will they forsake their heritage? Free parking. Call Rabbi Bellows at (516) 221-2370 for information.

Upcoming Events

Winter Coat Drive

The Parkway Community Church will be holding a winter coat drive during the months of November and December. All coats will be donated to The Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) in Hempstead, a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization that addresses the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island. All donations of new or “gently” used coats (infant, child and adult sizes) can be dropped off at the Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave., in Hicksville between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, call 516-433-5659.

Ongoing Events

Miscarriage Support Group

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.

Soldiers Angels

Soldiers Angels sends care packs to deployed troops all through the year. Cards and letters for our deployed troops, local veterans and for our wounded heroes are also needed. Soldiers Angels also accepts donations for our local veteran missions in the community. For more information on this and other local missions of support email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You may drop off cards and letters of support to the LevitStyle office at 19 Jerusalem Ave., Levittown. You can also visit the Soldiers Angels website at www.soldiersangels.org.

Twin County Chorus 

Ladies, do you love to sing? Then we’ve got a place for you. Join Twin County Chorus in the joys of a cappella harmony. We rehearse every Thursday evening in Levittown from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Call Bobbi at 516-798-4325 or Susan at 516-729-8323 for more information. Or visit the website: www.twincounty.org.

Weekly Events

•Homemakers Club Levittown Day Chapter meeting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays at the VFW Hall Post #9592, Hickory Lane, Levittown. Call 579-4420.

•Overeaters Anonymous meeting every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 474 Wantagh Ave., Levittown. Do you have a problem with food? We are a 12-step group for those who eat compulsively. Call 794-1333.

•Overeaters Anonymous. Are you a compulsive overeater? Under eater? Overeaters Anonymous can help. There is a meeting on Tuesdays on the corner of Salisbury Park Dr. and Carmans Rd., East Meadow, across from the firehouse from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. Call for directions 997-4534. For information about the meeting call Nancy 798-2547 (between 7 and 9 p.m.) or Ed 845-5423.

•Business Networking International. Join the “All In” chapter of BNI at its breakfast meeting every Tuesday at 7 a.m. at the East Bay Diner, Merrick Rd., Seaford. Referrals are exchanged between local business people to help their businesses grow. Call Denise Langweber for more information at 765-2800, or meet the group there.

•Bingo For Kids/Families. On Tuesday evenings you can have fun with your family at a special bingo designed just for kids. At Temple Beth-El of Bellmore, 1373 Bellmore Rd., N. Bellmore, you can play bingo for prizes (not cash). Doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per player. An adult must accompany the children. Adult play is optional. Bring a marker or purchase one at the event. The snack bar will be open at 6 p.m. and will serve a variety of reasonably priced items. No food can be brought with you into the temple because strict kosher food laws are observed.

News

A clown named Renaldo performed magic tricks for an enthusiastic audience as part of the National Circus Project, which visited Levittown Public Library on Wednesday, July 16.

 

All 150 tickets available for the performance were sold out in this interactive magic show for children. Throughout the entire circus act, children laughed and raised their hands as high as they could to be chosen as one of Renaldo’s helpers.

 

Raising her hand to participate was three-year-old Kirsten Cantwell from Seaford. “She was upset that she didn’t get picked,” said her mother Melissa Cantwell.

 

Kirsten Cantwell goes to any activity offered at the library, and is starting to enjoy watching magic shows. According to her mother, she really enjoyed the performance.

 

In the circus show, National Circus Project performer, Al Calienes, acted as Renaldo the clown.

 

“The show has different components of acts in the circus,” explained Calienes. “We teach children circus moves.”

 

With the National Circus Project, children get to see magic tricks performed live. “We infuse enthusiasm by showing them, and they in turn will be able to repeat the process,” said Calienes.

Renaldo performed plate spinning, where he spun a plate on a stick and passed it along to the stick of one of his helpers from the audience, who then passed the plate down a line of three more helpers. This interactive way of teaching the children magic tricks really allows them to absorb what they are learning.

 

The National Circus Project travels and performs for elementary schools, as well as middle and high schools. When the National Circus Project is not going to schools, they perform at library shows, summer camps, and other types of events.

 

The performance entertains the adults as well as the children. “We involve everybody,” said Calienes. “Everybody’s engaged on some level or another. “

 

At every library performance, Calienes donates the children’s book he wrote and illustrated Renaldo Joins the Circus to the library. He feels that he owes a lot to the library system. “Anything that ever meant anything to me I learned in the library,” said Calienes.

 

Calienes learned how to draw from the library, which is how he became a commercial artist. One of the main characters he would always draw would be Renaldo the clown. “I wanted to make him real so I joined the circus,” he said.

 

Calienes has been performing with the National Circus Project for seven years and has been in the circus business going on 26 years.

 

The National Circus Project brings magic to children at any school, camp or library all over Long Island as well as across the country.

 

Last June, Nassau County passed legislation that allows for the deployment of a speed enforcement camera system in school zones for each of the 56 public school districts in the county. 

 

The new systems will be implemented throughout the county on July 25, and will be operational on scheduled school days throughout the year. 


Sports

Levittown’s Division Avenue High School varsity baseball team, under the direction of coach Tom Tuttle, won the Class A County Championship, garnering a third-place ranking in New York State. This is the team’s 13th county championship win and the second county championship for the school in the past four years.

 

In addition, senior Chris Reilly was named Championship MVP for throwing a complete game shutout in game two and going three for four with two RBIs. 

Taylor Traenkle, a junior at Division Avenue High School recently received the MVP award for the Nassau County Varsity Hockey League Association.

 

Traenkle, who plays no. 9 for the Levittown Ice Falcons, led the way averaging 2.8 points a game with a total of 25 goals and 23 assists in just 17 games. 


Calendar

Lazy Days Of Summer - July 26

Flea Market - July 27

Darlene Prince and the Bragg Hollow Band - July 28


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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