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Saturday, January 19

Annual James McNaughton Tribute

The annual tribute to the fallen, Army Staff Sergeant and NYPD Officer James McNaughton, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Mulcahy’s Music Hall, 3232 Railroad Avenue, in Wantagh from 1 to 8 p.m. The proceeds from the event will be donated to three charities - The Wounded Warrior Project, the Long Island 9-1-1 Veterans and in the light of the recent events here on Long Island. Live music, raffles, giveaways, drink specials, food and more. $20 donation at the door. Visit http://www.jimmymcnaughton.com/ for more information.

Thursday, January 24

Women Veterans Networking

The Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island seeks all female veterans from all eras to attend their first female veteran networking group. This is a safe and confidential place for women veterans to share and learn from other military women in a peer lead support group. Dinner will be provided. First meeting will be held at Huntington Hilton, 598 Broad Hollow Road in Melville on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Event is free, but pre-registration is required before Monday, Jan. 21. Call Lauren Hagemann at (516) 489-2322, ext. 1260, or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Sunday, January 27

Hempstead Lake State Park Bird Walk

The South Shore Audubon Society will hold a bird walk on Sunday, Jan. 27 at Hempstead Lake State Park will be the location from 9:30 a.m. to noon. All are welcome.  Walk leaders and other birders and nature enthusiasts will be happy to share their knowledge and experience with you. Bring binoculars. The walk is free of charge. The group will meet in Parking Field #3, exit 18 South, from the Southern State Parkway.  Rain, snow or temperature below 25 degrees will cancel the bird walk. For information, visit www.ssaudubon.org or call Steve Schellenger at (516) 987-8103.

Tuesday, January 29

Positive Psychology and Self-Renewal

Dr. Duffy Spencer, social psychologist, will be presenting “Positive Psychology and Self-Renewal” at Bethpage Library, 47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call (516) 931-3907.

Saturday, February 16

WinterFest

Levittown Community Council 12th Annual WinterFest will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville. A day of games, crafts, entertainment and activities for families, free. Free raffles to all adults who attend. Refreshments available for purchase. Contact Pat Patane at (516) 579-2831 or Louise Cassano at (516) 735-5901 for more information.

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 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.

News

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

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

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


Calendar

Turkey Cookie - November 21

Lost Nights - November 22

Town of Hempstead Meeting - November 25


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