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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

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
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