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Sunday, March 10

St. Baldrick’s

Join the St. Baldrick’s event at Jackie Reilly’s, 3964 Hempstead Turnpike in Bethpage, beginning at noon on Sunday, March 10. For more information call Monica at 516-756-1849 or Bill at 516-581-2227. Register or make donations to the event at http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/5766/2013

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast 

The East Meadow Kiwanis Club offers a delicious way to help others in need.  Unlimited juice, pancakes, eggs, sausages, coffee and tea. Plus, free blood pressure screening, face painting, balloons and raffle drawings for an Apple iPad 2, Garmin Nuvi 5.0 Portable GPS and a Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Camera with Memory Card.  Proceeds go toward the club’s college scholarship and underprivileged children projects. Admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors, students and children, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at East Meadow High School Cafeteria, 101 Carman Avenue. Contact Gary Fromowitz at 516-455-9344 for info.

Sunday, March 17

Pet Photos With Easter Bunny

Easter photos, family and pet photos with the Easter bunny on March 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Last Hope parking lot, 3300 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. Benefits the Last Hope Animal Rescue. Photo costs: $5 for emailed copies, $9 for printed-mailed copies. Call Joanne at 631-671-2588 for information.

Monday, March 18

Joint Community Meeting

The Levittown Historical Society will be holding its first 2013 general meeting at the Levittown Museum in the Levittown Memorial Education Center (Ranch and Abby Lane) on Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Levittown Community Council. Guest speaker Dr. Natalie Naylor of the Long Island Studies Institute will speak on women’s history on Long Island. For information contact the Society at 516-735-9060 or visit www.levittownhistoricalsociety.org

Sunday, March 24

Spring Fun Hunt

The Wantagh Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Spring Fun Hunt on March 24 at Wantagh Park at 2 p.m. Kids can hunt for eggs and take pictures with the Easter Bunny, Spiderman, Winnie-the-Pooh and more. Refreshments, raffles available. Bring your cameras, baskets. For children under 10 years old, six eggs limit.

Sunday, April 7

Free Legal Assistance For Veterans

On April 7 Hofstra Law will host a free legal assistance clinic for all veterans. Free consultations with pro-bono attorneys who specialize in elder law, tax, wills, estate, family law, VA benefits, claims, disability, employment, USERRA, housing, bankruptcy, debtor/creditor matters, Medicare/Medicaid, landlord-tenant issues and more. To schedule a consultation, contact the Hofstra Veterans Law Student Association at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-468-3551.

Saturday, May 11

POW-MIA service 

Non-sectarian memorial service held for the remembrance of all brethren who are still listed as POW-MIA. Service on May 11 at 2 p.m. at St. Francis DeChantal, 1309 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh. 

Sunday, May 26

Memorial Day Service

The UVO Memorial Day Service will be held at Veterans Plaza in Eisenhower Park, near parking field #6 on Sunday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. For information call: 516-343-0106.

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