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Friday, April 26

Adult Retreat

St. William the Abbot Parish, 2001 Jackson Avenue, in Seaford, will hold a weekend retreat of stories, reflections, prayer, mass, relaxation, and food, beginning on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. This is not a sleepover retreat. It is open to anyone over 18 years of age. For information call Sandy at 516-987-9589. Registration required.  Visit http://antiochweekend.blogspot.com.

Sunday, April 28

Musical Tribute To Danny Kaye

Join Congregation Beth Tikvah, 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh, on Sunday, April 28, at 5 p.m. for a musical review honoring the life and work of the multi-talented Danny Kaye. Bob Spiotto will present song, dance, and an uncanny impersonation. Hors d’oeuves. Dinner, and show for $36 per person. Everyone is welcome. Call 516-785-2445 for reservations.

Tuesday, April 30

Blood Drive

Wisdom Lane and IDC Service Club Blood Drive on April 30 from 3 to 9 p.m. at 120 Center Lane, in Levittown. Donating blood takes less than an hour and you get free cookies and juice. Eligibility criteria: bring ID with signature or photo; minimum weight 110 lbs.; age 16 – 75 (16 year olds must have parental permission. Age 76 and over need doctor’s note); eat well (low fat) and drink fluids; no tattoos for past 12 months. To make an appointment call Tatiana Laimit at 917-261-8832. Donors will be eligible to win a Target giftcard. 

Thursday, May 2

Casino Night

Treat yourself to a good bet while raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention. Join the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for an exciting evening of fine food and drink, delectable desserts, and fantastic casino fun on May 2 at The Carltun located in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., a fabulous night of casino fun with great prizes. Tickets are $125. Checks may be made payable to AFSP, 25 Pepperidge Road, East Rockaway, NY 11518. Credit cards are also accepted. On-line ticket sales are available at www.afspli.org. Proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Tuesday, May 7

Keeping Kids Safe

News stories continually alert us to a child whose trust has been betrayed by a predator. Thankfully, there are things that parents can do to prevent it. Join Anthony Zenkus, LMSW, director of education and mental health services, on Tuesday, May 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Island Trees Public Library, to learn to recognize warning signs in adults who may wish to harm children, and some simple steps to help you minimize the opportunity that your child could ever be harmed.

Thursday, May 9

Free Voice Lessons

Ladies, do you love to sing? Twin County Chorus has a place for you. Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to join the Twin County Chorus of Sweet Adelines International in the joys of a cappella harmony. For four weeks starting May 9, at 7 p.m., the chorus will offer free voice lessons at an open house at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, at 3434 Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown. Call Bobbi at 516-983-2128 or Susan at 516-729-8323 for more information. Or visit www.twincounty.org.

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. 

Scholar In Residence

Join Congregation Beth Tikvah, 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh for the annual Scholar in Residence program on Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 at 9:15 a.m. The guest speaker will be Rabbi Jonathan Porath who will be addressing several topics including “Visits to Jews in Russia.” Everyone is welcome. Optional meals available for purchase. Call 516-785-2445 for information.

Monday, May 20

Homemaker’s Bingo

The Levittown Homemaker’s Day Chapter will hold “Gift Card Bingo” on May 20 at 11 a.m. at the VFW Hall, Post #9592, 55 Hickory Lane in Levittown. Admission is $7 and includes refreshments. Chances on raffles prizes will be available. Call Jo McDonogh at 516-520-4601 for information.

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.

Sunday, July 14

Classic Car Show

Classic Car Show on July 14 at Bethpage Federal Credit Union at 899 South Oyster Bay Rd in Bethpage. All makes and models welcome. Live performance by one of Long Island’s top doo-wop bands, The Fabularies. Trophies, raffles, vendors, radio broadcast, and more. Download a car registration form at www.corvettesociety.com. Raindate is July 21. Show spots sell out each year, reserve early. For more info call Joe at 516-849-2465. 


News

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


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Columns

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

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