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Meet The Candidates Canceled - October 3

Oktoberfest - October 5

Diva Half Marathon - October 6

 

Thursday, October 3

 

Meet The Candidates Event Canceled

The Hicksville Community Council’s “Meet the Candidates” on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Hicksville Community Center, in Hicksville is canceled.

 

Saturday, October 5

Oktoberfest

County’s 2nd Annual Oktoberfest at Eisenhower Park. Enjoy live music, German food, beer and more on Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. Call 516-572-0200 for information.

 

Sunday, October 6

Diva Half Marathon

A fun half marathon and 5k run on Oct. 6 at Eisenhower Park, beginning at 8 a.m. 

 

Wednesday, October 9 

Board of Education Meeting

Board of Education regular meeting at Levittown Memorial Education Center, 150 Abbey Lane. 

 

Thursday, October 10

Craft Bazaar

The Levittown Senior Center will hold its craft bazaar on Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again on Friday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center, 555 North Newbridge Road in Levittown. Includes jewelry, crafts, Sorry table, home baked goods, grandma table, knitted goods, raffles and prizes. All are welcome, free admission. Call 516-433-5454 for information. 

 

Friday, October 11

Open House

Fire Prevention Open House with the Levittown Fire Department will be held on Oct. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Gardiner’s Avenue. 

 

Wednesday, October 16

Halloween Party

Annual Haunted Halloween party on Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. at Tackapausha Museum. Enjoy animal presentations, crafts, games. Costumes are encouraged. Call 516-571-7443 for information. 

 

 Saturday, October 19

Gift Basket Bingo

The Levittown Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will host Gift Basket Bingo on Oct. 19 at Levittown Hall on Levittown Parkway in Hicksville. Proceeds benefit the Levittown Fire Department. Admission is $8 per person. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Games begin at 7 p.m. Call Susan for information at 516-520-0389.

 

Sunday, October 20

Levittown Idol V 

The Levittown Historical Society hosts its annual youth talent contest for children of the Levittown and Island Trees school districts. Oct. 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Levittown Hall, Levittown Parkway in Hicksville. 

 

Monday, October 21

Levittown’s Oldest Landmark

The Levittown Historical Society looks at the history of the historic 1856 St. John’s of Jerusalem Church on Wantagh Avenue. Oct. 21, at 7:30pm Levittown Public Library. 

 

Saturday, October 26

Homecoming

MacArthur High School will hold its Homecoming celebration on Oct. 26. The parade begins at noon. The football game begins at 2 p.m. at 3369 Old Jerusalem Road. Call 516-520-8450 for information. 

 

Sunday, October 27

Walk and Fair

L.E.A.D.D. Walk and Fair will be held on Oct. 27.  Walk starts at 10 a.m. and the Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Monday, November 18

Show and Tell 

The Society invites members and the public to bring in a family heirloom or conversation piece of historic significance to share with the audience. Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Levittown Public Library. For information and directions contact the Society at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-735-9060.

Established in 1988, the Levittown Historical Society is a nonprofit educational institution of volunteers dedicated to preserving the legacy of William J. Levitt, the world-famous suburban town he and his family built for homecoming GIs, and the rural communities that preceded it. To that end, the society maintains an open-to-the-public museum at the Levittown Memorial Education Center, hosts educational forums, and participates in community events.


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