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Free Lecture for Dog and Cat Owners
Monday, December 3

Long Island Coaching Alliance Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 4

Family Chanukah Party
Sunday, December 9


Monday, December 3

Free Lecture for Dog and Cat Owners

Free lecture hosted by the Long Island Cat Fanciers, Inc. at the Syosset-Woodbury Community Center, 7900 Jericho Turnpike, in Woodbury at 7:45 p.m. Guest speaker will be Daniel Pearl, Director, Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter and the topic will be: Shelter Initiatives and Companion Animal Issues in the Town of Oyster Bay. Free refreshments. For more information, call 631-277-3844.


Tuesday, December 4

Long Island Coaching Alliance Holiday Party

The Long Island Coaching Alliance (LICA) will host its annual holiday party from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, 120 Jericho Turnpike, in Jericho. All member and non-member coaches are invited to attend. There will also be a holiday gift drive this year to benefit the Safe Center in Bethpage. Gifts may be brought to the holiday party, or for those who cannot attend but would still like to contribute, contact Barbara Kessler at Barbara @lifeinfocusllc.com. For more information, visit: www.licoachingalliance.org


Friday, December 7

Doo-Wop Fundraiser

An Evening With the Stars: Doo-Wop Fundraiser to help support the games for the physically challenged will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. at Bethpage High School. Featuring Winnie Winfield, Lenny Dell and the Dimensions, Continentals, Cathy Jean, The Fireflies, The Jarmels, and Classic Sounds. Tickets are $25 each, reserved seating only. Free parking. Go to www.larentr.com or call 631-873-8817 for more information.


Sunday, December 9

Family Chanukah Party

Jericho Jewish Center will be having its annual family Chanukah party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food, DJ, games, crafts, and prizes. All are welcome. No charge. RSVP by calling 516-938-2540 by Dec. 2. Jericho Jewish Center is located at 430 N. Broadway in Jericho.


Thursday, December 13

Syosset Camera Club

Syosset Camera Club will have a photography competition from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Community Center in Haypath Park, Haypath Road, Old Bethpage. Guest judge will be Andrew Kirchey. Free to the public. Mentors will be available for new photographers. For more details visit: www.syossetcc.org or call 516-528-0421.


Upcoming Events

The Searching Spirit Series

For anyone who is looking for something deeper in their lives, the Searching Spirit Series is for you. Rabbi Rank will begin each class on a specific area of belief or practice, touching on some of the complexities of the matter, and then have further discussion on the topic. The course will be given on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Ulam Katan (Small Hall) at Midway Jewish Center, 330 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Syosset. All are welcome. Coffee and nosh served. Topics are:

•Dec. 3: Purpose: Is There a Point to My Life?

•Dec. 10: Economics: The Prophets and the Welfare State

At Temple Or Elohim Of Jericho

Temple Or Elohim is located at 18 Tobie Ln., Jericho. For more information, call 516-433-9888 ext. 14, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit: www.Templeorelohim.com.

•Dec. 7: Musical Shabbat Fantastic Oneg Singing with the band Nishamah.

•Dec. 9: Chanukah Party Singalong. Magic Jeff, games, prizes, and raffles.

•Dec. 14: Chanukah Dinner and Shabbat Service. Bring your own menorah for a community lighting and hear Melodiccantor and choir sing traditional and new Chanukah songs.


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.

Free Veterinary Lectures

Once a month through December. Long Island Cat Fanciers sponsors free lectures given by top local veterinarians on topics relevant to dog and cat owners. All members of the public are welcome to attend. The lectures are generally held on the first Monday of each month at the Town of Oyster Bay Syosset-Woodbury Community Center, 7900 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury, at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 631-277-3844.

Muttontown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Fellowship provides an atmosphere of warmth and camaraderie, with talks presented by intelligent, enlightening and non-dogmatic speakers who come from the entire spectrum of the arts, history and sciences. This is followed by coffee and an informal discussion circle, held in the turn-of-the-18th century farmhouse in a bucolic setting. Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The Muttontown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located on the south side of Route 25A (Northern Blvd.), East Norwich, directly east of Martin Viette Nurseries and about a half mile west of Route 106. Look for the white brick gate posts with a large sign for Hunter’s Moon Farm. All are welcome. Call with any questions 659-1686.


Weekly Events

•Gam-Anon Support Group is an anonymous organization for spouses, adult children over 18, family and friends whose lives have been affected by a gambling problem. Tuesdays at the Woodbury Methodist Church, Woodbury Rd., Woodbury, at 8 p.m. Call Hotline at 321-2883.

•Syosset Chess Mates, a nonprofit children’s instructional chess club, will begin its fall session at 4 p.m. at the Walt Whitman Elementary School. It meets every Tuesday and beginner, intermediate and advanced instruction are provided by a nationally ranked Grand Master. Call Randi 381-1755.

•Business Network International is looking for business owners interested in having breakfast and networking every Tuesday at 7 a.m. at the Celebrity Diner, 312 Jericho Tpke. For more information call 357-1893.

•Mothers Meeting Place meets every Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church, 231 Jackson Ave., from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. All invited. Children always welcome. Babysitting is provided at a nominal fee. Call Rena Damon 496-0262 (daytime).

•Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Open Meeting -All you need is a desire to STOP Drinking or Drugging (folks who have problems with prescription drugs, marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy are also invited). Every Thursday night from 7:15-8:15 at the Community Church of Syosset, 36 Church St., Syosset.

•Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 12:15 at Caracalla Ristorante, 102 Jericho Tpke., Syosset.


Monthly Events

•Speak Easy: A Toastmasters Club. Can help you conquer your fear of public speaking. In Bethpage, Northrop Grumman Toastmasters meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:45 p.m. in Northrop Grumman Building 5, South Oyster Bay Rd., Bethpage. Call Brian 346-7516.

•Meet The Doctors. Focusing on education, Premiere OBGYN will sponsor a Meet the Doctors program on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at 79 Froelich Farm Blvd., Woodbury. Women who are planning a pregnancy or are already expecting can join Drs. Prince, Brooks and Flynn and have their questions answered on conception and a safe pregnancy.

•The LI Psoriasis Network Meetup Group will get together in the second floor In-Service Classroom of North Shore University at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd., on the first Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. All are welcome. No cost. More information is available at http://psoriasis.meetup.com/24/

•Alzheimer’s Support Group. Are you a caregiver who would like to share your experience with others? There is strength in knowing you are not alone. Join this support group at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in the Adult Day Health Care Program Room at the Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 378 Syosset-Woodbury Rd., Woodbury. Call Mary Beth Heinicke, CSW, 622-7770.

•Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) was founded in 1978, is congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA Chapter #82 is your Nassau County Chapter and meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. at Hicksville’s VFW Hall. Call 677-5384 for further information or contact us by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Come and join your fellow Vietnam Veteran in support of each other.

•Syosset Day Chapter/Homemakers Council of NC holds its business meetings the first Wednesday of the month (September through June) at 10:15 a.m. Classes are held on subsequent Wednesdays at 10 a.m. The Homemakers meet at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, Berry Hill Rd., Syosset. All are welcome to join.

•Caring For The Caregiver Support Group meets at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 220 Berry Hill Rd., Syosset, every first and third Wednesday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and every second and fourth Thursday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This is a nonsectarian, nondenominational program. Call 921-0755. Go to www.caringforthecaregiver.org or email us This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•Senior Adult Group Enthusiasts. Woodbury Jewish Center, 200 South Woods Rd., Woodbury, invites you to check out its SAGE. It meets the second Thursday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Programs are varied and are free for synagogue members; for all others, there is a $36 annual membership fee. Call Roberta Weinstein-Cohen 496-9100, ext. 225.

•Bereaved Parents Of The USA. This national self-help support group charters the LI NY Chapter. Meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 231 Jackson Ave., Syosset. The group offers support, compassion, understanding and hope. No dues or fees.

•Holistic Moms Network, a community of moms interested in natural health and mindful parenting. Held on the first Thursday of every month (or specific date) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Oyster Bay Community Center, Church St., Oyster Bay. All welcome. Call 624-2332. www.holisticmoms.org; www.northshore This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•LI Junior Chamber Of Commerce has the meet and greet on the first Thursday and the monthly meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, along with a variety of other events throughout the month, For more information on the LI Junior Chamber, visit WWW.LIJC.com. Contact: Martin Dekom, chairman, 850-2717 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Julie Dekom, membership director - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Steven Eiselen, community development VP - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•American Rhododendron Society local chapter meeting on the third Thursday of the month at the Burns Horticultural Center, Planting Fields Arboretum. Call Chas Rasweiler 334-4459 or Jim Fry 631-754-2412.

•Green Living Seminars, a series hosted by Starflower Experiences at 7 p.m. at the Melville Branch of the Half Hollow Hills Library, 510 Sweet Hollow Rd., directly across from the Sunquam Elementary School (between Route 110 and Old Country Rd.). The seminars will be held on the second Thursday of each month except July and August. Call 938-6152.

•Syosset ToastMasters International Club. ToastMasters International is a not for profit organization whose goals are to help members become better communicators and leaders. The Syosset ToastMasters Club meets the fourth Thursday of the month at the Syosset Library (downstairs), 225 S. Oyster Bay Rd. Meetings begin at 7:45 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. No fee, guests appreciated.

•LI Tourette Syndrome Association Support Groups for those who have family members or other loved ones with Tourette Syndrome meet from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month at the DeMatteis Center, north side of Northern Blvd., Old Brookville (directly opposite the NY Institute of Technology campus). There are three separate support groups running simultaneously: one group for children, one for teens and one for parents/adults. Siblings of TS children are also invited. Free for LI-TSA members. For further information, call 876-6947 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•Modern Mystics Meeting. A modern mystic is one who experiences a presence indwelling all life, joining all as one. Informal gathering and discussion. The group meets on the second Friday of the month at 8 p.m. at the Muttontown U.U. Fellowship, Route 25A, one mile west of Route 106, on the south side of 25A. Discussion followed by refreshments. Call Rev. MarciaGrace 433-3482.

•Jewish War Veterans, Gieir-Levitt Post #655 invite all Jewish war veterans to join them at the Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd., Plainview, at 9 a.m. on the second Sunday of every month. Call Larry Sklar 942-3327.

•Young At Heart Parkinson’s Support Group meeting from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month in the cafeteria on the ground level, near the emergency room at North Shore University Hospital at Syosset, 221 Jericho Tpke. Open to patients, caregivers or anyone interested in learning about Parkinsons. Call Debbie 390-9454.


Ongoing Programs

Safe Boating Courses

Safe Boating Courses, free vessel safety checks and more from America’s Boating Club, the United States Power Squadrons. With 18 squadrons around Long Island, there’s one near you. Visit WeBoatSafe.org or call 1-800-341-8777 for more information.

Program For Women with Breast Cancer

The F.E.G.S LI Division Breast Cancer Program announces “Lend a Helping Hand,” a program of services for women with breast cancer. For individuals, newly diagnosed, and those undergoing treatment, for whom the cancer has caused emotional stress or difficulty in managing ongoing family and household commitments. Free services, provided by specially trained volunteers, many of them breast cancer survivors themselves, include: emotional support and companionship, light housekeeping, food shopping, light meal preparation, grooming assistance, running errands. Women interesting in participating either as clients or volunteers should contact Ellen Schieren 496-7550.

Chee-Gong

There are free practice centers for Chee-Gong at the Syosset Woodbury Community Park and Stony Brook University. All Falun Dafa (Chee-Gong) activities are free of charge. Call 238-7049 for information or visit www.falundafa.org.

Earthwalk

Conducted by the staff of Starflower Experiences on the first Sunday of every other month at 2 p.m. A light touch of nature on an unusual and enjoyable walk. Discover the wonders of the natural world through your senses. For adults and children 9 and up. Meet at Sweet Hollow Hall in West Hills County Park, Melville. Fee of $2.50 per person. Call 938-6152 to sign up and for directions.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery

Is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekends, Memorial Day through Labor Day until 7 p.m.) and is located on the south side of Route 25A on the Nassau-Suffolk border. For information call 692-6768. Weekend trout feeding at 1 and 3 p.m. General admission $5 for adults; $3 children 3 to 17 and people over 65. Call for group tour information. Group programs will be held on selected Saturdays at 10 or 11 a.m. A reservation must be made in advance. Fish feeding demonstrations are held every Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited to observe a staff member feeding thousands of trout at 1 and 3 p.m. Summer programs are offered for youngsters who will be entering kindergarten in September up to children who are entering grade seven. Features NYS’s largest collection of fresh water fish housed in two aquarium buildings, six outdoor ponds, where brook, brown and rainbow trout are raised and sold to enthusiasts who use them to stock their ponds. In addition to the trout ponds, the Hatchery also maintains a warm water fish pond and a turtle pond. Catch and Keep Trout Fishing is a recent addition to Hatchery activities.

Help For Seniors

Are you a senior who would like help paying for your Medicare benefits and prescription drugs? Free assistance is only a phone call away if you qualify for extra help because of limited income. There may be a way to alleviate some of the cost of Medicare – deductibles and coinsurance, Part B premiums, prescription drug plans (Part D). Reducing monthly premiums, annual deductibles and co-payments, aiding with coverage gaps (the doughnut hole). To learn more call a LIS/HHS (Low Income Subsidy from US Dept. of HHS) counselor from Family & Children’s, a community of caring. 485-3425, ext. 222.

Support Groups For Adults and Children

Groups will be run in the Syosset Counseling Center, 6900 Jericho Tpke., Suite 309. For further information or to join a group call Leslie Cohen 364-8040, ext. 116. Offered are:

•Men with relationship problems

•Individuals dealing with separation and divorce

•Parents of adolescents

•Married couples

•Children from separated or divorced families

•Young adults

•Women with relationship problems

Stroke Support Groups

Stroke Life Society is a community organization of survivors and co-survivors in the pursuit of living and helping others. A stroke can be very isolating. By sharing experiences and encouraging one another, together we can face and overcome common challenges. All welcome. RSVP is requested but not required. For information and other locations and times, call Ben Thomas 398-4994. Go to www.strokelife.org.

•Every first Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. in room 12, St. Frances de Chantal, 1309 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh.

•Every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh.

•Every second Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Epilepsy Conference Room, Research Building Level C, 270-05 76th Ave., New Hyde Park.

•Every third Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Parish Center, 3100 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown.

•Every fourth Wednesday at 6 p.m. in room 106, St. James Parish Center, 80 Hicksville Rd., Seaford.


News

Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


Sports

The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


Calendar

Jericho Wheelchair Basketball

January 17

Reality Check on America’s Economy, Health Care & Budget

January 17

Open Forum: Now What Do I Say?

January 21



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