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Town of North Hempstead Fireworks – Saturday, May 23

Sewanhaka Central H.S. Board of Ed. – Tuesday, May 26

Republicans to Hear Presidential Stones – Thursday, May 28


Saturday, May 23

Town of North Hempstead Fireworks 2009

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. at North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Dr., Port Washington. Everyone is invited. Three concert bands: Glass Houses, a tribute to Billy Joel featuring Henry Haid from the Broadway show Movin’ Out, the band Beginnings, a tribute to the band Chicago and the band, and The Long Run, a tribute to The Eagles. Also the Nassau County Pipe Band, a tribute to veterans and fireworks light up the sky at darkness approx. 9:15 p.m. Simultcast on KJOY 98.3 FM. Park opens at 3 p.m. $5 per car. When parking lots fill, buses available to transport in and out of the park at no charge. Call: 869-6311 for more information.Visit: www.northhempstead.com for updates. Rain date May 24.


Tuesday, May 26

Water Authority of Western NC

Board of Directors meeting at 8 p.m. at 58 S. Tyson Ave. The public is welcome to attend. Call 327-4000.

Sewanhaka Central H.S. District Board of Ed

Regular meeting at Sewanhaka High School, 500 Tulip Ave., Floral Park, at 7:30 p.m. It is anticipated that a motion to adjourn to Executive Session will be made immediately after the opening of the public portion of the meeting to discuss matters involving particular personnel and matters within the attorney-client relationship. The regular monthly meeting will convene at 8 p.m. All are invited to attend. Call 488-7738.


Thursday, May 28

Republicans to Hear Presidential Stories

Local residents are invited to attend the meeting of the Floral Park-Bellerose Republican Club at the Knights of Columbus, corner of S. Tyson Ave. and Elizabeth St., at 8 p.m. to hear Floral Park attorney Bill Corbett talk on the US presidents, vice presidents and candidates he has met. He will discuss General Eisenhower’s visit to Floral Park and Bellerose in 1951 and meeting Eisenhower at Gettysburg. He will describe meeting Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush and Carter and Vice Presidents, Agnew, Quale and Rockefeller and candidates, Barry Goldwater, Geraldine Ferraro. Robert Dole and Jack Kemp. A collection of campaign buttons and political and presidential memorabilia will be on display. FP-Bellerose Republican executive leader Phil Guarnieri will report on current topics.


Sunday, May 31

Memorare: Mary Remembers

Written and produced by Glenn Mohr in collaboration with Frances McNamara, Memorare: Mary Remembers – Reflections from a Mother’s Heart presents an intimate, spiritual encounter with Mary, the mother of Jesus, as she reflects on her personal life’s journey. Meet Mary in her twilight years when she is approached by Luke, who makes a request to paint her portrait. Undimmed by the passage of time, Mary’s memory of the events of her life is shared by her in the quiet interlude during which Luke captures her inner beauty and peace on canvas. Hear the story as she recalls her experiences from the visit by Gabriel, the journeys to Bethlehem and Egypt with Joseph, the early years with her son and the drama of his final days. She shares her joys and sorrows all the while reflecting on her part in this great mystery. Performed by the Glenn Mohr Chorale at 4 p.m. at St. Ignatius Retreat House, 251 Searingtown Rd. (621-8300). Call Eilish Fusto 488-0600.

SCOPE Spring Trip

To Gurney’s Inn and Gosman’s Dock. The bus will leave from the Herricks Community Center parking field, corner of Shelter Rock and Herricks Rds., at 9 a.m. A leisurely drive through the fabulous Hamptons leads the group to the newly renovated Gurney’s Inn where there will be a guided tour of the beautiful seaside resort in Montauk. A full-course luncheon offers a choice of chicken, beef or fish. Specify choice at registration. There will be a stop at Gosman’s Dock for browsing and shopping. If time permits, there will be a stop at a roadside stand for fresh fruit and vegetables. $75 per person includes bus, lunch and all gratuities. To register call SCOPE 631-881-9670. For fax registration, include name, address and phone number. Fax: 631-881-9671.

Learn Sign Language

The Mill Neck Foundation for Deaf Ministry Sign Language Camp for Hearing Kids invites children ages 8 to 16 to learn a new language and have fun. Held on the campus of Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf, the camp teaches beginning sign language in an enjoyable and unique way. In two sessions (July 13 through 17 and July 20 through 24), campers are divided by age (ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 16). ??Through activities, games and arts and crafts, campers are taught the sign language alphabet and numbers as well as signs for animals, foods, colors and much more. Campers in session one will have basic conversations in sign by the end of the camp and those with a prior knowledge of the language in session two will build on their current skills and focus on conversational sign. At the end of each week, a special presentation will be held for friends and family about what the students learned. Campers eat lunch daily with deaf students and interact with Mill Neck students during games, storytelling and swimming sessions. Classes are led by deaf instructors with hearing teacher assistance. Camp is held from 8:30 am to 3:30 p.m. daily and costs $230 per child (includes lunch and a book, arts and crafts, a notebook, a bag and more). Enrollment is limited. The deadline for enrollment is June 26. Contact Nicole Romano 351-3844 or nromano@millneck.org for more information and/or to enroll your child in camp.

Call For Craft Vendors

Mill Neck Manor is calling for vendors of handmade items for its Annual Fall Harvest Festival, held on Oct. 10 and 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A favorite tradition on LI, visitors eagerly await the festival for its crafts, apples, pumpkins, pies and other delicious treats. Country crafts, offering handmade items and holiday gifts, are one of the festival’s main features. If you make or sell crafts and feel that you would be a great addition to the Festival, you are encouraged to apply. Vendors are assigned an outdoor space (10’x10’) with a table and two chairs. All vendors are required to have a tent or canopy; those vendors who do not own a suitable tent may rent one from Mill Neck Manor for a small fee. A nonrefundable fee of $300 will be due once vendors are selected. The deadline to apply is June 26. For more information, or for an application call Roberta Baade 922-4100, ext. 220.


Ongoing

Crime Prevention Information

The NC Auxiliary Police Unit has available, through the cooperation of the NYS Office of Crime Prevention, very informative pamphlets on how you, the homeowner, can better protect you and your family from being a victim of crime. Any resident requesting a copy of these pamphlets can write to NC Auxiliary Police Unit 116, PO Box 288, West Hempstead, NY 11552; call 538-5800; or e-mail: NCAP116@AOL.COM. The following pamphlets are available:
•Common Sense for the Elderly
•The Babysitter Guide
•Crime Check (Home Survey)
•Don’t Be a Victim of Burglary
•Rape Prevention

Epilepsy Foundation

Located at 506 Stewart Ave., Garden City, the following is offered:
•Free Puppet Show on Seizure Disorder. A free children’s program on epilepsy using the internationally acclaimed “Kids on the Block” troupe of puppets to public and private elementary schools. These shows are appropriate for the 3rd and 4th grades levels but can be tailored to your needs. Programs are also available for junior and senior high classes. Help us foster a climate of acceptance, understanding and compassion in our schools for all. Call Janet Romeo, ext. 145.
•Support Groups. Do you have seizures? Are you having difficulty with jobs, relationships, etc.? Are you isolating from your family and friends? If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, we have group for you. Call Irene Rodgers, CSW, ext. 415.

FISH of Floral Park

FISH Organization of Floral Park provides transportation to and from medical appointments for residents in the Floral Park/Bellerose area. FISH needs volunteers for only one day a month as telephone coordinators who then contact regular or back-up drivers to schedule pick-ups, or as drivers who provide transportation to and from medical appointments. FISH provides the cell phone service and mileage driven is a tax deduction. If you wish to take part in this worthwhile service, contact Peggy Thivierge 437-8896 or Fran Hornberger at 775-0740.

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.

Jewish Education for Children At the Bellerose Jewish Center

Located at 254-04 Union Tpke., Floral Park. Call 718-343-9001:
•Free Jewish education for kindergarten and Sunday School children. A thorough religious curriculum with experienced teachers for 3rd grade to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah is also provided.
•The Renaissance Group. A nonsectarian group of men and women who have lost a dear one. Dialogue and an exchange of ideas can be helpful. Call for date of the next meeting.

You Have Options!

In 1982 Options for Community Living, Inc., was established to help respond to the need for supportive housing for people living with mental illness. As the Mental Health Residential Program continued to expand, Options began serving homeless families as an emergency shelter provider in 1990. A few years later, Options opened a comprehensive case management and housing program for Long Islanders with HIV/AIDS. A small not-for-profit organization with humble beginnings has since grown to serve over 800 individuals and families with special needs across Long Island. With offices in Hempstead, Smithtown and Riverhead, help is easily accessible. For more information or to offer support call 631-361-9020. Visit www.optionscl.org.

Senior Programs

The following programs regularly serve all residents of Nassau County (call the NC Dept. of Senior Citizen Affairs 571-4330):
•Employment Referrals for Seniors. The NC Dept. of Senior Citizen Affairs is a resource to employers seeking qualified workers and to mature job seekers, 55+, who want assistance with employment and resume preparation. Services are free of charge.
•The Foster Grandparents Program is recruiting senior volunteers to share their time and love with children in Nassau County. Volunteers receive a non-reportable stipend, transportation reimbursement, paid holidays, sick days and vacation days.
•If you are 55+, make your spare time count. Join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a national organization, and share your talents and skills at one of the many diversified placements.

FP United Methodist Thrift Shop

The Floral Park United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, 35 Verbena Ave., open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring jewelry, clothing, housewares, bric-a-brac, dishes, linens, collectibles, some furniture, small appliances and antiques. Donations gratefully accepted. Call 354-4969.

Thrift Shop

Franklin Hospital Medical Center’s Thrift Shop, 138 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fresh Vegetables For the Hungry Poor

Please plant vegetable plants, enjoy the wonderful flavor and nourishment of a newly picked vegetable and share the extra vegetables with the hungry poor. For those who have limited space vegetables can be planted in flower gardens, in planters and in hanging baskets. All vegetables will go to the INN – Interfaith Nutrition Network – in Hempstead where 80 gallons of soup and 500 meals are provided to the hungry poor every weekday. All vegetables can be left at the main entrance to Centennial Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, Floral Pky., Floral Park every afternoon during the summer.

Weekly Events

•Gam-Anon, an anonymous organization for spouses, adult children over 18, family and friends whose lives have been affected by a gambling problem. Meets Mondays at the Jewish Community Center of W. Hempstead, 711 Dogwood Ave., W. Hempstead. For information call 321-2883.
•The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of the Barber Shop Harmony Society invites any man who is interested in singing barbershop harmony to join them any Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. in the Church of the Advent Winthrop Hall, 555 Advent St. (one block east of Post Ave.; two blocks south of Jericho Tpke.), Westbury. Call George Seelinger 333-0803.
•Bingo. Robert Van Cott American Legion Post #1139, 734 Woodfield Rd., West Hempstead, hosts a weekly Bingo game Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. Early bird and game specials.
•Boy Scout Troop 158. Queens Village for boys ages 10 to 18 meets at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 92-10 217th St., Queens Village, every Friday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Call Mr. LeVine 1-781-465-5522 or email to Pear1H21@nyc.rr.com.

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