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Lecture On The History Of Yiddish

Dr. Linda F. Burghardt

Dr. Linda F. Burghardt

Dr. Linda F. Burghardt, scholar-in-residence at the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center, will tell the story of Yiddish, from its origins in the Middle Ages to its steep decline after the Holocaust. The lecture will be held on Friday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. at the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center, located on the Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Rd. in Glen Cove. The lecture is the free and open to the public. Attendees can tour the award-winning museum after the lecture.

For many, the earliest words they remember learning as children were in Yiddish, the language of home, of family, of warmth and cooking and close-knit community. But where did Yiddish come from? What are its roots? In this presentation, Dr. Burghardt will talk about the enormous literary, musical and scholarly contributions made in Yiddish throughout history and its interconnectedness with the traditions of Yiddishkeit, and examine rumors of its surprising resurgence in modern culture around the world. Is Yiddish still the best language in which to complain? To insult someone? To connect with the past?

Dr. Burghardt is a journalist and author from Great Neck. She worked as a freelance reporter for The New York Times for 20 years and is the author of three nonfiction books. Her articles and essays have appeared in newspapers throughout the U.S., and she has lectured to both national and international audiences. She holds a PhD from LIU Post and is the daughter of Holocaust survivors from Vienna.

More information is available at 516-571-8040 or

Holiday Toy And Food Drive

shutterstock_310076048Members of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce are joining with Police District Liaison Detective Anthony Guzzello to collect toys and food for children in Port Washington. The program, in its 16th year, is called “Make A Child Smile.” The children who will receive the donations live in our community. Detective Guzzello, who created this Port Washington holiday tradition, said, “The joy you receive from knowing your donation can ‘make a child smile’ will make your own holidays so much more meaningful and memorable.”

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Thanksgiving Traffic Alert

foliage-152051_640The Port Washington police advise that the following roads will be CLOSED for the annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot: Manorhaven Boulevard to Cow Neck Road to Middleneck Road to Sandy Hollow Road to Harbor Road to Shore Road and back to Manorhaven Blvd. Expect roads to close beginning at 8 a.m. and reopen at approximately 10:30 a.m. Please adjust travel plans accordingly.

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.

Music Site ‘Plays’ It Forward

Playitforward_111115AThe inkling for, a nonprofit new music sharing website with a twist, came to Steve Mazza when he visited South Africa 10 years ago. The site, which launched in September, is a trend-setter by the definition of the word and allocates money for artists’ albums directly to a charity of their choosing.

Mazza traveled throughout South Africa and taught during a school study-abroad program, getting to know the education system. During Mazza’s time there, he was exposed to many impoverished locals and left with a new perspective on things.

Mazza, 29, is a PhD clinical psychology candidate in his fourth year at Hofstra University. He hopes to graduate and have a practice treating early childhood anxiety disorders as a cognitive-behavioral therapist. The South Salem, NY, native obtained his masters degree in 2012 in developmental psychology from Columbia and his undergrad degree in elementary education at Skidmore College 2007.

“I felt a responsibility; how can I do something to help?” he said. helps artists donate to charity. helps artists donate to charity.

Mazza always liked to volunteer and work with kids. He was a mentor in college, so doing charity work was right up his ally. He had already began recording an album at home, so he thought he could use the money he would make selling his albums, and give it back to an orphanage in South Africa.

The only catch was that he didn’t have any fans or followers of any sort. Mazza asked his friends, family, and people he saw passing by at Hofstra, if they wanted to help. Doing just that, he raised $11,500, selling 1,000 albums in two months before sending all the money to the orphanage. He got his music to reach an audience, the charity benefited greatly and other people felt good about buying his music to help a cause.

Mazza originally started writing and playing music when he was 16. What started out as a hobby, turned into an obsession.

“I just wanted to write songs for girls, but then it became something bigger,” he said.
Mazza made another album and raised another $11,500 for a different charity. He knew he was onto something and figured a website was the best way to help make a bigger positive change. But this was no easy task to take on.

He started selling his albums in 2007 and began the incorporation process in 2010 to get a nonprofit approved in 2014.

“It was a really long process and I was in graduate school the whole time,” Mazza said. “I had to figure out how I would handle all of the incoming donations. They can’t go to my personal account so where do they go? Then how do I create a partnership with charities? I was ignored by a lot of charities for a long time.”

Since the site launched, he has raised $3,000.

“The most difficult part is getting the word out,” Mazza said. “Without a large budget, marketing isn’t really an option.”

All the artists, Mazza himself, and his board of directors, are volunteers with no salary.
“When I was fundraising on my own, I paid for the website to distribute music; iTunes and other similar companies take a big cut of what they make; I’m not doing that,” he said.

There is more than just songwriters/singers on the website. Mazza got word of comedian Charlie Nadler through a friend when Nadler said that he really wanted to get his work out there, but specifically for charity. He didn’t want a commercial site taking some of the profits. Mazza had the exact opportunity Nadler was looking for.

“Anyone who wants to use creative talent to help others should be able to do so without facing obstacles,” Mazza said. “I know there are people out there looking to do the same, they just need to know about it. I’m just trying to get the word out.”

Playitforward was created to facilitate the fundraising process for philanthropic artists.
To buy the albums, there is a minimum donation amount for each. There are also short previews of a track to get the feel for what is being purchased.

“I would really like to help grow the foundation; I want it to flourish,” he said. “My ideas for the future are to have organizations sponsor compilation albums. An album can have several artists help the nonprofit and artist. I am currently in the process of working with Skidmore College to create a student album to sell it to help a local Saratoga charity.”

Check out the Playitforward Facebook page at and Twitter @playitfwdmusic. For more information check out the letter from the founder at

Senior Center November Activities

PWSCC senior centerPort Washington Senior Citizens Center
80 Manorhaven Blvd.

Monday 11/16/15

9:30 Painting w/ a Barbara
9:30 Silver Sneakers w/ Inbar $5.00
11:00 Karate w/ Kathy
12:00 Lunch: Eggplant Parmesan w/ Marinara, Penne Salad, orange

Tuesday 11/17/15

9:30 Sewing w/ Jean
10:00 Knitting & crochet w/ Madeline
11:00 Chair Yoga w/ Patty
12:00 Lunch: Fried Chicken, zesty slaw, potato
12:30 BINGO
1:30 Dancercize w/ Carol

Wednesday 11/18/15

9:00 Bridge
10:30 Visit to Marquis Rehab in Glen Cove
12:00 Lunch: Broccoli Quiche, Salad, Soup, Banana
1:00 T’ai Chi w/ Joe

Thursday 11/19/15

10:00 P.I. Health Chat: Talking to you Doctor
10:30 Yoga w/ Mike
11:00 Nutrition Ed: “Save at the Grocery Store”
12:00 Lunch: Roast Beef w/ gravy, mashed potato, mixed veggies, cake
12:30 BINGO

Friday 11/20/15

11:00 Core Exercise w/ Mike
1:00 ZUMBA
No lunch


November 24-Tuesday-PWSCC Thanksgiving Party. Lunch will be Turkey and all the fixings; Bonus Bingo. $6 Must be paid by Tuesday, November 17.

Letter from the Publisher

LNW-11-11-15.inddWelcome to Long Island Weekly

Dear Neighbor,

It is my distinct pleasure to announce the relaunch of Long Island Weekly, the latest addition to the Anton Media Group family. As we enter our third year of publishing Long Island Weekly, we’re taking what we’ve been doing so well in terms of covering arts, entertainment and lifestyle trends and making it even better thanks to our crack staff of award-winning writers. I’m very excited about this new chapter that is being driven by our historic partnership with Newsday. It’s a move that will allow Long Island Weekly to expand well beyond our current audience to readers in communities like Rockville Centre, Long Beach, Atlantic Beach and Point Lookout to begin with, and continue to provide the stellar content our subscribers have come to expect. [Read more…]

Incumbents Easily Reelected


Madeline Singas

The Town of North Hempstead (TONH) incumbents were reelected to their seats in the Nov. 3 election. Voter turnout was strong, especially in ballots cast in the district attorney race. Though polls showed the candidates were neck and neck in the days leading up to Election Day, when Nov. 3 came, Democratic nominee Singas had a steady lead throughout the night, garnering close to 58 percent of the vote with Murray taking in 42 percent.

Throughout the campaign, Singas touted her experience, emphasizing that the district attorney position needed to be filled by a “prosecutor, not a politician.” Singas, who had served as the acting district attorney since January and has more than 20 years of experience under her belt, said she is committed to not letting party politics get in the way of solutions. [Read more…]

Veterinarian On Wheels

Cody Mercer and Dr. Kristen Andersen-Mercer

Cody Mercer and Dr. Kristen Andersen-Mercer

Veterinarian on Wheels is a full-service mobile veterinary company based in Port Washington, serving the Port Washington, Great Neck, Manhasset, Roslyn, Plandome, Sands Point and Roslyn Heights communities. At the helm of the company is Dr. Kristen Andersen-Mercer. The company provides care to pets in the comfort of their own home, the benefits of which are plentiful. Home visits can be more easily worked into a pet-owner’s schedule and the difficulty of transporting pets to an office is eliminated. [Read more…]

Model Train Shows Chug Into Towns Nearby

640px-Model_steam_train_06Watching operating model train exhibits is fun for everyone. Most times the displays charge a nominal admission fee as they raise funds for worthy causes.

Here are some recommended upcoming exhibits:

The sixth Nassau County Train Show presented on behalf of County Executive Ed Mangano by Trainville Hobby Depot will be held on the weekend of Nov. 21 to 22 at the Bethpage Senior/Community Center located at 103 Grumman Road West in Bethpage from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. This show raises funds for the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged.

The TMB Model Railroad Club has an amazing permanent layout in their clubhouse located at 120 Schmitt Blvd. in East Farmingdale. They frequently host open houses for the public to enjoy their model railroad artistry on certain weekends from noon to 4 pm. Admission is free, but they do put out donation buckets. The first two weekends this season are Nov. 28 to 29 and again on Dec. 12 to 13.

Last year spectators were treated to a surprise at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration’s Candlelight Evenings Holiday Show. A few of the clubs brought their displays, adding to the festive spirit. This year it will be done once again on Dec. 18, 19, and 20 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

—Submitted by Joel R. Berse

National Writing Writing Challenge

NaNoWriMo__ADid you know November is National Novel Writing Month? NaNoWriMo, as it’s known, challenges aspiring writers to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in 30 days. More than 3,700 people in Nassau County are participating.

NaNoWriMo hosts its next write-in Monday, Nov. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hale and Hearty in Carle Place.

Find out more about National Novel Writing Month at