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Bethpage Street Fair funds 9/11 memorial

Elaine Seider of Bethpage takes a closer look

Elaine Seider of Bethpage takes a closer look at Tastefully Simple products as Claire Beiger, of Levittown, watches at the second annual Bethpage Street Fair. (May 6, 2012) (Credit: Ursula Moore)

Scott Callegari of Bethpage was in search of doggy treats for his 9-month-old Great Dane Master Mason.

Elaine Seider of Bethpage was looking for the tastiest seasoning salt for her French fry recipe.

And Marilyn Cohen of Old Bethpage wanted to buy a Mother’s Day gift.

They each decided that the second annual Bethpage Street Fair, hosted by the Bethpage Chamber of Commerce, was the perfect place to find these items Sunday.

The street fair raised $5,000, according to Bethpage Chamber of Commerce board member Charles Ranzenson, owner of Unique Impression. The chamber will use the money to pay for a 9/11 memorial that will be built at the Long Island Rail Road station.

“There will be a large piece of steel from the World Trade Center at the memorial,”  Razenson said.

The memorial will include the names of eight Bethpage residents who left from the train station the morning of Sept. 11 on their way to the World Trade Center towers, where they were killed.

The street fair, which featured 100 vendors, showcased a variety of items, including handmade jewelry, clothing, toys, sunglasses and foods. There also were bouncy houses and live music.

Kevin Bracken of Bethpage was thrilled to taste the delicious foods being offered, including chicken wings, hot and sweet sausages, french fries, meatballs and pretzels.

“This chicken kabob is very good. I love eating good food and seeing all the people come out to this street fair,”  Bracken said.

Mia Ortolani of Bethpage came to the fair with her friends Dev Altman, of Seaford, and Diane Natoli, of Carle Place. The ladies enjoyed perusing the Soap Whip display, sniffing the many scents of facial and body scrubs on display at the table.

“Everything smells so good,” Altman said.

Melissa Wolff, of Syosset, said that street fairs are a great place to find unique items.

“I love going to street fairs because I always find interesting stuff,” Wolff said.

Above: Elaine Seider of Bethpage takes a closer look at Tastefully Simple products as Claire Beiger of Levittown watches at the second annual Bethpage Street Fair. (May 6, 2012)

Tags: Bethpage , Street , Fair , 9/11 , memorial , chamber of commerce

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