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Around Lindenhurst: Let's play ball!

Spring has finally arrived. And that means one thing -- baseball is back!

Playing ball is one of life’s early lessons in teamwork. It takes all the players on the field to get a win, not just one person. It’s also a great way to meet new people and form friendships that can last for years.

As we enter April, the two Lindenhurst Little Leagues -- Lindenhurst American Little League and Lindenhurst National Little League -- will start their seasons with opening day parades, which are followed by a day of festivities and the first games of the season. Both leagues’ parades will be April 10 -- Lindenhurst American’s parade starts at 10:15 a.m. and  Lindenhurst National’s starts at 12:45 p.m.

Who can forget the impressive season the Lindenhurst High School varsity baseball team had last year? Coming off a 26-1 season that ended with them as the 2010 New York State Class AA baseball champions, the Bulldogs head into the 2011 season looking to defend that title. The team kicks off the season with a three-game series  with rival Connetquot, starting with a home game  at 4:15 p.m. on April 4.

For the big kids who don’t want to stop playing, there's the Lindenhurst Village men's 35-and-over slow pitch softball league. The league’s season starts the last weekend of April. If you are interested in playing, contact Bob Weiden for more information at 631-773-4206.

Here are some other town updates:

-- The Christina Renna Foundation and the Lindenhurst Rotary Interact Club are holding a dress drive to collect formals and gowns of all sizes to benefit  the  Memorial Sloan Kettering Children's Cancer Center  Prom Night. The donations can be dropped off at Omnibus Fashions, 72 East Main St., Babylon. Please dry clean donations. Contact Rae-Marie Renna at 631-225-2074, or go to www.crf4acure.org for more information.

-- The next Lindenhurst  Board of Education budget workshop, to finalize the 2011-2012 budget, will be  at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Lindenhurst High School.

-- The 2011-2012 Lindenhurst Memorial Library budget vote and trustee election will be  on Tuesday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the library,  1 Lee Ave. A special budget information meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the library’s community room. The meeting is open to the public. 

Jennifer Schmitt is a Lindenhurst resident. You can find her on Twitter at @aroundlindy. Send event and other notices to aroundlindenhurst@gmail.com for consideration in Around Lindenhurst.

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