The Sip This coffee shop in Valley Stream. (Sept. 29,...

The Sip This coffee shop in Valley Stream. (Sept. 29, 2011) Credit: Ian J. Stark

I’m not even halfway through my Town Focus week exploring Valley Stream, and I’ve already spoken to so many people to get a better idea of what the community is like.

So far, I’ve met with Mayor Edwin Fare, Village Historian Carol McKenna, Bill Heidenreich, superintendent of the Valley Stream Central High School District, and Kimberly Thomas, a stay-at-home mom who blogs about community events and issues.

I’ll start my Wednesday grabbing a cup of coffee at Sip This on Rockaway Avenue. I’ll be meeting with Amanda Douville, who will be helping provide our coverage today, then interviewing actor and comedian Jim Breuer over the phone about growing up in Valley Stream.

Later, I’ll sit down with Sip This owners David Sabatino and Stephanie Pontillo to discuss business and growing up in the village. Oh, and don’t miss “Trivia Night” at Sip This at 8 p.m.

After that, I’m meeting Debbi Gyulay, president of the Valley Stream Chamber of Commerce, to talk about the business district of Valley Stream and whether it’s thriving or struggling.

I plan to spend my last two days speaking with Richard Infield, president of Friends of Valley Stream Dog Park, Tony Cannonito, president of Valley Stream Running Club, and Mike Stanko, a local artist.

Don’t miss out on the Halloween events happening in Valley Stream.

The Friends of Valley Stream Dog Park’s annual Howl-O-Ween Party will celebrate the grand reopening of the community’s first dog park on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Food and entry into the dog costume competition is $10.

That night, check out “Valley Scream’s Jack-O-Lanterns Ablaze Night” at Hendrickson Park at 7 p.m. Bring your carved jack-o-lantern to be judged as scariest, funniest and most original.

Check out the Valley Stream Historical Society’s Kids Costume Contest on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Pagan-Fletcher Restoration, 143 Hendrickson Ave.

Halloween Babies Storytime is at Henry Waldinger Memorial Library on Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. Children ages 3 months to 4 years can listen to Halloween-themed stories and songs. The annual Children’s Room Halloween Parade, for ages 4 and up, is on Oct. 31 at Henry Waldinger Memorial Library at 4 p.m.

So far, I’ve eaten at Mitchell’s Restaurant and Ancona Pizzeria & Restaurant, both on Rockaway Avenue, so I’m going to need even more suggestions. I think I might try Seeda Thai Restaurant on Central Avenue.

Any story ideas or suggestions? Feel free to reach out to me at any point during my week in Valley Stream via email, Twitter or the comments below.

Above: The inside of Sip This in Valley Stream.