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Nov. 24: Getting Ready for the Holiday Weekend

5 Things You Need to Know for today, November 24.

Happy Wednesday to you, and welcome to "5 Thing You Need to Know Today." Each weekday we'll be putting a little extra spotlight on some of the things that are going on in the Syosset area. While we do our best to keep up with what's going on, we can always use your help. If you don't see something that should be on the list, don't be afraid to let us know!

Thanksgiving is just one day away? Crazy! 

1. From 1992 until they sold their La Viola Syosset restaurant in 2007, Giancarlo and Josephine Costa held a Thanksgiving luncheon at their restaurant for anyone in the community. 

Though they sold their restaurant, they continued the free dinner at , with the help of friends like Larry Sklar and ,who volunteered to do all the cooking and host the event in the temple ballroom. 

The F will be served from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 25 at the , and Costa and friends said they are happy to make home deliveries to the needy as well, as they have done so generously in the past. Stay with Patch for the story on Giancarlo and the event, coming later this afternoon!

*In case you haven't done all your food shopping yet, here are a couple of places where you can find some bargains.

2.  on 271 Jericho Turnpike has a bunch of holiday specials this week. Their all-natural frozen turkeys, which range from 10 to 22 lbs, can be had for as little as 29 cents per pound (when an additional $50 purchase is made). You can get Smithfield Spiral Smoked Ham for $1.49 per lb, Princella Yams for 99 cents per can and a six-pack of corn bread squares/buttermilk biscuits for $2.99. Check out the other deals at their website.

3. Stop and Shop in Woodbury also has some pretty sweet deals: They offer a complete Turkey, fully cooked for $59.99; Louisiana Yams or Carolina Sweet Potatoes for $1 per two lbs; and Cook's Spiral Sliced Ham for just $1.79 per lb.   Check out all the deals in their weekly circular. 

4. Get ready for Black Friday! Some local shops have some good deals. Gamestop will be offering a free copy of Madden 11 or Medal of Honor with the purchase of an Xbox 360 game console. The console will run the buyer $199.99, a $60 dollar savings.

5. Radioshack will offer GPS systems Friday on sale for $69.99, $60 off the normal price!

* Stay with Patch for more previews and coverage of Thanksgiving and Black Friday!

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