Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00
Northside Elementary School’s dancers, singers, comedians and musicians rocked the stage at Howitt Middle School on April 25 for their twenty-first annual “Party Rock” Talent Show.
The Talent Show is one of the many events provided by the Northside PTA. Chairperson Dina Viskoc, along with her co-chair Melissa Knudzen coordinated an amazing show. 33 talented acts consisting of over 100 students performed and charmed the audience with their remarkable talents.
Parent volunteers including Mary Mascioli assisted the children on stage smoothly and safely, while backstage Northside’s former students Stephanie Viskoc, Melissa Viskoc, Leanna Costello and Nicolette Mascioli came to lend their help as stagehands for the show and during rehearsals.
The Talent Show’s emcee for the evening was principal Elizabeth Garavuso, who kept the show moving with her humorous and admiring narratives. This will be the last talent show for Garavuso as she will be retiring in June. In honor of her retirement some of the teachers at Northside surprised her with an emotional singing performance in her tribute.
Not only did the children entertain us for the evening, the kindergarten teachers also did a skit this year with their reenactment of the children’s book Pete The Cat, I Love My White Shoes. While Garavuso narrated, Northside’s physical education teacher, David Stein rocked out on his electric guitar.
Various Northside student’s acts consisted of Charlie Hilton playing 8 Days a Week on Piano, Zombie Girls Malory DiPiazza, Jeanna Hammelman, Julia Harmon, Rebecca Kenjesky, Kairi Knudsen, Marissa Molina, Olivia Molina, and Gabrielle Stein dancing to Thriller, Jordan Schwartzman playing Medieval Kings on the Violin, an adorable What Does The Fox Say dance performed by Jillian, Ryan, Charlie, Olivia, Kelsey, Keira, Ava, Jaxon, Nicholas, Theresa, Dante, Tristin, Jacqueline, Alyssa and Ava Z. The comedy duo Andrew Siegel and Jordan Welch had the audience hysterical with their “It Tastes Like Chicken” skit. The show’s finale was performed by Danielle Costello, Jessicia Viskoc, Gabrielle Mascioli, Sophia Guthy, Gianna Backich, Jordan Schwartzman, Rebecca Scire, Gina Casale, Sarina Napoli and Ani Smith. These fifth grade girls danced and hugged for their final performance together at the Northside Talent Show singing to Grease’s We Will Always Be Together.
—Photos by Karen Michael and Gina Cassidy
Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
More than 2,000 Long Islanders enjoyed the festivities at Captree State Park as Assemblyman Joseph Saladino hosted the ninth annual Marine and Outdoor Recreation Expo on Sept. 15.
Attendees learned about sustainable sources of energy as well as ways to protect the planet, especially the island’s marine environment. There were demonstrations in camping, boating, water safety, renewable energy, wildlife and environmental education, fly fishing, arts and crafts, face painting, clowns, touch tanks, ballon animals and plenty of rock and roll.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Farmingdale.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:43
The rivalry between the Farmingdale Dalers and the Massapequa Chiefs is a big one. So big that the school districts and the Nassau County Police Department had to take extra precautions to maintain security. Not everyone who wanted to see this game at Masspequa High School were allowed access to the game. In the past, there was some unruly behavior. So, if you were from Farmingdale you parked on the right side of the school and from Massapequa you were on the left. The stands on both side were full and hundreds standing along the fence to watch this game.
The Chiefs would score first in the first quarter with a 9-yard run by Paul Dilena for a touchdown. The Dalers had some problems moving the ball down field until Daler Danny Mckeon intercepted a pass and ran it back into the Chiefs side of the field. This would set up a 6-yard run for a touchdown for Michael Outing who had 19 carries for 84 yards. With the score tied 7-7, Zach Kolodny kicked a 22-yard field goal to put the Dalers up 10-7 shortly before halftime and the heavy rain that followed.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:45
It’s almost time to hit the ice again.
The Town of Oyster Bay Youth Ice Hockey Program will hold its registration on Monday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. on both nights. Registration takes place at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage.
“The Youth Ice Hockey Program provides youngsters, ages three to 13, with the opportunity to hone their skating and hockey skills under the guidance of ice hockey coaches,” Councilman Joe Pinto stated. “The highly regarded program has earned it recognition by the NHL, which has partnered with the Town to promote hockey programming and youth enrichment through its ‘Hockey is For Everyone’ initiative.”