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Rummage Sale
Saturday, April 21

Shed the Meds
Saturday, April 21

Blood Drive
Tuesday, April 24


Saturday, April 21

The Andrews Brothers

Musical comedy by Roger Bean presented by O’Neill Theatrical Productions. In a sudden and hilarious turn of events, the Andrews Sisters are too ill to perform and their three male stage hands are called upon to perform in their place as we pay homage to the USO Entertainers of WWII. 8 p.m. at The Studio Theatre, 141 South Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst. Tickets: $20 adults; $18 seniors (65 years of age and over); $16 students; $15 youths 12 and under with advanced box office telephone reservation on a major credit card. All adult and senior tickets are $25 if purchased at the door. Group rates are available. Call 631-226-8400 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for group information.

Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood

Presented by the Children’s Theatre. It’s the 1950s, hula-hoops are in high demand, and so is Little Red Riding Hood. Wise Prince Jason, Strong Prince Justin and ordinary Loud Prince Frank all want to woo Red Riding Hood. So the king and queen hire the Fairy Godmother to set three tasks for the princes. Only the prince who can find the missing girl, defeat the dragon and awaken a castle visitor from her slumber earns the right to woo Wed Widing Hood... that is, Red Riding Hood. Alas, Little Red’s couch-potato parents don’t want to lose their little girl. How else will they get their cookies delivered to grandmother? So they hire the evil queen to thwart the Fairy Godmother’s contest. Luckily, Little Red Riding Hood’s two sisters - Big Green Riding Hood and Medium Purple Riding Hood - help balance out the situation. 2 p.m. at The Studio Theatre, 141 South Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst. Tickets $10. Group rates are available. Call 631-226-8400 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for group information.

Rummage Sale

Featuring boutique items, clothing, shoes, flea market, books, toys, baked goods, jewelry, bags. A time for friends and customers to meet for bargains and a good time. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Massapequa Reformed Church, Ocean Ave. and Merrick Rd. $5 bag sale all day Saturday.

Shed the Meds

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick), the Nassau County Police Department, and the Village of Massapequa Park are joining together for a Shed the Meds to help residents safely dispose of unused or expired medications. The program will be held between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Brady Park, 1000 Lake Shore Dr., Massapequa Park. Residents can drive up, drop off old or unused medications and drive away. All collected medication will be safely disposed of by Nassau County Police officers, who will be supervising the program. Call Senator Fuschillo’s office 516-882-0630.

Walk-a-thon

The 12th Annual Walk-a-thon, to benefit the AMT Children of Hope Foundation, sponsored by the Nassau District, Order of the Eastern Star, will be held in Westfield Sunrise Mall. Registration is at 9 a.m. on the lower level, in front of Sears and the kick-off is at 9:30. Everyone is welcome; all ages and abilities. You need not walk to participate. A tax deductible donation should be made out to AMT Children of Hope Foundation. For further information call (516) 353-2566.


Tuesday, April 24

Blood Drive

At the North Massapequa Fire Department’s Headquarters, 1000 Broadway, N. Massapequa, from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. To qualify as a blood donor, a person must between the ages of 17 and 75 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood within the last 56 days. The fire department will provide refreshments for everyone who attends the blood drive. For more information, residents can contact the fire department by calling 516- 579-0900. Residents can also go online at www.NMFD-660.com.


Friday, April 27

Chinese Auction

The Nassau BOCES Rosemary Kennedy School PTA is sponsoring a Chinese Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Doors Open at 6 p.m.; Auction begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosemary Kennedy School, 2850 North Jerusalem Rd., Wantagh. Admission is free. Donations of new merchandise and gift cards/gift certificates are being sought. Contact Mindy Davidson 516-396-2616 with questions or if you have any items or gift certificates to be picked up.


Saturday, April 28

Beatles Tribute Band Performance

Strawberry Fields, a Beatles tribute band featuring members of Broadway’s hit musical Beatlemania, will perform a benefit concert for the Susan Satriano Memorial Foundation at 8 p.m. in the Massapequa High School auditorium, 4925 Merrick Rd., Massapequa. The concert, hosted by the Care Club of Massapequa High School, brings a night of Beatles favorites to those of all ages while helping graduating seniors suffering difficult circumstances attend college in the fall. Tickets are $25 each. For information or to buy tickets, call 308-5900. Tickets may also be purchased in the high school main office, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or on the district’s website, msd.k12.ny.us.

Walk in the Woods

Join North Shore Land Alliance and Botanist Andy Greller at Massapequa Preserve at 10 a.m. Andy will guide participants through the plants of this delightful Nassau County-owned 423-acre preserve. The walk is free, but registration is required. To register and for directions contact North Shore Land Alliance 516-626-0908 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Amante Kids Benefit Concert

On Dec. 28, 2011, tenor Michael Amante’s (one of The NY Tenors) wife Seema passed away suddenly leaving Michael and his three young children (9,8,6) with financial difficulties. There will be a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady Of Lourdes Church auditorium, Massapequa Park. Performing will be Daniel Rodriguez, Andy Cooney, Ronan Tynan. Also featuring soprano Marisa Famiglietti and comedian John Shea. Tickets $50 and $40. To purchase tickets, make a donation or more information contact: Jeanette Zoccali 516-847-0104 or email amantekids.benefit @yahoo.com.

First Annual Safety Fair for Families

Takes place April 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wantagh Park, 1 King Rd., Wantagh, just south of Merrick Rd., west of the Wantagh State Pky. The Safety Fair is free to the public and will feature family fun, giveaways and free raffles. For more information visit: www.Nassau CountyNY.gov/OEM or contact Nassau County OEM at 516-573-0636.


Sunday, April 29

Crop Walk

Join in the 2012 Crop Walk hosted by the St. David’s Social Ministry group. Meet at St. David’s Lutheran Church, 20 Clark Blvd., Massapequa Park. Sign-in at 1 p.m. Walkers are asked to bring friends and nonperishable food items for each member who joins the walk, that will be delivered to a local food pantry. Walkers would be excepted to raise funds for world wide hunger. Checks should be made out to Church World Services with Crop Walk in the memo line. Water and snacks will be provided for the walkers. Call Anita 516-826-0033 for info.


Wednesday, May 2

Active Parenting Program

Conducted by YES Community Counseling Center for parents of elementary school age children beginning today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Active Parenting is a six-session program that was established to equip parents to face the challenges during the lifelong journey as a parent. The program will help to enhance the skills parents already have, and/or incorporate new skills as children move through the different developmental times in their lives. The program will take place at the YES office, 75 Grand Ave., Massapequa. The cost of the program is $60 for Massapequa, Plainedge and Farmingdale residents; $80 for all others. Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis. In order to participate or for questions, contact Kathleen Coletta at YES Community Counseling Center at 516-799-3203.


Saturday, May 5

Cinderella

Presented by O’Neill Theatrical Productions. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the Royal Ball. With a little help from her mice friends, and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella goes to the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love. Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26 at 2 p.m. at The Studio Theatre, 141 South Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst. Tickets are $10. Box office: 631-226-8400. Group rates are available. e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for group information.

Plaza Suite

Comedy by Neil Simon. Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. In Visitor from Mamaroneck, a middle-aged married couple tries to rekindle their dying spark. In Visitor from Hollywood, a film producer invites his childhood sweetheart to a hotel for sex. In Visitor from Forest Hills, a bride has locked herself in the bathroom on her wedding day, with her parents desperate to get her out. Performances (through May 27): Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at The Studio Theatre, 141 South Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst. Tickets: $20 adults; $18 seniors (65 years of age and over); $16 students; $15 youths 12 and under with advanced box office telephone reservation on a major credit card. All adult and senior tickets are $25 if purchased at the door. Group rates are available. Call 631-226-8400 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for group information.


Upcoming Events

Vendors Needed

The Wantagh Preservation Society will be holding its Spring Yard Sale on May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date May 20) on museum grounds, 1700 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh. Rental fee for space (which includes car) is $35. Merchandise of new, used, crafts and collectables may be sold (no food vendors). For more information or an application, call Elaine 516-785-0761.

Vendors Wanted for Flea Market

Vendors wanted for the Temple B’nai Torah of Wantagh, 2900 Jerusalem Ave., rain or shine Summer Flea Market on July 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sell your merchandise or promote your business in a spacious parking or the air-conditioned social hall and small party room in case of inclement weather to shoppers from the South Shore of Nassau County including Wantagh, Merrick, Bellmore, Seaford, East Meadow, Levittown, Massapequa, as well as parts of Suffolk and Queens County. The temple holds two flea markets one in the summer and another in the fall. For information call Ben at 516-221-2370 or e-mail brotherhood@temple-bnai-torah. org for more information.


Ongoing Event

Port North Spring Boys Basketball

Port North is a 3-year-old independent basketball team based out of Port Washington that plays year round in the super league at Island Garden and various tournaments in the metropolitan area. The program currently has a combined record of 30 - 3 in the winter super league. The emphasis is on teaching the fundamentals, developing good practice habits and preparing players for middle and high school basketball. The team has a professional trainer with more than 20 years experience. We are currently looking for experienced and dedicated basketball players in grades four through 10 who are interested in trying out for spring and AAU basketball. If you are interested or have any questions email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Weekly Events

•Massapequa Senior Citizens Center. The center is located in the back of McKenna School on Second Ave. and Spruce St. in Massapequa Park. Meetings are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center offers luncheons, day trips, arts and crafts, painting, speakers, stretch and relaxation exercises and Chi Kung. The program is sponsored by S.D. #23. Call 308-5505.

•One on One Information and Referral Service for Massapequa and Massapequa Park residents. Topics include Medicare, local recreation, health insurance, nursing homes and assisted living. 10 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Massapequa Library, Bar Harbor (40 Harbor Ln. 799-0770) and Central Avenue (523 Central Ave. 798-4607) Buildings.

•Overeaters Anonymous. Are you a compulsive overeater? Under eater? Overeaters Anonymous can help. There is a meeting on Tuesdays on the corner of Salisbury Park Dr. and Carmans Rd., East Meadow, across from the firehouse from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. Call for directions 997-4534. For information about the meeting call Nancy 798-2547 (between 7 and 9 p.m.) or Ed 845-5423.

•Bingo every Tuesday 10:15 a.m. at the Massapequa Elks, 2162 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. Progressive game, Line game. Call 798-2162.

•Bingo every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Shalom Center of Amityville and the Massapequas, 79 County Line Rd., Amityville. 264-2891.

•Bingo For Kids/Families. On Tuesday evenings you can fun with your family at a special bingo designed just for kids. At Temple Beth-El of Bellmore, 1373 Bellmore Rd., N. Bellmore, you can play bingo for prizes (not cash). Doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per player. An adult must accompany the children. Adult play is optional. Bring a marker or purchase one at the event. The snack bar will be open at 6 p.m. and will serve a variety of reasonably priced items. No food can be brought with you into the temple because strict kosher food laws are observed.

•Adoptive Moms Group. Covers the factors which influence your decision to adopt children, sources used for information, relationships with siblings and other family members, the first weeks at home, talking to the child about being adopted (how and when), issues that arise should the child want to meet his/her biological parents including: will you help in the search, how to go about getting information, how to handle the situation. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Massapequa Mothers’ Center, Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh. For information call 679-4641.

•Bingo every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Shalom Center of Amityville and the Massapequas, 79 County Line Rd., Amityville. 264-2891.

News

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Sports

Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.

Calendar

Free Wine Tasting

Friday, April 18

Boating Course

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com