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Small Business Networking Expo
Thursday, May 10

Spring Plant And Yard Sale
Saturday, May 12

Giant Book Sale
Friday, May 18


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. email 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 email info@ studiotheatreli.com for group information.


Thursday, May 10

Small Business Networking Expo

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is inviting all current and prospective small business owners to his 2012 Small Business Networking Expo. 5 to 7 p.m. at the Seaford Knights of Columbus, 2183 Jackson Ave., Seaford. The program provides current and aspiring small business owners with an opportunity to network with one another and learn about services that could help their business grow. Call Senator Fuschillo’s office 516-882-0630 or visit fuschillo .nysenate.gov.


Saturday, May 12

Spring Plant And Yard Sale

Community United Methodist Church of Massapequa Park is having its Annual Spring Plant and Yard Sale and the Thrift Shop is having a one-day bag sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Coffee and tea will be available. There will be white elephants, baked goodies, jewelry, household items, toys, games and books, along with a variety of wonderful flowering flats, hanging baskets and potted plants. Come to CUMC at 100 Park Blvd. Call the church office at 541-7008 for more information.


Friday, May 18

LI NAIM W/W Dance

From 8 p.m. to midnight at the Massapequa Elks, Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. All welcome. Cost $14. DJ Ray will be playing. For information call Maureen 781-4763.

Giant Book Sale

Sponsored by the Friends of the Wantagh Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wantagh Library, 6285 Park Ave., Wantagh. Sales are cash only. Call 221-1200. The sale will also be held on May 19.


Saturday, May 19

Stuff A Bus Food Drive

The members of the St. David’s Lutheran Church in Massapequa Park will be holding their annual food drive dubbed Stuff A Bus. Church members along with their friends will be at Waldbaum’s on Sunrise Hwy. in Massapequa from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. collecting non-perishable food from generous shoppers that will help needy families in the Massapequas. The bus is donated by the Educational Bus Company. For further information call Anita Trabold at 516-826-0033 or Heike Bombowsky at 516-541-4469.

Spring Yard Sale

The Wantagh Preservation Society will be holding its spring yard sale 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.


Upcoming Events

Sixth Biennial Sojourn To West Africa

Ten-Day Cultural Trip to Ghana, West Africa, Aug. 4-14, 2012. Visits to Cultural sites: W.E.B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Elmina/Cape Coast Slave Castles – Door of No Return, River of the Last Bath/Assin Manso, Kakum National Park, Kumasi (Seat of the Ashanti Empire), Manhyia Palace. Ashanti Craft Villages: Ahwiaa (Wood Carving Village), Ntonso (Adinkra Textile Printing Village), Bonwire (Kente Weaving Village). Akosombo Dam, Boat Cruise on the Volta Lake – largest man-made lake in the world, Torgome Village for Naming Ceremony, shopping galore. For further information contact Pat Jenkins This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-997-6585.

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 spot 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 email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


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 For Kids/Families. On Tuesday evenings you can have 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.

•FEGS Suffolk Vocational Center/Displaced Homemaker Center. Group information meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Free services and options available to qualified LI residents. Job seekers, displaced homemakers (widowed, divorced, abandoned, separated, single parents, those on public assistance or with a permanently disabled or chronically unemployed spouse), and certified dislocated workers will be interested in the programs designed for them. Job placement assistance and job readiness programs. No fee for meeting or services. Programs are funded by the NYS Legislature, LI’s United Way and the UJA/Federation Campaign. Call 598-0108 for an appointment.

•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.

•The Scrabble Club meets on Thursdays from 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. at the Plainedge Library, 1060 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa. All ages. Scrabble players wanted. Call Judy 827-9506.

•Cub Scout Round Up. Parents of boys in first - fifth grades who are interested in joining the Cub Scouts at Temple B’nai Torah, Wantagh, should contact Jeff Cohen at 205-1589. The Cub Scouts are sponsored by the Brotherhood of Temple B’nai Torah. Meetings are on Thursdays in the Youth Lounge from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. For more information about the Cub Scout Pack go to our website at www.troop189ny.com.

•Massapequa Singles and Massapequa Couples holds dances every Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Couples and singles tables. Professional Dance Lesson at 11:15 a.m. Dance starts at noon and a full-course hot buffet luncheon is served at 1 p.m. $15 donation. Singles are introduced and partners are encouraged at Manor East Catering Hall, 201 Jerusalem Ave., Massapequa. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 332-7825.

•Massapequa Singles and Massapequa Couples hosts a workshop to Learn To Dance. All Social Dances, American and Latin. Partners are encouraged but not necessary at 11:15 a.m. every Friday at Manor East Catering Hall, 201 Jerusalem Ave., Massapequa. $10. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 332-7825.

•Overeaters Anonymous. Are you a compulsive overeater? Under eater? Overeaters Anonymous can help. There is a meeting on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Rose of Lima Church, 2 Bayview Ave. For information about the meeting call Nancy 798-2547 (between 7 and 9 p.m.) or Ed 845-5423.

•Bel Canto Chorale. Singing in Nassau County for over 40 years, welcomes new members. Each year, the chorale performs two major concerts and a benefit concert. All soloists are selected from within the membership. All voices are invited to rehearsals on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, 1845 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh. Call 541-0726 or e-mail belcantochorale1 @aol.com.

•Camille’s Dance every Sunday from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Club, Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. $14 includes snacks. Call 516-798-2162.


Monthly Events

•Massapequa Fire District regular monthly meetings are usually held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the firehouse, 1 Brooklyn Ave.. at 8 p.m. The board will also conduct monthly work sessions on the first, third, and when applicable, the fifth Monday of each month commencing at the same time.

•Korean War Veterans of NC Chapter #1 regular monthly meeting at 8 p.m. (1:30 p.m. during the winter months) at American Legion Post #1711, 3123 N. Jerusalem Rd., Levittown. The chapter meets on the third Monday of every month (except July and August). Call 334-1025.

•Massapequa Homemakers Evening Chapter meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at McKenna School, Second Ave., Massapequa Park. Come for fun, classes, crafts and friendship. Call Sue 798-8776.

•Nassau County Aquarium Society meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 66 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. Free parking, free admission, guests welcome. Refreshments served. Junior members always welcome. Call Mike Foran 798-6766; Ken Smith 631-589-0913 or Brandie 631-473-4018.

•Disabled America Veterans #143 was founded in 1920, is congressionally chartered and dedicated to building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families. DAV Chapter #143 includes members from all of Nassau County. Meetings are held from September to June on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at TOBAY’s Town Hall South, 977 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa. Call 797-6921 for further information or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Come and join your fellow veterans in support of each other.

•Italian Culture Society At Farmingdale meets the last Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Ellsworth W. Allen Park, Motor Ave. Italian lessons are given by a native Italian teacher. For lessons in Italian come early at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments are served - ample parking. For private lessons call Francesca at 249-4543.

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

YES Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 30



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