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S.T.O.P./Electronic Waste/Drug Collection Day

Saturday, June 8

Burger Bash at Friendly’s

Sunday, June 9

Mets Mania Book Signing

Monday, June 10


Saturday, June 8

Pot Luck Dinner And Night At The Races

Starting at 4 p.m. and hosted by Sunrise Detachment Marine Corps League #248, 99 Iwo Jima Blvd., Massapequa. For details, call 516-798-9369.

S.T.O.P./Electronic Waste/Drug Collection Day

From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Household Hazardous Waste Disposal (S.T.O.P.-Stop Throwing Out Pollutants), Electronic Waste (ewaste), and Drug Collection programs for Oyster Bay Town residents will be held at Town Hall South, 977 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa. Town residents can safely dispose of potentially harmful products in an environmentally appropriate manner. For further information on the S.T.O.P. program, call 516-677-5943 or visit www.oysterbaytown.com.


Sunday, June 9

Burger Bash at Friendly’s

From 2-4 p.m. enjoy music, face painting and balloon artists as local celebrity judges choose the winner of Friendly’s Build Your Own Burger Contest at 4812 Sunrise Highway in Massapequa Park. This event is free, open to the public, and includes complimentary mini burgers from 2-3 p.m. Three preselected contestants will present their own burger creation, competing to win a $100 gift card to Friendly’s and the opportunity to have their creation featured on the menu.


Monday, June 10

Mets Mania Book Signing

Howie Rose, New York Met’s broadcaster, will be discussing and signing copies of his book, Put It In the Book: A Half-Century of Mets Mania at Barnes & Noble in Carle Place at 7 p.m. The play-by-play announcer for the New York Met’s radio on WFAN since 1995 takes fans behind the microphone, into the locker rooms, and through the last 50 years of Mets baseball. For more information, call 516-741-9850.


Tuesday, June 11

Free Stock Market Education

From 6:45-9:15 p.m., the Long Island Stock Traders Meetup Group will present a seminar on investing strategies; all experience levels welcome. Jim Rouzan, director of education at optionsXpress (Charles Schwab) will discuss Advanced Option Techniques. The free event will be held at Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd, Plainview. For more info, go to www.meetup.com/listmg or call 516-385-8244.


Thursday, June 13

Junior Triathlon Training Program Orientation

Orientation for the Junior Triathlon Training Program conducted by the Town of Oyster Bay and the Greater Long Island Running Club will be held in the auditorium at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, starting at 7 p.m. The program is open to children age 8 to 13. After the orientation, there will be eight Saturday afternoon training sessions at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay from 4-6 p.m., Saturday, June 29 through Saturday, August 17. The program will prepare participants for the Runner’s Edge–Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Sunday, August 25. Children will learn correct form in swimming, biking, and running as well as proper nutrition, hydration, footwear, apparel, and bike accessories. The cost for the entire training program is only $25 per child. Sign up your child at the orientation. For more information, call the Greater Long Island Club at 516-349-7646.

Bamboo Basics: Incorporating Bamboo Into Northeastern Landscapes

From 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County Horticulture Center at East Meadow Farm, 832 Merrick Ave., East Meadow, 516-565-5265. Professor Michael Veracka, chair of ornamental horticulture at SUNY Farmingdale State College will present this lecture. The cost is $5 for CCE members; $10 for nonmembers. Registration not required.



Friday, June 14

Art In The Garden Art Sale For Nassau’s Environment

From 5 – 8 p.m., Martin Viette Nurseries is hosting their “Flower Powered” fundraiser to benefit the Conservation District of Nassau and Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN). Shop for a cause and find hand-painted Adirondack chairs, shovels, and trowels, as well as artwork and photography at 6050 Northern Blvd., East Norwich. Admission fee is a nonperishable food pantry item for families or pets. For more info, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , visit www.martinviette.com, or call 516- 922-6735.


Saturday, June 15

Create Your Own Bonsai For Beginners Workshop

From 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County Horticulture Center, award-winning bonsai expert John Capobianco will teach fundamental techniques for turning ordinary nursery stock into a bonsai specimen. The workshop will focus on proper plant selection, branch and root pruning, wiring, and potting. Students will work with hardy tree species. The five major styles will be covered along with container selection. Soil, container, wire, and a tree will be provided. Please bring sturdy chopsticks, good pruning shears, and lunch to class. Fee: $85 for CCE members; $95 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, so registration is required by June 13. Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County Horticulture Center is at East Meadow Farm, 832 Merrick Ave., East Meadow. Call 516-565-5265

UUCCN’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration and Feast

Juneteenth Celebration and Feast with Kim and Reggie Harris at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau (UUCCN). From its Galveston, Texas, origins in 1865, the observance of June 19 as African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States. Juneteenth is a time for reflecting and rejoicing. Emancipation triggered a series of far-reaching events that continue to reverberate over the decades to the present. The route of the Civil Rights Movement will be followed as they celebrate a pilgrimage of freedom and hope that continues today. Advance purchase by June 9: adults, $15 and children over 12, $10. At the door (if seating is available): adults, $20 and children over 12, $13. Family discounts available. Checks made payable to UUCCN can be sent to UU Congregation of Central Nassau, 223 Stewart Avenue, Garden City, N.Y. 11530. For more information, visit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-248-8855.

Christian Rock Concert

Christian rock group Eyewitness plays a concert starting 7 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church, 100 Park Blvd., Massapequa. For information, call 516-541-7008. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.cumcmassapequa.org or at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


Monday, June 17

Golf and Tennis Outing Benefiting Post-Sandy Restoration

Temple Sinai of Massapequa/Amityville is hosting a special golf and tennis outing to benefit its Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. The outing, which is open to all, will take place at The Hamlet Golf & Country Club in Commack. The event will include a full day of golf, tennis, and board game activities, designed for any level of play as well as supporters. If you’d like to participate as a player, donor, or sponsor, contact Michael Eichen at 516-809-6445 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 30



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