Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Art In The Garden Art Sale For Nassau’s Environment
Friday, June 14
Annual Strawberry Festival
Saturday, June 15
Golf and Tennis Outing Benefiting Post-Sandy Restoration
Monday, June 17
Keep your health in check at the Massapequa Central Avenue Library at 523 Central Ave. at 10 a.m. Readings courtesy of the Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island.
The Nassau County Poet Laureate Society will induct Mario Susko as the new Poet Laureate for Nassau County, June 15 at the Farmingdale Public Library, 116 Merritts Rd., at 2 p.m. All poetry lovers are welcome.
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
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.
The featured speaker will be elite runner Sal Nastasi of Massapequa Park at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library. There is no charge and the general public is invited to attend. Sal most recently completed the 2013 Boston Marathon in 2:35:26, the fastest of any Long Islander in the Marathon. He was the Overall winner of the 2012 David Lerner Associates Long Island Police Appreciation Run. Nastasi, a member of the Bellmore Striders Racing Team and the sales staff of The Runner’s Edge, has a lot to share about many things, including his experience in Boston. Nastasi is also a talented musician, whose band Ready in Ten has entertained at running events, including the 2013 Long Island Marathon EXPO. For more information, contact Mike or Linda and the Greater Long Island Running Club, 516-349-7646.
Join the Cover to Cover book club from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The group will be discussing Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview. For more information, call 516-822-3535, ext. 385.
5-10 p.m., also Friday, June 21, 5-10 p.m., and Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 3-10 p.m. at Maria Regina School, 4045 Jerusalem Ave., Seaford. Rides, games, food, music, entertainment, and family fun! Pay-one-price, all-day ride bracelets are $25 per day. For more information, call 516-848-9959.
The Second Annual Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic Honorees’ Evening Cocktail Party will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Oheka Castle in Huntington, hosted by Richard “Big Daddy” Salgado of New Hyde Park. This year’s honorees are Scott Rechler, chairman and CEO of RXR Realty, and Michael Strahan, FOX NFL Sunday, and cohost of Live with Kelly and Michael. Proceeds from the golf outing and gala will benefit the Long Island Children’s Museum and North Shore Long Island Jewish Brain Aneurysm Center at Cushing Neuroscience Institute in Manhasset, and will also include silent and live auctions. Salgado is the founder and president of Coastal Advisors, LLC, insurance consulting with many professional athletes and television personalities as clients. Visit www.bigdaddygolfclassic.com for information, tickets to the gala, or to make a donation.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 15 of Nassau County and Massapequa, proudly presents an evening of Irish entertainment with live traditional Irish music by renowned Irish Entertainer Ed Ryan, and featuring Champion Irish Step dancers, with a performance by the Tara Pipes and Drums of Massapequa. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. at Brady Park on Front Street in the village of Massapequa Park. Homemade Irish soda bread, giftware, and refreshments will be available. For information, contact 516-799-5413 or 516-798-0244.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”