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Mosaic Stepping Stone Craft -  Friday, July 12
From Center Field To Center Stage - Saturday, July 13
Weight Loss Workshop - Sunday, July 14


Friday, July 12

Mosaic Stepping Stone Craft

The Plainedge Public Library, 1060 Hicksville Rd. in North Massapequa, will host children entering grades 1 through 5 as of September for a class featuring instructor Samantha Raiten helping design and create a beautiful stepping stone for lawns and gardens. The library will charge a $1.50 materials fee per registered child. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.plainedgeinfo.org or call 516-735-4133.


Saturday, July 13

From Center Field To Center Stage

Bernie Williams and His All Star Band entertain with a free jazz concert at John J. Burns Town Park, starting at 8 p.m. Co-sponsored by David Lerner Associates, Inc. and Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC.


Sunday, July 14

Weight Loss Workshop

Join others at 1000 Park Blvd., Suite 208 in Massapequa Park for a support group for people who need help with weight loss. Learn how to control the cravings, replace old habits with a new healthy lifestyle.  Facilitated by licensed social worker Nan Miller, LCSW. 11 a.m. Call 917-647-0572 for more information.


Sunday, July 14

Classic Car Show

Come out for the Classic Car Show at Bethpage Federal Credit Union at 899 South Oyster Bay Rd in Bethpage. All makes and models welcome. Live performance by one of Long Island’s top doo-wop bands, The Fabularies. Trophies, raffles, vendors, radio broadcast, and more. Download a car registration form at www.corvettesociety.com. Raindate is July 21. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Car registration at 7 a.m. Show spots sell out each year, reserve early. For more information contact Joe at 516-849-2465.


Monday, July 15

Youth Wrestling Camp

This camp is designed for students entering 1st through 7th grade interested in learning wrestling or becoming a better wrestler. We will separate wrestlers by age and experience. The camp takes place at Seaford Middle School at 3940 Sunset Ave. at 9 a.m. You do not have to be a Seaford resident to attend. The cost is $150 if registered by July 8; $175 if registered after. Be sure to bring water, sneakers or wrestling shoes, shorts and a t-shirt. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Tuesday, July 16

SALUTE TO AMERICA Concert & Fireworks

Bruce Springsteen tribute band Tramps Like Us rocks out a free concert at John J. Burns Town Park, followed by a spectacular Grucci fireworks display. NOTE: This event starts at 7:30 rather than 8 p.m.


Thursday, July 18 Sunday, July 21

St. Christopher’s 2013 Feast

Swing over to 11 Gale Ave. in Baldwin for the annual feast at St. Christopher’s. There will be rides, games, food and music, as well as raffles. The feast begins at 6 p.m. on all four nights and runs until 10 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-223-0723.


Saturday, July 20

Oldies Night And House Fundraiser

Beginning 8 p.m. at the Sunrise Detachment Marine Corps League #248, 99 Iwo Jima Blvd., Massapequa. For details, call 516-798-9369.


Saturday, July 20

Tour Historical Complex

The Historical Society of the Massapequas, 4755 Merrick Rd., invites guests to tour three buildings of great historical significance: The Old Grace Church, the Delancy Floyd-Jones Free Library and the Elbert Floyd-Jones Servants Cottage. The Society works to preserve the rich heritage of the Massapequas and offers tours for guests to view an impressive array of historic objects. Tour is 2 until 4 p.m. For more information, call 516-799-2023.


Sunday, July 21

Temple Sinais 100 Family Garage Sale

Gently used clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry and much, much more will be available at this garage sale at 270 Clocks Blvd., south of Merrick Road, in Massapequa. This rain or shine garage sale will be held inside the comfortably air-conditioned Temple Sinai from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, call 631-673-4620 or 516-795-5015.


Sunday, July 21

Summer Fair

Hicksville’s 11th Annual Summer Street Fair will be held on July 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Kennedy Park, Route 107 and Jerusalem Avenue.


Saturday, August 3

CrossFit Classes at Aquatic Center

Nassau County Aquatic Center on Merrick Ave. N is hosting CrossFit classes three times per week through Saturday, August 3. Class times are:  Mondays at 6 p.m., Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays at 10 a.m., and registration allows access to all three classes each week for four weeks, totaling 12 classes! 

The fee is $55 for residents with a Leisure Pass and $65 for non-residents without a Leisure Pass.  For more information, call 516-572-0200, or visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.

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



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