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Flag Football - September 13

Rally Day Carnival - September 15

Retirement Investing - September 19

Friday, September 13

7-on-7 Massapequa Mustang Co-Ed Flag Football

Registration for Massapequa Mustang football commences at John J. Burns Park equipment shed at 6 p.m. The non-contact football league is open to children ages 8 to 18. Teams may have 10 to 14 players. There will be five divisions by age: 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 and 16-18. There will be eight regular season games (one 60 minute game per week) on Monday or Thursday nights at Burns Park. The players run their teams with a parent coordinator assigned to each team. Team jerseys and flags will be provided. The program costs $40 for players also registered in the Mustang Tackle Program and $75 for non-Mustang players. Register online at www.mustangpride.com or in person on 9/13 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. or on 9/14 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Burns Park. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Friday, September 13

Baron Misuraca’s Retro Lounge

Live at Sergio’s Italian Restaurant, at 5422 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa, Baron Misuraca swings and sways and revives the magic of a cool era. With his smooth baritone, Misuraca showcases the very best of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and many more. Sergio’s welcomes guest for a 7 p.m. dinner and an 8 p.m. show for only $35, with tax and tip included. Call 516-541-6554 for reservations. 

Sunday, September 15

Rally Day Carnival

The First Presbyterian Church of Levittown welcomes families from across Nassau County to a fun and free day of activities including clowns, balloon animals, food, games, face painting, community tables, children’s vendors and a DJ from noon until 3 p.m. on the front lawn of the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown, 474 Wantagh Ave. For more information, call 516-731-3808.

Wednesday, September 18

Affordable Care Act Seminar

Presented by the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce, will be presented by 2nd VP Gary Slavin, Met Life Financial Planner/CLU and 1st VP Sue Martin, CPA. All employers are encouraged to attend. Items for discussion will include mandated tax forms, possible penalties and the NYS Health Exchange. The event will be held at The Bristal of Massapequa, 400 County Line Rd., from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. RSVP by Tuesday, September 10 by calling the Chamber office at 516-541-1443 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thursday, September 19

Retirement Investing

At the Massapequa Public Library from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., 40 Harbor Lane, this seminar geared for investors 5 to 15 years from retirement, shows how to take inventory of current assets and determine how much income is needed during retirement. How to structure retirement plan distributions to bet suit personal needs will also be covered. Call 516-799-0700 for more information.

Friday, September 20

Dance

The Long Island NAIM Widow and Widowers dance will be held on Sept. 20 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Massapequa Elks, 2162 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. All are welcome, cost is $14. DJ Ray will be playing the music. Call Maureen for information 516-781-4763.

Saturday, September 28

Raising Financially Responsible Children

At the Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Lane. During this educational, family-oriented workshop, learn helpful tips on ways to reach children about money. 

Learn age-appropriate ways to help children earn and appreciate their allowance; develop good savings and investing habits; know the difference between wants and needs; become disciplined shoppers; and much more. All attendees will receive a complimentary workbook with exercises to reinforce what is learned during the workshop. Pre-registration required. For information, contact Judy Brower at 516-799-0770.

Saturday, November 2

The Rundead

Special Olympics New York presents this fun way to raise money for a good cause. The Rundead is a 5k trail run through Brady Park in Massapequa Park starting at 8:30 a.m. where runners must escape hungry zombies.

Each runner will start off with a flag belt and three flags. These flags represent your lifelines. Zombies throughout the course will be attempting to take these one at a time. If you lose all three, your dead and the zombies have won.

Health stations will be scattered throughout the course. If you choose to make a stop and receive a time penalty, you can gain another lifeline. Use speed, strategy… whatever it takes to keep your flags. If you finish the race with at least one, you have survived. If zombies have taken all your flags you can complete the race but you wont be eligible for awards.

Join up for this wild new event. You can sign up as a zombie or a runner, so there’s something for everyone. Log onto 2013rUNDEAD.kintera.orgt/BradyPark to register.

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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