Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:22
The Ashley Wade Foundation Second Annual Fundraiser
Saturday, September 21
Bocce Ball Classic Fundraiser
Saturday, September 21
The Bullying Stops Here Family Fun Day
Sunday, September 22
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.
Nassau County will host the third annual veterans’ barbecue, rain or shine on Sept. 20 at Eisenhower Park, parking field 6. Lunch will be served and entertainment will include a live band. County agencies will be present to offer assistance and information to veterans. Call 516-572-0200 for information.
New York State’s longest running county fair on Sept. 20, Sept. 21, Sept. 22, Friday, Sept. 27, 28 and 29 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Prize winning vegetables, flowers, crafts, farm animals. Brass band concerts, traditional music, wagon and pony rides and more. Call 516-571-8406.
The Kiwanis Club of Massapequa presents the second annual Bocce Ball Classic at John J. Burns Park, 4990 Merrick Rd., at 11 a.m. on September 21. This event takes place at the brand new boccee courts recently constructed by the Kiwanis Club, in the southeast corner of the park at the log cabin next to the boat ramp. Unlimited food and beverages for adults and children, plus Italian delicacies will be served all day long. Live music will be provided by Peter Mazzeo and the Hit Squad starting at noon. A $35 donation is requested to enjoy seven hours of food, fun and entertainment. Each bocce player is asked to pay $55 and there is a 50 teams maximum. Check out www.massapequakiwanis.org/boccee to register and for more information. Walk-ins are welcome and the event is rain or shine. The event is being held in memory of Anthony Tesoriero.
The first Long Island “The Bullying Stops Here Family Fun Day,” against bullying and cyber-bullying will be held September 22 at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event, spearheaded by Kimberly White-Garcia and other activists, will be hosted by Massapequa Stands up to Bullying and the Bully Project New York. The organizations hope to draw hundreds to bring awareness to the dangers and fear that is brought on by bullying of children and teens in and out of school in a fun and exciting environment. While local schools hope to reduce bullying on school grounds, people of the community hope to unite to prevent bullying throughout our long island communities. For more information, call Kimberly White-Garcia at 718-637-4558. The day will feature guest speakers Chelsea White, who will tell her personal story about how she had been bullied, and Jamie Isaacs author and founder of the Jamie Isaacs foundation for anti bullying. Tom LoVarco of The American Black Belt Society will present a demonstration on self defense and try to teach kids how to avoid becoming easy prey to bullies. The event will include a live performance by the Motley Crue tribute band Wildside and DJ music provided by Sapphire Sound & Entertainment. There will be a bouncer, bricks for kidz, face painting, games treats and more.
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.
At Tackapausha Museum on Sept. 28, beginning at 1 p.m. Meet live owls up close and have all of your questions answered. Call 516-571-7443 for information.
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.
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,”