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Chronic Pain Management Workshop

Thursday, January 9

Active Parenting Group

Wednesday, January 15

Psychic Medium in Plainedge

Friday, January 24


Wednesday, Jan. 8

Chair Yoga

The Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., invites everyone to this class to experience the benefits of yoga practice from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Rather than floor work, attendees will be seated in chairs for certain yoga postures, while using the chairs as support for standing postures. This class is well-suited for seniors, pregnant women and those who cannot get down of the floor. Bring a yoga mat. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $24 for all sessions ($3 per session). Fee is due at registration. Make checks payable to “Massapequa Public Library.” For more information, call Jody Brower at 516-799-0770 ext. 316.

Art Workshop

The library, 40 Harbor Ln., hosts an art workshop for painters with some prior experience using oils and acrylics. Beginners can paint using oil pastels, regular pastels or colored pencils. Mixed media also included for consideration. Workshop may include portraits, still life, teacher’s reference materials or photographs. Class size is limited and there is a $55 fee due at registration. Additional $5 per person for each model sitting may be required. No refunds unless the class is cancelled. Bring a table easel and your own supplies. The class runs every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Jody Brower at 516-799-0770 ext. 316.

Smarter Social Security

The Massapequa Bar Harbour Library, 40 Harbor Ln., hosts a workshop at 7 p.m. to provide a broad overview of the Social Security program as it relates to retirees and their beneficiaries, while emphasizing spousal benefits. The free seminar features Dan Mazzola CFA, CPA, CFP. An AARP survey conducted in 2012 determined that only about half of the respondents who were either married or had ever been married were aware that spousal benefits were available. Spousal benefits will be examined and you will learn how married couples can maximize their collective payouts using two simple strategies. Registration is not needed, but if you like you may sign up in the library reference department, or by calling reference at 516-798-4607 ext. 304.


Thursday, Jan. 9

Chronic Pain Management Workshop

The Massapequa Bar Harbour Library, 40 Harbour Ln., hosts this workshop presented by the Intervential Pain Management Center of Syosset Hospital at 2 p.m. This four session workshop on managing chronic pain takes place Jan. 9 at 2 p.m.; as well as Jan. 16, 23, and 30. You must register with the library to attend as space is limited. Call 516-798-4607 or 516-799-0770 to register.


Sunday, Jan. 12

Danny Kean and Friends

The Massapequa Library presents a musical performance featuring Danny Kean and Friends in a soulful concert of R&B, blues, rock and jazz. This program is presented in cooperation with the Tobay Department of Community and Youth Services, Cultural and Performing Arts Division, Distinguished Artists Concert Series. The performance takes place at the Bar Harbour Auditorium, 40 Harbor Ln., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Seating is limited. Contact Jody Brower at 516-799-0770 ext. 316 for more information.


Wednesday, Jan. 15

Active Parenting Group

YES Community Counseling Center, 75 Grand Ave., will be conducting an Active Parenting program for parents of elementary school children beginning Jan. 15 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for six weeks. The cost of the program is $60. If you are interested in attending, please contact Kathleen Coletta at YES Community Counseling Center, 516-799-3203. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.  


Thursday, Jan. 16

Raising Financially Responsible Children

During this educational, family-oriented workshop, at the Bar Harbour Children’s Room of the Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln. from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., 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. This program is presented by Cosmo Laurino from New York Life Insurance Company.


Friday, Jan. 24

Psychic Medium in Plainedge

The Plainedge Middle School PTA presents an evening with psychic medium Jeffery Wands on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.). Come down to the middle school, 200 Stewart Ave., for an intimate evening of gallery style readings with renowned psychic medium Jeffery Wands to benefit the Plainedge Middle School PTA. Tickets can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/509817. Tickets are $35 per person. Call Donna at 516-694-2923 for more information or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Sunday, Jan. 26

Red Fox Program

The red fox has disappeared from many parts of Long Island for the last 20 years, but has recently made a comeback — especially on the South Shore. Learn about how to coexist with them and about their natural history at the Massapequa Bar Harbour Library, 40 Harbor Ln. For more information, contact Jody Brower at 516-799-0770.


Saturday, Feb. 1

Dan Nichols and Eighteen In Concert

Temple B’nai Torah, 2900 Jerusalem Ave. in Wantagh, presents, in one of their only New York appearances, Dan Nichols and Eighteen in concert Saturday Feb. 1, 2014 at 7 p.m. The musicians will bring their wide range of sounds and styles of their energetic Jewish rock music. Dan Nichols and Eighteen can be seen in the film “Road to Eden.” Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 children under 12. To purchase tickets call 516-546-9177

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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