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Baron Misuraca’s Retro Lounge

Saturday, Feb. 8

McKenna Blood Drive

Thursday, Feb. 13

Free Seminar On Rape Prevention

Saturday, Feb. 15


Saturday, Feb. 8

Baron Misuraca’s Retro Lounge

Lounge singer and performer Baron Misuraca showcases the very best of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and friends at Sergio’s Italian Restaurant, 5422 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa. The event features dinner at 7:30 p.m. and showtime starts at 8 p.m. Attendees pay $35 for a full dinner and the show. Call 516-541-6554 for reservations.


Thursday, Feb. 13

McKenna Blood Drive

McKenna Elementary School. 210 Spruce St. in Massapequa Park, is hosting a blood drive from the New York Blood Center on Thursday Feb. 13 from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the senior center. Come give the gift of life by donating blood.


Saturday, Feb. 15

Free Seminar On Rape Prevention

The American Jiu-Jitsu Centers of Massapequa presents a free seminar on rape prevention at 511 Central Ave. in Massapequa Feb. 15 at noon. Taught by eighth-degree blackbelt O’Sensei Joe Puleio, attendees will learn how and when to defend themselves. To reserve a spot, call 516-795-2680.

Concert To Benefit Autism Research

The Mosaic Foundation for Autism presents a Super Star Tribute Concert, featuring the music of Billy Joel (starring Captain Jack) Chicago (starring Beginnings) and Journey (starring Almost Journey). This is a family friendly event, benefiting programs for autism. Tickets are $35/each. If you cannot attend, please consider purchasing a ticket so that a person with a developmental disability can attend. For more information and for tickets call 516-765-3697, or go to www.mosaictribute.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets online.


Friday, Feb. 18

Classic Oldies Show

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Youth Organization, located at 855 Carmans Rd. in Massapequa Park, will be holding a Classic Oldies Show, featuring Tommy Mara & The Crests, Lenny Cocco and The Chimes and Time Was. The performance will be held on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include dancing, music, food and beverages. Call 516-659-6519 for tickets and information.

LIRR T.R.A.C.K.S. Program

The Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., presents this program to help teach both children and adults about basic train safety. This program is designed to help younger children understand the importance of train safety and teaches adults and youngsters how to be safe commuters. For more information, contact Jody Brower at 516-799-0770.


Monday, Feb. 24

Aerobics At The Library

The Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., presents the opportunity to learn movements to improve cardiovascular efficiency, increase flexibility and improve body tone. Low impact means no strenuous exercises. Come and get fit without the pain. Dress comfortably, wear sneakers, bring water and a mat. Attendees are also encouraged to bring weights. The program is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required and a fee will be due at registration. For more information, contact Jody Brower at 516-799-0770.

Strength Training

Also at the Massapequa Library, learn how to master effective and safe exercises to build muscular strength and endurance safely and effectively with a strength training course from 10 to 11 a.m. Registration fee is required — payments over $25 must be made by check only — register at the circulation desk.


Wednesday, Feb. 26

The History of Nunley’s

Nunley’s Amusement Park was a beloved family destination for many Long Islanders from 1939 until it closed in 1995. Famed for its carousel, it also had a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, arcade and miniature golf course. Nunley’s is reminiscent of a happy time, warm summer days, and the delights of youth. The park holds a strong place in the memories of many Long Islanders. Author and Long Island resident Marisa Berman speaks of her experiences there as a child and about her book, Images of America: Nunley’s Amusement Park. The program will be held at the Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Marisa Berman at 516-521-8493.


Sunday, March 9

Rockin’ For Autism

The Developmental Disabilities Institute will once again be heating things up with Long Island’s best rock-n-roll bands to benefit children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities at Mulcahy’s Pub and Music Hall in Wantagh on Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m. For a $30 donation guests will enjoy the sounds of legendary local bands, gift baskets auction, raffles, food, cash bar and the company of hundreds of fellow Long Islanders. An all star lineup of legendary Long Island bands including 1 Step Ahead, The Cold Spring Harbor Band paying tribute to Billy Joel, 3, and Generation will be set to hit the stage. Advanced ticket sales are available by calling 631-366-2978 or online at www.rockinforautism.org.

Event For Pediatric Cancer Research

Be a hero to kids battling cancer by volunteering to get your head shaved to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. Join St. Baldricks Foundation at 12 p.m. on March 9 at Jackie Reilly’s Irish Pub, 3964 Hempstead Tpke. in Bethpage for a family friendly event including great food, drink specials, DJ, raffles, face painting and hair extensions. Volunteers can sign up to get their head shaved or to volunteer as a barber. For more information, contact William Hroch at 516-581-2227, Monica Kuchinskas at 516-756-1849 or visit www.stbaldricks.org.

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

Free Wine Tasting

Friday, April 18

Boating Course

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

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Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com