Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00
Presidents Week Kids Special
Saturday, Feb. 15
Classic Oldies Show
Friday, Feb. 18
LIRR T.R.A.C.K.S. Program
Friday, Feb. 18
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.
Project Hope counselors will be available at the Massapequa Library, 40 Harbor Ln., from 12:30 to 4 p.m. offering free and confidential crisis counseling for individuals who may need additional support. For more information, call YES Community Counseling Center at 516-799-3203.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,”