Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00
Babysitters’ Job Fair
Saturday, February 22
Aerobics At The Library
Monday, February 24
South Shore Historic Houses
Tuesday, February 25
This class comes to the Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., for anyone interested in the benefits of yoga. Rather than floor work, this class will be seated in chairs for certain yoga postures and use chairs as support for standing postures. This class is well-suited for seniors, pregnant women and those who cannt get down on the floor. Bring a yoga mat. The cost is $3 per session. Session is from 9 to 10:15 a.m. For more information, call Jody Brower at 516-799-0770 ext. 316.
This class at the Massapequa Public Library is for adults and seniors confused by the new iPhone, tablet, Android, Nook, e-reader and more. Come in and let some of Massapequa’s saaviest teens help teach about the newest electronic gadgets. Teens receive community service credits for their time. No fee to join, refreshments will be served. Program is from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. For more information, call Peter Cirona at 516-799-0770 ext. 305.
Join the Massapequa Public Library for this job fair benefiting two different groups; sitters and parents. Sitters, bring your certificate if you have one. Parents, bring your children and let them help you pick a sitter. No fee or registration necessary. Event will be in the Bar Harbour meeting room from 2 to 3 p.m. For more information, call Peter Cirona at 516-799-0770 ext. 305.
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.
The Wantagh Preservation Society will have guest-speaker Christopher Collora, author of Long Island Historic Houses of the South Shore, come to the Wantagh Public Library, located at 3285 Park Ave., for a presentation on communities along the Great South Bay.
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.
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 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,”