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Family Fun Night

Thursday, February 27

Strength Training

Thursday, February 27

Classic Oldies Show

Friday, February 28


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.

Knights And Queens Chess Club

Instructor Joel Salman works with all levels of players from beginners to experts in this riveting chess club at the Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., Feb. 26 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact G. Booth at 516-798-4607 ext. 320 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Thursday, Feb. 27

Family Fun Night

The Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., welcomes attendees to a fun and active class for children ages 18 months to five years with an adult. You and your toddler will be on the move as there is a lot of music and activity in the program, as well as simply craft. The class is 7 to 8 p.m. in the Central Avenue Children’s Room. For more information, call 516-798-4607 ext. 318 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Strength Training

Learn how to master effective and safe exercises to build muscular strength and endurance safely and effectively. Class commences at 10 a.m. at the Massapequa Public Library Harbour Auditorium and runs until 11 a.m. Registration and fee is required. Payments over $25 must be made by check only. Register at the circulation desk. For more information, contact Jody Brower at 516-799-0770.


Friday, Feb. 28

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.

Bel Canto Chorale

Singing in Nassau County for over 40 years, welcomes new members. Each year, the chorale performs two major concerts and a benefit concert. All soloists are selected from within the membership. All voices are invited to rehearsals on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, 1845 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh. Call 516-541-0726 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Line Dancing

Presented by the Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., line dancing with Sherry Palencia is coming Feb. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For the past 20 years, Sherry Palencia has become a well-known personality in the world of line dancing. Her talent as an entertainer and her fame as a dance instructor have taken her from the Lincoln Center in New York to numerous engagements across the country. Registration and fee required. For more information, call Jody Brower at 516-799-0770 ext. 316.


Saturday, March 1

Dr. Seuss Birthday

The Massapequa Public Library is having a special story time in honor of Dr. Seuss. Come in and listen to silly stories, make a Cat in the Hat craft and watch several short Dr. Seuss cartoons. Ages 3 and up. For more information, contact G. Booth at 516-798-4607 ext. 320 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Saturday, March 5

Art Workshop

The Massapequa Public library presents a 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 consideraton. Workshop may include portraits, still life, teacher’s reference materials or photographs. Class size is limited, $55 due at registration. Additional $5 per person for each model sitting may be required. No refunds unless the class is canceled. Bring a table easel and your own supplies. For more information, call Jody Brower at 516-799-0770.


Saturday, March 8

Estate Planning Seminar

Join attorney Anthony F. Russo, whose law practice is devoted to estate planning and elder law, as he explains, in simple terms, how proper planning an benefit families. The seminar will he held at Sergio’s Italian Restaurant, 5422 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa at 10 a.m. Call for reservations at 866-984-5717 to secure a spot at this free seminar. Seating is limited.


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.

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



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1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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