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Making Your Money Last

Thursday, March 13

Knitting Craft

Saturday, March 15

Tax Free Investing

Thursday, March 20


Wednesday, March 12

Art Workshop

The Massapequa Public library presents a workshop for painters with some prior experience using oils and acrylics from 10 a.m. to noon. 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.

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., 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 .

St. Patrick’s Craft

The Massapequa Public Library hosts Christine Rissanen from 7 to 8 p.m. as she shows attendees how to make great St. Patrick’s Day decorations. For more information, contact C. Smith at 516-799-0770 ext. 319.


Thursday, March 13

Making Your Money Last

Another event at the Massapequa Public Library, this program is suitable for investors who are thinking about retiring or who have retired already. Come in from 7 to 8:45 p.m. to discuss how smart retirement means planning ahead for financial needs. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Laura Raad Cucuzzo at 516-797-0273.

Meet ‘n Greet Playtime

Residents are invited to the Massapequa Public Library for a free play/meet ‘n greet playtime from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Come down and meet other parents while the little ones enjoy an informal play setting. Ideal for new parents and those new to the neighborhood, but seasoned Massapequans can also benefit. Walkers and non-walkers are welcome. Everyone can have fun making new friends at the library. No registration necessary, call C. Smith at 516-799-0770 ext. 319 for more information.


Saturday, March 15

Knitting Craft

A Massapequa library event for teens and tweens from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Knitting Craft with Alice Azoulay offers the chance for young people to learn the fundamentals of knitting as Alice teaches how to knit a scarf or a hat. There are no fees for this class and all materials are provided. This is a two-part workship, with part two being held Saturday, March 22. For more information, contact Peter Cirona at 516-799-0770 ext. 305 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Curling Club Open House

The Long Island Curling Club is hosting an open house in preparation for their 2014 Spring/Summer season at Newbridge Arena, 2600 Newbridge Rd. in Bellmore. Attendees will be introduced to the sport and learn the basics of sliding, how to “deliver a stone” and what the sweeping is all about. Wear warm, comfortable clothes and rubber-soled shoes. The event is $10 per person and reservations are required. The club asks that attendees arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled time. To reserve a spot, go to www.licurling.org. For More information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-855-8226.

Strength Training

Learn how to master effective and safe exercises to build muscular strength and edurance 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.


Thursday, March 20

Tax Free Investing

Join the Massapequa Public Library from 7 to 8:45 p.m. to learn about tax free investing and that it is not what you make, but what you keep that is important. Explore the features of fixed-income investments and how certain investments can deliver tax free income. Pre-registration is required, call Laura Raad Cucuzzo at 516-797-0243 for more information.


Friday, March 21

Board Game Cafe

Teens are tweens are invited to the Massapequa Public Library for a Friday filled with fun and friends from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Come play the library’s collection of more than 36 games and enjoy some pizza. Attendees can also bring their own games from home. There is no fee. For more information, call Peter Cirona at 516-799-0770 ext. 305.


Saturday, March 22

Comedy Night At Sergio’s

Come down to Massapequa and visit Sergio’s Italian Restaurant, 5422 Merrick Rd., March 22 at 7 p.m. for a night of laughs and delicious food. The restaurant hosts comedians Greg Rahner, Les Degen and Harry Freedman for a stand-up comedy show with all the trimmings. Dinner and show is only $35 and includes a complete dinner, unlimited soda, a glass of wine, tax and tip. For reservations, call 516-541-6554.

Electronic Device Demonstration

Learn how to use those confusing electronic devices at the Massapequa Public Library from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Attendees should bring their tablet, Nook, Droid, iPhone, Kindle and anything else for a demonstratioon and tutoring session with some of Massapequa’s most tech saavy teens. Teen tutors will receive community service credit. There is no fee to attend. For more information, call Peter Cirona at 516-799-0770 ext. 305.


Tuesday, March 25

Book Discussion

The Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., welcomes attendees to a book discussion on literature and life. The library hosts the discussion from 1 to 3 p.m. about Someone by Alice McDermott. No registration is required. For more information, contact Elaine Cummings-Young at 516-798-4607.


Saturday, March 29

Wireless Workshop

Verizon Wireless hosts this workshop at 5070 Sunrise Hwy. in Massapequa Park at 2 p.m. At the workshop, attendeeds will learn about SureResponse, a mobile personal emergency response system that offers peace of mind to users and their families. Verizon Wireless experts will tell guests everything they need to know about SureResponse including who it is right for, features, how-to use it, pricing details and more. Register at www.vzwworkshops.verizonwireless.com.

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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