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Tax Free Investing

Thursday, March 20

Friday, March 21

Board Game Cafe

Aerobics At The Library

Monday, March 24


Wednesday, March 19

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 consideration. 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., 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, 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.

Advocacy Training

The ELIJA School in Levittown will be holding a workshop with Pete Wright Esq. on March 21, from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wrightslaw special education law and advocacy training programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, advocates, attorneys, educators, health care providers, and others who represent the interest of children with disabilities and their families. The training program will focus on four areas, including: special education law, tests and measuring progress and regression, SMART IEP’s, and strategies and tactics for effective advocacy.


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.

Casino Night

The Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd., invites all to its Casino Night at 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the completion of the Y’s children’s playground and a new outdoor sports complex for all ages. Cost to attend is $75 per person. For more information or to register, contact Linda at 516-822-3535 ext. 358 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.


Monday, March 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.


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.


Wednesday, March 26

Active Parenting Of Teens

Families In Action is a six session family program developed around the premise that parents and teens are more likely to learn successfully when they learn together. Teens and parents will spend part of the time in separate groups learning complementary skills and then come together for discussion of the skills learned. The YES Community Counseling Center will be holding this six session Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action program on March 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the YES offices, located at 152 Center Lane in Levittown. The fee for the six week program is $120. To register or if you have any questions contact Kathleen Coletta at 516-799-3203.


Thursday, March 27

Retirement Plan Options

The Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., presents “Roll it, Take it, Leave it, Move it: Know Your Employer Retirement Plan Options,” a seminar suitable for working investors, job changes, workers facing layoffs and recent retirees from 7 to 8:45 p.m. For more information, contact Laura Raad Cucuzzo at 516-797-0243.

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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