Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00
Massapequa High School English Teacher Alice Alarcon has been named a “Distinguished Teacher of 2013” by the Harvard Club of Long Island. The award, given annually to a dozen exceptional teachers from 120 school districts across Long Island, is based on nominations from former students and recommendations from the Harvard Club of Long Island.
Alarcon was nominated by Harvard University freshman Lauren Reisig, who described Alarcon as “one of the most dynamic individuals you will ever meet. She is brilliant, but not arrogant. She is tough, but caring.”
Alarcon, an instructor in Massapequa Schools for 13 years, currently teaches SCALE Composition, a course taught in conjunction with a LIU-CW Post professor; eleventh grade Advanced Placement Language and Composition and tenth grade Regents English. Before becoming a teacher, she contemplated law school, but a volunteer assignment to teach a young girl to read “changed my life forever,” according to the Harvard Club pressrelease.
A traveler and explorer, Alarcon spent significant time in Africa this past summer, where she visited classrooms, met teachers, and assessed the needs of local students. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she often assists students with their college essays, and writes numerous letters of recommendations to support student applications to colleges, summer programs and scholarships.
“Harvard is a name associated with excellence in education, and I share my award with my students, my colleagues, parents and the district because when one succeeds, we all succeed,” said Alarcon.
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,”