Written by Massapequa Observer Staff, email@example.com Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00
College student Lucia Rothe trotted her way into the hearts of the abused and neglected animals at H.O.R.S.E of Connecticut this past month. These innocent animals were once tortured and Rothe hopes to raise awareness of that adding to the success of this organization and to put these horses on the road to health.
This past month, Rothe, a North Massapequa resident and graduate of Farmingdale High School, visited H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut with her public relations class to get a better understanding of the horses. Each student in the class was assigned to a couple of horses at the farm that are up for adoption in which they were able to meet them, take pictures with them and learn a little about their past.
“Seeing the horses at the farm was really an eye-opening experience for me,” said Rothe, who now attends Sacred Heart University in Connecticut studying communications and public relations. “I never could imagine that something could hit this close to my heart and inspire me to get so involved.”
H.O.R.S.E of Connecticut is a horse rehabilitation center that is looking for people to adopt and/or donate to these once tortured, starved and abused animals. This stable is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of these abused and neglected horses where the care and help is greatly appreciated.
The instructor of the class, Debbie Danowski, Ph.D., who has worked in public relations for more than two decades, is a firm believer in creating active and engaged learning opportunities for students.
“I am very grateful to offer students the opportunity to combine real-world public relations experience based on theoretical knowledge while at the same time helping a respected non profit organization. The students have created publicity materials that are already being used by H.O.R.S.E of Connecticut,” said Danowski, associate professor and chair of the Communications and Media Studies Department at Sacred Heart University.
Rothe was delighted to work with this organization not only because it serves as a great benefit towards her work experience but also because she believes it is a wonderful cause.
“This experience gave me the best of both worlds. It was so nice to be able to help such a great cause but also get the experience that will help with my career,” said Rothe. “I am so inspired to get more people involved and work towards my goal.”
Wilbur and Breezy are the names of the horses Rothe was assigned and met with on her visit to the farm. Wilbur is a 31-year-old; registered standard bred gelding state starvation case that loves trail rides with other horses. Breezy is a 20-year-old BLM Mustang Mare who also loves grooming and attention. These horses all have inspiring background stories about their way back to health which makes you want to do whatever possible to help. There are so many opportunities’ and ways to help these horses, without having to visit the farm or without even having to be in Connecticut.
According to Ann Lynch, treasurer of the organization, it cost approximately $5,000 a year to care for a standard-size horse, not including medical expenses. Lynch estimates that the organization will spend nearly $25,000 on Duke next year.
Sacred Heart University students are working with this organization to gain understanding in the PR field while at the same time helping such a respected organization.
“We are thrilled to have Sacred Heart University students working with H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut,” said Patty Wahlers, president of H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut, which has rescued more than 650 horses over the past 30 years. “The students have already created flyers, brochures, email articles and even a banner that we’re using. The quality of their work is excellent and they share a real passion for helping the horses that have been abused and neglected. We are entirely volunteer-supported so the students working with us means a lot.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
For the first time in its history, the Massapequa High School Mock Trial Team was invited to hone its skills at Harvard University’s High School Training Seminar. The seminar offers a range of basic and advanced classes that better position teams to win state and national competitions.
Participants — seniors Rebecca Girardin, Jenna Petrungaro, Christie Flanders, Cameron Wunderlin, Justin Jakubowski and juniors Selin Solen, Jeremy Wiss, Griffin Konen, Emily O’Leary, Nicole Feeley, Nicolle Dananberg, Taylor DelValle, Jillian Prystupa and Katie McMahon — called the experience, “amazing.”
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:58
These days, raising kids is rougher and tougher than ever — sometimes parents just need a break. And when that break is beaconing, both new parents and old pros look to the ever-reliable babysitter to provide a few hours respite from the many duties of caring for children.
However, parents often have a difficult time locating an honest, trustworthy and reliable babysitter in a pinch. But the Massapequa Public Library’s Babysitter Job Fair aimed to remedy this problem.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With the Nassau County title on the line, junior kicker Zach Kolodny was the most composed player on the field. With time expiring, he booted the game-winning kick to send the Farmingdale Dalers into the Long Island Championship with a 29-26 victory over the Massapequa Chiefs.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Kolodny. “I was confident from the beginning that I would make the kick,” he added. “We practice this every day.”
The game featured a bevy of twists and took on a completely different feel in the fourth quarter than it did for the first three quarters.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.
The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.