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District Tops For NYSSMA All-State Concert Ensembles

Ten Massapequa High School student musicians were recognized for their talent at the state level and will perform in the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference All-State in Rochester, New York, Dec. 5-8. Massapequa is one of only three Nassau County districts selected to send 10 or more students to the All-State concerts.

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our students, staff and parents, coupled with the strength and quality of the music program in Massapequa, our students are being recognized at higher levels than ever before,” said Dr. David Gaines, Massapequa School District’s Curriculum Associate for Music, K-12. “We couldn’t be more proud of their achievements.”

The All-State students, their instrument or voice type, and the ensemble they will perform with are: Angelica Ansbacher, Bb clarinet, wind ensemble; Robert Catinella, string bass, string orchestra; Jennifer Enochs, soprano II, women’s chorus; Erin Kohler, soprano I, mixed chorus; Rebecca Martin, alto II, mixed chorus; Thomas Morse, tuba, wind ensemble; Ryan Schulte, oboe, wind ensemble; Taylor Scibilia, alto II, mixed chorus; Catherine Vedilago, French horn, symphony orchestra; Timothy Woods, bassoon, symphonic band.

The NYSSMA All-State process begins with a music educator, a student and an accompanist spending countless hours preparing for a NYSSMA Level VI solo. More than 6,500 students auditioned for this honor and about 885 were selected.


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.


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.


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