Written by Observer Staff, email@example.com Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00
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.
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,”