Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00
Raymond J. Lockhart Elementary School reached a 25-year milestone of granting wishes to ailing children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Students and staff raised more than $4,100 to build Zachary, 6, a treehouse so that he can sit outside and experience the outdoors. Zachary suffers from aplastic anemia, an illness that prevents him from participating in outdoor activities.
“I don’t know of any other school in the country that has granted as many wishes as Lockhart has,” said Patricia Clemency, regional CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who was also celebrating her 25th year working for the foundation.Student Council members presented a large cardboard check to Clemency following the school’s holiday concert. She, in turn, presented Lockhart with a special plaque in recognition of “25 years of wishes,” which is displayed in a front lobby showcase.
The school started granting wishes in 1988 when “gas was 89 cents, “Good Morning Vietnam” was at the box office, “Murphy Brown” and “Roseanne” were popular TV shows and Nintendo Entertainment System was a popular video game console, according to Student Council Advisor Donald Breshnihan
“While times have changed, the wishes we grant haven’t,” Breshnihan said. “Every year there are children who want to go to Disney World, and every year they express how they don’t want to think of doctors or that they just want to do what their friends do. Well, we get to do this every year and we do it amazingly.”
Principal Stephen Scarallo told his students, “Outside the school is a plaque with the four C’s; courage, character, charity and community. I believe you emulated those four C’s by participating in this worthy cause today.”
In the fall, students from kindergarten through sixth grade raised money by collecting pledges from family and friends based on the number of laps they could walk or run around the school’s athletic field. The walk-a-thon, organized by Breshnihan, attracted parents, students and siblings who spent family time together in support of the school’s top fundraiser of the year.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
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.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00
Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch was hopping with excitement (not to mention an overload of cuteness) recently when they held their Bunnies, Bunnies, Bunnies event; a chance for kids of all ages to meet and learn all about — what else? — baby bunnies.
Judy Wilson, a Miller Place resident, is an independent contractor for Nassau and Suffolk County Library system; she normally heads many different arts and crafts programs throughout the year, but in late March every year she takes on a special responsibility that is sure to always pack the youngsters in.
Thursday, 10 April 2014 08:56
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.
Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:19
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.