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Berner Kids Go Global In Bee

If you ask Alfred G. Berner Middle School eighth-grader Liam Higgins where Yakutsk is, chances are he’ll know the answer: a remote corner of Siberia and one of the coldest places on Earth.

Liam was crowned the winner in the school-wide round of the National Geographic Geography Bee, allowing him the opportunity to qualify for the state level and advance to the national level.  

Eighth-grader Stephen Roach was the runner up. Twelve other students competed including, eighth-graders Kevin Voigt, James Oates, Deborah Labaccaro, Thomas Beck and Aiden Dooher; and seventh-graders Andrew O’Brien, Derek Haag, Brendan Castonguay, Tiffany Wong, Christopher Muscarnera, Samantha Carroll and Robert Hoffman.

All seventh- and eighth-grade students took a qualifying assessment to determine a winner for each team. These winners then participated in the school bee held in an oral and written format where students answered questions in rounds.

“The bee is a great forum for students to hone their skills, build confidence and strengthen their interest in geography,” said social studies teacher Laura Siegel. “Congratulations to Liam and to all who challenged themselves by participating in this event.”

Siegel, along with social studies department assistant Danielle Kennedy, moderated the competition. Social studies teacher Josee Charvet judged the event.

News

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 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.


Sports

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.

Calendar

Free Wine Tasting

Friday, April 18

Boating Course

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29



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