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Hang Up And Drive

The importance of not using your cellphone while driving was reiterated to students at Plainedge High School during a Hang Up and Drive presentation by guest speaker Jacy Good, who was in a tragic car accident the day she graduated from college. The accident took the life of her parents and left her with a 10 percent chance of surviving the night.

Her message of determination in beating the odds and story of how she came to understand how the accident happened offered firsthand insight into the repercussions of not only using your cellphone while driving, but not wearing a seatbelt. Her family’s car was hit by a 30-ton tractor trailer while it swerved out of the way to avoid hitting a car that went through a red light because the driver was distracted while making a phone call. Good’s mother, who was seated in the back, should have received the least impact from the crash, but was not wearing a seatbelt.

“I quickly learned that if I worked hard [in physical therapy] I could make myself stronger,” Good said. “Maybe I survived for a purpose.”

Her message for Plainedge students was clear: “There’s no safe way to use your phone and drive. I know it’s cliché, but there really is no excuse to not wear your seatbelt. I truly believe my mother would be alive today if she had worn her seatbelt.”

News

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.


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

YES Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 30



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