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Massapequa Dominates Tournament

Five teams from the Massapequa School District will compete in the New York State Odyssey of the Mind contest at Binghamton University April 12 after capturing four first-place and one second-place win at the regional tournament at Nassau BOCES Rosemary Kennedy School in Wantagh earlier this month. Massapequa will be represented by more teams than any other district on Long Island.

Odyssey of the Mind is an International educational program based on creative problem-solving. Students select from a variety of problems that range from building mechanical devices to interpreting literary classics and compete at the local, state and world levels. Massapequa sent 20 teams to the regional competition.

Two teams, one from Fairfield and the other from Unqua, will compete at the Division I level for grades 1-5. Two more teams, one from McKenna and another from Lockhart, will compete at the Division II level for grades 6-8. These teams consist of youngsters in the district’s Magnet program for academically gifted students. A team from Massapequa High School will compete on the Division III level for grades 9-12.

While five teams will advance to the state championship, several other teams still placed well at the regionals, coming in second and third after competing against as many as 10 teams. They included Division I teams from Unqua, Fairfield and Lockhart; and Division II teams from Unqua, McKenna, East Lake, Birch Lane and Berner Middle School.  

“Our students demonstrated high levels of creativity, collaboration and problem-solving skills throughout this process,” said Diana Haanraadts, assistant to the superintendent for Instructional Support and General Administration. “We are so proud of their accomplishments at regionals and wish them the best of luck in the state competition.”


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.


YES Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

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