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Molto Bene! Large Crowd Enjoys Festival

Not even a mid-afternoon sun shower could dampen the spirits of so many who turned out to enjoy the annual Sons of Italy Italian feast held on Sunday, Sep. 30. Except for that brief shower, the weather was perfect as a large and enthusiastic crowd came to  Broadway in North Massapequa to enjoy the event. The smell of Italian sausage, zeppoles, cotton candy, hot dogs and pizza permeated the air as participants enjoyed all the activities.

“It was a great day for the Massapequa community,” said Patricia Orzano who is the president of the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce and was also the grand marshal of the event. “It was a tremendous day of community pride. It’s just a fabulous festival equivalent to the best on the island. It’s a big day for the community. It’s a fun day for everybody. I was honored to be their grand marshal representing the business community.”

Bands played a variety of music that appealed to all generations. Vendors offered a multitude of items for purchase including jewelry, T-shirts, toys, and even hand-rolled cigars. Children delighted in all of the rides and games to play. The faces of young children lit up with excitement as they saw the ducks, goats and even a donkey that were in the petting zoo. The youngest children even got to take a ride on a pony.

“This is an amazing way to celebrate the Massapequa communities, our Italian heritage and to bolster our local economy, all while having a lot of fun,” commented New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino.

As John Roper and the Bob Knight Four belted out their rendition of “Ride Sally Ride,” the audience talked, shopped, enjoyed the fare and spent the early autumn Sunday in a carnival atmosphere.

“I come every year and I enjoy it,” said New York State Senator Charles Schumer. The senator greeted residents, shook hands and posed for pictures. He was one of the many elected officials on-hand greeting the crowd.

Keith Wilson, president of  Columbus Lodge 2143 of the Order of the Sons of Italy, said that the event typically is very well-attended. Wilson said this year, that trend was continued.

“We’re just pleased everyone from Massapequa and surrounding areas came out,” he said.

While the event was a lot of fun, it also helped to bolster the local economy. In addition, there were many chances to contribute to worthy causes through raffles, donations, or even by adopting a pet. A greyhound rescue organization brought some of their greyhounds and the gentle canines were quite an attraction.

Another popular booth was provided by the Plainedge High School cheerleaders. Set up was a typical carnival activity in which a cheerleader sat perched above a pool of water, only to be dropped into the water when an accurately thrown ball would hit its target. Many took the opportunity to “dunk a cheerleader,” with the proceeds from the activity being used to pay for the expense of the team’s participation in the high school nationals competition.

A little bit of water didn’t dampen each team member’s spirit as smiles beamed from the cheerleaders even when they got “dunked,” just as some rain from the clouds couldn’t dampen the spirit of all those who came out to enjoy what has become a popular Massapequa tradition.

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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