Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00
“As a community-based agency, we feel a very strong responsibility to do whatever we can,” said Jamie Bogenshutz, executive director of YES.
The school personnel set up a website, helpmassapequa.org so that donations may be made to raise revenue for gift cards and supplies that are needed by area residents who lost so much. They also reached out to NYSUT and soon afterward, two vans of pet food, cleaning products, paper towels, gloves, bleach, heaters and other needed supplies were on their way to YES for distribution.
“They’re just an amazing group of people,” Bogenshutz remarked about the school personnel who coordinated the effort.
Soon a tractor-trailer was set up behind the offices of YES to distribute the supplies to those in need. For those who wish to help out, Bogenshutz says that donations can be made on the helpmassapequa.org website, or by contacting YES by phone at (516) 799-3203 or by visiting the center at 75 Grand Avenue. Additionally, the executive director says that although YES is not accepting clothing donations at this time, donations of needed items such as food, household cleaning supplies, gloves, paper towels, school suppliers, toiletries, toilet paper, paper towels, duct tape, and batteries are appreciated. Those who wish to make a monetary donation may also give money or gift cards so that victims may use the donations for items they know they need, rather than what others think they might need.
“The wonderful thing about living in this community is it’s a strong healthy community and people are loving and kind and that’s what will get everybody through this,” commented Bogenshutz. “It’s getting through these next few weeks with people living without power and heat, and homes that have burned down.”
YES CCC is coordinating with social workers in school districts, to get the donations to the families who need it most. In addition, the center is working to help in other ways. Bogenshutz says that YES has offered its building to other agencies that were damaged by the storm, so that counseling and support services could continue for those who need it in other communities. In addition, Bogenshutz says that YES is there to provide services to those who need it to get through the destruction the storm brought to the area, including critical emotional support services.
“The emotional support is very important,” she says. “We have to make sure that people get connected and get straight information.”
Bogenshutz says that YES staff have found that simple conversations with local residents can quickly turn into tearful recounts of how much has been lost. She also adds that it’s important that parents understand how difficult this experience may be for children. According to Bogenshutz, parents should realize that it is normal for children to be afraid to walk by trees or water in the aftermath of the storm. She also adds that adults should take care of themselves as well as they cope with the devastation the storm brought.
“In order to care of your children, you must take care of yourselves,” she advises. “Take a break from work, go to a place that gives them some comfort. I think a lot of people are tired of hearing that it could have been worse. For some it’s as bad as it can be. The hope is tomorrow will be a little better than today was. Take time to breathe, relax, eat a nice hot meal and they should not lose sight of what they do have. Remember that they have gotten through crises before.”
Those who were affected by the storm are encouraged to call YES CCC for help, whether they need services or tangible supplies. For more information about YES, log on to www.yesccc.org.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”