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Sanctuary Turns 90

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Theodore Roosevelt Audubon Sanctuary in Oyster Bay.  The Oyster Bay Historical Society hosted Ted Scherff, executive director of the Sanctuary, and Jennifer Zaso of Audubon New York who gave a presentation on the history of the Sanctuary, and the work the sanctuary is doing now to protect birds and advocate for conservation.  

The sanctuary is deeply embedded in the Oyster Bay community, both because of its historical association with Theodore Roosevelt, widely respected for his role as a protagonist of the conservation movement in the United States, and as a place so many residents have gone to learn not only about birds, but also about the local environment.   

One of the initiatives being undertaken at the sanctuary now is to restore the habitat using plant species that would have been present in the 1920s.  Coastal forests are becoming increasingly rare on Long Island due to habitat loss and development.   The National Wildlife Foundation is supporting this restoration effort.  Hicks Nurseries is assisting the Sanctuary in this effort by finding and supplying the plants.  This process is being done slowly, so as to avoid disruption to the birds and wildlife who live there now.   

Jennifer Zaso informed the attendees at the lecture that the 2013 Legacy of Conservation Gala will be held on May 4, at Piping Rock Club.  The sanctuary will be celebrating Audubon’s long history as a conservation leader on Long Island, and honoring the conservation efforts of the many organizations and individuals that restored and preserved Long Island’s shorelines, its Sound and its land.  The theme “1923,” the sanctuary’s inaugural year, marks the beginning of a significant chapter in Long Island conservation history and pays tribute to all that has been accomplished in Long Island’s rich preservation and conservation over the last century.

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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