Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00
As Massapequa continues to recover and rebuild from Hurricane Sandy, community and school organizations are planning a celebration of the community’s perseverance with a day of fun.
“Massapequa Breathes,” set for May 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., will include complimentary food, D.J. music and other entertainment while honoring local individuals, businesses, and organizations that helped Massapequa through this challenging time.
Sponsoring the celebration are the YES Community Counseling Center, the Massapequa Public Schools, the Chamber of Commerce of the Massapequas, and the Massapequa Council of PTAs (Parent Teacher Associations.)
“After all we have been through, we decided that we need something like this,” said Jamie Bogenshutz, director of the Yes Community Counseling Center.
“People will come out, share stories, see people, reconnect, and see that there is a whole community out there still supporting them,” Bogenshutz said. “The difficulties that the community has endured have been both physical and psychological. In addition to people losing their homes, possessions, or having to engage in massive clean-up tasks, there have been “experiences like having to swim across the street to rescue a loved one, carry your pet in your arms, and watch all your possessions float down the street,” she continued. Bogenshutz said “There have also been financial issues and struggles with insurance,” adding “This has been the hardest on the elderly.”
The focus will also be how far the community has come in enduring and overcoming the difficulties. Needs have changed now and people have made progress with their recovery. She finds similar experiences from counseling sessions, where people discuss their transitions and recovery. “Of course, there are those who are still struggling and we are there for them, too,” said Bogenshutz.
Groups from the high school, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other organizations will have games for the younger kids. “The fire trucks will be there too and the kids like that,” Bogenshutz said.
Local businesses may set up tables without cost and may promote themselves, making people aware of them what they offer. “We’re also looking to highlight all the heroes who helped people in the community, rescue workers, first-responders and others, such as sanitation workers, who went above and beyond the call of duty,” said Bogenshutz.
She also wants to acknowledge the contributions of the Town of Oyster Bay. “It is not only one of the sponsors but it has truly been a partner in this whole recovery and rebuilding effort. The Town has given us everything we need.”
People in the community are invited to nominate friends and neighbors who have helped others and official citations will be presented to them. In addition, said Bogenshutz, “we are printing up blank certificates of appreciation that individuals can fill out and present to anyone who has helped them during all this.”
“We hope that everyone will turn out,” Bogenshutz said, “because it is going to be a great day.”
For more information, contact YES Community Counseling Center at 516-799-3203.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00
Taking a successful step in the music business requires plenty of talent, but also a measure of luck. And for a trio of local musicians, a recent one-off performance sparked a whirlwind of attention and video clicks.
Carolyn Miller of Massapequa, Mikel James of Farmingdale and David Wong of Huntington Station were on separate musical paths before convening to record a cover of “Say Something,” a song originally released by A Great Big World and then re-released featuring Christina Aguilera.
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.
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,”