Written by Cynthia Paulis, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00
Massapequa pets of all sizes and species gathered at a local church to receive their blessings.
Poppit the lizard peered out from under his blanket and surveyed the scene, his long yellow tail quivering with delight. There was Sprinkles the chihuahua wearing her finest spotted vest along with her mom Cupcake and her cousin Lola. Speedy the turtle nodded to Sugar the hamster. Daisy the bunny twitched her nose with excitement while Cosmo wearing a halo greeted Chloe the cat whose deep blue eyes stared at all of the dogs around her. Today was their big day. Everyone was on their best behavior, even the humans, as the priests from St. Rose of Lima, Pastor Zach, Father Fortunato and Father Khoa raised their hands to give the blessing of the animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.
Hundreds of people showed up from all parts of Long Island with their pets, many which were rescued. In his blessing Father Zach discussed the importance of animals.
“We honor our pets, they are not only our friends but our companions and in turn they give us love, care and a sense of companionship,” he said. “Who give us joy and laughter through their playfulness, who in our loneliness have given us companionship and to entrust us with their proper care and protection.”
He prayed for the animals that were sick, mistreated, lost and overworked and for those that work with animals, “to have hearts of compassion, gentle hands and kind words.”
After the blessing the priests fanned out among the audience to give individual blessings and handed out cards to remember the event. As one woman said, “Now I have proof that he was blessed.”
Yvonne Dagger, president of Canine Companions for Independence, was there with her dogs Ya Ya, a certified therapy dog and Dagger, who is a puppy in training.
“It’s a nice way for the community to get together and honor St. Francis of Assisi and to see all of these wonderful pets and how much people love them and how much they mean in people’s lives,” she said. “They are so therapeutic. I like the blessing and I have a firm belief in the saints and I think St. Francis is here today.”
Aileen Kornbluth who comes every year had her puppy mill rescues Cupcake, Sprinkles, and Lola.
“I like to get them blessed every year and I tease them that they are little demons so they need a blessing,” she said.
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,”