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Red Cross Helps Recover Lost School Time

When Superstorm Sandy ripped through Massapequa last October, many neighborhood children lost part of their school year. Now, a new influx of funding aims to get some of that lost year back.

The American Red Cross awarded a $500,000 grant to FEGS (Federation Employment and Guidance Service) Health and Human Services to support mental health and education services for children affected by the hurricane on Long Island.

The funding will be used to help an estimated 150 children in Nassau and Suffolk counties who lost part of their academic school year due to storm-related challenges.

FEGS Health and Human Services for Children’s Recovery provides community based services in the island’s hardest hit communities, including Massapequa. It also serves Long Beach, Freeport, Bellmore, Merrick, Seaford, Babylon, Copiague, Lindenhurst, and more. The program includes disaster case management, counseling, construction navigation, and volunteer-driven services that are helping victims move forward in their recoveries.  

With new funding from American Red Cross, FEGS will be able to provide counseling services to those children who continue to experience symptoms of trauma, anxiety and depression and tutoring services to those whose academic performance has suffered, primarily due to losing the past school year and are having a difficult time catching up.

FEGS plans to partner with community based organizations, public, and private schools to address this emerging need, and will offer counseling and tutoring to those in need in community-based locations that is convenient for them.

“Children were affected by Superstorm Sandy in ways that people often overlook, and this grant will help support the youth of Long Island in their recovery,” said John Miller, CEO of American Red Cross on Long Island.

For more information about the Children’s Recovery Program by FEGS Health and Human Services call, 516-496-7550 ext. 6.

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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