Written by Observer Staff, firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, 16 November 2013 00:00
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.
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,”