Written by Chris Boyle, email@example.com Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:58
These days, raising kids is rougher and tougher than ever — sometimes parents just need a break. And when that break is beaconing, both new parents and old pros look to the ever-reliable babysitter to provide a few hours respite from the many duties of caring for children.
However, parents often have a difficult time locating an honest, trustworthy and reliable babysitter in a pinch. But the Massapequa Public Library’s Babysitter Job Fair aimed to remedy this problem.
Created by Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, the Babysitter Job Fair is just what it sounds like — a chance for parents to meet qualified sitters in an open environment and make the choose that best suits their needs.
“I held my first one in 2003...we hold them three or four times a year,” Cirona said. “This idea was originally done at the Bryant Library in Roslyn...I got idea from the lady that was the teen librarian there.”
Cirona said that the Babysitter Job Fairs are typically held right after he runs the Library’s Babysitting Class; this is a free two-hour course that shows young ladies (or young men, should they choose to attend) the skills they need to be effective caretakers to kids, he said.
“We have two registered nurses from Winthrop University Hospital who work in the neonatal intensive care unit...they’ve been giving the classes for me for the last 11 years,” he said. “They do it as a team, and they teach the kids all the skills they need to market themselves and get referrals, as well how to work with very young children, doing things such as changing diapers, feeding them, as well as some emergency medical training.”
“The turnout for the classes is great...they’re always filled to their maximum of 30,” Cirona continued. “However, the Job Fair afterwards varies tremendously...one time I had 10 girls and about 30 parents showed up, and another time I had about 15 girls and maybe three parents. It goes up and down, depending on what day of the week it is.”
After mastering the ancient art of child care, the grads of the Babysitting class (and any other interested parties as well) are invited to attend the Job Fair, where they get to put their new-found skills on display in hopes of landing work; despite the heavy competition, Cirona says it’s a great way for aspiring babysitters to get their feet wet.
“We have so many younger teens who want to make money as sitters,” he said. “It’s a very good way for people in the community to find very eager, well-trained sitters...a lot of them are beginners, but it’s a good way for them to break into babysitting.”
Morgan Schnee, a local ninth grader, has had previous experience sitting for her two younger sisters as well as her neighbors, and was hoping to drum up some additional business — and money — at the Job Fair.
“I like working with little kids...they’re cute,” she said. “To stand out from the other girls when the parents come today, I brought crayons and stickers...hopefully that’ll help me get some jobs.”
Dena Bam, also a ninth grader, has some experience under her belt, as well. She is looking to peddle her advanced child-caring wares on the open market.
“I want to do this to make some money, and there are not a lot of jobs you can get when you’re 14,” she said. “I took the babysitting class before, and it taught me important things like how to do CPR, changing diapers and other stuff.”
Tatum McMullan, a seventh grader, is another graduate of the library’s Babysitting Class, and even brought her diploma to the Job Fair to show prospective customers that she means business.
“I think the class was very informative, so I now know what to do in any situation...if the child’s choking, I can do the Heimlich maneuver. We went over everything,” she said. “People should hire me because I’m very responsible, and I’m not only good with kids, but I can help them as well.”
Adrianne Upton from Massapequa was one of the first customers who arrived to peruse the assorted talent gathered at the Babysitter Job Fair, and to really put the girls through the paces and gauge their effectiveness, she brought along their potential client — her energetic three-year old grandson, Michael.
“I think this is a great opportunity to meet young ladies in the area who babysit...my daughter relies upon me to watch Michael a lot, and I adore my grandkids, but she needs to have back-ups as well for when I’m not available,” she said. “Each and every one of these girls looks more than capable, and I get such a good feeling from all of them...they’re all so sweet, and it’s going to be hard to pick just one.”
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 09:33
The iPad, the laptop, the smartphone; everyday instruments to many people all throughout the world, but to someone just being indoctrinated into the world of cutting-edge technology these tools might seem rather daunting. Unless there is a patient hand guiding the way.
Those guides were at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch recently, where they offered a session of their ongoing Electronic Device Demonstration and Tutoring series, where community teenagers donate their time to turn tech-deficient adults into masters of the digital domain; free of charge and all within the span of one hour or less.
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,”