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Angels Of Nassau County

Call it a busman’s holiday. For the employees at Foundation Source in Lake Success, philanthropy is central to their organizational mission: providing comprehensive support to private charities. Yet this holiday season, they embarked on a new effort.

“I wanted to do something closer [to home],” said Jennifer Johnston, an administrative assistant at Foundation Source who lives in Massapequa Park. “We have so many people here; we could do more.”

The staff, which includes Judith Hirschkorn, Rochelle Brizan, Angela Mahoye, Jennifer Bruckman and Estee Shor of Great Neck; Brian Rosen and Emily Sroga of Levittown; and Dionne Brown, Sadjola Qeraj and Nia Jackson of Garden City, banded together to practice charity in a more tangible way: serving as holiday “angels” to Long Island families in need.

Working through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, employees “adopted” individual children or, in some cases, a whole family, purchasing gifts and supplies requested through anonymous cards. Most of the families had very small children, said Johnston, who spearheaded the effort, and were requesting books and educational toys.

“People were pretty excited,” Johnston said. “We’ve been shopping all week. There are tons and tons of toys here.”

Johnston was inspired by a longstanding ‘adopt-a-family’ holiday tradition at the Connecticut headquarters of Foundation Source, which supports more than 1,100 family, corporate, and professionally staffed philanthropic foundations with administration, online foundation management tools, and philanthropic advisory services across the country. (The Lake Success office specializes in tax and legal issues.) Johnston’s coworkers enthusiastically embraced the effort.

“It was an amazing experience,” said Sroga, a lifelong Levittowner. “Even though you don’t get to see the child’s face when they open it on Christmas Day, you know you are doing something great for the holidays.”

Sroga, whose prior holiday giving had been mostly donating canned food for the local churches, jointly adopted a 2-year-old girl with a coworker, and they had a blast picking out coloring books, Barbie dolls and adorable winter wear.

“I got her the cutest clothes!” Sroga said. “If they had them in my size I would wear them.”

Given the success of the effort, it won’t be the last for these good Samaritans.

“We’ll definitely be doing this more often,” said Sroga. “After all, it’s the basis of all we do.”

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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