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A Polar Plunge For Charity

Massapequa residents joined in the 6th annual North Hempstead Polar Plunge at North Hempstead Beach Park on Saturday. A total of 600 Long Islanders took on the plunge to benefit the Special Olympics. In total, everyone raised nearly $85,000, and they were rewarded with the feeling of accomplishment.

Massapequa residents Jaclyn Wukovitz, 25, Joe Mottola, 50, Sue Mottola, 51 and Mike Freitas, 34, from Mineola took on the plunge side-by-side. The polar bear team “H2M” raised about $5,000.

Helping athletes with disabilities was the main reason why the group decided to become one with the polar bears after discovering the bone-chilling experience in previous years.

“I am freezin’ for a reason, and I had fun at the same time. It is for a great cause, and being in the cold is worth helping others,” said Wukovitz.

Everyone agreed that diving into the ocean in 40-degree weather to support the Special Olympics was a memory worth making.

“We would do it again,” explained Sue.

Massapequa resident Aarin Hartenstein, 16, also racked up some cash for the Special Olympics, raising a totally of $820.

“My good friend has a brother who participates in the Special Olympics, so I wanted to help raise money for everyone,” Hartenstein said. “It was really cold, but I still enjoyed doing it.”

The Special Olympics New York has 61,582 athletes training and competing year-round in 22 Olympics-style sports. The athletes and their families are never charged to participate. It costs $400 to support training and competition for one athlete for one sports season. The money raised will help 212 athletes compete in one sport season.

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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