Written by Tara Brennan Friday, 26 October 2012 00:00
On Friday, Oct. 12, the Massapequa girls tennis team played their last regular season match against East Meadow. While this match was significant in that is marked the end of the Chiefs season, it also symbolized a greater feat in the team’s fight against breast cancer. With one of every eight women expected to develop breast cancer during their lifetime, the tennis team took it upon themselves to help combat this debilitating disease.
In order to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, the girls dedicate one match every year in their efforts to help find a cure. For the third year in a row, the Massapequa girls tennis team held their annual “Think Pink” event with the match against East Meadow.
In conjunction with efforts made by the girls volleyball team, the ladies of the tennis team put forth a tremendous amount of time and dedication into raising awareness for this disease. The team collectively raised close to 300 dollars during the last several weeks, not only through donations but also by hosting their own bake sale at school.
Besides their charitable contributions, the members of the Massapequa tennis team also spread awareness on Friday by wearing pink attire to the match. All of the players wore pink shirts specifically made for their “Think Pink” event, in addition to playing the first set of every match with pink tennis balls. East Meadow was also invited to participate, and supported the cause as the players wore pink ribbons in their hair.
Massapequa’s longtime tennis coach Mike Pavlides was especially proud of his players that day. He explained, “We do this because we want the ladies to understand cancer doesn’t discriminate and can effect anyone at anytime. I hope events like this help the girls to understand the value of helping others.” The Chiefs ultimately won with a final score of (4-2) over East Meadow, leaving them with an impressive regular season record of (10-4).
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,”