Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00
This year, the Massapequa girls varsity volleyball team once again held its Dig Pink night. The event was one of the highlights of the many activities held in the Massapequa School District to support breast cancer awareness. About $6,600 was raised for breast cancer research.
The effort, led by volleyball coach CarolAnn Habeeb-Kiel, has collectively raised close to $50,000 over the past five years. Community support runs high, especially the night of the Dig Pink match where the color engulfs the gymnasium and the adjoining lobby. Pink-clad spectators fill the stands as the varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams sport pink uniforms and headbands, and play their games with pink volleyballs.
The Chiefettes kickline, the varsity cheerleaders, the McKenna Elementary School Show Choir and the Unqua Elementary School Chorus entertained the crowd. Following an American Cancer Society presentation, a special flower ceremony was held where each player on the Massapequa varsity team presents a pink carnation to a member of the visiting team as a symbol of hope in the battle against breast cancer.
Many thanks go out to everyone who participated in this year’s Dig Pink event and Think Pink efforts,” Habeeb-Kiel said to supporters. “Because of you, and the generosity and support of our community, the volleyball booster club, local businesses and staff members throughout the district, we have made impact on fighting this dreaded disease.”
In addition, several high school athletic teams, including girls tennis, field hockey, boys volleyball, boys junior varsity football and girls junior varsity soccer all helped raise funds that were passed on to the girls volleyball team by dedicating a home game to the cause during Think Pink week. Staff and students in schools around the district also lent support by raising funds during Think Pink days.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00
Watch out, Massapequa...there’s a “Blizzard” coming through.
The famous frosted ice cream treat, along with a plethora of other tasty menu items, are now available to Long Island residents as of 10 a.m. on June 10, when popular fast-food chain Dairy Queen held their much-anticipated grand opening in Massapequa.
First debuting in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois, Dairy Queen has since grown to more than 4,500 locations nationwide. However, this is its first Long Island-based location since the 1970’s; the chain has been absent from the island since then.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
America’s pastime gets the local treatment as Town of Oyster Bay officials announced Massapequa’s John J. Burns Town Park will host a special baseball game between the U.S. Military All-Stars and the Long Island Force High School All-Star team on Tuesday, June 25 at 8 p.m.
The teams will play for the 2013 Supervisor’s Trophy and honor the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform to protect the country.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00For a town with such a proud tradition of baseball excellence, the goal is always to reach the mountaintop. There is no reason to be demoralized, however, by a 1-0 season-ending defeat in the Long Island Class-AA Championship game, according to Head Coach Tom Sheedy.
“It was such a competitive game,” said Sheedy. “We had our chances, but today we didn’t come through.”
Massapequa put together a tremendous season, finishing with a 20-6 record and capturing another Nassau County title. They defeated MacArthur 7-5 in the prior week at Farmingdale State College to capture their 10th county title and first since 2009.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Two Massapequa residents from the opposite ends of the age spectrum led a strong contingent of runners down the stretch at Belmont Park and scored great finishes in the 2nd annual Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon 5-Kilometer Run to Fight Prostate Cancer June 2.
As the first woman in the 15-19 age group to cross the finish line, 16-year-old Chelsea Hroch of North Massapequa finished in 23 minutes and 10 seconds. Meanwhile, 81-year-old Howard Kestenbaum took second place in the 80 to 84 age group, with a time of 43:11.