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Fundraiser To Benefit Massapequa Family

Paddy’s Loft, 1286 Hicksville Rd., will host a fundraiser benefiting a Massapequa family that has recently fallen onto hard times. Sisters Laura and Danielle DiBari were dealt a devastating blow when their father suffered a major heart attack and had to be hospitalized recently. On top of those medical bills, the sisters are faced with caring for their mom, whose living is failing from diabetes and their brother, Joe, who is wheelchair bound and needs constant care.

Friends and family now join together to ask the community to raise money to help the DiBari family with medical expenses.

The fundraiser takes place Friday, Dec. 6 at Paddy’s Loft. There is a $50 entrance fee — half the money will go to the bar, the other half to the DiBari family — included in that price is a 2-hour premium open bar from 10 p.m. to midnight. There will be a cocktail waitress serving drinks, so there will be no waiting at the bar. Gratuity is included in the entrance fee. There will also be trays of appetizers served throughout the night.

The organizers have also concocted a raffle with many different prizes. All of the money raised from raffle tickets will go to the DiBaris.

This is an open event and all in the community are invited — but RSVP via Facebook so that the organizers have an estimated headcount. Just log on to Facebook and search “Fundraiser for the DiBaris.” Anyone who cannot attend but would still like to make a donation can do so.

— Observer Staff

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

Free Wine Tasting

Friday, April 18

Boating Course

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29



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