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Students Compete In Biz Challenge

Written by Collen Maidof, Friday, 18 April 2014 00:00

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.


Vines Prove Fruitful

Written by Observer Staff, Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

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.


Bunnies Hopping To The Library

Written by Chris Boyle, Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch was hopping with excitement (not to mention an overload of cuteness) recently when they held their Bunnies, Bunnies, Bunnies event; a chance for kids of all ages to meet and learn all about — what else? — baby bunnies.

Judy Wilson, a Miller Place resident, is an independent contractor for Nassau and Suffolk County Library system; she normally heads many different arts and crafts programs throughout the year, but in late March every year she takes on a special responsibility that is sure to always pack the youngsters in.


Family Bakery Rises

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00

These days, when local residents are more used to storefronts locking their doors for good as opposed to opening them for the first time, there’s nothing like seeing a home-grown business prosper and even grow despite a stifling economy.  

That’s just what the owners of community stalwart Bestever Bakery have accomplished thus far, as they recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their second location, at 1030 Park Blvd. in Massapequa Park, which first opened toward the end of January of this year.


Massapequa Honors ‘Shining Stars’

Written by Observer Staff, Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

Two Massapequa School District staff members and a longtime PTA volunteer were honored for “Shining above the Rest” during SCOPE Education Service’s 13th Annual School District Awards Dinner.

The non-profit organization — known for providing educational support services to school districts — presented a SCOPE 2013 Award of Excellence to Unqua Elementary School teacher Kira Wilkens, social worker Joanne Waters and PTA Council President Allison Prystupa in recognition of their exemplary service to education.


Icy Plunge Warms Hearts

Written by Cynthia Paulis, Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00

On a frigid Saturday morning with winds whipping and heavy rain pouring down, more than 400 people arrived at Tobay Beach in Massapequa to race into the bay to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

Diane Colonna, regional director of Special Olympics New York, Long Island division, was pleased with the turnout for this Tobay Beach first.

“We are excited to be at the Town of Oyster Bay. This is a really fun, exciting different way for people to show their support for our athletes,” she said. “The best way to describe this is when you go into the water and it kind of takes your breath away, that’s what happens to you when you watch Special Olympics; it takes your breath away. They are just an amazing group of people.”


Robo Team Takes Title

Written by Observer Staff, Friday, 04 April 2014 00:00

Local high school students are robo-tops.

The Massapequa High School Robotics Team, Robo Chiefs, will compete in its first VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, California, April 23 through 26. The team earned the chance to compete on a global scale, against 800 teams from 26 countries, after winning the Southern New York State Championship held at Adelphi University.


Career Night Inspires Minds

Written by Cynthia Paulis, Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00

On a frigid winter evening at Massapequa High School, hundreds of students from 7th- to 12th-grade with their parents in tow attended the annual career night where they had an opportunity to meet with 30 vendors representing various businesses that students may have an interest in as a future career.

The vendors, coming from different parts of New York State and Long Island, gave the students and parents an opportunity to speak with people who are in the profession ranging from aviation, culinary arts, medicine, technology, banking and many, many more.


Board Delays ‘Sixth’ Decision

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 02 April 2014 00:00

A recent Massapequa school board meeting had residents and education officials debating the pros and cons of moving the district’s 6th graders from elementary schools into Berner Middle School.

Heard by the district’s Board of Education panel, including president Gary Bennett, the meeting began with a presentation by Massapequa School District Superintendent Lucille Iconis. The superintendent said a task force consisting of teachers, former and current, as well as other education officials, decided to recommend moving 6th graders into middle school because it would afford students a wider range of educational opportunities.


Wine Cellar Uncorks

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 28 March 2014 00:00

There’s something to be said for chasing your dreams; that’s just what North Bellmore’s Lynn Mione did four years ago when she gave up the daily corporate grind to open her own business in Massapequa, and she’s been loving life ever since.

Lynn Mione, who recently held a grand opening celebration at her swanky new Vine Wine Cellar wine store located at 4638 Merrick Rd.; she had previously lived in the area for five years, which was an experience she said that she deeply loved and an area that she always intended to return to in some manner.


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