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State Test Scores Take A Dip

Written by Steve Mosco, Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Long Island students

struggle on standardized exams

A new breed of standardized tests proved difficult for Long Island students as scores plummeted across school districts, but education officials said Massapequa remained at the head of the class.

“The good news is that Massapequa was above the county average in every measure,” said Lucille Iconis, superintendent of the Massapequa school district. “Our teachers have been and will continue to be involved in extensive professional development throughout the year and we are confident that we are on the right path for future success.”


Take A Picture For Safety

Written by Chris Boyle, Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:13

Officials host

Massapequa child

ID event

The Bar Harbour branch of the Massapequa Public Library recently hosted a KidPix photo ID program event, where youngsters could get their very own picture identification card, free of charge.

No, the KidPix ID cards won’t allow them to drive - the indented audience is still a wee bit too young for that - but many families at the event said that the security and piece of mind that they do offer instead is significantly more important.


Pole Dancing Fitness

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 09 August 2013 00:00

Massapequa studio offers unique workout

Pole dancing as a fun and effective workout? Forget your preconceived notions,’s a fact.

Diva Fit Studio, which opened in Massapequa in June of 2006, has taken the art of pole dancing and turned it into an effective and exciting means to tone up, build strength, lose weight, and, as owner Cheanna Millar says, “put some sexy into it.”

“I used to do home parties and bridal expos, and I met someone that was doing pole dance home parties,” she said. “I fell in love with the idea, because I’ve always been intrigued with pole dancing, so I bought a pole and some videos and basically taught myself. I had no experience up to that point at all...everyone thinks I used to be a stripper, but no. That’s an easy mistake a lot of people make.”


Mangano Picks Pequan As Animal Advocate

Written by Steve Mosco, Thursday, 08 August 2013 08:51

Whether they run on four legs, fly, swim or slither, Nassau County’s animal population has a new supporter in their corner.

Massapequa resident Gary Rogers, the founder of Suffolk County’s SPC, has been appointed as the county’s coordinator for the prevention of cruelty to animals, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced last week.

Rogers’ responsibilities include implementing new programs to prevent cruelty to animals, community education programs, recruiting volunteers for emergency pet shelters during times of natural disaster, spay and neuter programs and animal training for County personnel who often encounter animals.


Studio 5404 Holds Acoustic Showcase

Written by Cynthia Paulis, Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

When artist Lori Horowitz opened Environ Visions Designs at 5404 Merrick Road, Massapequa in June she had a vision of bringing cultural arts to the south shore of Long Island. Her vision came to fruition on Friday when close to 100 people from all parts of Long Island attended her Acoustic Songwriters Showcase in her newly named art gallery called Studio 5404.

“Studio 5404 is now becoming more of a cultural arts center,” said Horowitz. “We are trying to integrate the arts, support the arts, and network different artists together so they can work and create art in different media and support one another.”


Community Pulls Together

Written by Colleen Maidof, Tuesday, 06 August 2013 00:00

Massapequa Lake sheds its weeds

Massapequa Lake received much needed attention on Saturday, August 3 as concerned community members, employees from Nassau County and the Town of Oyster Bay, activists, and County Legislator Michael Venditto gathered in an extreme effort to rid the lake of an evasive species of aquatic weed called Tropa Natas, or water chestnut, which has consumed its surface.

Nassau County recently obtained a five-year permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for the much needed weed pull. Over the next five years, the County will battle the invasive aquatic plant.


Engineering A Future Career

Saturday, 03 August 2013 00:00

A Massapequa High School senior Daniel Verrico got a hands on lesson in engineering.

National Grid is helping high school students from New York and New England take an important step to becoming engineers with the fourth year of its “Engineering Pipeline Program,” the centerpiece of the company’s global “Engineering Our Future” initiative designed to inspire youth and attract and develop engineers for tomorrow’s workforce. More than 70 high school students from across National Grid’s service in New York State and New England were selected to participate in the development program that creates a recruitment pathway to encourage promising high school students to become engineers.


An Evening With Helen Reddy

Written by Cynthia Paulis, Friday, 02 August 2013 00:00

Songstress evokes memories

for North Massapequans

When North Massapequa resident Michelle Esposito heard singer Helen Reddy was performing in Farmingdale, she immediately called her friend Carol MacNamara.

“I called Carol and said, ‘Let’s go down there and make a memory for your mother,’” she said. “When Helen Reddy sang our song we all started crying.”

The song, “Delta Dawn,” is one that evokes special memories for MacNamara, her sisters and her friends, who all grew up in North Massapequa. It is a song MacNamara and her sisters sang for their mother, Jessie Sherman, when she died after battling leukemia three and a half years ago.


Massapequa Plays Patriot Games

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

At a time when the world seems embroiled in conflict and chaos, and newspaper headlines spout off one horrible occurrence after another, one local resident is doing his best to unify his fellow Americans and give them cause to hope.

Noted Massapequa Park independent filmmaker and film historian John Carpenter recently hosted a screening of World War 2 Musical The Fleet’s In at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. The reason? According to the gentleman popularly dubbed as “The Movie Man,” it’s because people need to be reminded of a kinder and simpler time.


A Breath Of Fresh Air

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

Massapequa Park family hosts Bronx girl

Most Massapequans can relate to having an extended family. The family histories of Long Islanders in general routinely extend over bridges, passed Manhattan, into New Jersey and down the I-95 into Florida.

But one Massapequa Park family takes the family dynamic to the next level, offering up their home and everyday life to one south Bronx girl for two weeks every summer.


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