A Massapequa student will have his artwork on display at Hofstra University’s Social Realism Art Exhibit on Oct. 15. Joe Mauceri, a ninth-grade student in Massapequa, created a pencil drawing of President John F. Kennedy as an eighth grade student at Berner Middle School. That drawing will now be displayed at the exhibit, which features an art and photo contest for grades six through 12 and an awards ceremony for both middle and high school levels. The event is free and open to the public.
Students at Lockhart Elementary School are participating in a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, “Facing History and Ourselves,” and “Teaching Tolerance.” There is a display in the lobby of the school highlighting social turning points in history, such as school integration in the 1960s and Cambodian genocide survivors who were adopted by American parents. In addition, there are positive messages encouraging students to take a positive stand on behalf of others. The display aligns with the 5th- and 6th-grade social studies curriculum and provides an effective way of weaving character education into that instruction to help create a more global, inclusive society.
Two Massapequa students recently participated in the Molloy College Business Boot Camp this past summer. Caragh Baierlein and Raymond Bicocchi were selected for the four-day program which gave students an overview of business concepts and careers. Students in the program attended a series of lectures on important business topics and also participated in a stock market simulation game and public speaking competition.
Last Tuesday, Saladino had little difficulty in beating back a challenger from former New York City police sergeant, Richard Young. Running in the new 12th Assembly District, Saladino scored 81 percent of the vote. In the Nassau County portion of the district, voting results gave Saladino up to 90 percent of the vote, while the Suffolk County vote was a similar landslide for the assemblyman.
Finding a solution began with a retirement offer which included $1,000 for each year of service, which was accepted by 89 employees whose last day with the town was Aug. 30. They will receive the funds in a single payment at the end of October. It will be paid with a $7.5 million 10-year bond. The payment included any unused or sick days owed. The workers are guaranteed health care for life and for a surviving spouse, for five years (this is not a reduction or increase, but the same as the current contract).
Amid sunny skies and pleasant temperatures 7,679 Massapequa students met the start of a new school year equipped with backpacks, school supplies and a readiness to learn.
New in Massapequa classrooms this year is the full implementation of the New York State Core Curriculum Standards for English language arts & literacy and mathematics. The new standards aim to promote college and career readiness by improving students’ problem-solving and critical thinking skills through modified instruction.
The four public hearings scheduled so far will take place Thursday, Sept. 20 at Long Beach City Hall at 6 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 24 at Elmont Public Library at 7 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 27 at Glen Cove Landing School at 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Nassau County Legislative Chambers in Mineola at 6 p.m.
At its last meeting of the summer, the Village of Massapequa Park Board of Trustees dealt with the usual special permit issues, along with such fall issues as the 2012 Homecoming Parade. The BOT also authorized the village administrator to grant permission to Cablevision to solicit at residential homes in the village.
“The town’s September 11 memorial is situated on the bayside of Tobay Beach, where there is a direct line of sight to where the Twin Towers once stood,” Supervisor John Venditto said. “It provides a serene and peaceful surrounding, making it a fitting backdrop for a place of remembrance.”
Other portions of New York State had it far worse, especially rural counties upstate. For the past year, the Massapequa spirit has been at its best, performing yeoman-like charity efforts to the small town of Pratsville.
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