Kathleen Kammerer from Massapequa Park recently received the Caregiver Award at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center’s 10th annual Friendship Circle Luncheon, witnessed by more than 500 fashionably dressed women at the Garden City Hotel. Notable celebrities on hand were Good Day New York cohost Rosanna Scotto, who was also the event’s emcee, and singer/actress Megan Hilty from the Broadway play Wicked and NBC’s hit drama Smash, who entertained the ladies with her favorite songs from both shows.
The Friendship Circle Luncheon was started 10 years ago by Denise Silverberg, as a way to raise money for programs providing support to adults in their 30s, 40s, and 50s afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Silverberg’s mother has the disease, so she knows all too well how difficult the role of caregiver can be, as well as the stresses involved in caring for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Recent Massapequa graduate Paige Snider received a unique opportunity when Bish Bash Books published a book she had written and illustrated when she was just 10 years old.
The book, entitled My Special Family, explores Snider’s experience living with two older brothers with autism spectrum disorder. Told from a child’s perspective, My Special Family provides young readers with a new understanding of autism, through an accessible story and vibrant drawings.
Judith Berman of Massapequa Park was recently named second runner up and Ms. Congeniality in Ethel Bennett’s annual Ms. New York Senior America Pageant.
“When I turned 60 years old, I knew I wanted to be a part of this great organization. It really helped me to come away from my comfort zone, and to learn so much more about myself and the talent that I didn’t even know I possessed,” said the Italian beauty.
Environ Vision Designs, a complete design and fabrication service specializing in fine art, custom indoor/outdoor sculptures, paintings, architectural elements, display, scenery, props, models, and restorations, announces the grand opening celebration of its new gallery at 5404 Merrick Rd., Massapequa, on Saturday, June 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event, featuring works by artist Lori Horowitz, is free and refreshments will be served.
Owner and director Lori Horowitz, a member of the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce, invites the public to stop by to meet her and view her creations. “My true passion is creating art based on society, political issues, and the environment,” says the designer and artist, whose slogan is “We design what you envision.”
Stephen Antaki of Massapequa is serving as a benefit committee member for ERASE Racism’s Annual Benefit Celebration, being held at the Garden City Hotel on June 5. This is the first time Antaki has been involved in planning the event, which helps support ERASE Racism’s mission to promote racial equity on Long Island.
This is not the first time Antaki has been involved with improving the community around him. He is a longtime CYO basketball coach, serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Suffolk Chapter for Habitat for Humanity, is treasurer for Friends of Community Services of Oyster Bay, and is the former President of the Institute of Management Accounts.
Flags waved against a cobalt blue sky as Massapequans lined the streets to honor their veterans at the annual Memorial Day Parade, which began on Main Street in Massapequa Park and ended in Massapequa at Veterans Memorial Park.
Driving a 1934 Ford, Frank Keller, 88, a survivor of Iwo Jima recalled why Memorial Day is important, “It means a lot to me, just remembering almost 7,000 men that got killed on Iwo Jima. Not many of us survived that day.” Keller was just 20 years old when he landed on the island. He has been a resident of Massapequa for 61 years.
Coming off the first annual Massapequa Chamber of Commerce Street Fair, Chamber President Patricia Orzano said that strong community support for the new fundraising event, combining food, fun, and excitement for families, has ensured it will become an annual tradition.
“I would say it was a spectacular success,” she said. “We were blessed with great weather; we had terrific local businesses as sponsors...we probably a one point, during our peak hours, had about 5,000 to 7,000 people attend.”
A decade before The Artist won the Academy Award for best picture, Massapequa Park filmmaker John Carpenter released the silent comedy Late to Lunch.
Carpenter will speak about his lifelong devotion to bringing joy to moviegoers at “Carpenter On Carpenter” at the East Meadow Public Library on Friday, June 7 at 1 p.m.
Losing a loved one is always painful, but it takes an especially acute toll on teenagers, who are emotionally vulnerable as they struggle to come to grips with life’s countless challenges. Teens are liable to suppress grief – only to have the unresolved pain erupt years later.
Massapequa resident Luciano Sabatini, author of the recently published Bereavement Counseling in the School Setting, is hoping his new book, which draws upon his years of experience in working first-hand with kids in crisis, will help caretakers understand the grieving process of young adults so they can more effectively address these issues.
Jonathan Kaloust, a 23-year-old Navy SEAL who hailed from Massapequa, lost his life last Wednesday in a freak Humvee crash during a training exercise in Fort Knox, Ky.
A 2007 graduate of Massapequa High School and standout wrestler, Kaloust was recruited to Binghamton University, where he continued to wrestle while pursuing a political science degree.
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