When you think of the library, the images that typically spring to mind involve stacks and rows of books, studious students studying silently away, and computer monitors silently humming away.
What you don’t expect to run into are a gaggle of high-spirited ladies tearing up the carpet while engaging in a fun and exciting line dancing class. But fostering that sort of activity on a weekly basis at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch is just business as usual for North Babylon resident and dance enthusiast Sherry Palencia.
The new contract reached by the Massapequa School District and its teachers was made official recently with a few cuts, including a popular spring event.
Besides eliminating two half days on the elementary school level to add full instruction days and one half day during parent-teacher conferences, the new contract also shuts down the annual half day for the elementary school spring exhibit.
The entertainment industry is not for everyone. It can be a cutthroat venture peppered with pitfalls and rife with rejections, insults and jealousy. But the trials of the dramatic lifestyle are worth it if the performer is strong enough – and if the talent is too great to ignore.
North Massapequa resident Elora Dannon Rosch began exhibiting a flair for theatrics at a very young age. Her first audiences consisting of family and neighbors, Rosch would perform Disney until she had a routine all mapped out; then, should would perform it again.
Kids are spending too much time in front of the computer -- maybe it’s time for a class they can really sink their teeth into.
Kitchen Time Party Place in Massapequa is a fun-filled cooking adventure for children, as well as adults. Terry Seeman, from Levittown, the owner and chef is a delightful blend of wit and wisdom. She has been trained in health education for K-12 and has been involved with the company for the past 30 years, taking over the company 10 years ago when the former owner retired.
The Nassau County Legislature unanimously approved Nassau Events Center LLC’s plan to transform the 43-year old Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Plaza. County officials feel the agreement generates millions in economic benefit for Nassau County.
Under terms of the agreement, Nassau County will receive a percentage of revenue with a minimum level of revenue-sharing that escalates throughout the life of the contract. NEC is responsible for all construction, renovation and maintenance costs at the coliseum and plaza.
The American Red Cross has awarded a $60,000 grant to The Disability Opportunity Fund to support long-term recovery services for people with disabilities and their families affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The Disability Opportunity Fund (The DOF) will use the grant to help 50 families develop housing solutions and navigate the rebuilding process for their homes. The services will include individual counseling, assistance in locating possible properties, and advising on rehabilitation to make dwellings handicap-accessible on Long Island over the next 12 months. The DOF is a community finance organization based in Nassau County.
On any given day, crowds of people enjoy the newly completed portions of the Bethpage Bikeway Extension Project. From curious first timers to devoted regulars, the paths are filled with pedestrians, hikers, bikers, in-line skaters, racers and joggers all day long, into the evening.
The Bethpage State Parkway was built in the 1930s to provide access to the Bethpage State Park. The adjacent 8-mile bike path was built by New York State in the 1970s in order to connect Massapequa and the Massapequa Preserve 0n the southern end of the parkway to Bethpage State Park which on the northern end.
Massapequa’s Phyllis Coniglio knows it is never too late to start a new career.
After spending the first half of her life embroiled in the business world, specifically in the glass and mirror industry, Coniglio found the fortitude to bring a constant passion to the forefront of her life.
“From childhood I had an interest in art history. Whenever possible I was visiting museums,” she said, adding that she was close to 50-years-old when she started painting. “Not until my youngest was in high school was I encouraged to attend an oil painting class. That began my quest to make up for lost time.”
Families are working together to take a bite out of food allergies.
Christine Restaino, along with her family and friends, is participating in the FARE Walk for Food Allergy, an event that brings together thousands of Americans looking to raise money to find a cure for food allergies. Presented by Food Allergy Research & Education, walks occur throughout the year across the country, with the Long Island walk happening October 13 at Eisenhower Park.
It is not every day that you hear an inspirational story that rings true of the American dream. Massapequa contractor Pat McCusker of E.P. McCusker Home Improvements shares how growing up on a farm in Ireland helped him become the man he is today.
“I grew up on a farm in Ireland in a very rural area, farming seven days a week,” said the Irish born McCusker. “I grew up with the old school work mentality. I even hand milked the cows before I went to school.”
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