The emotional healing power of a good dog is no secret. From getting their human owner out of the house for a healthy walk to filling an otherwise boring Saturday afternoon with a fetch or a tug-of-war, canines are nature’s furry antidepressant.
But one organization takes that theory to the next level, training dogs to produce more than just cuteness induced squealing from their owners. Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization with bases across the country, provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities and veterans for free.
Most working parents enroll their young children in some sort of after school program in order to keep them occupied and out of trouble.
But most programs only provide a supervised place for children and do not offer any homework help, leaving parents to wrestle with homework help after they get home from a long day.
Many stay-at-home parents find themselves in the similar position of struggling to help their kids with homework because they are not familiar with the latest teaching method or are trying to revisit a subject they learned 20 years ago.
Massapequa resident Zachary Chang considers himself a mathematics and science kind of guy. When his mom suggested a possible future as a physician’s assistant for the Plainedge High School senior, it seemed like a natural fit; as did the recent summer science camp in which Chang participated.
Chang, along with 23 other area high school students, recently took part in a Medical School/Camp Program sponsored by Adelphi University and Winthrop-University Hospital.
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.”
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 as a fun and effective workout? Forget your preconceived notions, folks...it’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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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