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Massapequa Teens to Reach for the Stars

In Nassau County Talent Search Competition

Massapequa teens Jagger Kugler, 15, and Emily Hynes, 14, will be singing their hearts out at the 2009 Reach for the Stars Teen Talent Search on Aug. 8 at Eisenhower Park.

The annual competition, presented by Nassau County, is for solo vocal talent only. Twenty-five finalists were chosen from over 65 applicants. Winners will receive trophies, gift certificates and cash prizes.

“We are proud to be celebrating the seventh year of the Reach for the Stars Teen Talent Search,” said Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi. “This program showcases the best in young vocal talent in Nassau County.”

The competition will begin at 7:15 p.m., with a rain date of Tuesday, Aug. 11.

“We are particularly delighted that Kevin Covais of American Idol fame (and a winner in the first Reach for the Stars) will be among our judges,” said Cindy Gillen of the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation & Museums.

Other musical and entertainment professionals will serve on the panel as well. The finals show will be broadcast on Radio Disney.

The Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre is located near parking fields 6 and 6A in Eisenhower Park. Special accommodations are available for disabled patrons, including reserved parking, easily accessible restrooms, and a convenient reserved location on the hill. Assistive hearing devices are available for the hearing impaired. There is no formal seating at Lakeside Theatre, so concertgoers are urged to bring folding chairs. If weather conditions are doubtful, call 572-0355 after 6:30 p.m. for updated performance information.

Eisenhower Park, operated by the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, is located in East Meadow, with entrances on Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Avenue. For further information, contact the Parks Public Information Office at 572-0200 or visit