When James and Dolores Baldinger relocated their family from Pennsylvania to Massapequa, there was no way of knowing that their young children would be accomplished professionals in their chosen fields. When one of their sons, Gary, entered the Massapequa schools at the age of 12, he immediately got involved with sports. By the time he entered Massapequa High School, Gary was already on top of his game. Basketball, lacrosse and football were to be the beginning of a great sports career. Gary told me that he received an enormous amount of encouragement from his father and Bill Cutillo, his MHS coach, to pursue his dream of becoming a professional athlete.
In 1988, Massapequa native Carolann Habeeb commuted from her academic and athletic duties at St. John’s University in Queens back to her hometown to coach the Massapequa High School girls’ volleyball team. The program, as Ms. Habeeb admits, was “not competitive.” But she would soon change that. Twenty-two years later, Ms. Habeeb has built the volleyball program into a Nassau County dynasty. The Lady Chiefs have won 10 consecutive Conference AA-I titles, with both Long Island and New York State titles in 2007.
Runners and walkers of all ages and levels of ability from the Massapequas and surrounding communities are cordially invited to join in the fun on Sunday, Nov. 14 for the second annual Great Prostate Challenge, a 5 Kilometer Run, ½ Mile Fun Walk and Health Fair on the rolling pathways of the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course in Woodbury.
The Conference AA-I girls’ volleyball regular season has come to an end with Massapequa High School waltzing to another title and with it, as of press time, an undefeated record in conference play.
On Wednesday, Sept. 27, Coach CarolAnn Habeeb and the Massapequa girls volleyball team hosted their second annual Teacher Appreciation Day at Massapequa High School. Each of the 15 varsity players chose their favorite teacher from K through 12 to be honored before the start of the Massapequa vs. East Meadow match. The teachers were given an honorary “Teacher of the Day” volleyball T-Shirt.
The Town of Oyster Bay, the Greater Long Island Running Club, and the leading Nassau County law firm of Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker are joining forces to stage what promises to be the biggest and best edition of the Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run on Saturday morning, Oct. 16. The 5K Run will be the kickoff event for the annual Oyster Festival, and runners of all ages and levels of ability are invited to join in the fun.
School has started and with it, the fall sports season. A few games into both the football and volleyball seasons and Massapequa High School squads in both sports are heading towards another winning season.
Everyone was keeping a watchful eye on the track of Hurricane Earl just a couple of days before the 6th annual Main Street Mile in Farmingdale, but the weather could not have been better for this great event which was held on Saturday, Sept. 4, producing two record breaking performances for both the men’s and women’s races. This Labor Day tradition has grown every year since the first race in 2005. The event was presented by Runner’s Edge, Croxley Ale House, B103 Radio, and Dr. Larry Lembo. The co-race directors were the team of: Runner’s Edge owner, Bob Cook; Mark Leff of Cisco Systems; Mindy Davidson of the Greater Long Island Running Club and BOCES; Eric Bressler of Wikham, Bressler, Gordon and Geasa; and Craig Gluf of Henry Schein. Proceeds exceeding $5,000 from the Main Street Mile were donated to support the Companions in Courage Foundation (CiC), founded by former New York Islander and Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine, who also participated in the event. The race finished in front of the Farmingdale Firehouse and Village Hall, with the post race awards ceremony taking place at the Gazebo on the Village Green. There were 289 participants in the race, 37 of them from Farmingdale and many from surrounding local towns such as Massapequa and Seaford, and as far away as Maryland and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Cooper and Coby Ratner of Great Neck are Portuguese Water Dogs. They usually occupy themselves with playing fetch, swimming, and lounging around at home. Despite their busy schedules, they always find time to help raise money for a good cause, especially if it involves a walk in the park. In 2009, they were “Top Fundraising Dogs” for the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Paws for Parkinson’s event. This year, they plan to participate in the APDA’s 8th Annual Paws for Parkinson’s “Howl-O-Ween Dog Walkathon”, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 24 at Marjorie R. Post Park in Massapequa. Registration starts at 11 a.m., and the walk starts at 12:30 p.m., rain or shine. Registration fee is $25 per dog, and each registrant at the event receives a T-shirt while supplies last.
Congratulations to 42-year-old multisport athlete Michael Signorelli of Massapequa, who was the 13th finisher overall out of 1,100 athletes who successfully completed the August 29, Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon.
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