Player Named All-Skyline Conference

SUNY Old Westbury baseball senior first baseman and designated hitter Christian Faust of Massapequa was recently named 2015 All-Skyline Conference FirsBaseball_052015At-Team.

In 20 games played, Faust, who graduated from St. Anthony’s High School, batted a career-best .355 (22-or-60) with one home run, 20 RBI, 10 doubles (T-4th in conference) and 14 runs scored. He recorded seven multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games in addition to reaching base in 11-straight contests.  Faust was also named to the Skyline Conference Weekly Honor Roll for games played from March 30 through April 5.

Additionally, Faust is a member of the team that won the 2015 Skyline Conference Championship and made their first NCAA Championship Tournament appearance since 2001 on May 13.

Old Westbury faced rival Farmingdale State on Championship Sunday for the sixth consecutive season. With the win, Old Westbury prevented Farmingdale State from capturing its eighth consecutive title.

—Submitted by Harris Rappel, SUNY Old Westbury

Food Safety Tips For Your Memorial Day Weekend

MemorialDayFoodTips_052015AAs Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off the start of the summer season, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein remind residents to be a little more cautious about their food. [Read more…]

Science Is Cool

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Chemistry professor Richard Rosso conducts experiments for Fairfield Elementary School first graders.

Fairfield Elementary School first graders in Barbara Welsh’s class were intrigued by science when classmate Madisen Rosso’s father visited the class to conduct some experiments.

Richard Rosso, a chemistry professor at St. John’s University, brought in dry ice and liquid nitrogen, and demonstrated to the class how dry ice turns into a gas as it melts. He also “froze” a flower, a rubber ball and a banana in liquid nitrogen.

“The class was fascinated to see how quickly these items became frozen and brittle from the intense cold,” said Welsh.

Rosso further captivated his audience by changing the color of water by adding certain chemicals. He also made “elephant toothpaste,” by creating a thick stream of foam with hydrogen peroxide.

—Submitted by Massapequa Public Schools

From Private Mansion To Public Park

Little Unqua is one of the most interesting of the Jones/Floyd-Jones mansions. The Native American word “Unqua” means “far away,” and it was so named MassMansion_051315_Little Unquabecause it was the most easterly of the family’s mansions. It was little only because it was smaller than the larger Unqua mansion that stood facing today’s John Burns Park. [Read more…]

BOE Meeting Post-Budget Passing

The Massapequa 2015-16 school budget overwhelming passed on Tuesday, May 19, with an 80.6 percent margin. That is the good news. The bad news is that only 2,500 people out of approximately 43,000 registered voters turned out to actually cast a vote. [Read more…]

Animal Hospital Helps Community Find ‘Paws 2 Love’

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A pup waits to be adopted

There’s no shortage of animals on Long Island looking to share the love they have to offer with the right family. The Manetto Hill Animal Hospital recently held its fifth annual “Paws 2 Love” Pet Festival and Benefit to give these animals the chance to make that happen. [Read more…]

Limber Ladies

Since they first opened their doors in 2001, All-Stars Gymnastics of Levittown has been training young ladies into lean, mean, tumbling machines.Gymnastics_050615A

Nestled away at the rear of the BJ’s Shopping center at 3601 Hempstead Turnpike, All-Stars Gymnastics is headed up by owner and head coach Danielle Sander, a Seaford resident and lifelong gymnast who competed extensively from early childhood throughout her high school years. [Read more…]

Senior Athletes Sign Up For College Sports

An impressive 64 Massapequa High School Chiefs will continue their athletic careers on colleges teams around the country next fall, including those at Yale, Georgia Tech and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

“We are extremely proud that our students will lend their athletic skills to these colleges and universities,” said John Piropato, director of health, physical education and athletics. “They will be great assets to their teams as well as their schools next year.” [Read more…]

Teachers Federal Credit Union Opens In Massapequa

Teachers Federal Credit Union (TFCU), one of the country’s largest credit unions, officially opened its North Massapequa branch located at 4250 Jerusalem Ave., on April 30, 2015.TFCU_Massapequa_04

“We are very excited to provide our financial services to the residents and businesses that make up the Massapequa community,” said Robert G. Allen, president and CEO of TFCU. “As a locally grown credit union, our ultimate goal is to support the Long Island community. Offering Long Islanders increased accessibility to our full array of banking services is just one way we do so.”

The North Massapequa branch is the 27th TFCU branch to open and the second in Nassau County. During the grand opening ceremony, the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce presented employees of the new TFCU branch with a citation from the Town of Oyster Bay.

The TFCU North Massapequa branch is open Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m., Thursday from 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This branch also features a 24-hour ATM, free coin machine service for members and more.

For more information, visit www.teachersfcu.org or call 631-698-7000.

School Budget Passes

The Massapequa 2015/2016 school budget of $189,746,159 overwhelming passed with 1,948Massapequa-Public-Schools-Logo_cxq6wy votes to 468 votes. The budget -to -budget increase was zero with a tax levy of .95 percent.

The two incumbents, MaryAnne Fisher and Joseph La Bella, were re-elected as school board trustees.

The library budget was approved by a similar margin of 1,939 votes to 417 votes. Gail Kubit was re-elected to the library board over Ronald Giachetti