Scary Santa

Michelle Petti-Saccone

Gianna meeting Santa for the first time. Not a happy camper…and Santa doesn’t look too happy either. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Petti-Saccone)

LIHSA Students Perform In ‘Cracked’

April Lorenzi and Aleyna Spinelli, dancers from the Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) and students from Massapequa, performed in the world premiere ballet, “Cracked,” last weekend. “Cracked” is a new and exciting take on Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, presented through American Theater Dance Workshop and the Nomad Contemporary Ballet.

The show saw immense talent and creativity from Lorenzi and Spinelli as well as their many fellow dancers.


April Lorenzi


Aleyna Spinelli


The Healing Power Of Music


Matthew Greene and Brandon Buesching displaying a Piano for Patients poster
(Photos courtesy of Brandon Buesching)

The holidays are all about spending time with family and friends, being thankful for food, warm clothing and a place to live—things some people take for granted. It is also a time to give back to others.

Established in 2011 by Long Island native Nikki Egna, Piano for Patients was started so that students could exercise their musical passions while giving back to the community. Brandon Buesching is the founder of the Massapequa chapter, as well as the Massapequa location leader. [Read more...]

Student Art Show At Massapequa Perk


Pictured by their artwork is a group of Birch Lane students.

Students from Birch Lane and Fairfield elementary schools currently have their artwork on display at Massapequa Perk, located at 117 Front St., Massapequa Park. The opening for this exhibit was held on Dec. 10, and artwork from grades 1-6 will be available for viewing until Dec. 19.

This is an annual exhibit put together by Massapequa School District art teachers Melinda Wolfe and Dorothy Veltre in collaboration with Massapequa Perk.


Picture Worth Two Words: Thank You


Sue Fischetti and her father, Charlie on her wedding day. (Photos courtesy of Lorraine Hopes)

When Lorraine Hopes of Massapequa was a victim of Hurricane Sandy, the first emotion that overcame her wasn’t sadness or frustration, but guilt.

“I had been storing some of my mom’s things in my garage,” said Hopes, whose belongings along with her mother Sue Fischetti’s, were destroyed in Sandy. “Immediately after the hurricane we noticed everything of my mom’s was missing,” continued Hopes, who added that most of the debris she sifted through was covered in mud, leading her to believe her possessions were already ruined. [Read more...]

Massapequa Tree Lightings


Massapequa’s Grace Church Rector The Rev. Walter Hillebrand (center left) and Bishop Lawrence Provanzano, the Episcopal Bishop of Long Island, (center right) pose with Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Pinto (left), newly elected NYS Senator Michael Venditto (right), assembled parish children and guests at the 2nd Annual Grace Episcopal Church Tree Lighting Ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Ken Cynar)

With the temperature near a cool 50 degrees, a crowd of almost 250 local residents and parishioners assembled for the 2nd Annual Grace Episcopal Church and Day School Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

With the voices of the combined Church Adult, Youth, and Day School Choirs singing “Silent Night,” Bishop Lawrence Provanzano, Episcopal Bishop of Long Island and newly elected NYS Senator Michael Venditto pushed the button to light the 30 foot tall evergreen on the lawn of Grace Church. [Read more...]

Restaurant’s Classic Sweets


So many ice cream flavors to choose from
(Photos by Jennifer Fauci)

If you travel off the beaten path in Massapequa, you will come across your new favorite eatery—Krisch’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlour. Located at 11 Central Ave., Massapequa, Krisch’s is as old-fashioned and classic ‘50s as you can get.

“Krisch’s was originally founded in Bayridge, Brooklyn in 1920,” said Steve McCue, a Massapequa native and the current owner of the restaurant, which was named after the original owners. “Krisch’s closed in the mid-1930s due to the depression and then reopened in Hollis, Queens. It remained there until 1955, and then we moved to our current location here in Massapequa and we’ve been here ever since,” continued McCue, who took ownership in 1993. [Read more...]

Dancers Perform The Nutcracker

Dance is the ultimate expression of emotion that radiates from a person’s inner core. Dancers who aspire to share the stage with company members of the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), choreograph on Broadway or make their mark in the world of theater, look no further than Body Language Dance & Theatre Arts Studio in Massapequa.Nutcracker_121214C

“I have owned Body Language for 29 years,” said owner Wendy DeGaetano, who opened the studio on her own when she was only 23-years-old. “I have a background in dance and I went to the High School of Cultural Arts (now LIHSA), and then on to college for dance as well.” [Read more...]

New Rector At Grace Church

The voices of the Grace Church Adult and Youth Choirs and Trinity-St. John’s Choir echoed throughout Grace Church in Massapequa as Bishop Lawrence Provinzano presided over the Institution of The Rev. Dr. Walter V. Hillebrand as the 12th Rector of Grace Episcopal Church of Massapequa.


Fr. Walter, wife Aissa, their children Emmanuel and Amalia and Bishop Provinzano are cheered by the congregation and guests. (Photos by Ernest Isip)

With more than 300 parishioners and guests looking on, the Wardens and Vestry presented Fr. Walter to the Bishop and the congregation.
Congratulations Fr. Walter!

Chiefs Cheerleaders Team Up With Dalers Squad


Massapequa and Farmingdale Varsity Cheerleaders broke longstanding rivalries between the two districts when they amicably sat together at the football playoffs’ halftime show.

It was a glorious vision of respect and sportsmanship at the recent Massapequa vs. Farmingdale playoff football game. The Massapequa Chiefs Cheerleading team asked their coach Jennifer Rabie if they could watch the halftime show from the Farmingdale side with their cheerleaders. The request was certainly something to cheer about as the gesture softened the rivalry that has stood between the two teams for years.

“It was amazing. Both teams welcomed each other with open arms,” said Rabie. “Halftime was spent sharing a bag of candy, something the Farmingdale coach always provides at games; laughing, taking photos and making memories. It was a moment of great pride and showed that we can come together with respect for one another and have a great time.” [Read more...]