Moving On Up

PreSchool_070115AOyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr. and Receiver of Taxes James J. Stefanich recently attended the Massapequa Pre-School Graduation Ceremony held at Marjorie Post Park. They were joined by Nassau County Legislator James Kennedy in congratulating the teachers and children for completing a successful pre-school course and moving on towards a bright future.

Birch Lane Enjoys Field Day

Birch Lane Elementary students had a beautiful day to enjoy Field Day. Tug of war, capture the flag and KanJam were just a few of the fun games they played. FieldDay_070115A FieldDay_070115B FieldDay_070115C  FieldDay_070115E
They also had carnival games, basketball hoops, a DJ and lunch for the kids. The children look forward to this event all year long. Thanks to Rebecca Berna, Kelly Dietrich and the PTA for organizing and running this wonderful event, it was a huge success.

—Lisa Zampolin

Massapequa Pet Vet Donates Bullet Proof Canine Vest

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Photo courtesy of Massapequa Pet Vet

Massapequa Pet Vet and the staff greatly appreciate the recognition by the Suffolk County Police for Pet Vet’s donation of a bullet proof canine vest for “Dodge.”

The business was honored with a plaque. Pet Vet supports all brave officers, both human and canine alike. Dr. Ned Horowitz thanks the amazing Pet Vet veterinarians and staff for their time and contributions to make this happen.

Old Soldiers Never Die, They Just…

A previous article detailed Delancey Floyd-Jones’ service in the Mexican War, the Native American battles and the Civil War, where he was promoted to Brigadier-General, having served with distinction in the Virginia Campaign and at Gettysburg. He remained in the Army at the end of the war and was given command OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAof several locations, ranging from Detroit, to Little Rock, to Idaho, to Holly Springs, Mississippi and Jackson Barracks and Louisiana. He served as Superintendent of Indian Affairs, as a Recruiter, an Inspector General and Judge Advocate, and was involved in putting down railroad disturbances in Pennsylvania. He seems to have become somebody who could be assigned to a variety of activities and perform them well. His military record indicates he “retired from active service upon his own application, March 20, 1879, having served over 30 years.” [Read more…]

East Lake, Unqua Receive Koda Benches

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Unqua School’s Koda Bench celebrates the school’s mascot.

Unqua and East Lake Elementary Schools were the proud recipients of Koda Benches, thanks to a collaborative project by Massapequa High School art and technology students aimed at promoting more inclusive school environments.

Koda is a Native American word meaning “friend” or “companion.” The high school students designed and constructed the benches to feature positive, inspirational symbols and sayings intended to help students embrace acceptance of all students. [Read more…]

Annual Strawberry Festival

Some stormy weather may have dampened Massapequa residents’ clothing, but certainly not their spirits as many turned out for a long-standing local traditiStrawberryFestival_070115Bon—the Massapequa Historical Society’s annual Strawberry Festival. [Read more…]

Events This Week

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Pajama Storytime     
Come in your PJs and enjoy a story. From 7 to 7:30 p.m. in the Bar Harbour auditorium.
Thursday, July 2
Movie: A Most Violent Year
The Bar Harbour Auditorium will show a 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. screening of the movie A Most Violent Year. An ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family in 1981 New York City, one of the most dangerous years in the city’s history. Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) has a lucrative oil-delivery service but beset by rivals who want his business and a D.A. who wants to take him down, Abel is driven to desperate measures to save his company and protect his family. Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain and David Oyelowo (2014; R 2 hrs).
Friday, July 3
Let’s Talk
Let’s Talk Senior Discussion Group from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Bar Harbour auditorium.
Saturday, July 4
Independence Day
Library closed

Adopt-A-Battalion Soldier’s DriveMassCal_070115B
Come help put care packages together for troops overseas. Our volunteers sort, pack and ship items to send to the troops. Feel free to drop off donations in person or to just have a cup of coffee and help out. Looking for personal care items, seasonings and hot sauces and items other than candy. From 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Island Knight of Columbus Council, 2 Eastgate Rd., Massapequa Park.
Seaford Farmer’s Market
Enjoy the large selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, olive oils, seafoods, wines, baked goods, herbs, sauces, spices, dessert sauces, vinegars, homemade pies and more. Come to the Seaford Railroad Station at 1933 Jackson Ave., Seaford from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. The market runs Saturdays through Nov. 21. All are welcome. For more information call 631-323-3653 or email longislandgrowersmarket@gmail.com.
Monday, July 6
Scrabble
Come enjoy a game of Scrabble from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bar Harbour meeting room.

Tuesday, July 7
Mahjong
Come enjoy a game of Mahjong from 12 to 9 p.m. in the Bar Harbour meeting room.MassCal_070115D

Book Buddies Under the Stars Teen Reader Training
Each child must register for Book Buddies Under the Stars reader sessions by going to July 16 on the calendar website. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Central Avenue children’s room. Contact Peter Cirona at 516-799-0770 ext. 305 or email pcirona@massapequalibrary.org for more information.

AARP Defensive Driving
Save money on your insurance by taking defensive driving from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bar Harbour auditorium. Fee is $20 for AARP members; $25 for nonmembers. Payment is by check or money order made out to AARP. Class size is limited. Register at the reference desk at either location or call 516-799-0770.
Cedar Creek Movie Night
Come to Cedar Creek Park for a screening of Despicable Me at 8:30 p.m. Bring your friends and some movie snacks for a night of fun and laughs at this free event. The park is located off of Merrick Road in Seaford.

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Wednesday July 8
Family Festival
St. William the Abbot is holding its 39th annual family festival from July 8-12. There will be rides, games, food, entertainment and a 50/50 raffle. Times are as follows: From 7-11 p.m. Wed-Fri; 6-11 p.m. Sat and 5-10 p.m. on Sun. Contact Gail Tomczyk at 516-785-1266 for more information. St. William the Abbot is located at 2000 Jackson Ave., Seaford.
Thursday, July 9
Story Time
Enjoy 30 minutes of fun programs that include stories and songs. Ages 3 and up in the Central Avenue children’s room. From 10:30 to 11 a.m. no registration required.

Living Long Term
Living Long Term lecture with insurance agent, Sandra P. Reilly. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bar Harbour auditorium.

Congrats To MHS Class Of 2015

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Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

There was great excitement and anticipation at Hofstra University on June 22 as the Massapequa High School Class of 2015 prepared for the commencement ceremony to begin. [Read more…]

TOB “Music Under the Stars” Kicks Off July 7

The first week of the 2015 Town of Oyster Bay “Music Under the Stars” concert series kicks off with global superstar, Bret Michaels performing at John J. Burns Town Park, Merrick Road, Massapequa, on Tuesday, July 7, according to Town Supervisor John Venditto.Print

“Having risen to fame as the front man of successful rock band Poison, Bret Michaels has turned his passion for music into a multi-faceted brand encompassing record breaking touring sales, legendary songs, and reality TV stardom,” Said Venditto. “Michaels is also a philanthropist, personally helping to raise tens of millions of dollars for charity in addition to starring in and winning Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, where he raised well over $300,000 for diabetes research.” [Read more…]

Saladino Honored As Legislator Of The Year

Assemblyman Joseph Saladino was recently honored as Legislator of the Year by the New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators. Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie were in attendance to present the award.Saladino_062415A

“This honor is representative of all the people on Long Island who have confidence in me and selected me to represent them as well as the legislators with whom I work throughout the year,” said Saladino. [Read more…]