Spend Black Friday At The Movies

BY Cheryl Wadsworth
It’s hard to imagine that it’s Thanksgiving already. Is it me, or did we just celebrate? Halloween wasn’t even upon us and the stores were stocked with Thanksgiving and Christmas items. We say to ourselves, “each year, it comes earlier and earlier.” While some prepare to cook and figure out where to seat relatives to avoid arguments, others plan to dine out. To many of us, Thanksgiving means shopping on Black Friday. But for the few and far between who look forward to catching the latest film from the array released exclusively for the holiday weekend, the time has come to relish relaxation. Sit back and enjoy the weekend at the movies, while the deliciousness of turkey and stuffing is probably still digesting in your tummy. [Read more...]

Jones? Floyd-Jones? Who’s Who?

Readers familiar with Massapequa’s history have no doubt encountered the names Jones and Floyd-Jones. Family members with these surnames exercised enormous influence over Massapequa’s history. But what is the difference between the two? Which came first, and how did the hyphenated Floyd-Jones name come into existence? [Read more...]

Turkey Tips For Your Holiday Meal

Nassau County officials and Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein offer tips to safely prepare your Thanksgiving Day turkey. Each year, many cases of foodborne illnesses are reported during the holidays due to improper preparation or storage of turkey.

The Bird - 2007“Thanksgiving is a festive day to enjoy with family and friends, I wish all a very happy, healthy and safe holiday,” said Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano. “I share these safety tips from the Department of Health for enjoying a delicious and safely prepared Thanksgiving dinner.” [Read more...]

St.Rose Of Lima School Thanks Principal

The St. Rose of Lima School in Massapequa celebrated their principal, Sr. Kathleen Gallina, for her 25 years of service. After a surprise breakfast, the school community honored Sr. Kathleen at Mass in her honor. She was extremely surprised to see all her family members, friends and colleagues gathered to honor her on this most special of occasions.

Assemblyman Saladino was also in attendance and declared this to be “Sr. Kathleen Day,” much to the delight of the school children. Sr. Kathleen was then escorted over a red carpet laid out especially for her back to the school where a luncheon followed complete with her favorite dessert; ice-cream.
St. Rose of Lima School is most appreciative to Sr. Kathleen for her dedication to the school and community, and for her stellar leadership demonstrated over these last 25 years.


Above: Assemblyman Saladino, Gallina and Rev. Kenneth M. Zach of St Rose of Lima.


‘One School-One Book’ Initiative


Parents, community members and students discuss the social-emotional messages in the book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio at Berner Middle School.

Alfred G. Berner Middle School has launched a “One School-One Book” initiative for the 2014-15 school year in an effort to integrate social-emotional learning into the school’s culture in alignment with the Dignity for All Students Act.

Through the initiative, students are learning beyond the classroom content by reading a common text, R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, with all staff members and the greater school community. The book is about a 10-year-old boy with facial differences and his experience attending public school for the first time. As a part of this initiative, staff and students are not only analyzing the text, but are looking deeper at the social implications and how students and the community can impact change together. [Read more...]

Quality Work And Quaint Crafts


From left: George and his dog Maggie, Pam and Frank Hoerauf and their two sons, Cody and Jesse. (Photos by Jennifer Fauci)

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania. [Read more...]

Massapequa’s Ironman


Dominick Olivero shows off his bike for his favorite part of the race.

Massapequan Dominick Olivero remembers watching the famed Ironman triathlon of Hawaii when it was first televised back in the 1980s on Wide World of Sports and dreamed one day of doing it. Last month, he finally lived his dream—but his journey took many unexpected turns along the way.

The Ironman race began as a bet to see who were the fittest; swimmers, runners or cyclists. To settle the debate, U.S. Naval Commander John Collins and his wife Judy issued a challenge to competitors: “swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles and brag the rest of your life.” [Read more...]

Allstate Urges “X The Text

Massapequa High School recently hosted a “Don’t Text and Drive” event through the Texting Awareness Foundation. Allstate agent Michael Rogers joined distracted driving public speaker Karen Torres and local legislator Michael Venditto to speak to students about the dangers of distracted driving.


Massapequa Allstate Agent Mike Rogers

Following the event, Rogers invited attendees to ‘X the TXT’ and gave them the opportunity to take the pledge to put their cell phone down and focus on the road, as part of Allstate’s national “X the TXT” campaign. Rogers talked about the dangers of texting while driving as participants added their thumbprints to an oversized pledge banner as symbols of their promises not to text and drive. [Read more...]

An Unspoken Rivalry

It’s no secret that Massapequa is known for its athletic programs. The town’s two high schools, Plainedge and Massapequa, define premier varsity athletics; football in particular. A sport that unites all, football MassapequaPlainedge_111414Crallies fans of both the Red Devils and the Chiefs to defend their respective school. But can the Plainedge Red Devils of Nassau Conference III compete with the Massapequa Chiefs of Conference I? Head coaches Robert Shaver and Kevin Shippos provided a unique perspective on this unspoken rivalry. [Read more...]

Massapequa Language Teachers Awarded


Massapequa foreign language educators William Anderson (center) and Janice Kincaid were recognized for excellence at the annual NYSAFLT conference. They are pictured with NYSAFLT President-Elect Francesco Fratto.

Massapequa educators Janice Kincaid and William Anderson were recently honored before 325 of their colleagues during the 97th Annual Conference of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT).

Kincaid, a veteran Spanish teacher at Alfred G. Berner Middle School and the first world language teacher on Long Island to receive National Board Certification, was honored with the Ruth E. Wasley Distinguished Teacher Award, in recognition of her innovative and creative teaching methods. Named after a former secretary of NYSAFLT and a professor and teacher/trainer of foreign language methodology at SUNY Albany, the award pays tribute to those who emulate her innovative and creative style and her legacy as an outstanding role model for students. [Read more...]