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...]

Arrest In Massapequa

The Seventh Squad reports the details of an arrest for Robbery that occurred on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 11:32 am in Massapequa.

According to detectives, a 65-year-old female victim was putting groceries into her vehicle at 702 Hicksville Road when she was approached by an unknown female subject who grabbed her pocketbook and started to run away. The victim gave chase and after a brief struggle was able to retrieve her handbag.  The defendant then fled the scene in a 2012 gray Hyundai Sonata.

The victim suffered minor injuries and refused medical assistance. After an investigation detectives arrested defendant Meghan Solomons, 27, at her home without incident.

The defendant is being charged with Robbery 3rd Degree and was arraigned on Monday, Nov. 24, at First District Court, Hempstead.

Harlem Globetrotter Takes On Bullying


Harlem Globetrotter Handles Franklin with happy McKenna students (Photos by Robin Hepworth)

Special thanks go out to Dr. Thomas Fasano and a former Massapequa graduate who works for The Harlem Globetrotters, as they gave the students at McKenna Elementary School the opportunity and privilege to meet Handles Franklin, a basketball player on the Harlem Globetrotters.

Franklin visits schools and teaches the students the ABCs and 123s of anti-bullying, and why “Bullying is not cool!” His genuine, compassionate personality thoroughly engaged all 575 members of the audience throughout the assembly. Some lucky students and teachers were invited on stage to play basketball with him, and enjoyed the frolicking and basketball tricks that Franklin performed.

The message was very clear: If you see a bully, take Action, be Brave, and be Compassionate. Always 1: Listen to your parents and teachers with respect, 2: Do well in school, and 3: Follow your dreams.

McKenna School will incorporate these ABCs and 123s in the school theme, and strive to live this important message each and every day.



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.


2014-’15 Chiefs Dig Another LI Championship

With great determination the Massapequa Girls Volleyball team headed to their second consecutive Long Island Championship. Head coach Carol Ann Habeeb-Kiel had prepared her players with great confidence to win yet another coveted title.

“Foot on the gas and don’t let up because everyone has the drive to win and the momentum can switch at any course of the game,” said Coach Habeeb-Kiel.

Throughout the championship game against the Connetquot T-Birds, the Chiefs stuck to their game plan. It was a real thriller with momentum changing from Massapequa, who lead early on to Connetquot, which fought back. But with Massapequa’s great patience and focus to stay in the game, they came out successful with their second consecutive Long Island Championship.

Coach Habeeb-Kiel spoke upon a major component to Massapequa’s game plan.

“Composure and patience is key and at the high school level, this is a huge aspect for the girls,” she said.


The 2014-2015 Girls Varsity volleyball team with head coach Carol Ann Habeeb-Kiel (Photo courtesy of the Massapequa Athletic Department)

Volleyball is a sport that incorporates patience, stamina and composure. Fortunately the girls’ volleyball team hold those three qualities in a tremendous fashion. As one of the best volleyball programs on Long Island, every year the Chiefs make their school proud. They have been undefeated for the past eleven consecutive seasons, winning fifteen consecutive Nassau County Championships, along with two consecutive Long Island Championships and a state championship in 2007. It is hard to not be taken back by this team’s incredible accomplishments. But combining the immense amount of talented players being coached under the outstanding Habeeb-Kiel, there is no question as to why Massapequa is elite.

Coach Habeeb-Kiel is also the eighth grade coach—the legacy of the Massapequa girls’ volleyball team begins in eighth grade. Habeeb-Kiel has 27 years of coaching experience and shares her wealth of knowledge with the youth of Massapequa.

“It’s not about winning, but appreciating and getting a feel for the sport; as well as making the transition to the high school level smoother for the girls,” said Habeeb-Kiel of the younger girls.

Once these young girls get to the high school level, volleyball is full throttle. Each practice is two hours and it’s not your standard volleyball practice. Habeeb-Kiel incorporates conditioning, whether running a mile or on the bleachers, jumping rope, squat jumps and abdominal work. These workouts are in addition to the girls’ in depth volleyball practice.

The Chiefs also get added practice when they play in different tournaments on Long Island. They’re facing stronger competition, including the top Catholic school St. Anthony’s, whom they defeated.

“I start subbing early, working in each girl and creating different chemistry,” said Habeeb-Kiel as she prepares her girls for game time. “We play every game like we are the underdog because come playoffs, it is anyone’s game.”

Habeeb-Kiel coaches her team as if they are the 10 seed, which reflects the girls’ tremendous degree of respect and passion each game.

“Defense wins championships,” she said.

Volleyball is the epitome of a team sport. In order to be successful, the team must have trust and chemistry with one another, as well as a leader, who leads by example. For Massapequa, they have two of these stand out players; seniors Mikayla Porr and Jamie Schlesinger. Porr, who is the Chiefs libero, was an All State volleyball player as a junior. She is also one of Massapequa’s stronger defensive players as she is dominant and always alert. Schlesinger on the other hand, runs the offense. She has transformed into a setter this year and executes her job with excellence. Schlesinger is a hard worker and distributes the ball well. As early as November, the Chiefs already have a volleyball college commit, senior Allie Dillon, who will be taking her talents to Skidmore College next fall.

Although the Chiefs won a Long Island Championship last year, it did not make this year’s victory any less special. Last year Massapequa had a team with just two seniors, and the nerves of younger players were at an all time high. This year, the returning players showed up with a vengeance as they wanted to prove to everyone that they deserved to be at the top. They succeeded.
This elite bunch holds themselves with great integrity towards their sport. With renowned coach Habeeb-Kiel, Long Island can always expect potency from Massapequa’s volleyball team. It is a legacy at Massapequa High School that shall surely and enduringly, live on.

‘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...]

MHS Anti-drug Programs


The Chief’s Challenge Club’s recent “Positive Post-It Day” left uplifting messages on students’ lockers and common areas of the high school.

As headlines on heroin addiction splash across the media—heightening parents’ fears and concerns on how to protect their children—there’s one centralized place where parents can turn for information and resources on how to keep their children safe.

Massapequa Takes Action (MTA) is a group that connects school, parents and community to receive the education needed to better guide children away from risky behaviors. Made up of PTA members, YES Community Counseling Center members and school professionals, the group also educates students about the dangers of risky behaviors through age-appropriate programs and empowers students with strong anti-drug activities and clubs that promote pro-social behaviors. [Read more...]