Massapequa’s Ironman

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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.

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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

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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...]

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

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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...]

Girl Scouts Honor 9/11 Hero

Plainedge Girls Scouts recently held a camporee in honor of 9/11 hero, Captain Kathy Mazza. The camporee was held at Girl Scouts of Nassau County Camp Blue Bay in East Hampton, New York. GirlScouts_111414B

The older girls built benches to surround the campfire pits, while the younger girls decorated bricks to make the circle. The materials were donated by the Mazza/Delosh family and the Captain Kathy Mazza Lodge #2163A, Sons of Italy in America. [Read more...]

Meeting At Berner M.S.

There is a unique opportunity for Massapequa Public Schools working in conjunction with the Town of Oyster Bay to renovate the athletic fields at Berner Middle School.

There are many details that the school district and the Town of Oyster Bay want to share with the community regarding this exciting proposal.

Please join us for a community meeting on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in the auditorium at Berner Middle School at 7 p.m. We will be sharing all details and answering any questions that you may have.

Massapequa Resident Channels Broadway

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Model Leah Wong shines in a design by Ciara Lunghi (right).

Ciara Lunghi of Massapequa recently participated in Roosevelt Field’s Broadway by Design, a competition between fashion design students from Nassau Community College.

Seven designers created a customized look for their model inspired by Broadway’s Pippin, Motown the Musical or Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. They had $100 budget for materials and had to complete the process in six weeks. [Read more...]

Mercedes-Benz Under New Ownership

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The Mercedes-Benz dealership is located at 101 Sunrise Hwy, Amityville.
(Photos courtesy of Jennifer Fauci)

The Mercedes-Benz of Massapequa dealership located in Amityville, has recently undergone a change in ownership, now in the capable hands of General Manager Lance C. Cotten.

A grand opening VIP party allowed guests to view all of the new 2015 models that Mercedes has issued for lease and purchase, highlighting the GLA Class SUV and C-Class sedan.  [Read more...]

Honoring Fallen Soldiers

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Steven Vitoff next to the memorial plaque in Massapequa dedicated to Marine Corporal Albert F. Klestinec and other fallen soldiers.
(Photos by Cynthia Paulis)

One of the most turbulent times in our nation’s history took place during the 1960s, when young people started protesting our country’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The terms “conscientious objector” and “draft dodger” were part of national conversation, as young men wrestled with a tough decision—fight or flight. [Read more...]