Events: 10/8 to 10/16

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Movie: McFarland USA         
The Bar Harbour library will show a 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. screening of the movie McFarland USA in the children’s room. Based on a true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles, this heartwarming drama follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner). Everyone has a lot to learn about each other, but when White realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability, things change. Beyond their talent, it’s the power of family, commitment to each other and work ethic that transform them into champions. Starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello (2015; PG, 2 hrs 10 mins).

Long Island Buick Club Meeting
The monthly meeting for the Long Island Chapter of The Buick Club of America will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. at Marjorie Post Park. The organization is dedicated to encouraging the maintenance, restoration, preservation and enjoyment of all models of Buicks produced by The Buick Motor Division of General Motors. The chapter promotes social activities, resources and friendships. The chapter also hosts an annual “All Buick” Car Show. Annual dues are $15 and membership in the National Buick Club of America is required for membership in the local chapter. Ownership of a Buick automobile is not required to be a member. Contact Jo Ann or David Millard at 631-567-4112 for more information.
Friday, Oct. 9
Registration for 41st Annual Rag-A-Muffin Parade
Register for the parade from 7 to 9 p.m. during Fire Prevention Open House at the fire department  located at 1000 N. Broadway in Massapequa. This year’s costume parade will take place on Oct. 25 at noon. All children who participate must be registered. Online registration is also available at

Saturday, Oct. 10
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. Call 631-323-3653 or email
Monday, Oct. 12
Columbus Day
Both libraries are closed today.
Tuesday, Oct. 13
Contemporary Book Club
Come discuss The Heist by Daniel Silva from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in the Bar Harbour Auditorium. Contact Jody Brower at 516-799-0770 ext. 316 for more information. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, Oct. 14
Board Meeting
The Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meeting at 7:45 p.m. at the Bar Harbour library.

Volunteers Needed
The Plainedge Public Library is looking for Plainedge School District volunteers in grade six and up for children’s crafts/activities during the 2015-16 school year. All applicants are accepted into a pool of eligible volunteers who will be called upon from time to time during the year. There will also be an opportunity to volunteer for Plainedge Public Library’s fall festival to be held on Nov. 3. Application packets are now available from the children’s services staff. Contact the Children’s Services Department for more information at 516-735-4133, ext. 12 or ext. 13. Community service credit furnished upon request.
Thursday, Oct. 15
Weekly Storytime
Come to Barnes & Noble located at 5224 Sunrise Hwy., Massapequa Park for a weekly storytime. Begins at 11:30 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 16

green and red apples in wooden tray outdoor

Halloween Pack Night
Cub Scout Pack 5’s Halloween Pack Night will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Fairfield School Auditorium. If you’re interested in scouts, come down and check them out or email Ursula Valentine at for more information.
Both Massapequa High School and Plainedge High School will have their homecoming parades and games on Saturday, Oct. 17. Massapequa High School’s parade begins at 12:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. game and Plainedge High School’s homecoming game begins at 2 p.m. as well.

The Historical Society of the Massapequas’ annual apple festival will take place from 10 a.m. to  p.m. at the Massapequa Historical Complex, Old Grace Church at 4755 Merrick Rd., Massapequa. Enjoy an old fashioned apple festival featuring Long Island apples, homemade pie, hot dogs, crafts, vendors, raffles, music, trash & treasure and face painting. Enjoy live music by the Banjo Rascals from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours of the historic buildings (Old Grace Church, the Delancey Floyd-Jones Free Library and the Elbert Floyd Jones Cottage) will also be available. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 18.

Locals Arrested For Staging Car Accident, Insurance Scam


Michael Lopez of Massapequa

Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas recently announced the arrest of three people connected to an insurance scam in which they allegedly staged an accident in Levittown in September 2013.

The defendants Tiffany Dertinger, 22, of Massapequa, Michael Lopez, 25, of Massapequa and Erin Clyne, 29, of Rockville Center, were arraigned on Sept. 30, by Nassau County District Court Judge Paul Meli. Clyne and Dertinger were released on their own recognizance. Lopez was conditionally released to the Department of Probation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brian Heid of Singas’ Government and Consumer Frauds Bureau. The defendants returned to court on Oct. 2. [Read more…]

Lending A Hand In Guatemala

Massapequa High School students went on a life-changing mission this past summer to improve the lives of impoverished community members in GGuatemala_100715Buatemala. What they gained, was a new perspective on what happiness means and a desire to continue studying Spanish to help others on a global level. [Read more…]

Free For Kids

Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, fourth graders and their families are entitled to free admission to all national parks, federal lands and waters thanks to the new White House youth initiative, Every Kid In A Park. The effort is in anticipation of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service in 2016, and serves as a way to encourage families to get off the couch, go outside and take an interest in nature. Students can sign up online to receive a voucher for free admission.

For more information, visit You can also download National Park Owner’s Guide, Parks For Play: 35 National Park Adventures for Kids of All Ages at the website.

Another program for third and fourth graders is the Ski Free NY program. This program lets students in those grades ski or ride for free at the majority of New York resorts this winter when accompanied by a paying adult. If your child has never skied before, the Learn To Ski or Ride Passport is available for free. Go to the link for the application and the passport will ship late November:

Bullying Prevention Program Underway

Currently in its second year, all three elementary schools in the Plainedge School District will be utilizing the Olweus Bullying PreventiBullying_100715Aon Program with students.

The program is designed to create positive changes in students’ behavior and in the school climate so students feel safe, are ready to learn and can achieve academic success.

Pictured are kindergarten students in Christine Colvin’s class at Eastplain Elementary. They are holding up squares they designed about the theme of friendship, which will come together to form a quilt. The activity served to kickoff the school’s program for the year.
—Submitted by the Plainedge School District

Water District Talks Conservation And Sustainability

Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA), of which Massapequa Water District Commissioners Thomas P. Hand is pWaterDistrict_092315Aresident, recently welcomed Nassau County Water Resources Board Chairman Arnold Palleschi as a guest speaker who addressed Long Island water commissioners regarding aquifer-related topics of concern to Long Island residents during a recent meeting.

Introduced by NSWCA member and Jericho Water District Commissioner Nicholas J. Bartilucci, Palleschi stressed the need for conservation and addressed issues facing Long Island’s sole source aquifer. [Read more…]

Youth Ice Hockey Program Registration

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone recently announced that registration for the Town of Oyster Bay Youth Ice Hockey Program will take place on Sunday, Oct. 11 from 8 to 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice SkatinHockey_093015Ag Center located at 1001 Stewart Ave., Bethpage in the Bethpage Community Park. Ice hockey schedules will be distributed at registration.

“Youngsters from the ages of 3 to 13 can take advantage of the Youth Ice Hockey Program to hone their skating and hockey skills under the guidance of ice hockey coaches,” said Macagnone. “The Youth Ice Hockey Program has received acclaim by the NHL, who have partnered with the town for a ‘Hockey is For Everyone’ initiative that promotes hockey programming and youth enrichment.” [Read more…]

The Beginning Of Autumn

Sweet summer is finally over. It’s out with the coconut and in with the pumpkin. While many of you are still sobbing into your beach blankets, it’s tiOpEd_Autumn_093015Ame to admit that another summer has come and gone and will—as always—come again. Let’s face it, there’s only four months until January when flip flops and shorts adorn mannequins again, so for now let’s just accept with open arms, another Long Island autumn.

Believe it or not, there are the select few out there—myself included—who enjoy the rain, chilly weather and layers upon layers of clothes. We are the ones who leap out of bed on the first day of September and are eager to get in line for a pumpkin spice coffee, break out the autumnal decorations and spend half of our paycheck at the craft store. We don’t care if it’s 90 degrees outside. We ignore the summer lovers who hang onto the fatal day of Sept. 21, as the official last day of summer and focus on how many apple cinnamon candles we need to stock up on. Earth tone colors, boots, cozy scarves and sweaters. What’s not to like?

Soon enough apples will be ready for picking and pumpkins will be ready for carving. Halloween will be here before we know it, followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas and all of the wonderful, familiar things about the holiday season.

So make a list of books to read inside on rainy days, break out the fall baking recipes, ready your stash of tea and curl up with Fido, because autumn is here and it’s ready for you.

So long, summer.

Event: Stuffed Ravioli

Come to the Plainedge Public Library and make stuffed ravioli on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

Come join the baking coach and make an Italian favorite stuffed with ricotta or spinach and ricotta to take home and enjoy. Must bring rolling pin.

The limit for this class is 24 and a $2 cash-only fee is due at registration. Call 516-735-4133 or visit to register.

Sexual Contact With Two Minors

Suffolk County Police have arrested a Massapequa man for having sexual contact with two minors. Following an investigation by the Special Victims SectKelly, Kevinion, detectives arrested Kevin Kelly on criminal sex act charges on Plant Avenue in Hauppauge on Oct. 1, at approximately 5:30 p.m. The incidents involved a 14-year-old in 2007 and a 15-year-old in 2008. Kelly met the victims when he was a stage manager for Broadhollow Theater Company.

Kelly was charged with second and third degree criminal sex act. He was arraigned in First District Court in Central Islip on Oct. 2.

The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone who may be a victim or has information to contact the Special Victims Section at 631-852-6272. All calls will be kept confidential.