10th Annual FARE Allergy Walk

In January 2013, two year old Kylie Rose Restaino of Massapequa Park was diagnosed with potentially life-threatening food allergies to tree nuts. Kylie’s mother, Christine, couldn’t help but be fearful for her daughter’s safety.

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Kylie Rose Restaino is all smiles in her FARE T-shirt.
(Photo courtesy of Christine Restaino)

“I live in constant fear that she will eat the wrong thing and I won’t be able to save her,” said Restaino. “I feel as if I am grieving for something; for the loss of the naïve, carefree feeling that Kylie should experience growing up,” continued Restaino of her child’s life that is now consumed by yearly allergy testing and constant possession of her Epi-pens. [Read more...]

Marjorie Post Park Goes To The Dogs

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Dedicated owners and their dogs set out to begin the walk in the pouring rain. (Photos by Cynthia Paulis)

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

Massapequa resident and event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event. [Read more...]

M.H.S. Cracks Down On Security

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(L to R) Seniors Danielle Bianco, Alexandra Dillon and Nelson Gomez show off their ID cards. (Photos by Chris Boyle)

With the spectra of violence in our schools seemingly an ever-present threat – and a devastating reality for some – it’s a given that each tragic incident that makes the news these days forces schools to take a long, hard look at how effectively they are protecting their own students.

Massapequa High School is no exception. At of the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, the district implemented new measures in the form of highly-visible student identification cards and more restrictive exits and entryways at their campus to complement the solid security program already in place, according to Superintendent Lucille F. Iconis. [Read more...]

All In The Family: Great Grapes

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Wine barrels being aged inside the facility.
(Photos courtesy of A&P Grape Distributors)

On a clear, breezy day, you might catch the scent of fresh grape juice in the air if you are near the corner of Hicksville Road and Boundary Avenue. That delightful smell is courtesy of A&P Grape Distributors, a third generation owned family business.

“We’re kind of ingrained in the neighborhood,” said Brooklyn-born owner Pete Pagano, who has called Massapequa Park home for over 25 years, along with his wife, son and daughter. [Read more...]

LI Arts Festival

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Lori Horowitz (right) with Massapequa resident Beth Magazzo
(Photo by Cynthia Paulis)

The month of October has been dedicated to the arts. Studio 5404, a not for profit art space located on Merrick Road in Massapequa introduced its beautiful studio and upcoming events to the public.

The art studio, which opened in June 2013 and is the first of the south shore, has featured many local artists. The studio has even caught the eye of local politicians Assemblyman Saladino and Legislator Michael Venditto, who have stopped by and given a citation to owner and artist Lori Horowitz for her extraordinary efforts of bringing art and culture to the south shore. [Read more...]

New Staff Changes At Massapequa

The Massapequa School District started the school year with several changes in administration, including 18 new teachers and the return of all excessed staff members.

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New educators participate in a teacher orientation meeting.

Longtime educator Laura Lai — who joined the district in 1984 as a special education teacher and recently served four years as Asst. Principal of East Lake Elementary — has been named Elementary Special Education Supervisor.

Lai oversees the Special Education program at East Lake and Unqua elementary schools. She is responsible for conducting classroom observations and providing ongoing guidance to both teachers and parents. Lai is also the District Wilson Literacy Advisor, which includes training and supporting teachers with various reading programs. [Read more...]

“Aging In Place” Seminar

“No matter how hard we try to avoid it, every person has to address the issue of independent living as they undergo the aging process,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau).  “The growing awareness of the benefits of staying in your home as long as possible are widely recognized.”

Senator Hannon is inviting all Sixth Senatorial District residents to attend his “Aging In Place” seminar at the Plainedge Public Library (1060 Hicksville Road, Massapequa) on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 6:45-8:45 pm.

“Here in New York, the population aged 65 and over is projected to be almost 3 million, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services,” said Hannon.  “That is a steady increase, expected to continue, and we are working very hard to offer support services and information to help you stay in your home as long as possible.”

Speakers will answer the question, “How can I afford to stay in my home as I get older,” and will cover topics such as Medicaid Planning, Veterans Benefits, Health Care Reimbursement and Recovery, Senior Housing, Managed Long Term Home Health Care Programs, and more.  You will learn how to achieve safe and functional mobility, maintain and enhance your dwelling to reduce the risk of falls, increase maneuverability, and how to plan financially so you can remain in your home as long as possible.

“Deciding to age in place can enhance your home and quality of life, and provide comfort and security,” said Hannon.

For directions and to make a reservation for this event, please contact Senator Hannon’s Community Office at 739-1700 or visit www.kemphannon.com.

 

Plainedge Golf Captain Sets Sights High

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Senior Captain Mike Frizalone (second from right) with the starters of the Plainedge golf team. (Photos by Anthony Pugliese)

In 2011, professional golfer Rory McIlroy won the U.S. Open; securing a spot in history as he became the youngest winner since Bobby Jones in 1923. This day may have changed McIlroy’s life but his accomplishment also influenced another youth; Michael Frizalone.

Frizalone is a senior at Plainedge High School and captain of the golf team. He stands out as one of the most talented golf players on Long Island. In reference to McIlroy idol, Frizalone said the day of the 2011 U.S. Open was the day he knew that golf was for him.

“I want to master this sport just as McIlory is doing,” he said, adding that throughout the school year he trains with personal trainer John Andres, with a workout that incorporates weight training and high intensity interval training.

With just three short years of experience swinging a club, Frizalone has become an All County golfer and Nassau County’s player to watch of 2014. He maintains a very strict routine of going to the golf range every day to work on his swing. [Read more...]

Japanese Educators Visit Massapequa H.S.

Japanese educators in search of teaching techniques that spark interest, engage students and promote a more interactive learning environment found innovative solutions during a recent visit to Massapequa High School.
Visitors Dr. Tomohito Harada of Hyogo University of Teacher Education and Madahiro Nii of the Japanese National Institute for Education Policy Research, who are part of a multi-nation project that examines world history and social studies education in the United States and other countries, maintain that while students in Japan typically do well on standardized tests, teaching methods there consist of lectures and little student interaction.

The educators, who were hosted by Hofstra University Social studies educator Alan Singer, came to Massapequa upon their request to see a typical middle-class district. Singer, who has a long-standing relationship with the district, “immediately thought of Massapequa,” said Brian Dowd, Massapequa School District’s curriculum associate for social studies, K-12. [Read more...]

Taking The Pledge In Plainedge

At Eastplain Elementary School, each grade level made a banner with one of the anti-bullying rules and marched around the school field displaying the banner. During their kick-off assembly, students took a pledge to abide by the rules and received an anti-bullying “I took the pledge” sticker.

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Students pose with their banner against bullying. (Photo courtesy of Plainedge Public Schools)