MHS Grad Nominated To U.S. Naval Academy

Rep. Pete King (R-Seaford) congratulates Cassidy O’Brien on receiving a Congressional nomination to the United States Naval Academy. Cassidy, a Massapequa High School graduate, is currently a student at Stony Brook University. Congratulations, Cassidy!obrien

Local Rowers Dominate Competitions


Rowing Coach Amadeusz Pietrzak (back row, second from left) and his award winning rowers at St. Andrew’s indoor regatta.

High school students training at Amadeusz Rowing Academy at Diamond Fitness in Oyster Bay dominated the Strong Island Sprints indoor regatta at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington on Feb. 7. In the competition that drew more than 40,000 rowers from Long Island and New York City, the team won medals in every race in which it competed. [Read more…]

Student Nominated To USMMA

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MHS Students Bring Positive Social Messages To Youngsters

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Massapequa High School Chief’s Challenge Club perform skits for elementary students that focus on adolescent social issues. The skits were written by Theatre Arts students.

Massapequa High School students combined their creative talents to show elementary students positive ways to deal with adolescent social issues. The high school’s Chief’s Challenge Club, whose mission is to improve school culture, performed a series of skits that were written and directed by students in Denise Curiale’s Theatre Arts class to sixth graders from East Lake and Unqua elementary schools. The skits centered on bullying and up-standing (standing up to bullying), family dysfunction, gender issues and other topics endemic to adolescents. After the sixth graders watched the performances, the Chief’s Challenge Club members facilitated a “breakout session” to help youngsters process what they saw and how the skits impacted them.

“It was a great opportunity for high school students to reach out to younger students and make a difference in the life of a someone who may be acting as a bystander or a victim of bullying and to gain awareness of many other issues the young students are struggling with,” said Joanne Waters, Massapequa High School social worker who co-advises the Chief’s Challenge Club with Eileen Lind, a high school guidance counselor. “The feedback was very positive. The students asked a lot of questions and the high school students did a great job relating to the younger students. The project also reinforced the Chief’s Challenge Club mission to ‘spread kindness, respect and civility to the school and community’.”


Respect For The Seventh Precinct


Pictured from left: New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, TOB Councilman Joseph Pinto, James Kennedy, representing Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano; NYS Senator Michael Venditto, Town Clerk James Altadonna, trustee Tina Schiaffino, trustee Richard Begandy, Deputy Mayor Teresa Spinosa, Mayor Jeffrey Pravato, Nassau County Police Department Acting Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, Inspector Barbieri, Commanding Officer Nassau County Police Department Seventh Precinct; Sgt. Frank Labate, Sgt. David Veverka, P.O. Joseph Gerry, P.O. Brianna Boss, P.O. Richard McDonald, P.O. Anthony Palazzola, P.O. Michael Capozzi and Trustee Daniel Pearl. (Photo by Linda Tuminello, Deputy Village Clerk)

Respect, a word made famous by the Aretha Franklin song, is something that has seemed to have disappeared from the daily lexicon when it comes to teachers, parents and especially, the police. [Read more…]

Berner Students Ace National Math Exam

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Ariana Fang, an eighth grader at Alfred G. Berner Middle School, scored the highest in the school on the American Mathematics Contest 8 exam. With her are Executive Assistant to the Principal Déjà Berry and Principal Jason Esposito.

Success adds up for 15 eighth-grade students from Alfred G. Berner Middle School. They achieved the highest marks in the school on the 2014 American Mathematics Contest 8 exam out of 237 students tested in their grade. [Read more…]

Authors Share Massapequa Memories

Rich Klein and Lisa Glass, both from Massapequa Park, recently published a photography book called Massapequa: A Pictorial History Through the Eyes of Baby Boomers.”pic

The two first met in kindergarten and remained friends until their graduation from Berner High School in 1979. After going their separate ways, decades later, Klein and Glass reconnected through Facebook. Glass remained in Massapequa Park and was photographing scenes around the town and Klein was posting his own photos on Facebook. Klein, who moved upstate, reached out to Glass and suggested that they collaborate on a book. [Read more…]

Students Dance At All American Hoedown

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McKenna Elementary School students are all smiles in their hoedown attire.

Dressing the part with cowboy hats, plaid shirts and bandanas, McKenna Elementary School students put on a square dancing show in front of hundreds of parents and friends at the Third Annual All American Hoedown.

Students learned how to square dance in their physical education classes as a way to develop teamwork skills, rhythm, auditory processing and large motor skills, according to physical education teachers Kieran O’Brien and Karen Flynn.

The dancers were prompted or cued by a caller, to follow a sequence of steps that went along to the beat of the music. The hoedown was judged by staff members and 24 winners who performed and dressed the best were treated to a lunch at All American Hamburger.


Bouncin’ Around


Laser Bounce on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown is a favorite spot for kids and parents alike. (Photos by Chris Boyle)

When it comes to an overload of entertainment aimed at kids—or those with an inner kid just itching to get out and play—Levittown’s Laser Bounce is just the ticket for an afternoon loaded with all manner of electronically-induced, family-friendly fun. [Read more…]

Benz Tires, Rims Targeted Nearby

Nassau County officials are advising the public of an ongoing series of larcenies involving tires and Rims being removed from 2014 and 2015 Mercedes-Benz vehicles, with one incident occurring in Massapequa. These thefts are occurring throughout the county, police said. [Read more…]