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

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…]

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.


Heroin Task Force To Launch

The number of heroin overdoses has dramatically increased over the past year and Hempstead Town Supervidor Kate Murray has decided it’s time to do something about it. At a press conference on Sept. 1, Murray made it clear that the time to act is now and getting drug dealers off the streets is her main priority at this tMurrayHeroinTaskForce_093015Aime.

“I am pleased that Nassau officials have responded to my call to create a heroin task force at the police department level,” said Murray. “Fatal heroin overdoses have soared by over 100 percent this year and taking drug dealers off the streets is an important part of the war on heroin.” [Read more…]

Events In Massapequa 10/1-10/9

Friday, Oct. 2
MassCal_093015ALet’s Talk
Come for a senior discussion group from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Bar Harbour auditorium.

Saturday, Oct. 3
DogFest Walk ‘n’ Roll
Grab a leash and be part of Canine Companions DogFest Walk ‘n’ Roll. This community dog walk supports the mission of Canine Companions for Independence. Register just yourself, or put together a group of friends, family members or coworkers and walk as a team. Your fundraising efforts will transform the lives of people with disabilities. DogFest Walk ‘n’ Roll Long Island will take place Saturday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marjorie Post Park, 451 Merrick Rd., Massapequa. To register, email or call 631-561-0200. Those interested in baking treats for dogs and people can contact Carol Tokosh at Items must be wrapped individually with ingredients listed.

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. 5
Stepping Stones to Creativity   


Watch McFarland USA on Oct. 8

Come for an art lecture with Marguerite Snider from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Bar Harbour children’s room.
Come in and enjoy a game of Scrabble from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bar Harbour meeting room. No registration required.

Tuesday, Oct. 6
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.

Psychic “Tell-It” Show
Come to the Plainedge Public Library at 6:45 p.m. and meet Lois T. Martin, nationally noted professional numerologist, for an evening of adventure and open forum, asking what might be on your mind. Limit to 30 people. Must register.


Play Scrabble on Mondays

Thursday, Oct. 8
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
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. We are an organization 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

From Spanish Class To Costa Rica


Massapequa High School senior Kate Fahy participates in community service projects in Costa Rica while bonding with the children of San Jose de Rivas.

“My Spanish teachers in the Massapequa School District taught me that if I didn’t know a word in Spanish, I should work around it by using what I know.”

That’s exactly what senior Kate Fahy did when she traveled to Costa Rica for two weeks to participate in various community service projects. Settling in the village of San Jose de Rivas, Fahy and a group of 18 teenagers from around the world came together to move large rock piles and level land for construction, build a concession stand for local villagers to sell their goods and paint and run electricity for an office building through an organized program coordinated by Putney Student Travel. [Read more…]

Massapequa Girl Scouts Awarded Highest Honor


Kaitlin Batik

The Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Kaitlin Batik, a graduate of Massapequa High School and rising sophomore at Molloy College; Kimberly Haynie, a recent graduate of Massapequa High School and student at the University of Delaware; and Julie Kapuvari, a Massapequa Park native, recent graduate of Massapequa High School and student at Cornell University, for earning the Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Movement. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue or need in the community and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community. [Read more…]

Artists, Businesses Invited To Participate In Rotational Arts Exhibit

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph D. Muscarella recently announced that the Town of Oyster Bay, Department of Community and Youth TOBArtExhibit_092315AServices, Cultural and Performing Arts Division, is seeking submissions for its 42nd annual Rotational Art Exhibit Program. This program allows local artists to display their work in libraries, banks, government offices and local businesses on a monthly “rotational” basis.

“This is the perfect chance for residents to bring their artistic talents to use in the community,” said Muscarella. “Novice and experienced artists are encouraged to enter a preview on Sunday, Nov. 1. The work is judged for acceptability into this program by professional artists and teachers. Awards will be presented at a later date in the fields of photography, brush work and other media.” [Read more…]