Companion Animals Come To Plainedge

Charles E. Schwarting Elementary School in the Plainedge School District was recently visited by Canine Companions for Independence.Schw Companion[1]

A nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships, representatives came to show students the capabilities of these highly trained dogs, how the organization helps others, and how students can be involved.



Going Red For Public Ed.


Massapequa families in front of Massapequa High School

On Friday, March 27, hundreds of parents and students took to Merrick Road and began a march to support public education. Showing their disapproval for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans for education, local mothers Cara Palermo-Martin of Massapequa and Amanda Christianson-Rummenie of Oceanside, organized the march. [Read more…]

‘Invention Convention’


Unqua fifth grader Jonathan Berzner displays his “Small Saver.”

From the “Hurtometer” to the “Shampooch,” more than 70 fifth and sixth graders from Massapequa Schools’ academically gifted Magnet program dazzled parents and educators alike with innovations they created for the district’s first ever “Invention Convention,” which showcased students’ ingenuity. [Read more…]

‘Dog Tales’ Reading Program A Barking Success


Nicole Castonguay (right) and a friend are all smiles with a lovable pooch during storytime at the March 21 event. (Photos courtesy of Diane Castonguay)

If you didn’t think it was possible to combine a child’s love of dogs and reading, think again. The Massapequa Library has created a “Read to a Dog” program called “Dog Tales.” [Read more…]

Is Your Pet Prepared?

PetEmergency_032515ATatyanna Soliwoda has a passion for helping others. The Seaford local is currently a senior at Seaford High School and has been a dedicated Girl Scout for the past 13 years.

“I am pursuing my Gold Award, which is the highest award that a Girl Scout can earn,” said Soliwoda. “My goal for this project is to educate and inform the community on the importance of emergency pet preparedness and help the public keep their pets safe in the event of an emergency. [Read more…]

Birch Lane Among Reflections Contest Winners


Students show off their certificates for participating in the PTA Reflections contest. (Photo by Nicole Corallo, Birch Lane PTA)

Artistic talents were recently on display at Birch Lane Elementary in Massapequa Park as the school celebrated its National PTA Reflections contest participants and winners.

The Reflections contest, which brings families, schools and communities together in support of student success through the arts, this year saw projects that ranged from gorgeous acrylic paintings to touching short stories to luminous photography. [Read more…]

Plainedge H.S. Career Fair Expands Opportunity

As part of its Career & Technology Exploration program, Plainedge High School hosted its eighth-annual career fair for high school and middle school students.

Presenters ranging from law enforcement to cosmetology were on hand to speak with students on the requirements for the job and specifically what the day-to-day on the job is like. The event served to get students thinking early about possible career paths and to receive exposure to the many available opportunities.


(Photos courtesy of the Plainedge School District)


Pre-K At The Science Fair


(Photo courtesy of Catherine Ferrara)

The Nursery and Pre-K students of Massapequa and Amityville Grace Episcopal Day School attended a fun filled Science Fair earlier this month.

Along with numerous activities set up for the children and parents to explore, they were treated to a Planetarium Star Lab Show presented by the “Dirtmeister” himself, Mr. Steve Tomecek.

Massapequa High School Revamps Fitness Facility

Massapequa School District administrators and the Board of Education recentMHSFitness_031815Aly cut the yellow ribbon on its newly renovated fitness room at Massapequa High School. The 3,200 square-foot, air-conditioned space features more than 80 pieces of state-of-the-art fitness machines that offers something for every fitness need and level.  [Read more…]

MHS Robotics To Compete In National And World Tournaments


Massapequa High School’s Robotics teams celebrate the tournament win at the Southern New York State Championship held at East Rockaway High School with an alliance team from Malverne.

Massapequa High School Robotics is making its mark nationwide and internationally as teams 9458A and 9458C, both called “Robo Chiefs,” head to the CREATE Robotics Open National Competition in Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 7-9 and team 9458A advances to its second consecutive VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, April 15-18. Team 9458A earned the opportunity to compete on a global scale, against 800 [Read more…]