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Sunday, Jan. 6

Bird Walk

The South Shore Audubon Society is hosting a bird walk at the Massapequa Preserve from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Walk leaders and other birders and nature enthusiasts share their knowledge and experience. The bird walk is free. Attendees should bring binoculars. Rain, snow or temperature below 25 degrees Fahrenheit will cancel the event. The group will meet at the Northeast parking lot at the Massapequa Long Island Railroad Station.  For more information, log onto www.ssaudubon.org or telephone Steve Schellenger at 516 987-8103.

Friday Jan. 18

NAIM Widow and Widowers Dance

The Long Island NAIM Widow and Widowers Dance will be held from 8 p.m. until midnight at the Massapequa Elks located at Veterans Blvd. All are welcome. The cost is $14. For more information, call Maureen at (516) 781-4763.

Sunday Jan. 20

Music Lover’s Expo

The Long Island Music Lover’s Expo will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the American Legion, located at Broadway and Veterans Blvd. Records, DVDs, CDs, T-shirts, posters and other music memorabilia will be available. Admission is $5. For more information call Fred Falk at (973) 209-6067, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or log on to www.showsandexpos.com.

Weekly Events

•Massapequa Senior Citizens Center. The center is located in the back of McKenna School on Second Ave. and Spruce St. in Massapequa Park. Meetings are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center offers luncheons, day trips, arts and crafts, painting, speakers, stretch and relaxation exercises and Chi Kung. The program is sponsored by S.D. #23. Call 308-5505.

•One-On-One Information And Referral Service for Massapequa and Massapequa Park residents. Topics include Medicare, local recreation, health insurance, nursing homes and assisted living. 10 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Massapequa Library, Bar Harbor (40 Harbor Ln. 799-0770) and Central Avenue (523 Central Ave. 798-4607) Buildings. 

•Bingo every Tuesday 10:15 a.m. at the Massapequa Elks, 2162 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. Progressive game, Line game. Call 798-2162.

•Adoptive Moms Group. Covers the factors which influence your decision to adopt children, sources used for information, relationships with siblings and other family members, the first weeks at home, talking to the child about being adopted (how and when), issues that arise should the child want to meet his/her biological parents including: will you help in the search, how to go about getting information, how to handle the situation. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Massapequa Mothers’ Center, Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh. For information call 679-4641.

•Bingo every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Shalom Center of Amityville and the Massapequas, 79 County Line Rd., Amityville. 264-2891.

•The Scrabble Club meets on Thursdays from 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. at the Plainedge Library, 1060 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa. All ages. Scrabble players wanted. Call Judy 827-9506.

•Massapequa Singles And Massapequa Couples holds dances every Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Couples and singles tables. Professional Dance Lesson at 11:15 a.m. Dance starts at noon and a full-course hot buffet luncheon is served at 1 p.m. $15 donation. Singles are introduced and partners are encouraged at Manor East Catering Hall, 201 Jerusalem Ave., Massapequa. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 332-7825.

•Massapequa Singles And Massapequa Couples hosts a workshop to Learn To Dance. All Social Dances, American and Latin. Partners are encouraged but not necessary at 11:15 a.m. every Friday at Manor East Catering Hall, 201 Jerusalem Ave., Massapequa. $10. Email Dancezee @aol.com or call 332-7825.

•Overeaters Anonymous. Are you a compulsive overeater? Under eater? Overeaters Anonymous can help. There is a meeting on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Rose of Lima Church, 2 Bayview Ave., Massapequa. For information about the meeting call Nancy 798-2547 (between 7 and 9 p.m.) or Ed 845-5423.

•Camille’s Dance every Sunday from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Club, Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. $14 includes snacks. Call 516-798-2162.

Monthly Events

•Massapequa Fire District regular monthly meetings are usually held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the firehouse, 1 Brooklyn Ave.. at 8 p.m. The board will also conduct monthly work sessions on the first, third, and when applicable, the fifth Monday of each month commencing at the same time.

•Nassau County Aquarium Society meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 66 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. Free parking, free admission, guests welcome. Refreshments served. Junior members always welcome. Call Mike Foran 798-6766; Ken Smith 631-589-0913 or Brandie 631-473-4018.

•Disabled America Veterans #143 was founded in 1920, is congressionally chartered and dedicated to building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families. DAV Chapter #143 includes members from all of Nassau County. Meetings are held from September to June on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at TOBAY’s Town Hall South, 977 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa. Call 797-6921 for further information or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Come and join your fellow veterans in support of each other.

•Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7763 Massapequa Park meets at 8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at 1012 Park Blvd. To become a member one had to serve overseas during conflict. Call 799-6758 or 796-8331.

•Massapequa Park Republican Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2 East Gate Rd. (corner of Front St.) Massapequa Park.

•Massapequa Park Garden Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m. at the Village Hall, Front St., Massapequa Park. Call 797-4899.

•St. Bernard’s W/W Interfaith Organization general meeting at 8 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Club, 2612 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. All are invited. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month. For further information contact Chris 631-842-6734.

•Dance Nights are held on the first and fifth Friday of every month from 9 p.m. to midnight at Amityville American Legion Post 1015, 70 Elm St., Copiague. Call John 631-691-7490.

•American Veterans Post #88 meets the second Friday of each month at 8 p.m. at 690 Broadway, Massapequa. Eligibility is open to active members of the armed forces and to all honorably discharged veterans. New members are welcome. AMVETS are veterans helping veterans and the community. For information call 798-9188.

•St. Bernard’s W/W Interfaith Organization Dance every fourth Friday at the Elks Club, Veterans Blvd., Massapequa, at 8 p.m. to midnight. $14. For further information call Chris 631-842-6734. New address and time.

•Networking For Referrals. A group of LI Professionals Networking (LIPNET) announces a bi-monthly schedule of networking for referrals in Massapequa. LI business people come together every other Friday at 7:45 a.m. at the Massapequa Diner, Sunrise Hwy. at Broadway (eastbound) for the purpose of meeting others to exchange business referrals. The meetings for growing businesses are open to all interested in sharing and receiving business leads. The group is looking for one representative from every business type as members for the ongoing exchange or referrals. First two meetings free. $5 for breakfast. For reservations call 795-1223, ext. 42.

Ongoing Programs

Free Food Offered To Those In Need

The community food pantry at St. Rose of Lima’s Community Outreach Center offers free, nonperishable food items to families and individuals in need. The pantry is fully operational and anyone who would like assistance can call 798-4954 or stop by the center at St. Rose of Lima, Merrick Rd.

Alix Rubinger Food Pantry

At Congregation Beth-El, 99 Jerusalem Ave. Open Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. Open to all who are in need regardless of religious affiliation.

Mishpacha And Me

Congregation Beth-El, 89 Jerusalem Ave. is offering Mishpacha (mommy, daddy, grandma, grandpa, aunt or uncle) and Me. The program is designed for children ages 18 months to 4 years old. It will be meeting twice per month on Sunday mornings and offer the opportunity to learn a little about Jewish customs, Bible stories, holiday celebrations and songs in a supportive, nurturing environment. For information or to pre-register call Barbara 541-0740. Congregation Beth-El is an egalitarian, Conservative synagogue.

Massapequa Park Senior Center

Welcome! Come join the Massapequa Park Senior Community Service Center, 379 Linden St., Massapequa Park (Our Lady of Lourdes School). Meet new people, lunch with friends. Experience new things: painting, sculpture, arts and crafts, Tai Chi, dancing, trips and much more. Transportation is available. Call today for a reservation 797-5357. Program sponsored by Catholic Charities Diocese of Rockville Centre. Funded by the NC Dept. of Senior Citizen Affairs, the NYS Office of the Aging and the U.S. Administration on Aging.

Seaford Senior Center

Catholic Charities Seaford Community Service Center, located in St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 2197 Jackson Ave., Seaford, welcomes persons age 60 and over to its multi-purpose senior center. Delicious hot meals are served daily and transportation is provided in the towns of Wantagh, Seaford, Massapequa and Massapequa Park. Trips, drama and art classes, card playing, bingo, parties and access to social services are offered. Call Laura Montefusco 679-8373.

YES Community Counseling Center

Located at 75 Grand Ave., YES is a nonprofit community-based agency licensed and funded by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Call 799-3203 or visit yesccc.org for information on the following:

•Adult Alcohol and Substance Abuse Psycho-Educational Series. This 10-week group is for adults whose lives have been affected by their alcohol or substance use. The program addresses the dynamics of addiction in a supportive environment at the beginning stage of recovery. Ongoing and open.

•Active Parenting Program. This six-week program is for parents seeking support and assistance in enhancing parenting skills. The group is offered several times throughout the year, based upon request and need in the community.

•Adolescent Alcohol and Substance Abuse Psycho-Educational and Support Group for males and females between the ages of 13 and 17 who are either at risk for or are currently using alcohol or substances. This program addresses the dynamics of addiction in the context of adolescent development. Ongoing and open.

News

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Sports

Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.

Calendar

Free Wine Tasting

Friday, April 18

Boating Course

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29



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