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Free Irish Night Concert

Saturday, June 29

Dig into Summer Reading

Tuesday, July 9

Classic Car Show

Sunday, July 14


Saturday, June 29

Free Irish Night Concert

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 15 of Nassau County and Massapequa, proudly presents an evening of Irish entertainment with live traditional Irish music by renowned Irish Entertainer Ed Ryan, and featuring Champion Irish Step dancers, with a performance by the Tara Pipes and Drums of Massapequa. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. at Brady Park on Front Street in the village of Massapequa Park. Homemade Irish soda bread, giftware, and refreshments will be available. For information, contact 516-799-5413 or 516-798-0244.


Sunday, June 30

Lee Mazzilli Appearance

New York Yankee and Met great Lee Mazzilli will be appearing at Cheeburger Cheeburger, 228 Airport Plaza Blvd. in Farmingdale, from 2 p.m. through 3 p.m. to meet guests and sign autographs.


Tuesday, July 2

Athletes for Life Blood Drive

From 2:30-8:30 p.m. at Long Island Blood Services, 905 Walt Whitman Road, Melville. For information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-655-2299.


Thursday, July 4

Members Barbecue

Beginning 2 p.m. at the Sunrise Detachment Marine Corps League #248, 99 Iwo Jima Blvd., Massapequa. For details, call 516-798-9369.


Tuesday, July 9

Dig into Summer Reading

The Plainedge Public Library, 1060 Hicksville Rd. in North Massapequa, is hosting a summer reading club for children entering grades 2 through 5 this September. The club runs from July 9 through August 1 and children come to the library once a week for reporting, stickers and prizes. The library will provide all materials the first week of the program. This is not a drop-off program. Reporting for stickers and prizes will take 5 to 10 minutes, after which each child will be brought back to their adult/parent. Children must be registered for each weekly session. For more information, visit www.plainedgeinfor.org or call 516-735-4133.


Wednesday, July 10

Active Parenting Group For Parents of Elementary School Age Children

YES Community Counseling Center will be conducting an active parenting program for parents of elementary school age children at our Massapequa office, at 75 Grand Ave., running for six weeks beginning July 10, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  The cost is $60.  If interested, contact Kathleen Coletta at YES Community Counseling Center, 516-799-3203.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis.  Parenting, like any other skill, is something learned, and learning “on the job” can be frustrating. Active Parenting is perhaps the most effective program ever offered in the “how to” of raising children.


Friday, July 12

Movie Magic From Massapequa Man

Massapequa Park resident John Carpenter, also known as the Movie Man, will screen “Chandu the Magician” at the East Meadow Library at 1886 Front St. on July 12 at 1 p.m. The 1932 film is the precursor to “Indiana Jones” style action-adventure movies and stars Bela Lugosi, of Dracula fame. This rollicking flick is perfect for all ages.


Friday, July 12

Mosaic Stepping Stone Craft

The Plainedge Public Library, 1060 Hicksville Rd. in North Massapequa, will host children entering grades 1 through 5 as of September for a class featuring instructor Samantha Raiten helping design and create a beautiful stepping stone for lawns and gardens. The library will charge a $1.50 materials fee per registered child. For more information, visit www.plainedgeinfor.org or call 516-735-4133.


Sunday, July 14

Classic Car Show

All makes and models welcome to Bethpage Federal Credit Union at 899 South Oyster Bay Rd in Bethpage for a classic car show. Live performance by one of Long Island’s top doo-wop bands, The Fabularies. Trophies, raffles, vendors, radio broadcast, and more. Download a car registration form at www.corvettesociety.com. Rain date: July 21. Show spots sell out each year, reserve early. For more information contact Joe at 516-849-2465.


Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 21

St. Christopher’s 2013 Feast

Swing over to 11 Gale Ave. in Baldwin for the annual feast at St. Christopher’s. There will be rides, games, food and music, as well as raffles. The feast begins at 6 p.m. on all four nights and runs until 10 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-223-0723.


Saturday, July 20

Oldies Night And House Fundraiser

Beginning 8 p.m. at the Sunrise Detachment Marine Corps League #248, 99 Iwo Jima Blvd., Massapequa. For details, call 516-798-9369.


Sunday, July 21

Summer Fair

Hicksville’s 11th Annual Summer Street Fair, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Kennedy Park, Route 107 and Jerusalem Avenue.


Saturday, August 17

Hicksville Run

The Greater LI Running Club has teamed up with the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce for the inaugural Discover Hicksville 5-mile run on Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. Course will start and finish at Cantiague Park. Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information contact 516-443-9204 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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

YES Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 30



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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