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YES Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 30


Thursday, April 24

Strength Training

Also at the Massapequa Library, learn how to master effective and safe exercises to build muscular strength and endurance safely and effectively with a strength training course from 10 to 11 a.m. Registration fee is required — payments over $25 must be made by check only — register at the circulation desk.


Friday, April 25

Line Dancing

Presented by the Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., line dancing with Sherry Palencia is coming from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For the past 20 years, Sherry Palencia has become a well-known personality in the world of line dancing. Her talent as an entertainer and her fame as a dance instructor have taken her from the Lincoln Center in New York to numerous engagements across the country. Registration and fee required. For more information, call Jody Brower at 516-799-0770 ext. 316.

Broken Dreams And Sexual Chocolate

The Vine Wine Cellar presents another tasting event at 4638 Merrick Rd. from 4 to 7 p.m. The creators of Sexual Chocolate (red wine) and Broken Dreams (Chardonnay) will come all the way from California to offer their dynamic wines to this tasting event. Join the Vine Wine Cellar for what is sure to be a fun time. For more information, call 516-590-7005.


Saturday, April 26

Boating Course

Join a boating safety course at the Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., starting at 9 a.m. The eight-hour course will cover boating laws, safety equipment, boat handling, navigation rules, trailing and how to operate personal watercraft. The cost is $50; call 516-799-0770 for more information and to register.

YES Fundraiser

The YES Community Counseling Center will present a fundraiser at the Nutty Irishman in Farmingdale. The concert, dubbed “Getting By With A Little Help From My Friends,” will feature the dynamic music of Half Step, The Therapy Band and Something In Between. Tickets are $40 per person, including a delicious dinner buffet. Visit www.yesccc.org or call 516-799-3203 to learn more about the event, sponsorship and to purchase tickets.


Monday, April 28

Aerobics At The Library

The Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., presents the opportunity to learn movements to improve cardiovascular efficiency, increase flexibility and improve body tone. Low impact means no strenuous exercises. Come and get fit without the pain. Dress comfortably, wear sneakers, bring water and a mat. Attendees are also encouraged to bring weights. The program is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required and a fee will be due at registration. For more information, contact Jody Brower at 516-799-0770.


Tuesday, April 29

Massapequa Memories

Come to the Massapequa Public Library, 523 Central Ave. location, at 2:30 p.m. and reminisce about the old days with Wilma Diehl, former assistant superintendent of the school district and long-time trustee of the Historical Society of the Massapequas. Attendees are encouraged to contribute their own stories and memories. Write down memories or bring photos of the old days. Help preserve Massapequa’s local history. Sign up in the reference department, call 516-798-4607 ext. 304 or just stop by on April 29.

Long Island Italian Americans

The Bar Harbour Auditorium at the Massapequa Public Library presents “Long Island Italian Americans: History, Heritage and Tradition,” from 2 to 4 p.m., presented by Salvatore LaGumina.


Wednesday, April 30

Spring Fashion Show

The Child Welfare Department of the Massapequa Woman’s Club is sponsoring its annual spring luncheon and fashion show Wednesday, April 30 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Coral House in Baldwin. All proceeds from the event are used to assist needy families with children in the community who are experiencing temporary financial harships. Come enjoy a delicious lunch, fashion show by Dress Barn and terrific raffles. The donation is $42 per person. Checks are to be made payable to Child Welfare. For more information, call Pauline Marzano at 516-765-3708.

April In Paris

The Massapequa Park Garden Club presents a floral demonstration, “April In Paris,” by Gail Klubnick and Susan Jaccard-Bayens of Tim’s Florist in Massapequa Park. The event, at Massapequa Park Village Hall, 151 Front St., will feature floral arrangements and more than 40 raffles including baskets, gift certificates and Money Tree. Dessert and coffee will be served. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call Rose at 516-796-0294 or Judy at 516-420-0339.


Thursday, May 1

LOL Comedy Night

Join Last Hope Animal Rescue at Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave. in Levittown, for LOL Comedy Night benefiting the Animal Rescue. Tickets are $20, all of which will be donated to Last Hope, and there is a two drink minimum. Governor’s offers a full menu, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early and have dinner. There will be a raffle basket and a 50/50, with all proceeds benefiting Last Hope’s dog and cat adoption programs plus community outreach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 8 p.m. Attendees are asked to arrive by 7 p.m. Purchase tickets using PayPal at www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org, all tickets purchased by April 25 will be mailed and tickets purchased after will be available at Will Call. Tickets can also be purchased by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 631-671-2588.

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



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