Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00
Unqua Elementary School students met their guardian angels, the students and staff at Milton Terrace South Elementary School in Ballston Spa, New York, during a 30-minute videoconference aimed at expressing their appreciation for the more than $1,500 in clothes and gift cards their upstate friends donated to the district’s Sandy victims. The Massapequa School District was adopted by Milton Terrace South through the Schools Helping Schools program, launched by the New York State Council of School Superintendents as a way for districts to help other districts devastated by Sandy.
Unqua students were tickled to see the entire Milton Terrace South student body for the first time and thank them for rallying together to help their recovery, and Milton Terrace South students were equally thrilled to gain a better understanding of how the storm impacted their Massapequa peers and how their generosity helped them get through this difficult time.
“This was a great healing process for our students and a powerful way to bring to life the people that showed so much care and concern for them,” said Unqua Principal Deanna Catapano.
During a question and answer format, students explained where they were when the storm hit, the damage their homes incurred, where they had to evacuate to and the stress they and their families felt throughout the horrifying ordeal.
At one point, Unqua students waved American flags and held guardian angel figures for everyone at Milton Terrace South to see. Nearly 350 students from Massapequa School District were initially displaced because of Sandy, according to district officials. About 140 are not yet back in their homes.
Milton Terrace South reached out to the district after conducting numerous fundraisers such as a Taste of Milton Terrace South luncheon and a school-wide Have a Heart clothing and gift card drive, which garnered overwhelming results.
“Their generosity was truly above and beyond what we could have imagined,” said Dr. Thomas Fasano, assistant to the superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, who worked closely with Milton Terrace South on the delivery of their donations. “This videoconference was the perfect way for students at both schools to learn from a very difficult situation.”
The videoconference came on the heels of another Sandy-related event called Massapequa Breathes. This free, family-fun event gave residents devastated by Sandy the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon filled with food, entertainment and goods from local vendors. Sponsored by Massapequa YES Community Counseling Services, the Massapequa School District, the Massapequa PTA Council and the Chamber of Commerce, the event also acknowledged many people in the community who helped residents recover.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
For the first time in its history, the Massapequa High School Mock Trial Team was invited to hone its skills at Harvard University’s High School Training Seminar. The seminar offers a range of basic and advanced classes that better position teams to win state and national competitions.
Participants — seniors Rebecca Girardin, Jenna Petrungaro, Christie Flanders, Cameron Wunderlin, Justin Jakubowski and juniors Selin Solen, Jeremy Wiss, Griffin Konen, Emily O’Leary, Nicole Feeley, Nicolle Dananberg, Taylor DelValle, Jillian Prystupa and Katie McMahon — called the experience, “amazing.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With the Nassau County title on the line, junior kicker Zach Kolodny was the most composed player on the field. With time expiring, he booted the game-winning kick to send the Farmingdale Dalers into the Long Island Championship with a 29-26 victory over the Massapequa Chiefs.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Kolodny. “I was confident from the beginning that I would make the kick,” he added. “We practice this every day.”
The game featured a bevy of twists and took on a completely different feel in the fourth quarter than it did for the first three quarters.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.
The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.