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Lavallee’s On First

Don Cheadle lobbed his best pitch from the mound at Citi Field just before the players trotted out to a thunderous applause. His Irish eyes were smiling, Keith Lavallee came across the Jumbotron and exclaimed the traditional game opening phrase, “play ball!”

A season ticket holder for more than 12 years, Lavallee, 53, was asked by Citi Field officials to take part in the opening rituals of the game. The tickets are a part of the law firm Lavallee runs with his father, Lavallee Law Offices, located on 4 W Gate in Farmingdale.  

His father and business partner, Raymond Lavallee, his eldest daughter, Laura Lavallee, and several close friends, joined the Massapequa native for the occasion.

“I’m glad [my father] came and I’m glad he didn’t put down the Mets,” said Lavallee.  

A Mets fan since the early 1970’s, Lavallee grew up going to games with his father, a staunch Yankees fan. Raymond Lavallee, 83, took his son to Mets games because, as Laura Lavallee said, “Shea was closer than Yankee Stadium.”

“He passed it down to us,” said Laura, 22.  “So now I’m a Mets fan.”

Keith Lavallee’s enthusiasm for the event was evident. More than 28,000 people, including some friends in the crowd, saw his ear-to-ear grin broadcast live on the big screne.

“I got a few text messages from friends in the stands saying ‘hey dude’ and ‘I just saw your face up there that’s so cool!’” said Lavallee.

The Lavallees, along with their close friends, enjoyed the game despite the 5-1 loss the Mets suffered to the Phillies.

“I had great time being there with my friends and family,” said Lavallee. “That’s what made it so much fun.”

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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