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Burns Park Hosts Fest For Football

Sports enthusiasts from throughout the Town of Oyster Bay are invited to attend a Family Football Night at John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa on Wednesday, August 28, at 7 p.m. Residents will feel like a part of the action during the evening’s planned activities, including a live interactive scrimmage with players from LIU Post.

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto said the unique event will allow fan to go inside the game and experience football from a different perspective.

“Coaches of the LIU Post Pioneers have agreed to wear a microphone during the practice, giving attendees the feeling of being inside the huddle,” said Venditto. “Attendees will discover some of the complex strategy and nuances that go into an NCAA football program.”

Admission will be free for Town residents, but all attendees are encouraged to bring a can of food, which will be donated to Island Harvest to benefit the fight against hunger. The event will be preceded by a youth clinic featuring players and coaches from LIU Post, as well as a player barbecue, which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

“The Town of Oyster Bay is pleased to support the sport of football, which is interwoven in the fabric of the Long Island community,” said Venditto. “It’s an honor to have an outstanding college team like LIU Post practicing on one of our fields. I believe it speaks volumes about our outstanding facilities here in the Town, which are considered to be among the finest in the nation.”

Venditto said the Family Football Night will provide a memorable night for fans of the sport and provide a rare opportunity to learn the sideline plays from coaches.

“The collegiate players serve as roles models for the Town’s young players, who can, one day, aspire to further their own education through athletics,” he said “Best of all, this event celebrates the game of football and advances a worthwhile charitable endeavor at the same time.”

News

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.

Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch was hopping with excitement (not to mention an overload of cuteness) recently when they held their Bunnies, Bunnies, Bunnies event; a chance for kids of all ages to meet and learn all about — what else? — baby bunnies.

Judy Wilson, a Miller Place resident, is an independent contractor for Nassau and Suffolk County Library system; she normally heads many different arts and crafts programs throughout the year, but in late March every year she takes on a special responsibility that is sure to always pack the youngsters in.


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.

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Friday, April 18

Boating Course

Saturday, April 26

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