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Massapequans Receive School Honors

A crop of nine young Massapequans were recently honored by Kellenberg Memorial High School for noteworthy acheivements in drama and sports. The students, in different grades at the school, were all recognized for continually going above and beyond in their chosen field.

Massapequa Park resident and Kellenberg junior, Austin Nalaboff was a lead in this year’s Kellenberg Memorial Drama Club Production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” Austin was chosen from dozens of students to play the supporting role of “Gaston” where he performed in three shows to over 2,000 people.

Freshman Chris Love was named most valuable player on the boys cross country team. The coaches chose the Massapequa resident for his exceptional contributions. The same honor went to Massapequa resident and sophomore Mackenzie Miller, who was named most valuable player on the girls junior soccer team. Coaches also named Kylie Roberts, a sophomore, a most valuable player on the girls junior varsity soccer team as well.

Coaches named sophomore and Massapequa resident Sophia Nemeth as the most improved player for the Kellenberg girls junior varsity soccer team. Nemeth’s hardwork on the field set her apart and highlighted a noteworthy season for the athlete. Also on the soccer field, sophomore Meghan Connolly, a Massapequa resident, was awarded the junior varsity commitment award for her outstanding effort and devotion to the team. Coaches said her actions at practice and in competition netted her the award.

Meanwhile, Massapequa resident and freshman Jessie Brower was award the most improved player award for the Kellenberg girls junior varsity volleyball team. Brower‘s effort over the course of the season has set her apart as an athlete worthy of recognition for her improvement.

In boys soccer, Massapequa resident and Kellenberg sophomore Trevor Sheridan was honored with the Commitment Award for his outstanding effort and devotion to the boys junior varsity soccer team. And Ryan Romeo, a Massapequa resident and junior, received the Commitment Award for his on the field dedication to the boys varisty soccer team.


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.


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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