A group of East Lake Elementary students recently took their agile minds on a creative odyssey.
Youngsters Joseph Belfiore, Alex Lawless, Julia Mauro, James Murphy, Katie Smith and Christian Snyder placed second overall in their division as part of the Odyssey of the Mind Competition. The children, members of the Magnet Gifted and Talented, competed against seventh and eight graders in the regional competition held March 1.
There may have been a polar vortex outside, but inside Studio 5404 things were heating up as guests arrived to view the new exhibit, Living In Color. More than 100 people arrived and enjoyed the new art exhibit while listening to wonderful music by Pandafan. Owner and artist Lori Horowitz discussed what the new art show represents.
“Living In Color are new paintings visualizing awareness of real life using color as abstracting,” she said. “Ten new artists are on display, some emerging artists, some international artists and some local artists. I put out an open call submission and I collect artists. When I find work that is suitable that comes together I put together a show based on like content or style. The exhibit will run until April 15.”
Anyone who laughs too loudly at a library is likely to receive stern warnings to pipe down — unless there happens to be a library event that encourages giggles and guffaws.
As luck would have it, just such an event has become a regular occurance at libraries from western Nassau to the East End. Laughs at the Library has booked shows at local libraries for the past 10 years, bringing clean humor to audiences of all ages. Founded by Long Island comedian Mark Brier, Laughs at the Library attracts local performers including Massapequa’s Pat Gagliardi and Hicksville’s Eddie Faicco.
With Democrats and Republicans vying for a majority in the Senate, both parties announced their picks for the 8th district seat within days of each other; the Nassau County Republican Party tapped Massapequa Legislator Michael Venditto and the Democratic Committee put their hopes behind Merrick Legislator Dave Denenberg.
Last week, Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, along with Nassau County Legislator Michael Venditto and Mayor Jeff Pravato of Massapequa Park, hosted an event at the Massapequa Fire Department to honor the 279 firefighters for their heroic efforts during Hurricane Sandy with official New York Certificates of Merit.
The event was to also introduce a new bill to the New York State Legislation which will empower county executives to mandate that an electric utility provider shut off power to portions of neighborhoods in the event of a disaster.
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and the Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the Town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.
Massapequa residents joined in the 6th annual North Hempstead Polar Plunge at North Hempstead Beach Park on Saturday. A total of 600 Long Islanders took on the plunge to benefit the Special Olympics. In total, everyone raised nearly $85,000, and they were rewarded with the feeling of accomplishment.
Massapequa residents Jaclyn Wukovitz, 25, Joe Mottola, 50, Sue Mottola, 51 and Mike Freitas, 34, from Mineola took on the plunge side-by-side. The polar bear team “H2M” raised about $5,000.
Taking a successful step in the music business requires plenty of talent, but also a measure of luck. And for a trio of local musicians, a recent one-off performance sparked a whirlwind of attention and video clicks.
Carolyn Miller of Massapequa, Mikel James of Farmingdale and David Wong of Huntington Station were on separate musical paths before convening to record a cover of “Say Something,” a song originally released by A Great Big World and then re-released featuring Christina Aguilera.
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
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