The new contract between the Massapequa School District and its teachers killed the long-standing Spring Exhibit, an annual event meant to display the artistic talents of area elementary school children—and now parents are speaking out.
“I am saddened to hear that an event that fosters so much creativity and artistic expression in the children must be sacrificed for something as cold and unprotecting as the common core,” said Catherine Ferrara, a parent in the district. “I’m seeing this core curriculum forcing students to skip over the wonder of their childhood and taking away their thirst for knowledge.”
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Democratic candidate Tom Suozzi discussed community sustainability in a public forum at Hofstra University last Wednesday.
The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies hosted the forum during which a panel of four local experts probed the contenders on environmental and community growth issues.
Approximately 300 people attended the event. Local notables such as Fox News contributor Chris Hahn were among the crowd.
New York State Senator Kemp Hannon recently visited with members of the North Massapequa Fire Department at the Annual Columbus Lodge #2143 Order of Sons of Italy in America Festival on Broadway in North Massapequa.
The firefighters were on hand to provide fire and emergency services protection to the thousands of people who attended the festival, discuss fire prevention and promote the department’s annual Rag-A-Muffin costume parade slated for Sunday, October 27.
The parade, a favorite among children in the community for decades, is slated to begin at the corner of North Nassau Avenue and North Broadway in North Massapequa at 12 p.m. and conclude behind fire department headquarters with refreshments and giveaways for the kids. Parents can sign their children up at the start of the parade one hour prior to the event or by visiting www.nmfd-660.com.
When you think of the library, the images that typically spring to mind involve stacks and rows of books, studious students studying silently away, and computer monitors silently humming away.
What you don’t expect to run into are a gaggle of high-spirited ladies tearing up the carpet while engaging in a fun and exciting line dancing class. But fostering that sort of activity on a weekly basis at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch is just business as usual for North Babylon resident and dance enthusiast Sherry Palencia.
The new contract reached by the Massapequa School District and its teachers was made official recently with a few cuts, including a popular spring event.
Besides eliminating two half days on the elementary school level to add full instruction days and one half day during parent-teacher conferences, the new contract also shuts down the annual half day for the elementary school spring exhibit.
The entertainment industry is not for everyone. It can be a cutthroat venture peppered with pitfalls and rife with rejections, insults and jealousy. But the trials of the dramatic lifestyle are worth it if the performer is strong enough – and if the talent is too great to ignore.
North Massapequa resident Elora Dannon Rosch began exhibiting a flair for theatrics at a very young age. Her first audiences consisting of family and neighbors, Rosch would perform Disney until she had a routine all mapped out; then, should would perform it again.
Kids are spending too much time in front of the computer -- maybe it’s time for a class they can really sink their teeth into.
Kitchen Time Party Place in Massapequa is a fun-filled cooking adventure for children, as well as adults. Terry Seeman, from Levittown, the owner and chef is a delightful blend of wit and wisdom. She has been trained in health education for K-12 and has been involved with the company for the past 30 years, taking over the company 10 years ago when the former owner retired.
The Nassau County Legislature unanimously approved Nassau Events Center LLC’s plan to transform the 43-year old Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Plaza. County officials feel the agreement generates millions in economic benefit for Nassau County.
Under terms of the agreement, Nassau County will receive a percentage of revenue with a minimum level of revenue-sharing that escalates throughout the life of the contract. NEC is responsible for all construction, renovation and maintenance costs at the coliseum and plaza.
The American Red Cross has awarded a $60,000 grant to The Disability Opportunity Fund to support long-term recovery services for people with disabilities and their families affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The Disability Opportunity Fund (The DOF) will use the grant to help 50 families develop housing solutions and navigate the rebuilding process for their homes. The services will include individual counseling, assistance in locating possible properties, and advising on rehabilitation to make dwellings handicap-accessible on Long Island over the next 12 months. The DOF is a community finance organization based in Nassau County.
On any given day, crowds of people enjoy the newly completed portions of the Bethpage Bikeway Extension Project. From curious first timers to devoted regulars, the paths are filled with pedestrians, hikers, bikers, in-line skaters, racers and joggers all day long, into the evening.
The Bethpage State Parkway was built in the 1930s to provide access to the Bethpage State Park. The adjacent 8-mile bike path was built by New York State in the 1970s in order to connect Massapequa and the Massapequa Preserve 0n the southern end of the parkway to Bethpage State Park which on the northern end.
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