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Massapequa Park is a small incorporated village located within the town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County on New York's Long Island. Located on the South Shore of Long Island, it measures slightly larger than two square miles in area. It is bordered by East Massapequa to the east, South Farmingdale to the north, North Massapequa to the northwest, and Massapequa to the west. Its southern border is made by South Oyster Bay, a natural harbor formed by Jones Beach Island. Originally inhabited by the Massapequa, a band of the Lenape tribe, Massapequa Park was later settled by German families, and known at that time as Wurtenberg or Stadtwurtemburg. In 1928 the area was developed under the Massapequa Park name as a community for Irish-Americans. The village was formally incorporated in 1931. The village remains largely Irish to this day, and retains many of its Irish street names. Students in Massapequa Park attend schools in the Massapequa Public School district. Elementary school-age children can attend Unqua Elementary School, McKenna, Elementary School, Lockhart Elementary School, Fairfield Elementary School, East Lake Elementary School, and Birch Lane Elementary School. All students then attend Berner Middle School for seventh and eighth grades. In ninth grade, students attend the Ninth Grade Center at the Ames Campus of Massapequa High School; after ninth grade, they attend Massapequa High School until graduation. Massapequa High School is known as an excellent school, boasting a low drop-out rate and great sports teams. Sports offered at Massapequa High include Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Field Hockey, Football, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Bowling, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Rifle, Track & Field, Wrestling, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, and Lacrosse. They also offer over 50 clubs and activities, including an in-school radio station, Drama Club, a choir, a Jazz Ensemble, Knitting Club, Mathletes, Mock Trail, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Science Olympiad, and more. Notable alumni from the school include Alec Baldwin, Candy Darling, Jerry Seinfield, Brian Setzer, and Timothy Van Patten. Massapequa Park has a number of public parks within its borders for residents to enjoy. These include Brady Park, which contains a Little League baseball field, children's playground, basketball, bocci, shuffleboard and horseshoe courts, picnic areas, a lake, grills for barbecuing, a veteran's memorial, and a stage for community events. Brady Park also includes the town's community center. Colleran Park, in the southern end of the village, offers relaxation to residents, with a gorgeous view of Great South Bay. It also includes a tot lot. Mansfield Park is in the northern end of the village, and includes baseball diamonds, two soccer fields, and a bicycle/jogging path. Massapequa Park also holds a number of special events for residents, including parades on Memorial Day, a special Fourth of July weekend, a street fair, and breakfasts in the park. They hold a yearly Massapequa Cares day every spring to benefit the Veterans Administration Hospital. Additionally, local groups hold other special events: every July the Ancient Order of Hibernians holds an Irish Night, and the Knights of Columbus hold a Halloween Parade.

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