Written by Joe Scotchie: JScotchie@antonnews.com Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00
Tragedy struck the Massapequa area last Monday when Ellen Meany, a local mother of three children, succumbed to injuries sustained in a vehicular accident, one that took place on Thursday, March 8.
On Tuesday, Nassau County police reported Ms. Meany’s passing, saying that she was pronounced dead on Monday, March 12 at 6:45 p.m.
At a press conference held on Friday, March 9, Det. Vincent Garcia said Ms. Meany’s condition was then listed as critical with severe head injuries. However, those injuries proved too great to overcome and so another family tragedy has come to the Village of Massapequa Park.
According to published reports, both neighbors and Ms. Meany’s husband, Tom, described the deceased as a dedicated stay-at-home mother who occasionally enjoyed bike riding on good days. Her husband also told the media that his sole concern now is the welfare of his late wife’s three children, two girls and a boy, ages 11, 9, and 7, all of whom attend Massapequa public schools. Published reports added that the family was seeking the comfort of a local parish priest, while leaving the aftermath of the accident to Nassau County detectives.
Ellen Meany was a native of Wantagh and a graduate of Wantagh High School. In addition to her husband and three children, she is survived by her mother, Pat Scanlon, also a resident of Wantagh, and a brother, Michael, a resident of Babylon.
Services took place both last Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Massapequa Funeral Home. The funeral Mass was scheduled for Friday morning at St. Rose of Lima.
Nassau County detectives are still looking for the driver who struck the victim during the accident, one that police said took place on Unqua Road at 11:35 a.m. on March 8.
At the March 9 press conference, Det. Garcia gave details of the accident, while also updating the possible make of the car.
The victim, Det. Garcia said, was riding her bicycle southbound in the northbound travel lane of Unqua Road near Morris Lane when she accidentally struck the mirror of a legally parked vehicle. The victim then fell off her bicycle and landed on the roadway.
The fatal injury occurred when the victim was then struck by an unidentified driver in a vehicle driving northbound on Unqua. The driver, Det. Garcia said, left the scene without stopping to report the accident.
Det. Garcia said that the vehicle was originally described as a mid-1990s teal-colored Ford Taurus or a metallic green Mercury Sable.
At the press conference, Det. Garcia said that further investigation revealed that the car is believed to be a mid to late 1990s pacific blue Mercury Sable. At the same time, the vehicle, Det. Garcia, said “could be something different,” in this case, the teal-colored Ford Taurus or the metallic green Mercury Sable described earlier.
Det. Garcia appealed for help, asking that any body shops in the area be on the lookout for the vehicles described, especially those with damage on the driver’s side.
Det. Garcia added that the victim was accompanied by another female bicyclist, who escaped injury.
Detectives request anyone with information regarding this accident to call either the Homicide Squad at 573-7788 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”