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Accident Cl­­­aims Massapequa Resident

Ellen Meany, 45, was a mother of three; accident took place on Unqua Road

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.

Vehicle Description

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.


These days, when local residents are more used to storefronts locking their doors for good as opposed to opening them for the first time, there’s nothing like seeing a home-grown business prosper and even grow despite a stifling economy.  

That’s just what the owners of community stalwart Bestever Bakery have accomplished thus far, as they recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their second location, at 1030 Park Blvd. in Massapequa Park, which first opened toward the end of January of this year.

Two Massapequa School District staff members and a longtime PTA volunteer were honored for “Shining above the Rest” during SCOPE Education Service’s 13th Annual School District Awards Dinner.

The non-profit organization — known for providing educational support services to school districts — presented a SCOPE 2013 Award of Excellence to Unqua Elementary School teacher Kira Wilkens, social worker Joanne Waters and PTA Council President Allison Prystupa in recognition of their exemplary service to education.


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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