Written by Joe Scotchie: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00
With its third anniversary coming this fall, Drug Free Massapequa (DFM) will hold a Tribute Concert on Saturday, April 21, one that will honor State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, as DFM takes stock of its past and looks toward the future.
“Progress is great,” said Janice Talento, president and CEO of DFM, while adding that the organization is still battling what she claims is an epidemic on Long Island.
“Every year we lose over 365 children island wide to overdoses, and in 2009-2011, more than ten of our children have died due to heroin overdose in the Massapequa community alone,” a flier for the April 21 grimly reported.
Still, Talento is pleased with DFM’s growth and the response it continues to receive from local residents. In fact, its growth has been such that DFM officially goes under the name of Drug Free Long Island, Inc. A sister alliance, South Huntington Against Drugs has also been formed under the Drug Free Long Island banner.
The April 21 concert will be held at 8 p.m. at Massapequa High School. It will feature the singer Helene Masiko performing her Cher tribute act. Similar acts are Rag Doll, a Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute band, and The Fellas, who will perform their tributes to The Temptations.
In addition to Assemblyman Saladino, other dignitaries hoped to be in attendance are Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, State Senator Charles Fuschillo, Nassau County Legislature’s Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt, and Town of Oyster Bay Clerk Steven J. Labriola.
Assemblyman Saladino will be honored, Talento said, for his service to DFM right from the time they set up operations in October 2009. That includes Saladino’s own work on the drug problem on Long Island, including setting up a Heroin Task Force and sponsoring trips to Albany for DFM members when the organization was first starting out. The assemblyman, Talento noted, attended DFM’s first public rally, one held at the Massapequa Long Island Railroad station October 2009. He also offered his services on how to run a non-profit organization, while also attending the DFM’s Awareness Walk, held in September 2011. “He [Saladino] helped us to get off the ground,” Talento said.
For the past three years, DFM has held educational workshops on a monthly basis with speakers from agencies throughout Long Island, plus those from the district attorney’s office and the Nassau County Police Department. DFM’s most high-profile action so far has been the role it took in prosecuting Dr. Sanji Francis, the Merrick-based physician accused of selling prescription drugs to undercover police. In October 2010, Francis, for his conviction, received a six-month prison sentence with five years probation. At the time of Francis’ arrest in December 2009, Police Commissioner Lawrence W. Mulvey thanked the Massapequa community for their sense of awareness that helped to lead to the investigation and eventual arrest of Francis. Despite that praise and the work of Nassau County prosecutors, the verdict proved disappointing to DFM members who had hoped for a longer term.
Proceeds from the April 21 concert will be used primarily to launch a Youth Center; which DFM members hope will provide a “healthy place” for Massapequa area youth to congregate.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:58
These days, raising kids is rougher and tougher than ever — sometimes parents just need a break. And when that break is beaconing, both new parents and old pros look to the ever-reliable babysitter to provide a few hours respite from the many duties of caring for children.
However, parents often have a difficult time locating an honest, trustworthy and reliable babysitter in a pinch. But the Massapequa Public Library’s Babysitter Job Fair aimed to remedy this problem.
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00If there’s one thing that ever Tom, Dick, and Jane should keep a tight leash on, it’s the health of their ticker. Heart disease is one of the most prolific causes of death in the United States, and it’s a very avoidable malady provided you keep tabs on your blood pressure; it only takes moments, but just might save your life.
Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island (VNA) holds regular monthly free blood pressure screenings at the Massapequa Public Library; Marie Gilchrist, a registered nurse who runs the screenings, said that it’s just a way for VNA to give back to the people they serve each and every day.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.
The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Town of Oyster Bay will host two Saturday night prime time high school ice hockey contests this season as part of its High School Hockey Night in Oyster Bay series held at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Ice Skating Center on Stewart Avenue in Bethpage, according to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto.
Starting off the series will be the Massapequa Chiefs taking on the Syosset Braves on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. The second contest, featuring the Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks and the Bethpage Golden Eagles, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m.