Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 07 September 2012 09:43
At its last meeting of the summer, the Village of Massapequa Park Board of Trustees dealt with the usual special permit issues, along with such fall issues as the 2012 Homecoming Parade. The BOT also authorized the village administrator to grant permission to Cablevision to solicit at residential homes in the village.
The BOT’s main concern of business was the installation of a 150-ft. Verizon cell tower on Sunrise Highway. The BOT had debated the issue at an earlier meeting and on Aug. 27, they approved a purchase of a parcel of land to install such a structure. Village officials said the BOT also approved a budget transfer of $5,000 from the village’s contingency account to purchase the land.
The land is only described as Section 57, Block 59, part of Lot 4B, a parcel previously owned by Nassau County. Village officials could not say when the cell tower would be in operation. The Sunrise Highway location is adjacent to a Long Island Rail Road parking lot; one located between the highway and the LIRR tracks.
The purchase is only happening because Verizon’s previous contract with the Massapequa Water District expired at the end of August. Village of Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna had hoped for a compromise agreement between the two parties. That didn’t happen and now the village will accommodate the communications giant.
The 1996 Federal Communications Act allows the FCC to preempt local municipalities that might have reservations about the construction of such cell towers. Massapequa village officials are hardly the first ones in Nassau County to voice their misgivings over such an expansion of federal powers.
In other news, the Cablevision permission allows that company’s representatives to solicit door-to-door in residential neighborhoods if they so desire. The annual 2012 Massapequa High School Homecoming Parade will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, at which time the Chiefs should be sporting another winning record. The BOT also approved sign permits for Sugar Rush Baker, Phountain and Maggie’s On The Park, the latter of which has also been approved for an outside table. The BOT has approved a storage container permit for a residence on Harbor Lane.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00
Watch out, Massapequa...there’s a “Blizzard” coming through.
The famous frosted ice cream treat, along with a plethora of other tasty menu items, are now available to Long Island residents as of 10 a.m. on June 10, when popular fast-food chain Dairy Queen held their much-anticipated grand opening in Massapequa.
First debuting in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois, Dairy Queen has since grown to more than 4,500 locations nationwide. However, this is its first Long Island-based location since the 1970’s; the chain has been absent from the island since then.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
America’s pastime gets the local treatment as Town of Oyster Bay officials announced Massapequa’s John J. Burns Town Park will host a special baseball game between the U.S. Military All-Stars and the Long Island Force High School All-Star team on Tuesday, June 25 at 8 p.m.
The teams will play for the 2013 Supervisor’s Trophy and honor the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform to protect the country.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00For a town with such a proud tradition of baseball excellence, the goal is always to reach the mountaintop. There is no reason to be demoralized, however, by a 1-0 season-ending defeat in the Long Island Class-AA Championship game, according to Head Coach Tom Sheedy.
“It was such a competitive game,” said Sheedy. “We had our chances, but today we didn’t come through.”
Massapequa put together a tremendous season, finishing with a 20-6 record and capturing another Nassau County title. They defeated MacArthur 7-5 in the prior week at Farmingdale State College to capture their 10th county title and first since 2009.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Two Massapequa residents from the opposite ends of the age spectrum led a strong contingent of runners down the stretch at Belmont Park and scored great finishes in the 2nd annual Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon 5-Kilometer Run to Fight Prostate Cancer June 2.
As the first woman in the 15-19 age group to cross the finish line, 16-year-old Chelsea Hroch of North Massapequa finished in 23 minutes and 10 seconds. Meanwhile, 81-year-old Howard Kestenbaum took second place in the 80 to 84 age group, with a time of 43:11.