Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00Not even a mid-afternoon sun shower could dampen the spirits of so many who turned out to enjoy the annual Sons of Italy Italian feast held on Sunday, Sep. 30. Except for that brief shower, the weather was perfect as a large and enthusiastic crowd came to Broadway in North Massapequa to enjoy the event. The smell of Italian sausage, zeppoles, cotton candy, hot dogs and pizza permeated the air as participants enjoyed all the activities.
“It was a great day for the Massapequa community,” said Patricia Orzano who is the president of the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce and was also the grand marshal of the event. “It was a tremendous day of community pride. It’s just a fabulous festival equivalent to the best on the island. It’s a big day for the community. It’s a fun day for everybody. I was honored to be their grand marshal representing the business community.”
Bands played a variety of music that appealed to all generations. Vendors offered a multitude of items for purchase including jewelry, T-shirts, toys, and even hand-rolled cigars. Children delighted in all of the rides and games to play. The faces of young children lit up with excitement as they saw the ducks, goats and even a donkey that were in the petting zoo. The youngest children even got to take a ride on a pony.
“This is an amazing way to celebrate the Massapequa communities, our Italian heritage and to bolster our local economy, all while having a lot of fun,” commented New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino.
As John Roper and the Bob Knight Four belted out their rendition of “Ride Sally Ride,” the audience talked, shopped, enjoyed the fare and spent the early autumn Sunday in a carnival atmosphere.
“I come every year and I enjoy it,” said New York State Senator Charles Schumer. The senator greeted residents, shook hands and posed for pictures. He was one of the many elected officials on-hand greeting the crowd.
Keith Wilson, president of Columbus Lodge 2143 of the Order of the Sons of Italy, said that the event typically is very well-attended. Wilson said this year, that trend was continued.
“We’re just pleased everyone from Massapequa and surrounding areas came out,” he said.
While the event was a lot of fun, it also helped to bolster the local economy. In addition, there were many chances to contribute to worthy causes through raffles, donations, or even by adopting a pet. A greyhound rescue organization brought some of their greyhounds and the gentle canines were quite an attraction.
Another popular booth was provided by the Plainedge High School cheerleaders. Set up was a typical carnival activity in which a cheerleader sat perched above a pool of water, only to be dropped into the water when an accurately thrown ball would hit its target. Many took the opportunity to “dunk a cheerleader,” with the proceeds from the activity being used to pay for the expense of the team’s participation in the high school nationals competition.
A little bit of water didn’t dampen each team member’s spirit as smiles beamed from the cheerleaders even when they got “dunked,” just as some rain from the clouds couldn’t dampen the spirit of all those who came out to enjoy what has become a popular Massapequa tradition.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Ask anyone on Long Island where to go to get a quality cup of coffee, and you’ll probably hear a variety of answers; however, ask the same question in the Massapequas, and one response you’ll hear more often than not is “Massapequa Perk.”
Located at 117 Front Street in Massapequa Park, across from the Long Island Rail Road station, Massapequa Perk first opened its doors five years ago in August of 2008. They deal with tea, smoothies, and various food and dessert items, but their bread and butter, so to speak, is coffee — selling it, roasting it and educating people about it, said co-owner Lisa DiBenedetto
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With the Nassau County title on the line, junior kicker Zach Kolodny was the most composed player on the field. With time expiring, he booted the game-winning kick to send the Farmingdale Dalers into the Long Island Championship with a 29-26 victory over the Massapequa Chiefs.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Kolodny. “I was confident from the beginning that I would make the kick,” he added. “We practice this every day.”
The game featured a bevy of twists and took on a completely different feel in the fourth quarter than it did for the first three quarters.
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.