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, 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,”