Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00
“Peter Schmitt will truly be missed, will always be remembered, and will never be replaced,” said Congressman Peter King who spoke at the funeral.
King recalled Schmitt as a man who fought hard for his beliefs and his constituents, and was always honest and direct. In doing so, King said that Schmitt was not afraid to offend the media when fighting for the people he represented. In fact, King joked that he referred to Schmitt as “Mr. Congeniality,” and although he used the term facetiously, he says it was quite appropriate.
“He really was a congenial guy,” King said. “I never knew anyone who was more approachable or who enjoyed giving a helping hand to those who needed it.”
Schmitt’s daughter, Samantha, expressed similar sentiments. She spoke lovingly about her father, and said that despite the gruff exterior that he sometimes presented, Schmitt was a gentle, caring man.
“He may have acted tough, but deep down he was a huge teddy bear,” she said.
Samantha also recalled him as being extremely devoted to his family. She spoke of how her parents met while they were both in college, and 40 years later, they remained best friends, who would walk down a street together holding hands. Samantha also said that she had never seen her father as happy as he was when he would spend time with his only grandson, Logan, even though it was a side to him that the public didn’t always see. In fact, she said that although he loved going into the office, the one thing that could keep him away was his family, and two days before died, Schmitt took the day off to spend time with his grandson. Samantha said that she is very grateful that her father and her son had that one final opportunity to be together.
“I love you Dad,” she concluded, as she spoke through tears.
Associate Pastor, Lachlan T. Cameron, conducted the funeral mass. During the mass, he offered words of assurance to Schmitt’s family. He also had kind words for Schmitt’s widow and said he could easily understand how the couple remained so deeply in love for so many years.
“Lois, I see the graciousness that Peter loved and cherished all the years of your life,” he said to her.
Peter Schmitt was born in 1950. He attended St. Anne’s School in Garden City, Sewanhaka High School and Hofstra University. He had worked for the Town of Oyster Bay before being elected to the Nassau County Legislature in 1995, a position he held until his death. Schmitt is the only person to represent the 12th Legislative District since its inception.
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,”