Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00
“As a community-based agency, we feel a very strong responsibility to do whatever we can,” said Jamie Bogenshutz, executive director of YES.
The school personnel set up a website, helpmassapequa.org so that donations may be made to raise revenue for gift cards and supplies that are needed by area residents who lost so much. They also reached out to NYSUT and soon afterward, two vans of pet food, cleaning products, paper towels, gloves, bleach, heaters and other needed supplies were on their way to YES for distribution.
“They’re just an amazing group of people,” Bogenshutz remarked about the school personnel who coordinated the effort.
Soon a tractor-trailer was set up behind the offices of YES to distribute the supplies to those in need. For those who wish to help out, Bogenshutz says that donations can be made on the helpmassapequa.org website, or by contacting YES by phone at (516) 799-3203 or by visiting the center at 75 Grand Avenue. Additionally, the executive director says that although YES is not accepting clothing donations at this time, donations of needed items such as food, household cleaning supplies, gloves, paper towels, school suppliers, toiletries, toilet paper, paper towels, duct tape, and batteries are appreciated. Those who wish to make a monetary donation may also give money or gift cards so that victims may use the donations for items they know they need, rather than what others think they might need.
“The wonderful thing about living in this community is it’s a strong healthy community and people are loving and kind and that’s what will get everybody through this,” commented Bogenshutz. “It’s getting through these next few weeks with people living without power and heat, and homes that have burned down.”
YES CCC is coordinating with social workers in school districts, to get the donations to the families who need it most. In addition, the center is working to help in other ways. Bogenshutz says that YES has offered its building to other agencies that were damaged by the storm, so that counseling and support services could continue for those who need it in other communities. In addition, Bogenshutz says that YES is there to provide services to those who need it to get through the destruction the storm brought to the area, including critical emotional support services.
“The emotional support is very important,” she says. “We have to make sure that people get connected and get straight information.”
Bogenshutz says that YES staff have found that simple conversations with local residents can quickly turn into tearful recounts of how much has been lost. She also adds that it’s important that parents understand how difficult this experience may be for children. According to Bogenshutz, parents should realize that it is normal for children to be afraid to walk by trees or water in the aftermath of the storm. She also adds that adults should take care of themselves as well as they cope with the devastation the storm brought.
“In order to care of your children, you must take care of yourselves,” she advises. “Take a break from work, go to a place that gives them some comfort. I think a lot of people are tired of hearing that it could have been worse. For some it’s as bad as it can be. The hope is tomorrow will be a little better than today was. Take time to breathe, relax, eat a nice hot meal and they should not lose sight of what they do have. Remember that they have gotten through crises before.”
Those who were affected by the storm are encouraged to call YES CCC for help, whether they need services or tangible supplies. For more information about YES, log on to www.yesccc.org.
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.