Written by Ronald Scaglia, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 07 December 2012 00:00
Massapequa Park resident Dan Pearl, 40, has been selected to fill the vacancy on the Massapequa Park Village Board that was created with the passing of longtime trustee Harry Jacobson. Mayor James Altadonna has previously stated that the position was not immediately filled in order to pay respect to Jacobs and to honor his many contributions to the village. After waiting what the mayor believes is an appropriate amount of time, Pearl has been picked to be the fifth member of the village board.
“I’m very excited,” said Pearl when speaking about his appointment to the board. “I want to help the residents of the community and make the community better.”
Pearl and his wife, Alison, are the parents of three sons. Pearl has lived in Massapequa Park for 13 years. Previously, he lived in Massapequa, where he grew up. He is a graduate of Massapequa High School and Farmingdale State College. Currently, Pearl is the deputy commissioner for the Department of Environmental Resources with the Town of Oyster Bay. He has been in that position for four years and has worked for the town for 18 years. He believes that experience will help him with his new role as a trustee.
“I’ve worked with thousands of residents as it [Oyster Bay’s Department of Environmental Resources] is a very community oriented department,” he remarked. “I’ll be able to bring my government experience [to the position], and bring another point of view.”
In addition to his work with the town, Pearl has also been a volunteer firefighter with the Massapequa Fire Department and is a coach with Massapequa Little League. Additionally, he is a member of the Sons of Italy and the Knights of Pythias, and he is part of an organization called Jets For America, an organization that raises money for families facing medical or financial hardships. That group does a lot of work with Winthrop Hospital.
In assuming the role, Pearl takes the position held by Jacobson, who was quite popular. Pearl said he hopes to serve in the same manner as the late trustee.
“Harry was a well-respected trustee,” commented Pearl. “He was an avid fighter and just an all around nice man. It’s really big shoes to fill. I got to know him and he always had the best interests of the residents at heart and I want to continue that legacy.”
Pearl said that he supports Mayor Altadonna’s plan to build an emergency care center in the village. As a firefighter, he said he shares the mayor’s concern that there isn’t a facility that’s close enough to treat village residents in the event of a life or death situation.
“I think it’s a good thing,” said Pearl about building such a facility. “There’s really not much around here within close distance, other than St. Joseph’s. I think it’s a great idea to look into that.”
As for the other issues, Pearl said he would like to assume his duties before commenting. He said that he hopes to learn from other board members, and continue the work they have been doing.
“Keep things going,” he said, about what he hopes to accomplish. The village has been going in a great direction. I want to learn and be a part of that.”
It is expected that Pearl will be sworn in at the Massapequa Park Village Board Meeting to be held on December 10.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00
As voters in the Massapequa Union Free School District approach the Tuesday, May 21, budget vote, the proposed spending plan retains popular educational programs while keeping the rise in spending to 1.49 percent.
Despite what district officials call unprecedented increases in state-mandated employer pension contributions, as well as rising health insurance costs, the overall budget is up just over $2.7 million.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
After Massapequa resident Sol Goldstein and several friends helped finish building a house for a family 20 years ago for Habitat for Humanity, they had a question: “What do we do now?” They were all retired, had enjoyed working together and accomplishing something for a family in need, and wanted to do more.
“I was looking for something [to do] hands-on,” said Joe Botkin, of Williston Park, a retired principal, who had worked with Goldstein in building the home.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Vinny Zanfardino started his coaching career in 1997 when he stepped up to coach his daughter’s Little League team.
What started as a hobby turned into a full-blown obsession for Zanfardino, 48. Coaching became an outlet to do some good for children while staying close to the game he loves: baseball.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
On Saturday, May 18, the Town of Oyster Bay will conduct a ceremony to officially re-name its golf course in honor of Joseph Colby, a resident of Massapequa Park who served as the Town of Oyster Bay’s 56th supervisor. The Honorable Joseph Colby was appointed supervisor in 1977 and was elected to that office five times in the following ten years. He was then elected as a New York State Supreme Court Justice in 1988, a post he held through his retirement from public service in 1992. The unveiling will take place at the main entrance of the course off South Woods Road in Woodbury.
“When the sign for Honorable Joseph Colby Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course is unveiled, it will celebrate an outstanding career in public service,” Supervisor John Venditto said. “Joseph Colby has always had the needs of the public as his top priority and has been widely respected for his innovation and responsiveness. This golf course will now forever bear his name as a tribute to his outstanding legacy.”