Written by Ronald Scaglia, email@example.com Friday, 11 January 2013 00:00
“You could smell the gas for blocks.”
That’s how Friendly’s Restaurant employee Steven Shapiro described the scene when Sunrise Highway was recently shut down because of an accident that occurred in the parking lot of Friendly’s on Dec. 31. According to witnesses, a green Toyota struck gas pipes outside of the restaurant, creating a hazardous situation as gas leaked out. Sunrise Highway was shut down and both businesses and homes in the vicinity were evacuated as crews worked to repair the damage. According to eyewitness Carl Oberle, an employee at Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, the vehicle struck the gas pipes below the shutoff valve, so the gas could not be turned off. Therefore, repair crews had to dig underneath the curb, outside of the restaurant, to get to the gas lines, in order to turn off the gas.
Oberle told The Massapequan Observer, that a woman with what appeared to be several generations of her family returned a rental car to Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, before the group headed to Friendly’s. When she left the restaurant, her car apparently struck the side of the restaurant where the gas pipes are located.
“I told her, ‘You need to get away from the car,’“ Oberle recalled saying to her.
Erica Weitz works in the Friendly’s where the accident occurred and was there when the incident happened. She recalled that after the family had eaten and left the restaurant, one woman came back into the restaurant quite flustered. Weitz recalled her saying, “Our car malfunctioned and we hit into the side of your building.”
We hit the gas line and there’s gas leaking everywhere.”
Weitz said that she went outside and could smell gas immediately. She went back into the restaurant and instructed her colleagues, as well as customers that the restaurant needed to be evacuated.
“It was pretty scary,” she said. “I came in and grabbed everybody’s stuff and said ‘Let’s leave the building.’“
Weitz said that Friendly’s was closed from around 11:45 a.m. until about 6:30 p.m., when it was reopened. She said that IHOP welcomed her and other refugees into their establishment and served hot chocolate. Even there, she says the smell of gas was still quite noticeable. Meanwhile, Oberle and his colleagues went elsewhere to wait out the repairs. The rental car business was shut down for several hours during the evacuation. The highway was reopened later that day and residents were allowed back into their homes. No injuries were reported.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
For the first time in its history, the Massapequa High School Mock Trial Team was invited to hone its skills at Harvard University’s High School Training Seminar. The seminar offers a range of basic and advanced classes that better position teams to win state and national competitions.
Participants — seniors Rebecca Girardin, Jenna Petrungaro, Christie Flanders, Cameron Wunderlin, Justin Jakubowski and juniors Selin Solen, Jeremy Wiss, Griffin Konen, Emily O’Leary, Nicole Feeley, Nicolle Dananberg, Taylor DelValle, Jillian Prystupa and Katie McMahon — called the experience, “amazing.”
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:58
These days, raising kids is rougher and tougher than ever — sometimes parents just need a break. And when that break is beaconing, both new parents and old pros look to the ever-reliable babysitter to provide a few hours respite from the many duties of caring for children.
However, parents often have a difficult time locating an honest, trustworthy and reliable babysitter in a pinch. But the Massapequa Public Library’s Babysitter Job Fair aimed to remedy this problem.
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.