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.
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,”