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A Stroll In The Park…Sort Of

Walking track at Burns Park reopened

For the first time since Superstorm Sandy struck the area, a portion of Burns Park has been reopened. 

The park, situated on the coastline, was one of the hardest hit parks in the Town of Oyster Bay. In the aftermath of the storm, it was submerged under eight feet of water. About 11 weeks after the storm hit the area, the walking track, bicycle track and basketball courts have been reopened. 

According to Marta Kane, spokesperson for the Town of Oyster Bay, full power has not been restored to the park as of yet, so the park is being illuminated by temporary lighting. The park will be open from dawn until 9 p.m. daily, but the fields and community centers remain closed until further notice. Some parents have expressed concern that the fields will not be opened in time for the beginning of the spring sports season.

“We’re testing all the fields,” said Kane. “There’s a discussion as to whether to repair or replace the fields. There’s been testing as recently as this week to see how secure the turf is. Our intention is to open for the spring season.”

Kane added that the south shore was hit particularly hard, and so Burns Park and Tobay Beach are the two most devastated facilities within the town. Tobay remains closed. Kane said that it is hoped that the beach will be reopened by the summer. She also added that town officials are hoping to be reimbursed by FEMA for the cost of the repairs.


News

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Sports

Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.

Calendar

YES Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 30



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