Written by Ron Scaglia Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00
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.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00
Watch out, Massapequa...there’s a “Blizzard” coming through.
The famous frosted ice cream treat, along with a plethora of other tasty menu items, are now available to Long Island residents as of 10 a.m. on June 10, when popular fast-food chain Dairy Queen held their much-anticipated grand opening in Massapequa.
First debuting in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois, Dairy Queen has since grown to more than 4,500 locations nationwide. However, this is its first Long Island-based location since the 1970’s; the chain has been absent from the island since then.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
America’s pastime gets the local treatment as Town of Oyster Bay officials announced Massapequa’s John J. Burns Town Park will host a special baseball game between the U.S. Military All-Stars and the Long Island Force High School All-Star team on Tuesday, June 25 at 8 p.m.
The teams will play for the 2013 Supervisor’s Trophy and honor the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform to protect the country.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00For a town with such a proud tradition of baseball excellence, the goal is always to reach the mountaintop. There is no reason to be demoralized, however, by a 1-0 season-ending defeat in the Long Island Class-AA Championship game, according to Head Coach Tom Sheedy.
“It was such a competitive game,” said Sheedy. “We had our chances, but today we didn’t come through.”
Massapequa put together a tremendous season, finishing with a 20-6 record and capturing another Nassau County title. They defeated MacArthur 7-5 in the prior week at Farmingdale State College to capture their 10th county title and first since 2009.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Two Massapequa residents from the opposite ends of the age spectrum led a strong contingent of runners down the stretch at Belmont Park and scored great finishes in the 2nd annual Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon 5-Kilometer Run to Fight Prostate Cancer June 2.
As the first woman in the 15-19 age group to cross the finish line, 16-year-old Chelsea Hroch of North Massapequa finished in 23 minutes and 10 seconds. Meanwhile, 81-year-old Howard Kestenbaum took second place in the 80 to 84 age group, with a time of 43:11.