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The Bobcat Must Go

Agreement reached with town on wildlife in home

Bobby Horvath relaxed in his North Massapequa home one day last week, soon after he and his wife, Cathy, had reached an agreement with Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto that the couple could keep some of the animals and birds they rescued at home, although others would have to go, namely  Tasha the bobcat.

The agreement between the Horvaths and the town came after negotiations, which were sparked by a neighbor’s complaint, objecting to all of the wildlife at the house on North Wyoming Avenue.

“I’m very happy,” said Horvath, a 50-year-old New York City firefighter who once wanted to become a veterinarian. “We appreciate what the supervisor did. He was a gentleman.”

Things were not always so happy.  Horvath and his wife, a veterinary technician, had been wildlife rehabilitators for more than 20 years, taking in injured birds and animals, rehabilitating them, and in Horvath’s words “letting them tell us when they were ready to go.” Horvath said he had received one complaint about 10 years ago about his wildlife collection, but it came to nothing.  

Then, a few weeks ago, a neighbor complained, setting off tense times between the Horvaths and some town officials. The Horvaths were given a deadline of last week to get rid of all of the wildlife.

 According to published reports, supporters of the Horvaths contacted town hall. One of them delivered a printout of an online petition signed by more than 30,000 people worldwide, asking the town to allow the couple to keep the wildlife.

Over the past weekend, Horvath said, Venditto called him, and negotiations began. Venditto had been talking to the Horvaths before the petitions arrived.

The Horvaths will be allowed to keep some, but not all, of their wildlife. Tasha, the 22-year-old bobcat that has lived its whole life with the couple, will have to go. Some of the wildlife will go to the town’s animal shelter in Syosset, and others to the Tackapausha Museum and Preserve in Seaford.  At present, the couple has eight hawks, two owls, and two turkeys. Exactly how many will have to go, and where, has not yet been decided. Horvath said he will miss Tasha, but added “I know he’s going to a good place.”

News

Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch was hopping with excitement (not to mention an overload of cuteness) recently when they held their Bunnies, Bunnies, Bunnies event; a chance for kids of all ages to meet and learn all about — what else? — baby bunnies.

Judy Wilson, a Miller Place resident, is an independent contractor for Nassau and Suffolk County Library system; she normally heads many different arts and crafts programs throughout the year, but in late March every year she takes on a special responsibility that is sure to always pack the youngsters in.

These days, when local residents are more used to storefronts locking their doors for good as opposed to opening them for the first time, there’s nothing like seeing a home-grown business prosper and even grow despite a stifling economy.  

That’s just what the owners of community stalwart Bestever Bakery have accomplished thus far, as they recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their second location, at 1030 Park Blvd. in Massapequa Park, which first opened toward the end of January of this year.


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.

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Boating Course

Saturday, April 26

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