Written by James Bernstein, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:00
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.”
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.
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.”
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.