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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

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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