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.”
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”