Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 12 July 2013 00:00
Shuffling continues to go on with the Massapequa Park Village Board as longtime resident Richard Begandy was recently tapped to take over the unexpired term of Jeffrey Pravato. Begandy, who is also a Village Planning Commission member, is filling Pravato’s slot as the latter was named mayor by the village board last month. The outgoing James Altadonna Jr. was in turn sworn in as Oyster Bay Town Clerk in early June, taking over the remaining term of Steven Labriola, who took over as the chief of staff for Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos after resigning from his town position back in February.
A village resident since 1984, Begandy is a former Malverne resident active in local politics. Currently the commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7763, he regularly marches in the Memorial Day and Fourth of July parades. When asked how he wound up getting involved with local doings, he responded that past relationships with village officials eventually evolved into his recent appointment filling in Pravato’s trustee slot.
“I work closely with the administration for both parades. Then I made some friends in different political places. It was strictly a friendship. Then I got invited to some political affairs and I had a great relationship with former Mayor James Altadonna and it just seemed to blossom from there,” Begandy explained. “I attended as many of the village board meetings as I could, so I could keep up with current affairs and what’s happening in the village. I wanted to learn about the workings of the village board. So the former Mayor James Altadonna told me some time ago that he had put my name up as a trustee. As they say, the rest is history.”
The 77-year-old is enthusiastic when he says that he’ll absolutely run again once his current trustee term expires. Among his long-term goals are taking the fiscal responsibility the village has had in the past and continuing in that vein. Also, improving overall life in Massapequa Park, taking care of the infrastructure and making the village a more beautiful place to live in than it already is. It’s all part of Begandy’s plan to make what he considers an exemplary place to live that much better.
“[Massapequa is special because of] the people, the main shopping and a village administration that is outstanding. If you have a problem, they take care of it to the best of their ability. They just don’t let it slide,” he pointed out before adding, “The overall atmosphere of the village itself reminds me of Americana.”
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.”
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:58
These days, raising kids is rougher and tougher than ever — sometimes parents just need a break. And when that break is beaconing, both new parents and old pros look to the ever-reliable babysitter to provide a few hours respite from the many duties of caring for children.
However, parents often have a difficult time locating an honest, trustworthy and reliable babysitter in a pinch. But the Massapequa Public Library’s Babysitter Job Fair aimed to remedy this problem.
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.