Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, email@example.com 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.”
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,”