Written by Mia Toschi, firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00
A Massapequa family is finally home for the holidays.
The Henry family will sleep in their Forest Avenue home for the first time since Oct. 29, 2012 — the day Hurricane Sandy destroyed everything they had. But even with the immense loss caused by the superstorm, the Henry family still calls themselves “lucky.”
For the past year, a volunteer organization called New York Says Thank You has worked tirelessly to fix floors, put in insulation, paint walls and much more. Since Sandy hit, volunteers have helped repair and rebuild more than 80 homes of first responders. Anthony Henry is a firefighter who was battling blazes in Breezy Point, Queens the night of the storm. He never thought he would come home to find his family homeless.
“It has been a year of despair, loss and hope. Today, we find ourselves overjoyed,” he said.
That “joy” is also because of a special Christmas delivery from KPMG. The global audit, tax and financial advisory firm has donated nearly 2,000 volunteer hours since the storm. On Friday, Dec. 20 members from the Long Island office presented the Henry family with a $10,000 check during a morning live shot on WPIX. Beth Henry, who is a schoolteacher, cried when she saw what she called a “Christmas miracle.”
“I lost hope so many times but then I would see these volunteers helping me and I knew I couldn’t give up,” she said.
Tony Dalessio is a managing partner of KPMG who lives and works on Long Island. He said joining New York Says Thank You to help local families has highlighted his firm’s connection to the community.
“Teaming up with New York Says Thank You since the storm has truly made a difference in the communities we live and work in,” said Dalessio. “Our firm is so happy that we could help the Henry’s.”
But New York Says Thank You and KPMG had some help from Reporter Mary Murphy and her photographer Keith Lopez. Lopez lives in and covers Long Island. Both have reported on the Henry family journey for the past six months. It was through their television coverage that an anonymous donor from North Dakota saw one of their stories and donated $25,000. Another anonymous gift was left in the Henry’s mailbox. It was a silver necklace for Beth with the word “Hope.”
Christmas is a time for magic and miracles. The Henry family says they have experienced both.
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 09:33
The iPad, the laptop, the smartphone; everyday instruments to many people all throughout the world, but to someone just being indoctrinated into the world of cutting-edge technology these tools might seem rather daunting. Unless there is a patient hand guiding the way.
Those guides were at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch recently, where they offered a session of their ongoing Electronic Device Demonstration and Tutoring series, where community teenagers donate their time to turn tech-deficient adults into masters of the digital domain; free of charge and all within the span of one hour or less.
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,”