Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00Dear Fellow Residents:
Like everyone who got to know Peter Schmitt personally, I have been deeply saddened by his sudden passing. Just last Sunday I was with him at the annual Sons of Italy Italian Feast where we chatted for hours with people both young and old.
As the presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, Peter was unequalled as a committed and dedicated government leader. And as a friend – a father and husband – he was as fine a man, as I’ve ever known.
I had the distinct pleasure and honor to work with Peter since I was first elected mayor in 2001. Over the ensuring 11 years, I found in him to be a true mentor, generous with his time and support, an unwavering political ally, and a champion of all that is good in Nassau County.
Peter was an advocate of many great accomplishments in Massapequa Park, from his recent help in our acquisition of land for possible cell tower construction to his support of the re-gentrification and streetscape of Park Boulevard and Merrick Road.
But more than his professional accomplishments, I will remember Peter for the person he was. His compassion for the people in his life, his willingness to give so much of himself to our community, this is what defined his character. His passing is a loss to his family and friends and to the greater community that came to appreciate his integrity and leadership. Peter Schmitt led by example, he lived by his reputation, he earned all of our respect every day.
I ask that you remember him in your prayers today, as well as his wife Lois and his daughter Samantha.
I am proud to have known him and to have called him my friend. I’ll miss you, Peter. Thank you for your friendship.
Jim (James) Altadonna
Mayor, Massapequa Park
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Ask anyone on Long Island where to go to get a quality cup of coffee, and you’ll probably hear a variety of answers; however, ask the same question in the Massapequas, and one response you’ll hear more often than not is “Massapequa Perk.”
Located at 117 Front Street in Massapequa Park, across from the Long Island Rail Road station, Massapequa Perk first opened its doors five years ago in August of 2008. They deal with tea, smoothies, and various food and dessert items, but their bread and butter, so to speak, is coffee — selling it, roasting it and educating people about it, said co-owner Lisa DiBenedetto
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.
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.