Friday, 11 January 2013 00:00
On Meet The Press (12/23/12), NRA executive Wayne LaPierre stated, “The NRA would coordinate a national effort to put former military and police officers in schools as volunteer guards.” I have great respect for the military and police officers who have served their country at home and abroad. They deserve to have a secure and trouble free retirement. However, this is not the case for many of these troubled officers. The suicide rate for those returning from war zones and those who put their lives in jeopardy on the streets of our cities exceed the average suicide rate for the rest of our nation. More solders committed suicide than were killed in combat in 2012. This is a problem our nation should also be addressing. All the training afforded by the NRA will not rid the turmoil that exists within those former police and military officers. Hopefully, mental tests can determine those that should not become armed guards within the school systems.
In the same manner that has allowed our government to infringe on our Fourth Amendment rights when the Patriot Act was passed, the Second Amendment must be modified to assure the safety of our citizens. Allow us to keep and bear only arms that cannot cause the mass murders we have been experiencing the past 12 years. To allow the sale of clips that hold 30 bullets and assault weapons of war is insane as are the NRA executives who will not bend from their no more gun control laws. Mentally ill people are NOT in control of their inner demons. They must NOT be able to purchase or own a weapon.
The NRA is part of the problem, and has decided not to be part of the solution.
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,”