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Editorial: A Great Town, But Not Mayberry

Massapequa is a great town. It’s a wonderful place to live. However, like any other place, anywhere in the world, it isn’t perfect. We would all love to go to the fictional town of Mayberry where doors are always unlocked, the sheriff doesn’t carry a gun, and crime is nonexistent. However, that town doesn’t really exist.

Recently, there has been an increase of crime in the Massapequas. Vehicles left at the railroad station have had the catalytic converters stolen from them. Personal property has been taken from the inside of vehicles parked on the streets. Some residents have been the target of phone scams. This doesn’t mean we still don’t have a great town. It just means we have to use a little more common sense.

There is very little we can do about the theft of catalytic converters except for calling the police if we do see something suspicious.

However, we can take simple steps to avoid the other scams. By simply locking the doors to our vehicles, and not leaving expensive property in plain sight, we can deter most would-be criminals from ever entering our cars. A sergeant from the Seventh Precinct said that 99 percent of all property thefts from inside of vehicles occur when the doors are left unlocked. So the solution is fairly simple. Lock your car doors.

Too often I’ve been at a 7-Eleven and have seen people pull up in their cars, leave the motor running, and go in to grab coffee. It would be great if we lived in a world where we could do this without fear of the car being stolen, but we don’t. So I urge all of you to practice common sense. Lock the doors to your car, lock the doors to your home at night, and if you receive a suspicious phone call requesting money, be very suspicious and do some investigating. If a long-lost relative is suddenly in need of quick cash, there’s probably more to the story than you are being told.

Massapequa and Massapequa Park really are great towns. They just aren’t Mayberry and neither is any other town on Long Island for that matter.                             

- Ronald Scaglia

News

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Sports

Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.

Calendar

YES Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 30



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