Written by Michael Venditto Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00
Spring is a great time of the year. The temperature is rising, the amount of daylight continues to increase and a feeling of renewal fills the warmer air. In our 12th Legislative District, the season brings many exciting events, with one of these being the opening of the Little League season. After a cold winter, the beginning of the Little League season is always a welcome event. With the season having just begun, let’s send the young athletes our best wishes for a successful season while also thanking the coaches and parents who make the games possible.
The spirit of community involvement is demonstrated at Massapequa Park’s annual Earth Day program when many of our local Scout troops, as well as other residents help clean up the village and make it even more beautiful. This year, it will take place on Saturday, April 20. Groups will begin assembling around 9 a.m. in Brady Park. I’m looking forward to joining village officials at the park to support and thank those who will be giving back to our district with their efforts.
Although, the weather is getting nicer, the effects of Superstorm Sandy remain for many of our residents. My office is working to help victims recover, and one such way is to inform residents of programs and events that can assist Sandy victims. On Saturday, April 29, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., the Nassau County Bar Association, located in Mineola on 15th Street at the corner of West Street will hold a free legal clinic for Nassau County residents affected by Superstorm Sandy. Those with legal questions or concerns related to the storm may stop by for a free one-on-one consultation with an attorney.
Also, be advised that because of Sandy, the deadline for Nassau County homeowners to challenge their property tax assessment has been extended to May 1. Forms are available online and at many local government buildings.
Lastly, I want to stress that my office is here to help with these or any other concerns residents may have. Please feel free to call 516-571-6212 or speak to me at any of the events that will be occurring in our district. I look forward to being of assistance.
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,”