Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00I’ve taken over as the editor of this publication and I am so looking forward to learning more about the beautiful communities of Massapequa, North Massapequa, Massapequa Park and Plainedge, and serving you, our faithful readers.
I started writing for my school newspaper, St. John the Baptist’s The Prophet, when I was 14 years old. I’ve written for several papers since then, including my alma mater’s publication The New Paltz Oracle and a now defunct home and green-living magazine called New York House.
More recently, in covering Superstorm Sandy for a Long Island weekly, I learned first-hand the strength and courage the people of Massapequa possess. The devastation I witnessed during the days, weeks and months that followed that tragic storm is something I will always remember.
After the waters receded I took a trip to Nassau Shores with two friends and my Nikon. I met a man in the process of completely gutting his home. He allowed me to come into his back yard and get a few shots of what the back of his home looked like after it was ransacked by the storm.
Seaweed, driftwood, couch cushions, papers, broken plates and entire boats lay in this man’s backyard. His three children were carrying their family’s soggy possessions outside.
“Hey, you guys wanna be in the newspaper?” I asked.
“Yeah!” they said almost in unison.
They were incredibly chipper for children who had just lost their home. I wanted to give them some sort of consolation for their loss.
I wasn’t able to run this photo at that paper, so here it is. I never got their names, but I’m glad I can keep my promise to these three by running the photo in their hometown publication.
Being editor of a hometown publication means more than just passing along the news. It means understanding the community from the inside, identifying what’s important to you. As editor I promise to be a part of your community. I’ll be in your towns attending as many events as I can: ball games, ribbon-cuttings, awards ceremonies, protests, charity events and, of course, school board meetings.
I’m always willing to hear your thoughts, and we want to help you share your ideas throughout the community. If you have a letter to the editor or an editorial, please send it along.
My name is Dan O’Regan. This is your newspaper. And I’m your editor.
- Dan O’Regan
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Blankets have comforted children ever since the first knitter put needle to fabric at some point along the timeline of human history. And Our Lady of Lourdes in Massapequa Park continues that tradition in a special way — by hosting a blanket-knitting program every Wednesday, with the handcrafted creations going to children undergoing cancer treatment through the nonprofit organization, We Care Blankets.
And recently the knitting ladies at Our Lady of Lourdes, 855 Carmens Rd., hit a milestone, donating their 1,000th blanket to the worthy cause of comfort.
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
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.