Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00
Like most, if not all, of your subscribers, I was significantly affected by Hurricane Sandy. My family and I grimaced through 12 days with no power, flitting between houses of relatives and friends in the latter half just to regain some sanity.
Months later, my brother and I still jokingly point to newspaper front pages that bring up the Sandy recovery effort because they seemingly have nothing better to write about and because it is an easily relatable story. Our personal situation was no Long Beach, but even so, our Massapequa home on Overlea St. North put us close enough to the Great South Bay to flood our crawlspace. Still, it just seemed like something I could tell a story about later and mostly forget.
That is, until springtime rolled around.
Warmer weather meant that we had to start actually caring for our lawn again, and unfortunately our lawn had been underwater during Sandy.
While our house damage can mostly be relegated to a frustrating memory, the lawn continues to be a thorn in our side. As a result of the flooding, it has become acidic, requiring a variety of soil care products (some in pellet form, some in excessively large orange flakes) to be distributed with a lawn spreader. We generously dished out the small pellets, but slowly and carefully threw out those giant poisonous orange flakes. No doubt an annoying job, but do it just this once and it’s over, right? Hopefully there isn’t going to be another Superstorm for a while, so just grin and bear it.
However, in order to get all this stuff nice and deep for lasting renewal, one must trudge up and down the lawn wielding a heavy, gas-powered lawn aerator.
It’s a pain to turn, especially if you have a corner house with a longer, curved lawn. It also shakes violently, and my father and I both had residual hand jitters after using it, making us both appear to be junkies to the untrained eye.
Again: one rental and done. Except now our lawn, which already wasn’t looking too good, now appears to have been ravaged by the gopher from Caddyshack.
It was great to receive a few months leeway in paying off college loans on account of Sandy shutting down work. Now, if only we could get a little help spraying each of the hundred dandelions that crop on our lawn from the government as well.
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,”