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Lawns by the Shore The Forgotten Superstorm Victims

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.

-David Fiola

 

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

Free Wine Tasting

Friday, April 18

Boating Course

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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