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.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
For the first time in its history, the Massapequa High School Mock Trial Team was invited to hone its skills at Harvard University’s High School Training Seminar. The seminar offers a range of basic and advanced classes that better position teams to win state and national competitions.
Participants — seniors Rebecca Girardin, Jenna Petrungaro, Christie Flanders, Cameron Wunderlin, Justin Jakubowski and juniors Selin Solen, Jeremy Wiss, Griffin Konen, Emily O’Leary, Nicole Feeley, Nicolle Dananberg, Taylor DelValle, Jillian Prystupa and Katie McMahon — called the experience, “amazing.”
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:58
These days, raising kids is rougher and tougher than ever — sometimes parents just need a break. And when that break is beaconing, both new parents and old pros look to the ever-reliable babysitter to provide a few hours respite from the many duties of caring for children.
However, parents often have a difficult time locating an honest, trustworthy and reliable babysitter in a pinch. But the Massapequa Public Library’s Babysitter Job Fair aimed to remedy this problem.
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.