Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00The smell of fried carnival fare and beer wafted down Central Avenue as I was snapping my last few photos of patrons from BlüPlanet for Free Comic Book Day last Saturday.
I could hear sounds of children laughing and screaming for joy and as I got closer I realized The Massapequa Street Fair was already in full swing.
I walked up to a group of people and for the first time in my life, introduced myself as editor. People’s apprehension at the sight of my lens was washed away with a simple, “Hi, I’m with the Observer.”
In my experience, parents always get very tense when there is a camera around their child. It felt pretty cool to have credentials and a reputation to stand behind as I pointed my Nikon at their laughing children riding in big green metal dinosaurs.
Snapping away, I not only captured images, I got to hear the stories of the very people we try and reach every week. The stories that matter to my readers matter to me. I am glad I got the opportunity to speak with so many Massapequans with so many amazing ideas.
It is my goal to produce content that reflects what Massapequans are concerned about. In the coming months I look forward to having more interactions with the good people of Massapequa. I welcome your ideas and I look forward to hearing from you.
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
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.
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.