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.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
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.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00
Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch was hopping with excitement (not to mention an overload of cuteness) recently when they held their Bunnies, Bunnies, Bunnies event; a chance for kids of all ages to meet and learn all about — what else? — baby bunnies.
Judy Wilson, a Miller Place resident, is an independent contractor for Nassau and Suffolk County Library system; she normally heads many different arts and crafts programs throughout the year, but in late March every year she takes on a special responsibility that is sure to always pack the youngsters in.
Thursday, 10 April 2014 08:56
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.
Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:19
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.