Flags waved against a cobalt blue sky as Massapequans lined the streets to honor their veterans at the annual Memorial Day Parade, which began on Main Street in Massapequa Park and ended in Massapequa at Veterans Memorial Park.
Driving a 1934 Ford, Frank Keller, 88, a survivor of Iwo Jima recalled why Memorial Day is important, “It means a lot to me, just remembering almost 7,000 men that got killed on Iwo Jima. Not many of us survived that day.” Keller was just 20 years old when he landed on the island. He has been a resident of Massapequa for 61 years.
Coming off the first annual Massapequa Chamber of Commerce Street Fair, Chamber President Patricia Orzano said that strong community support for the new fundraising event, combining food, fun, and excitement for families, has ensured it will become an annual tradition.
“I would say it was a spectacular success,” she said. “We were blessed with great weather; we had terrific local businesses as sponsors...we probably a one point, during our peak hours, had about 5,000 to 7,000 people attend.”
A decade before The Artist won the Academy Award for best picture, Massapequa Park filmmaker John Carpenter released the silent comedy Late to Lunch.
Carpenter will speak about his lifelong devotion to bringing joy to moviegoers at “Carpenter On Carpenter” at the East Meadow Public Library on Friday, June 7 at 1 p.m.
Losing a loved one is always painful, but it takes an especially acute toll on teenagers, who are emotionally vulnerable as they struggle to come to grips with life’s countless challenges. Teens are liable to suppress grief – only to have the unresolved pain erupt years later.
Massapequa resident Luciano Sabatini, author of the recently published Bereavement Counseling in the School Setting, is hoping his new book, which draws upon his years of experience in working first-hand with kids in crisis, will help caretakers understand the grieving process of young adults so they can more effectively address these issues.
Jonathan Kaloust, a 23-year-old Navy SEAL who hailed from Massapequa, lost his life last Wednesday in a freak Humvee crash during a training exercise in Fort Knox, Ky.
A 2007 graduate of Massapequa High School and standout wrestler, Kaloust was recruited to Binghamton University, where he continued to wrestle while pursuing a political science degree.
A $40-million construction project, designed to modernize the Massapequa Station at Sunrise Highway (Route 27), just east of Broadway and Route 107, was announced by the Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Long Island Railroad. The station renovations are part of a multi-phase initiative to improve infrastructure and train service at the station that serves approximately 6,000 customers every weekday.
The first phase is scheduled to begin on May 29, and the improvements are scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2015. Over the next two years, the rehabilitation project will include the sorely needed replacement of the station platform and canopy, heated platform waiting room, escalator, elevator and staircases, pedestrian walkway over Broadway, public address system, plus the addition of signage, energy-efficient platform lighting, and a decorative granite wall adjacent to ticket office. The railroad is also starting work on the installation of a pocket track just east of the station that will significantly improve train service and frequency, as well as on-board seat availability.
As voters in the Massapequa Union Free School District approach the Tuesday, May 21, budget vote, the proposed spending plan retains popular educational programs while keeping the rise in spending to 1.49 percent.
Despite what district officials call unprecedented increases in state-mandated employer pension contributions, as well as rising health insurance costs, the overall budget is up just over $2.7 million.
After Massapequa resident Sol Goldstein and several friends helped finish building a house for a family 20 years ago for Habitat for Humanity, they had a question: “What do we do now?” They were all retired, had enjoyed working together and accomplishing something for a family in need, and wanted to do more.
“I was looking for something [to do] hands-on,” said Joe Botkin, of Williston Park, a retired principal, who had worked with Goldstein in building the home.
While it has been nearly seven months since Superstorm Sandy barreled her way though Long Island, the lasting effects of her passing are still being felt by residents in the form of lost belongings, shattered homes, and displaced lives.
Wishing to pay tribute to the strength the people of Massapequa who steadfastly refused to buckle under the weight of such hardship, local social-work organization YES Community Counseling Center is organizing a special event in their honor, dubbed “Massapequa Breathes,” to be held on Saturday, May 18 at Berner Middle School.
The subject was described by police as a 5-foot, 8-inch-tall, medium-build man, wearing eyeglasses, khaki pants, a blue shirt, a blue Yankee cap and orange and white gloves. The man was allegedly let into the store after closing by a store manager, who assumed he was a store employee.
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