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Drivers In Massapequa Must Get The Message

Written by Stephen Levine, Saturday, 31 August 2013 00:00

More than 30 caught using

cellphones driving on Sunrise Highway

At any given moment, close to one out of every 10 drivers on the streets of Massapequa is texting, talking or otherwise engaged with a handheld cellphone. This widespread disregard for the law as well as the safety of our children and neighbors is the startling finding of a study conducted by the Massapequa Observer. Earlier this month, our reporters observed 300 cars on Sunrise Highway at various times of day, and found 32 of the drivers blantantly brandishing their phones.

And Massapequa is not alone. Identical studies conducted by our reporters in other Nassau County communities showed up to 13 percent of drivers with phone in hand (Great Neck), but no fewer than 9.7 percent in Jericho and Port Washington.


Massapequa Park Native Debuts Biz

Written by Jennifer Fauci, Friday, 30 August 2013 00:00

Eric Brody of Massapequa Park has always been one to see the bigger picture in life. When he was a sophomore at St. Anthony’s High School, Brody was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a roadblock that immediately required him to change his diet and lifestyle.

“I was always interested in physical activity,” says the 25-year-old Brody, who played roller hockey in high school, “but being diagnosed with Crohn’s took my interest in health and exercise to another level.”

Brody went on to graduate from Manhattan College with a degree in Finance and Economics. It was there that he met 25-year-old Ben Hart, his roommate and business partner who also shared an affinity for health and fitness.


Slow Train Coming

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

After a long time in the making, Massapequa residents are finally getting the train station that they deserve.

As of August 21, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has kicked off the second phase of its extensive renovation of the Massapequa station. And while the ongoing construction is causing residents some degree of inconvenience, many are nonetheless focusing on the long-term goal of the project- essentially a brand-new station where a once cracked, dirty, and decrepit one once stood.

Currently, the west end of the train platform has been closed off from commuters while work crews toil away at the second phase of the station’s $40 million facelift; the LIRR is replacing the station platform, canopy, staircases, elevator and escalator.


Library Garden Gets Makeover

Written by Chris Boyle, Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Sometimes a few splashes of greenery in just the right place can make all the difference in the world. Case in point — the beautiful new outdoor patio garden at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch.

Situated in a walled-off outdoor area, originally the environment of the patio was a bland affair, with a small waterfall and two small trees breaking up a rock-strewn pavement. Library patron were invited to sit outside, but with nothing to look at but four walls, few ever did.

Until now, that is.


Massapequa Resident Pens First Book

Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis, Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00

If you put 76 year old Tom Lloyd and the Energizer bunny in a race, Tom would out race the rabbit, leaving him in the dust.

This energetic, affable senior with twinkling blue eyes and a mischievous smile has just written his first book, Successful Stock Signals for Traders and Portfolio Managers by Wiley Publications and is starting on his second book. What is even more remarkable is that he wrote the 347 page book in six months and even a disturbance like Hurricane Sandy was not going to interfere with his writing. With water lapping at his door and no power, he parked himself at the Massapequa Library to finish his book at the pace of a chapter a week.


Cash Carries The Day In Coliseum Choice

Written by Rich Forestano, Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00

Nassau County selected Nassau Events Center to redevelop Nassau Coliseum and the surrounding property, by offering the county a significantly sweeter deal.

Bruce Ratner, the developer of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and NEC’s chief executive, beat out Hank Ratner (no relation) and the Madison Square Garden Company after the county narrowed its choices to the two entertainment giants last month.


New Super Readies District

Written by Steve Mosco, Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

When the Massapequa School District kicks off a fresh year of reading, writing and arithmetic this September, it will do so with a new superintendent of schools.

Bringing more than 35 years of academic experience with her, Lucille Iconis was named to the position in July and dove head first into the waiting workload. Even in the summer, the school district is a very busy place to work, according to Iconis.


Help Is A Four-Legged Word

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00

The emotional healing power of a good dog is no secret. From getting their human owner out of the house for a healthy walk to filling an otherwise boring Saturday afternoon with a fetch or a tug-of-war, canines are nature’s furry antidepressant.

But one organization takes that theory to the next level, training dogs to produce more than just cuteness induced squealing from their owners. Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization with bases across the country, provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities and veterans for free.


After-School Options For Massapequa Kids

Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00

Most working parents enroll their young children in some sort of after school program in order to keep them occupied and out of trouble.

But most programs only provide a supervised place for children and do not offer any homework help, leaving parents to wrestle with homework help after they get home from a long day.

Many stay-at-home parents find themselves in the similar position of struggling to help their kids with homework because they are not familiar with the latest teaching method or are trying to revisit a subject they learned 20 years ago.


Local High School Student Attends ‘Med School’

Written by Stephen Levine, Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00

Summer camp includes X-rays

and a visit to the morgue

Massapequa resident Zachary Chang considers himself a mathematics and science kind of guy. When his mom suggested a possible future as a physician’s assistant for the Plainedge High School senior, it seemed like a natural fit; as did the recent summer science camp in which Chang participated.

Chang, along with 23 other area high school students, recently took part in a Medical School/Camp Program sponsored by Adelphi University and Winthrop-University Hospital.


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