As Massapequa continues to recover and rebuild from Hurricane Sandy, community and school organizations are planning a celebration of the community’s perseverance with a day of fun.
“Massapequa Breathes,” set for May 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., will include complimentary food, D.J. music and other entertainment while honoring local individuals, businesses, and organizations that helped Massapequa through this challenging time.
To John Lepre, his 71 years on earth have been made all more precious and enjoyable by something that many people refuse to believe in—the power of magic.
Born in the Bronx in 1941, Lepre has been making his living as a full-time performing magician for the past 18 years. A kindly, energetic, soft-spoken man, with a full mane of silver hair and a perpetual smile plastered on his boyish face, he said he was first exposed to what would become his life’s passion at an early age.
Don Cheadle lobbed his best pitch from the mound at Citi Field just before the players trotted out to a thunderous applause. His Irish eyes were smiling, Keith Lavallee came across the Jumbotron and exclaimed the traditional game opening phrase, “play ball!”
A season ticket holder for more than 12 years, Lavallee, 53, was asked by Citi Field officials to take part in the opening rituals of the game. The tickets are a part of the law firm Lavallee runs with his father, Lavallee Law Offices, located on 4 W Gate in Farmingdale.
“Every year, we always see families that are facing the paying for college dilemma,” notes Paul Weber, guidance chairperson for the Massapequa schools.
“There are always students who apply and are accepted to a great college that they have dreamed of attending,” said Weber. Yet once they hear from the financial aid office and see how much assistance they will get, they might face $30,000 to $40,000 a year in college payments.
Bobby Horvath relaxed in his North Massapequa home one day last week, soon after he and his wife, Cathy, had reached an agreement with Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto that the couple could keep some of the animals and birds they rescued at home, although others would have to go, namely Tasha the bobcat.
The agreement between the Horvaths and the town came after negotiations, which were sparked by a neighbor’s complaint, objecting to all of the wildlife at the house on North Wyoming Avenue.
At the head of the Class of 2013 at Plainedge High School are Terrence McSweeney as valedictorian and John Coacci as salutatorian. McSweeney has a number of accolades on his resume. In addition to being named a scholar-athlete for basketball, he is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and Jazz Band, and is treasurer of the student council.
He has continually challenged himself with Advanced Placement courses and has participated in the Intel Science Research Program as well as the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. An active member of the community, he has volunteered more than 100 hours at Plainview Hospital.
On Saturday, the Village of Massapequa Park was transformed into a portrait straight out of an illustrated Earth Day handbook, as more than 500 people—more than the usual number—registered to help pick up papers and other trash throughout the municipality just before Earth Day 2013 arrived on Tuesday, April 22.
Scouts, civic groups and other civic-minded residents of the area took part in the cleanup. Village administrator Peggy Caltabiano said this was “more than the usual number” who take part in the annual event. Earth Day, which began four decades ago, has been gaining momentum in recent years as concerns have spread over global warming and other environmental issues.
The Massapequa Fire Department and the Nassau County Police Department, in partnership with the office of Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, conducted a rare and extremely sobering motor vehicle accident simulation to 1,200 high school students on the football field of Massapequa High School. Student actors would simulate what occurs in a horrific vehicular accident, including simulated injuries and arrest. With Senior Prom and other festivities on the horizon, this timely event was held to “shock and awe” students into avoiding dangerous behaviors that could put their lives at risk.
Claire Coleman, 86, can’t imagine living anywhere except in her Massapequa Park home. In 1955 and after 7 years of marriage, Coleman and her husband saved nearly $13,000 so they could leave their “cold-water flat” in Brooklyn with their two children and buy a home in the suburbs. After the couple had three more children, Coleman’s husband suddenly passed away at age 56 in 1980.
Living alone for the past 16 years, Coleman recently had a few hospital stays for sepsis and heart problems and also suffers from spinal stenosis and sciatica. Although her son Dan is living with her temporarily, the only way that Coleman is still able to remain in the home she treasures instead of going to a residential facility is due to the Senior Dreams Come True program sponsored by Genser Dubow Genser & Cona (GDGC), an elder law firm in Melville.
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