How many residents living in the Massapequas know that during the 1930s and 40s there was a zoo located on Sunrise Highway?
Yes, it’s true, Frank Buck of “Bring ‘Em Back Alive” fame had an award-winning zoo stocked with his prize collection of wild animals, birds and reptiles.
It all happened shortly after the building of the new Sunrise Highway and railroad trestle by the current Westfield Mall. My father worked on the trestle construction. Back then, the land where the mall now stands was thickly wooded, vacant and owned by a New York water company.
The Town of Oyster Bay held its annual Safety Day in John J. Burns Park this Saturday, treating kids and their families once again this year to a day of excitement and fun – and important lessons about keeping safe.
Burns Park was bustling with activity everywhere: a sea of inflatable rides and obstacle courses were available for kids of all ages to frolic in, upon, and over. In addition, there was music, entertainment, and free food, drinks, and ice cream for all attendees.
The most exciting attraction for most youngsters was most likely the plethora of Nassau County police and Massapequa Fire Department vehicles and personnel on-hand. Families were treated to the ins and outs of an actual police helicopter; watched firefighters dismantle a car with the famous Jaws of Life apparatus; climbed onto a real Coast Guard boat; and met police officers and their horses up close.
The combined efforts of hurricanes Sandy and Irene devastated much of the Massapequas, and now funds are on the way to help rebuilding efforts for those still mired in the aftermath.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the New York Rising Community Construction program last week, which will distribute more than $750 million to 102 communities throughout the state. Of that money, the Massapequas are set to receive more than $25 million.
The Town of Oyster Bay’s Classic Car Cruise Nights returns for yet another exciting summer season, and hot rod lovers from Massapequa and beyond are turning out from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday nights to strut their automotive stuff.
Cruise Nights, which have been going strong for over 10 years, run though August 20 and take place in the parking lot of the Massapequa Long Island Rail Road station. Admission for car owners who wish to show off their wheels is simply two cans of any food item; The Town of Oyster Bay has partnered with local charity Island Harvest to use the event to help feed the needy.
Every person donating blood at the Town of Oyster Bay’s semi-annual blood drive slated for Thursday, August 1 will have the opportunity to win two tickets to this year’s Super Bowl, according to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto.
“Thanks to a great partnership that we enjoy with the New York Blood Center, all presenting donors at our blood drive will be entered into a sweepstakes for one pair of tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII slated for February 2, 2014 at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey,” Venditto said. “All blood donors are heroes, but here is a rare chance for a lucky winner to see their football heroes in person at the Super Bowl.”
When the late Karl Kramps, 1984 president of the Kiwanis Club of the Massapequas, heard from some of his friends in the Nassau County Parks Department that the proposed 22 foot tall, Olymic-style stainless steel Torch Tower for the new Mitchell Park sports complex was going to be scrapped, he immediately went into action.
The sports complex was undergoing reconstruction to accommodate the International Games for the Disabled, and the Torch Tower was to be part of the design.
Wearing a red hot sequined top and a mega watt smile, Gloria Gaynor wowed the crowd of ten thousand fans at Burns Park, with her pitch perfect voice singing some of her famous hit songs.
Known as the queen of disco, this Grammy award winning singer, actress, author and humanitarian opened her performance acknowledging the victims of Hurricane Sandy, many whom were in the audience, including Maureen Fitzgerald, Commissioner of Community and Youth Services, who lost her home to four feet of water.
The Town of Oyster Bay’s Annual Children’s Festival & Safety Day will be held on Saturday, July 20, at John J. Burns Town Park, located on Merrick Road, in Massapequa, from 1 to 4 p.m., Town Councilman Anthony Macagnone announced.
This popular event will feature many enjoyable activities for children, as well as safety-related demonstrations. The event is free for Town residents and is coordinated by the Town’s Departments of Community and Youth Services and Public Safety.
The word inventor conjures up images of wild-eyed, crackpot loners with gizmos spilling out of an overflowing garage. But that romanticized illustration is far from reality. Most architects of ideas are business-savvy and creatively gifted—and their inventions meet a need.
Thomas Mavroudis and Bill Caporale of Massapequa Park met through their children, classmates at Massapequa Reform Nursery School. They became fast friends, with the families taking vacations together.
That friendship turned to business when the pair founded MAVCAP Industries, inventing and manufacturing central air conditioning vent and grille covers for weatherization. Their product, the AC DraftShield, is used across a wide spectrum of industries and promotes energy conservation and savings for homeowners.
Shuffling continues to go on with the Massapequa Park Village Board as longtime resident Richard Begandy was recently tapped to take over the unexpired term of Jeffrey Pravato. Begandy, who is also a Village Planning Commission member, is filling Pravato’s slot as the latter was named mayor by the village board last month. The outgoing James Altadonna Jr. was in turn sworn in as Oyster Bay Town Clerk in early June, taking over the remaining term of Steven Labriola, who took over as the chief of staff for Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos after resigning from his town position back in February.
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