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Coalition Leads Charge For Change

Written by Steve Mosco, Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

Massapequa-based group works for progressive future

Social change rarely comes out of an elected politician’s office without a little prodding from the wide end of a protestor’s megaphone.

Gentle prodding is the standard operating procedure of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, a grassroots community organization in Massapequa. Born on the eve of the Reagan administration in 1979, the coalition, a collection of citizen activists, seeks to be a voice of opposition to social and environmental injustice.


Massapequa Author Energizes E-Books

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 09:25

The very real problem of how to power the world has sparked a writing career for a North Massapequa resident.

Vincent Lentini parlayed his experience in financial services and a knack for writing into a promising career in the Internet age after receiving an MBA from LIU Post.


Massapequa Park Puts American Pride On Parade

Written by Chris Boyle, Tuesday, 09 July 2013 00:00

Massapequans turned out in droves for Massapequa Park ’s annual Independence Day parade, cheering, waving flags, and celebrating passionate pride in a nation they deeply love.

Starting at the intersection of Walker Street and Lakeshore Drive and continuing down through Park Boulevard, the parade was presided over by new Massapequa Park Mayor Jeffrey Pravato, who seemed excited to be taking on a new role in this special Village event.


Dance Studio Competes For National Title

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 05 July 2013 00:00

For many, the art of dance is a profound way to express the inexpressible. This weekend, the hard-working students of Massapequa’s Body Language Dance and Theatre Arts Studio are using the inexpressible to win a nationwide competition for best dance studio.

Wendy DeGaetano, owner of Body Language, has been prepping her students for a prestigious dance competition—the Access Broadway National Talent Performing Arts Competition—July 2-6 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.


Guardians Of Nature

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 04 July 2013 00:00

Friends of Massapequa Preserve

Massapequa Preserve—the beautiful 423-acre nature sanctuary that lies between Farmingdale and Massapequa—draws scores of people every day wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of every-day life.

Criss-crossed with trails and pathways for walking, jogging, and bicycling, and a plethora of wet and wooded areas filled with wildlife doing their very best to resist humanity’s ongoing encroachment upon their rapidly-shrinking habitat, the Preserve has acquired a watchful guardian in recent years in the Friends of Massapequa Preserve.


Library Kicks Off Teen Reading Club

Written by Chris Boyle, Wednesday, 03 July 2013 09:00

Getting a kid to crack a book in the summertime can be a daunting task.

However, pages are turning at the Massapequa Public Library, which recently launched its latest Teen Summer Reading Program with a party held in the courtyard of their Central Avenue building.

Peter Cirona, the Young Adult Services librarian, has been running the program for the past 11 years, and says that, among the other teen programs offered at the library—including board and video gaming, crafts, and more—the reading program is especially important from an educational standpoint.


Antique Appraiser Comes to Massapequa

Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis, Tuesday, 02 July 2013 00:00

They came bearing swords and knives. They came bearing china and diamonds. They came to the Bar Harbor Library in the hopes that their precious possessions would be declared valuable, would net a king’s ransom on the auction block.

Eddie Costello, a spry octogenarian and certified appraiser, and his wife, Jean, put on Massapequa’s version of Antiques Road Show. Twice a year the two come to the library offering free appraisals—a single item per customer. More than 50 people gathered in the basement, bringing possessions from around the world, some passed down through generations and some found in the trash.


Volunteers Receive Honors For Community Work

Written by Steve Mosco, Saturday, 29 June 2013 00:00

Three Massapequa youngsters collected accolades for their charitable efforts this month as they were chosen along with eight other children from Long Island as the winners of the 2013 Kids of Distinction program.

Recognized by Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way Inc. and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, the winners included Allison Latini and Damien John O’Donnell, both seniors at Massapequa High School, and Julie Teller, a freshman at Manhattan College.


Got To Serve Somebody

Written by Steve Mosco, Friday, 28 June 2013 00:00

Life-altering realizations are not always manifested in blaring sirens from the mountaintop—sometimes they are heralded in hushed whispers over a period of years.

Massapequa Park native Peter Folan’s decision to fully embrace a life in the priesthood was one such realization. There was no lightning bolt through window, no bright light in a tunnel; instead, he merely reflected on his years immersed in religious studies asking one simple question.


Resident Hits $1 Million Jackpot

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

So, what would you do if you suddenly woke up a million smackers richer?

Herb Mazzola of Massapequa Park could certainly tell you what he’d do.

Winner of the $1 million second prize in the May 15 New York State Lottery Powerball drawing, Mazzola, 68, collected his winnings Friday morning at a press conference along with five other lucky winners who, at one point or another, all said “why not?” and dropped a buck or two on a long shot.


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