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Tricarico Appointed Water Commissioner

Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00
Joseph Tricarico has been serving the people of Massapequa for many years. He recently retired from the Town of Oyster Bay, where he most recently held the position of deputy commissioner of highways. After giving 36 years of service to the town, it might be expected that Tricarico would relax and enjoy some time for himself. However, the desire to serve has not left, so now he will be serving Massapequa in a different way. Tricarico was appointed on Sept. 4 to the Board of Commissioners of the Massapequa Water District, replacing Vincent Guadagno.

“I thought it was a great opportunity to serve this community,” said Tricarico about his appointment. “I do live, work, and play here. Working for the town, I’ve done a lot for these people.”


CSEA Waits For Supervisor Venditto’s Answer

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

Oyster Bay layoffs in limbo as supervisor and union president wait it out

Robert Rauff, Jr., CSEA Local 881 president is hoping to find out what the definition is of hope, as in Supervisor John Venditto saying, “When there is time there is hope.” Mr. Rauff said, “When I call him, he does get back to me, but when he calls is another story.”

He said, “I’m ready to go forward with what they requested but with a two-year extension and a no layoff clause.” He added that beyond that he is still willing to negotiate. He said, “John Venditto is coming up with a lot of ideas that I won’t even entertain.”


Massapequa Students Selected For NYSSMA

Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

Ten Massapequa students have been selected to perform in the New York State Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference All-State Honors Ensembles. Six additional Massapequa students were chosen as alternates for the annual conference, which will take place in Rochester on Nov.29 through Dec. 2. More than 6,500 students auditioned for this honor and about 885 were selected. An additional 550 students were selected as alternates. The students who were selected to perform are: Kelly Daley (violin, symphony orchestra), Julia DeGasperis (alto, women’s chorus), Timothy Diovanni (clarinet, wind ensemble), Nolan Fitzpatrick (jazz alto sax, instrumental jazz), Jonathan Grant (clarinet, symphonic band), Bailey Hawthorne (soprano, women’s chorus), Marigrace Maley (soprano, women’s chorus), Thomas Morse (tuba, symphonic band), Amanda Painton (alto, women’s chorus), and Catherine Vedilago (French horn, wind ensemble). Alternates include Adam Davi (baritone sax), Erin Kohler (viola), Rachel Meaney (soprano), Ryan Schulte (oboe), Emily Smith (soprano), and Carl Surrow (bass).


Massapequa Student’s Art To Be Displayed At Hofstra

Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

A Massapequa student will have his artwork on display at Hofstra University’s Social Realism Art Exhibit on Oct. 15. Joe Mauceri, a ninth-grade student in Massapequa, created a pencil drawing of President John F. Kennedy as an eighth grade student at Berner Middle School. That drawing will now be displayed at the exhibit, which features an art and photo contest for grades six through 12 and an awards ceremony for both middle and high school levels. The event is free and open to the public.




Smithsonian Exhibit At Lockhart

Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

Students at Lockhart Elementary School are participating in a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, “Facing History and Ourselves,” and “Teaching Tolerance.”  There is a display in the lobby of the school highlighting social turning points in history, such as school integration in the 1960s and Cambodian genocide survivors who were adopted by American parents. In addition, there are positive messages encouraging students to take a positive stand on behalf of others. The display aligns with the 5th- and 6th-grade social studies curriculum and provides an effective way of weaving character education into that instruction to help create a more global, inclusive society.


Massapequa Students Participate In Molloy Business Program

Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

Two Massapequa students recently participated in the Molloy College Business Boot Camp this past summer. Caragh Baierlein and Raymond Bicocchi were selected for the four-day program which gave students an overview of business concepts and careers. Students in the program attended a series of lectures on important business topics and also participated in a stock market simulation game and public speaking competition.


Saladino Beats Back Primary Challenge

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

Wins large majorities in both Nassau and Suffolk counties

For a new decade, Assemblyman Joseph Saladino has a new district, but it hasn’t affected his political future at least as far as Republican Party primary voters are concerned.

Last Tuesday, Saladino had little difficulty in beating back a challenger from former New York City police sergeant, Richard Young. Running in the new 12th Assembly District, Saladino scored 81 percent of the vote. In the Nassau County portion of the district, voting results gave Saladino up to 90 percent of the vote, while the Suffolk County vote was a similar landslide for the assemblyman.


Waiting For The Union’s Call; TOB Still Willing To Negotiate

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

With layoffs on the table, Supervisor Venditto leaves the door open for union negotiations

Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto is still struggling to solve the town’s cash flow problems. To solve the TOB budget problems he needs union concessions or the town workers will experience layoffs.

Finding a solution began with a retirement offer which included $1,000 for each year of service, which was accepted by 89 employees whose last day with the town was Aug. 30. They will receive the funds in a single payment at the end of October. It will be paid with a $7.5 million 10-year bond. The payment included any unused or sick days owed. The workers are guaranteed health care for life and for a surviving spouse, for five years (this is not a reduction or increase, but the same as the current contract).


A Great Start To A New School Year

Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

Over 7,000 students enrolled in MSD

Amid sunny skies and pleasant temperatures 7,679 Massapequa students met the start of a new school year equipped with backpacks, school supplies and a readiness to learn.

New in Massapequa classrooms this year is the full implementation of the New York State Core Curriculum Standards for English language arts & literacy and mathematics. The new standards aim to promote college and career readiness by improving students’ problem-solving and critical thinking skills through modified instruction.


Redistricting Commission Announces Hearing Dates

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

Commissioners attempt to move forward in a bipartisan way; League of Women Voters advocates nonpartisan process

While the previous meeting of the Nassau County Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission on Thursday, June 28 was somewhat contentious, the mood at the latest meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5 was very different, with both Democratic and Republican commissioners largely agreeing on most points raised. The commission announced the times and locations of the first round of public hearings on the 2013 redistricting, intended to solicit feedback from residents before the drawing of the new district map, then discussed the logistics of future hearings.

The four public hearings scheduled so far will take place Thursday, Sept. 20 at Long Beach City Hall at 6 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 24 at Elmont Public Library at 7 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 27 at Glen Cove Landing School at 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Nassau County Legislative Chambers in Mineola at 6 p.m.


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