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Not Ready For A Swan Song

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

After a report surfaced last week that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking to eliminate the state’s mute swan population by 2025, residents and elected officials joined together in denouncing the plan as foul.

Now, some elected officials have joined in drafting legislation against any such action against swans in Massapequa and beyond.


Yoga Youngsters

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 14 February 2014 10:34

Yoga, a mental and spiritual exercise hailing from ancient India, emphasizes physical well-being in addition to the reduction of tension and the enhancement of relaxation and inward peace; while grown-ups have enjoyed its benefits for centuries, only recently has a movement grown to introduce the art to children, who could certainly use some tranquility among the unique stresses that make up their lives as well.

Massapequa resident Laura Lipari first discovered Yoga when she was attending college; after embracing the art and making it a part of her life, she then decided to gain her teaching certificate and has been instructing others in the bendy and twisty ways of yoga for the past two years.


Project Hope Bids Fond Farewell

Written by Observer Staff, Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00

After more than a year of assisting residents affected by Hurricane Sandy, Project Hope crisis counselors will soon hang up their logo-adorned  blue fleece vests. Before they do, they will work with local agencies to ensure a smooth transition of services for those who continue to struggle.


Swan Be Gone In Massapequa

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00

A plan by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to eliminate mute swan populations in the state is causing a stir among animal activists and residents alike.

The plan, dubbed the Mute Swan Management Plan by the DEC, calls the swans “a non-native, invasive species, brought to North America from Eurasia for ornamental purposes in the late 1800s.” The DEC plan supports actions to “eliminate free-ranging mute swans from New York by 2025.”

The DEC plan goes on to say “mute swans can cause a variety of problems, including aggressive behavior towards people, destruction of submerged aquatic vegetation, displacement of native wildlife species, degradation of water quality, and potential hazards to aviation.”


New Center For Health

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 07 February 2014 00:00

Wherever you turn — be it television, print, or the Internet — Americans are inundated with the latest and greatest health fads designed to get them to lose weight. However, many of these weight-loss fads are just that — fads — and more often than not, fads simply amount to shortcuts that just don’t work.

However, a newcomer to the Massapequa business scene, Triune Healthcare, located at 690 Broadway, is touting a realistic approach involving good, old fashioned know-how combined with cutting-edge medical science to help people achieve their weight-loss goals...both realistically and permanently, according to Brandon Scott, Triune’s Chief Public Relations Consultant.


Checkmate In Massapequa

Written by Chris Boyle, Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

Referred to as the “Game of Kings,” chess has enjoyed an enduring popularity over the centuries, and who would have ever guessed that, hundreds of years after its invention, America’s largest purveyor of chess paraphernalia, Your Move Chess and Games, would find its home right here in Massapequa.  

“That’s actually been part of the name since I’ve been working here,” said owner Quentin Turner. “There are not many brick-and-mortar chess stores...there are only three in New York, and we are by far the biggest. As such, we’re unique and a destination for a lot of visiting chess fans...we’ve had people come and visit the store from Canada, Australia, Ecuador. Our store is a gallery of sorts, with a lot of hand-carved sets on display, so people will travel a fairly large distance to see this stuff in person before they buy.”


Parents Get ‘Social’ With Some Help

Written by Observer Staff, Thursday, 06 February 2014 09:47

Local youngsters gave their parents a lesson on social media as the new social life.

In an effort to bring parents up to speed on the ever-changing world of technology, a student-run presentation developed and delivered by the Massapequa High School Student Advisory Council — a  40 member student government organization — opened up the eyes of parents as they learned the values and dangers associated with Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Tumblr and

The event, held in Massapequa High School’s cyber café and surrounding classrooms, drew about 60 parents and was organized like a mini school day. Participants spent about 20 minutes in each “class,” according to Dr. Thomas Fasano, assistant to the superintendent of curriculum and instruction who advises the Council in collaboration with Massapequa High School Principal, Dr. Barbara Williams and Massapequa High School-Ames Campus Principal Patrick DiClemente.

Massapequa State Aid Barely Bumps

Written by Daniel Offner, Friday, 31 January 2014 00:00

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $137 billion spending plan will increase education aid by $807 million for the 2014-2015 school year, but school officials say it will still put them up against the wall.

Based on the preliminary budget figures, the Massapequa School District will receive $61,895 more than last year, or a total of $26,452,123 — an increase of 0.23 percent.


Insurance Lessons In Pequa

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 30 January 2014 09:45

The trials and tribulations of being a homeowner; with the joys and comforts also come the expenses and difficulties. Among those latter attributes are the perils of insurance. It’s a complex subject to be sure, but luckily there’s help out there for who need it.

Deer Park resident Thomas DeMaio has been working in the insurance field for three years. An account executive at TCE Insurance Services, which has offices in Hauppauge and Staten Island, DeMaio said he started doing public seminars at libraries all over Long Island, including Massapequa, in order to help and inform the community about the different kinds of insurance out there.


Coalition Stands Against Budget Cuts

Written by Chris Boyle, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:00

Education in New York has seemingly been under fire for the last several years; between numerous cuts in financial aid, mandated tax levy caps, and the rollout of the Common Core Learning Standards, the state and parents seem to be at war with one another over the direction education is taking...with the students haplessly caught in the middle of the raging debate.

The latest issue that New York communities are taking umbrage with is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recently released educational budget for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year, and parents and schools hoping for a respite from the tightening of the state’s purse strings we aghast at what amounted to yet another series of cuts.


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