Massapequa is famous for folks like Alex Baldwin, Jerry Seinfeld and Bobby Nelson. And even though Berner High School is no more, the Class of 1977 recently celebrated their 35th high school reunion with a Pub Crawl on Friday night before moving onto a fun-filled Picnic at Brady Park. It’s not often an alumni group like this one continues to come up with reasons to reconnect and rekindle old friendships.
While it wasn’t the sanctioned 40th year reunion, Julie Freud-Cappelluzzo, classmate and organizer of this event, had the itch for old high school buddies and didn’t want to wait another five years. Cappelluzzo thought, “what if we host a mini 35th reunion by having a Pub Crawl down memory lane or better yet, Park Boulevard with a picnic day after at Brady Park?”
At a recent village meeting, Dr. Cynthia Paulis said that a party that took place on the evening of July 21 lasted into the morning hours of the next day. Dr. Paulis, in a written statement, listed several complaints from that party: Loud music that lasted beyond an agreed-upon 11 a.m. cutoff time, “close to 60 people very drunk and very loud,” verbal abuse from neighbors and trash from the party, including cups, open food products on her property on Manhattan Avenue and a port a john blocking the sidewalk.
Among those is the Ocean Parkway-Jones Beach Access path, which is designed to assist bicyclists traveling to the latter destination.
Massapequa Water District Commissioner John Caruso gave a detailed presentation to approximately 100 community members and residents. He said, “Most people, especially the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), really don’t get it when it comes to our sole source aquifer; what’s below us is our drinking water supply, broken up into three distinct aquifers.” Long Island mostly draws from middle, the Magothy aquifer, from a range of 50 to 900 feet below the earth’s surface; Massapequa water is screened from about 850 feet below the surface.
Competitive drills were held at the Denton Avenue Training Facility at Michael J. Tully Park in New Hyde Park on Friday evening, July 13 and Saturday morning. The Port Washington Fire Department provided the following results from the Motorized Tournament: Westbury Turtles, 1st place; West Hempstead Westerners, 2nd place; Port Washington Road Runners, 3rd place; Roslyn Highlanders, 4th place and New Hyde Park Termites, 5th place. Results from the Old Fashioned Drill Team Tournament were: Malverne Chipmunks, 1st place; Freeport Nighthawks, 2nd place; Rockville Centre Woodlands, 3rd place; Oyster Bay Teddy Boys, 4th place and Lynbrook Tumblers, 5th place. The winning fire departments displayed their trophies on trucks during the parade.
Maragos said that the failure of both NIFA and the Democratic caucus to work with County Executive Edward P. Mangano and approve $43.1 million in bonding for property tax refunds caused the deficit to balloon. With such approval, he said the deficit for 2011 would be at only $7 million and the 2012 projected budget would be nearly balanced.
It was a melancholy Fourth of July in Massapequa last week. While the annual parade took place to a large crowd, there was a more subdued ceremony in another part of the village.
On the morning of July 4, the Town of Oyster Bay dedicated a roadway triangle at the corner of Biltmore Boulevard and Frankel Boulevard in Massapequa in memory of ATF Special Agent John Capano, who perished while struggling to subdue a robbery suspect at a Seaford pharmacy.
“This is one of the largest plumes I have ever seen,” and one of the most vocal communities, said Jim Harrington. Harrington is currently the director of the remedial bureau in the Division of Environmental Remediation at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). He was on-hand for the June 21 public session that was held at the Bethpage Community Center.
The later ordinance has already been approved; BOT members, at its Monday, July 9 meeting will simply formalize the agreement.
Massapequa High School Social Studies teacher Dana Robbins was named the New York State Teacher of the Year by the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City. The honor recognizes her exceptional talents as an American history teacher based on her commitment to teaching, her use of creativity and imagination in the classroom, and her use of primary sources to engage students in American history.
As the state winner, Robbins received a personal award of $1,000 and an archive of books and historical resources for the high school. The honor also places her in the running for National History Teacher of the Year and the opportunity to win an additional $10,000 prize and a trip to the national awards ceremony with two of her students. The winner— to be determined by college professors, former winners and historians — will be announced in the fall.
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