As with any other village on Long Island, Massapequa has produced its share of celebrities and achievers. None are better known than the Baldwin brothers—-Alec, Daniel, Stephen, and William, all four of whom graduated from then-Alfred G. Berner High School.
Billy Baldwin, the third oldest brother (the brothers have two sisters also), is still involved in his hometown. Baldwin is one of the founders of the Massapequa Community Fund, a successful organization that recently contributed $40,000 to the Massapequa School District, allowing, in the process, up to 14 educators from the district to attend Harvard University’s Project Zero Classroom. Baldwin recently met with those same educators to discuss the program’s opportunities. Project Zero is a research group based at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
The Town of Oyster Bay will soon get its first dog park. The promise was made by Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto at the end of the Oct. 18 board meeting. Town residents Peggy Heijmen of Oyster Bay and Michael Peress of Jericho spoke in favor of the dogs.
Peggy Heijmen, a resident of Oyster Bay and a member of Long Island Dog, a 5013(c)3 organization was there to ask for access to parks and beaches for Long Island dog owners. Ms. Heijmen said in June 2110 the group submitted a petition signed by 300 dog owners asking for a dog park in the town. She said they hoped when the SEA Fund was passed that the town would put some funds aside to provide a safe place for dogs to exercise. They suggested a potential site that was the former Liberty site, and is now known as the Allen Park Extension, a site in South Farmingdale; and one in Massapequa, Louden Avenue.
How should the county solve its budget crisis? Should the police unions and the Civil Service Employees Association make contract concessions? Should county services be cut? Should there be a tax increase? Should the County eliminate its guarantee to refund other taxing districts’ (including school districts) share of property taxes paid in error due to County assessment errors?
Family and friends of the Kearney family of Massapequa are hosting a fundraising benefit for Ella Kate Kearney on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Nutty Irishman, 323 Main St. in Farmingdale.The Rotary Club of Great Neck has offered to support the event.
Ella is the two-year old daughter of Brian Kearney and Keri Kearney who was recently diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a malignant tumor on her spine.Brian is a floor installer with Local 2287, District Council of Carpenters and Keri is a guidance counselor with the Amityville School District.
(The candidate submitted the following statement.)
I am seeking re-election to the office of Oyster Bay Town Clerk to continue serving the residents of the Town of Oyster Bay and to finish the job I have started. I have the experience, commitment and dedication, having served as Town Clerk for nearly eight years. Prior to joining the government team in Oyster Bay, I served as a New York State Assemblyman for seven years. I graduated from St. John’s University with a Masters Degree in Government and Public Administration.
How should the county solve its budget crisis? Should the police unions and the Civil Service Employees Association make contract concessions? Should county services be cut? Should there be a tax increase? Should the county eliminate its guarantee to refund other taxing districts (including school districts) share of property taxes paid in error due to county assessment errors?
The Plainedge School District has appointed Todd Winch and Chris Dillon as, respectively, the new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and the new assistant to the superintendent for facilities and special projects.
Winch was the director of pupil services in the Levittown School District, where he began his career 16 years ago as a high school social studies teacher. During that time he was an active participant in multiple curriculum writing committees, served as an advisor for student council and model congress clubs, and organized field trips along the East Coast and abroad. In 2004, he assumed the position of chairman of social studies for Wisdom Lane Middle School, and in 2006 he became the assistant director for pupil services.
Last Sunday, Oct. 16, up to 82 local couples celebrated their Golden Anniversary in a special mass held at St. Rose of Lima in Massapequa.
The day turned out to be a Massapequa event in more ways than one as a large contingent from the Massapequa area turned out to renew their vows after an amazing 50 years of marriage. Indeed, some of the couples have been married for more than 50 years, and this was an opportunity to be part of an historic day.
What would you suggest the Town do to get back to an AAA bond rating?
To begin with, I have proposed a no tax increase budget for 2012. The concern of our bond rating agency is that the Town’s reserves have gone down. Those reserves will be replenished by cutting back on overtime and increasing user fees. Also, in light of the recent North Hempstead court decision, the Town is seeking to recoup funds from the Verizon settlement, which would be used to help build up the Town’s reserves.
Leave it to The Movie Man, John Carpenter to thrill pre-Halloween crowds with a film that features the most outright scariest actor to ever fill a movie screen in any American theatre.
On Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m., on the weekend before Halloween, The Man of 1,000 movies will be presenting a film featuring The Man of 1,000 Faces as The Penalty, a 1920 classic staring Lon Chaney will be shown at the Bar Harbor Library.
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