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Addressing Acquisition Concerns

Written by Joe Scotchie: Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

American Water president seeks to assure public

For several months, the possible acquisition of Aqua NY by New York American Water has raised concerns about the future of the water supply for hundreds of thousands of local residents.

According to activists, such concerns have to do with costs; as significant, is the possible spread of groundwater contamination plume from the Northrop Grumman/Navy site in Bethpage to public supply wells.


Village Lists Penalties For New Law

Written by Joe Scotchie: Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

Seeking to eliminate blight on foreclosed home properties

The Village of Massapequa Park’s new maintenance ordinance has been approved by a unanimous vote, one made melancholy with the absence of Harry Jacobson.

The ordinance is now in effect and represents an effort by the board of trustees to eradicate what they claim is a blight on the village by mostly foreclosed homes which have not been properly maintained.


Property Maintenance Ordinance Approved

Written by Joe Scotchie: Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

Aimed at the upkeep of foreclosed homes

Concerned by the existence of foreclosed homes in Massapequa and what they see as a blight on the community, the Village of Massapequa Park board of trustees recently approved a property maintenance code for the village. The vote was unanimous and the law takes effect immediately.

The ordinance requires that all individual and bank-owned homes be properly maintained. That includes the maintenance of pools, shrubbery, windows, siding and general upkeep of the property.


Harry Jacobson, BOT Member, Dies

Written by Joe Scotchie: Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00
The Village of Massapequa Park was stunned this past week by the death of Harry Jacobson, a longtime member of the board of trustees. Jacobson was 89 years old.

According to published reports, Jacobson died after a brief illness.


MHS Class of 2012 Valedictorian, Salutatorian

Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

Ten years ago, a little girl in a blue dress sat in a second-grade classroom at Unqua Elementary School not comprehending a word her teacher was saying. English, and dresses, were foreign to her because she spent most of her seven years living with her grandparents in China, wearing overalls. Today, with a weighted grade-point-average of 5.07 on a 4.75 scale, she will stand before her class on graduation day to deliver the valedictorian speech.

Bertie Geng is what one may call a valedictorian of valedictorians. She not only possesses a stellar academic record, but received a perfect score on the SAT, perfect scores on the SAT II in chemistry, biology and U.S. history, and a score of 5, the highest attainable score, on numerous Advanced Placement exams.  For her outstanding academic achievement, she was named a United States Presidential Scholar semifinalist, one of the most prestigious recognitions a student can attain.


Class Of ’12 Valedictorian, Salutatorian Named

Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

Casey Vieni has been named Plainedge High School’s Class of 2012 valedictorian and Alanna Ticali has been honored as its salutatorian.  

For the past 13 years, these two students have strived for the best, in the process, achieving their goals at the highest levels.


Mock Trial Team Wins County Title

Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

Defeats a field of more than 40 high schools

The Massapequa High School Mock Trial Team made history for the school district this spring when it was crowned the winner of the Nassau County Mock Trial Tournament.

The largest event of its kind in New York State, the team defeated nearly 500 students from 44 high schools around the county.

The team brought home a plaque and the traditional championship trophy, a gigantic golden cup with the names of the winning teams inscribed on it.


Another Great Parade In Massapequa

Written by Joe Scotchie: Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00

Thousands line thoroughfares for Memorial Day tribute

Massapequa is the Parade Capital of Long Island and once again, the village and its residents lived up to its grand reputation with another terrific turnout for the 2012 Memorial Day Parade. Up to 2,000 residents lined Park Boulevard and other boulevards to cheer on the numerous local organizations that showed the colors on this solemn holiday.

Among those who took part in the parade were Village of Massapequa Park trustees, including Mayor James Altadonna; Peter J. Schmitt, presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature; George Maragos, Nassau County comptroller and Republican Party candidate for the U.S. Senate; plus representatives from the Nassau County Police Department, the Village of Massapequa Park Fire Department, Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops, marching bands from both Massapequa High School and Plainedge High School, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Amvets Post 88, the American Legion Post 1066 auxiliary unit, and many more marchers.


Public Hearing On Property Maintenance

Written by Joe Scotchie: Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00

Village seeks proper upkeep of foreclosed homes

On Monday, June 11, the Village of Massapequa Park will hold a public hearing, where the board of trustees will attempt to ensure what it calls “property maintenance” in the village.

The proposed law is a response by the village to the continued existence of foreclosed homes in Massapequa and their upkeep, which village officials are displeased with. If approved, the ordinance would require that all individual and bank-owned homes be properly maintained. More specifically, the proposed law would cover the maintenance of pools, shrubbery, windows, siding and general upkeep of the property. 


Water District Completes Petition Drive

Written by Joe Scotchie: Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Criticizes DEC response to groundwater situation

For months, the Massapequa Water District has been in the forefront of the pressing issue of clean water on the South Shore of Long Island and especially as it relates to what it fears what water district officials call “highly toxic contaminated groundwater plume,” which they claim is emanating from the Navy Grumman site in Bethpage.

Recently, the water district completed its extensive petition drive, one that netted over 5,400 petitions. The petitions will be taken to Albany. The purpose, water district officials said, is to demand action by Governor Andrew Cuomo to take the necessary steps to have the polluters stop such plume.


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