It became official last week that the MTA plans to cut its funding to Long Island Bus, a move that will effectively eliminate all bus service to over 100,000 Nassau County residents who rely on it daily. A war of words between Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the MTA has now escalated to a legal battle, with the county filing suit over the controversial MTA employer payroll tax.
The Nassau County Department of Health has announced the isolation of West Nile virus (WNV) from 16 additional mosquito pools in Nassau County. Three are from pools in Massapequa and one is in Wantagh. The new findings bring the total to 30 mosquito pools positive for West Nile virus in Nassau County this year.
“[To] the outside observer, my life looks pretty remarkable. I’m a doctor—-a neurologist—-and a good one….I earn a handsome salary. I starred on the nation’s number one television show—-the final season of Survivor….Millions of Americans watched me each week as I reported important health news on a major television network…I have my own radio show. I’ve dated kind, spectacular, and brilliant women. I have a wonderful family, devoted friends....[Along] the way I’ve managed to change several lives—-and I’ve saved a few too. Sounds pretty good, right?”
This past weekend, there was the usual number of birthday celebrations held in Massapequa for youngsters and adults alike. But only one of them was for someone who turned 100 years old.
That is what happened in the household of Anica Skrokov, better known to people in Massapequa as Baba.
The Lincoln-style log cabin, in the John J. Burns Park, will be the Massapequa Kiwanis club’s renovation project. The club’s first cabin project dates back to 1985, when the members took title of the run down, former polo club house from Hubert Darrell of Corona. Darrell owned the East Massapequa cabin for many years. The Kiwanis members, with help from Paul Kicherer and his crane, carefully removed the gable end sections of the cabin. Then all of the disassembled wall logs, roof beams and other parts were loaded onto Kiwanian Mike Beato’s flatbed trailer and transported to John J. Burns Park, including the stones from the fireplace. It took many men working together, filling several trailer loads to accomplish the first phase of this giant undertaking. The work was done by a 35-member club, made up of men having very different occupations. After several Saturdays of loading the trailer for the trips to Burns Park, where everything was neatly piled and stored, the men took a break until 1986.
“Justice was not done today.”
That was the statement from Drug Free Massapequa (DFM), following the July 15 hearing in the case of Dr. Sanji Francis, the Merrick-based physician accused of selling prescription drugs to undercover police.
More roadwork is coming to residential areas of Massapequa. At its June 28 meeting, the board of trustees approved the establishment of a Special Assessment District for Third Avenue between Clark Boulevard and Front Street.
The Town of Oyster Bay, with the help of an $88,000 federal grant, recently unveiled the final draft of the Massapequa Creek Watershed Management and Corridor Restoration Plan at a public hearing held in June.
While members of the Massapequa American Legion Post 1066 were getting their sleep before the start of the fourth of July weekend celebrations and their participation in the holiday parade, vandals destroyed the entrance to the Post’s Memorial Garden, knocking over a heavy concrete column that broke the eagle in half and partially knocked another off its concrete foundation.
As noted in last week’s issue of The Massapequan Observer, Thursday, July 15 is the day for another hearing in the case of Sanji Francis, the Merrick-based physician accused of selling prescription drugs to undercover agents.
The hearing will begin on July 15 at 2 p.m. It will take place at the New York State Supreme Court building on 252 Old Country Rd. in the west wing of the second floor.
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