As noted in last week’s issue of The Massapequan Observer, the Village of Massapequa Park will hold a special 10th anniversary remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks this Sunday at 7 p.m. at Brady Park, located on Lake Shore Drive.
The candlelight vigil will remember all the victims of 9-11, but as it falls on the 10th anniversary, it will be an especially melancholy event, made even more so by the number of local residents who lost their lives on that day.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, in the wake of Hurricane Irene, is encouraging residents to use caution when hiring contractors to assist with debris removal and property repairs.
“In the aftermath of this major storm, it is essential that everyone be wary of scam artists promising immediate debris removal and home repairs,” Rice said. “Some insist on advance payment for work they never do, quote outrageous prices, or simply do not possess the skills, licenses, and insurance to legally do the work. Nassau County residents need to be diligent in checking a contractor’s credentials to ensure that they are legitimate.”
As predicted, Hurricane Irene paid a visit to the New York area last Saturday and as also predicted, the results were devastating, as up to 2 million people in the tri-state area lost power for an extended period of time.
In March 2000, Dr. Kerry Samerotte, then Kerry Geiler, a student at Massapequa High School, was named as a seventh place winner in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search.
But that was only the start of her many achievements in the world of scientific research.
All is well in Massapequa following the biggest earthquake to hit the eastern seaboard in 114 years. According to village officials, there were no reported major injuries or damages in the village, a condition that appears to be generally true for the other parts of the United States and Canada, whose residents felt the tremor on Tuesday afternoon.
The quake, whose epicenter was the small town of Mineral, VA, registered 5.8 on the Richter scale, making it the most powerful one in the state since a 1897 quake, which registered the same total. The 1897 quake originated in Giles County, VA, an area in the southwestern part of the commonwealth, not far from Mineral, itself a town 40 miles northwest of Richmond. The 2011 quake took place along the Spotsylvania fault line.
Two Massapequa area high students are among the six local winners selected as “Kids of Distinction” for 2011. Natalie Gramegna and Nora M Reade were both selected for the honor by the organization Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., which established a committee to judge applications.
The winners were announced by Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto and Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc. co-founders Robert A.J. and Philip M. Eslick.
In recent years, the Massapequa area has presented a united front in the battle against substance abuse. Most prominent have been such popular organizations as Yes Counseling Center and Drug Free Massapequa (DFM). The arrest and conviction of a Merrick-based physician for selling prescription drugs to minors near Massapequa High School was the most dramatic example of the problem in the area.
Now, New York State Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino has lent his support to the struggle. At a press conference last Wednesday at South Oaks Hospital, he announced the creation of the Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Relief Task Force.
Possibly prompted by my suggestion in one of my series of articles following the progress of the work in the Massapequa Preserve, work has begun to refurbish the Nassau County Park, known to local residents as The Duck Pond.
Steven C. Mosiello, 58, a FDNY members and a resident of Massapequa was laid to rest Tuesday, July 19. He was the aide to Chief of Department Peter J. Ganci Jr., who was killed on that fateful morning of September 11, 2001 when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed.
Mosiello’s assignment just put him out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, the chemicals and particles that the smoke carried led to his death. He died of esophageal cancer at the Hospice Inn of Melville on Friday, July 15.
On Friday, July 29 Nassau County held its first annual emergency services summit with over 500 police, firefighters, EMTs, and hospital officials to reduce wait time that occurs during emergencies.
Ellis Henican was the master of ceremonies, while Nassau County Legislator and Public Safety Chair Dennis Dunne, along with County Executive Edward Mangano, and other local emergency officials and hospital staff authorities addressed the attendees and held panel discussions.
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