Steven Kessler has been promoted to principal of the Carman Road School, located in Massapequa Park, a school that is part of the Board of Cooperative Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES). Kessler, who served as assistant principal at the school for the past 12 years, has spent the last three decades working in the special education field.
Kessler started his career at Nassau BOCES in 1988 as coordinator of the Supported Work Program where he followed up on special education students after they entered the workplace. A devout champion of special needs youngsters, he then moved to the Rosemary Kennedy School as the Assistant Principal for six years.
Over the past several years, John Carpenter has made Massapequa the Classic Movie Capital of Long Island as thousands of New Yorkers have traveled to that village to view an eclectic array of movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Carpenter has also shown such films in locations as different as Lindenhurst and East Meadow. But when he shows his films in Massapequa, they are always at the Bar Harbor Library. Now, Carpenter will be showing a 1932 classic, Love Me Tonight on Thursday, Aug. 11 at his home parish, Our Lady of Lourdes. The viewing will begin at 7 p.m. The film, which tells the story of a common tailor who wins the love of a princess, stars Hollywood legends Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald.
When the Parker family of Massapequa celebrates a birthday on July 19, it just won’t be for young Mason, who was born on that date last week at 11:30 p.m. at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
In fact, that date will be the birthday of not just the son, but of both his parents, who were also born on July 19.
James Altadonna Jr. is beginning his second decade as mayor of what he calls the quintessential “small town America,” the Village of Massapequa Park.
A native of Deer Park where he had served as a volunteer fireman, Altadonna entered and won a mayoral race in a most unusual fashion. After marrying a Massapequa girl and moving to the village, Altadonna, the proprietor of a printing company, Sheepshead Printing Company, became dissatisfied with how he saw the way the village was being administered. And so, he entered the mayoral race of 2000. But Altadonna did not run, as is the custom, on a ticket with other board of trustee candidates. Instead, he ran on his own, a ticket of one man. And he ended up unseating an incumbent and becoming mayor, a post he has held since then, getting re-elected to another term last March with no opposition.
On Sunday, June 12, Sons of Italy-Columbus Lodge Scholarship Chairman Ed Bochynski awarded 18 scholarships at the Columbus Lodge Hall located in South Farmingdale.
The awards were given to graduating seniors from Massapequa, Bethpage, Farmingdale, Plainedge and other local area high schools who are entering a full-time college program in the fall. Massapequa’s Dianna DiCocco received the lodge’s Excellence in Italian Language Award.
Responding to complaints from local residents, the Village of Massapequa Park Board of Trustees has approved a motion to refer to the Planning Commission a study for Stop signs at two intersections in the village.
The first request is for a Stop sign for north- and southbound traffic on Broadway at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue.
As the dog days of summer approach, Drug Free Massapequa (DFM) continues to stay active. It has three big events planned for July and August, with the latter two offering important advice for parents and young people as they continue to tackle the drug problem on Long Island.
The first event is a way for local residents and DFM members to enjoy a summer day at John J. Burns Park.
Fairway Market and the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center challenged the self-proclaimed best firehouse chefs in Nassau County to a Barbecue Cook-Off on Friday, July 1 at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum at 399 Charles Lindbergh Blvd. in Uniondale. In the spirit of the holiday weekend, teams of firefighters from Nassau County competed against each other in the Fairway Firefighter Rib Rivalry and Burger Battle to see who makes the best barbecue ribs and hamburgers on Long Island and to remind everyone of important grilling safety tips.
On Monday, June 27, Massapequa High School held its 55th annual commencement exercises at Hofstra University with 648 students receiving their diplomas.
This is my fourth piece about the Faith Mission Soup Kitchen and Pantry at 87 Pine Street in Freeport. When I was asked to visit in February of 2009, their needs were for food, clothing and a freezer for the pantry. At that time a walk-in freezer was donated. This visit was much more serious. The restaurant-style stove has been shut off by the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office because they said the 30-inch exhaust fan and suppression system over the stove that has been in use for more than 15 years and is in good condition is illegal and doesn’t conform with the current Nassau County commercial kitchen specifications even though there’s never a charge for food, soup and coffee to the more than 250 daily hungry men and women.
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