The Nassau County Legislature unanimously approved Nassau Events Center LLC’s plan to transform the 43-year old Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Plaza. County officials feel the agreement generates millions in economic benefit for Nassau County.
Under terms of the agreement, Nassau County will receive a percentage of revenue with a minimum level of revenue-sharing that escalates throughout the life of the contract. NEC is responsible for all construction, renovation and maintenance costs at the coliseum and plaza.
The American Red Cross has awarded a $60,000 grant to The Disability Opportunity Fund to support long-term recovery services for people with disabilities and their families affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The Disability Opportunity Fund (The DOF) will use the grant to help 50 families develop housing solutions and navigate the rebuilding process for their homes. The services will include individual counseling, assistance in locating possible properties, and advising on rehabilitation to make dwellings handicap-accessible on Long Island over the next 12 months. The DOF is a community finance organization based in Nassau County.
On any given day, crowds of people enjoy the newly completed portions of the Bethpage Bikeway Extension Project. From curious first timers to devoted regulars, the paths are filled with pedestrians, hikers, bikers, in-line skaters, racers and joggers all day long, into the evening.
The Bethpage State Parkway was built in the 1930s to provide access to the Bethpage State Park. The adjacent 8-mile bike path was built by New York State in the 1970s in order to connect Massapequa and the Massapequa Preserve 0n the southern end of the parkway to Bethpage State Park which on the northern end.
Massapequa’s Phyllis Coniglio knows it is never too late to start a new career.
After spending the first half of her life embroiled in the business world, specifically in the glass and mirror industry, Coniglio found the fortitude to bring a constant passion to the forefront of her life.
“From childhood I had an interest in art history. Whenever possible I was visiting museums,” she said, adding that she was close to 50-years-old when she started painting. “Not until my youngest was in high school was I encouraged to attend an oil painting class. That began my quest to make up for lost time.”
Families are working together to take a bite out of food allergies.
Christine Restaino, along with her family and friends, is participating in the FARE Walk for Food Allergy, an event that brings together thousands of Americans looking to raise money to find a cure for food allergies. Presented by Food Allergy Research & Education, walks occur throughout the year across the country, with the Long Island walk happening October 13 at Eisenhower Park.
It is not every day that you hear an inspirational story that rings true of the American dream. Massapequa contractor Pat McCusker of E.P. McCusker Home Improvements shares how growing up on a farm in Ireland helped him become the man he is today.
“I grew up on a farm in Ireland in a very rural area, farming seven days a week,” said the Irish born McCusker. “I grew up with the old school work mentality. I even hand milked the cows before I went to school.”
The great American road trip.
For travelers living with the constant tug of wanderlust pulling on their hearts, it is a rite of passage. For countless office workers stuck stationary in confining cubicles, it is a dreary-eyed daydream. And for meandering twentysomethings, it is a grand plan designed to stave off adult responsibilities for just a little while longer.
But for native Massapequan author Tara Cox, the great American road trip served as an inspiration to explore an iconic symbol of this country’s free spirit; a reflective symbol of freedom chronicled in her book, Airstream: The Silver RV.
Ask anyone in Massapequa where to go for great food and some good, clean, fun and nine times out of ten you’ll likely to hear, “The Good Life.”
According to co-owner Pete Mangouranes, The Good Life, located at 1039 Park Boulevard since May of 2010, is a great old-fashioned establishment to eat, drink, and be merry.
More than 100 people including local politicians attended Adopt-a-Battalion’s first annual Support our Troops Dinner held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Massapequa Park last week.
The brainchild of Jack and Pat Parker, whose son was a marine stationed in Iraq at the time, Adopt-a-Battalion is a 100-percent volunteer-based organization started in 2004.
As summer draws to a close, so does yet another season of the Massapequa Library’s Teen Summer Reading Club; however, it ended on a high note, as this year was the program’s most successful yet.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who has run the program for the past eleven years, originally had 70 pre-registrants when the club kicked off in late June; he had hoped have 100 members when the season came to a close on August 17.
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