Like most New York Yankee fans, Philomena (Fannie) LaPolla is despondent over her favorite team’s recent defeat in the American League playoffs. But Ms. LaPolla, a longtime resident of Massapequa, isn’t your average Yankee fan. Fannie has seen them all and in this case, the cliché is literally true. In fact, she has seen them all even before Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees from the Boston Red Sox so that the Red Sox owner could cover a failed Broadway production.
The Nassau County Legislature continued a hearing on County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s 2011 proposed budget that went on all day Friday, Oct. 29, and late into Saturday night, eventually passing the $2.6 billion plan along party lines with Halloween approaching and opposing lawmakers accusing that the budget’s “no tax increase” label was just a costume.
Verizon looked to continue fostering a greater sense of hope at a recent press conference in Massapequa when Pedro Correa, president of Verizon LiveSource, announced the donation of 30,000 pre-paid calling cards that will be going to 30 different NYC metropolitan area shelters working to support victims caught in the grip of domestic violence. These local contributions are just one aspect of Verizon’s planned nationwide distribution of calling cards worth an estimated $150,000.
Who won last Monday night’s first and only New York gubernatorial debate at Hofstra University? The answer may not be measured in a simple set of poll numbers, but rather in the comedic talents of a zany band of fringe candidates who towed the line between jabs and a few well-rehearsed punch lines.
Two Plainedge High School seniors, Leanne Falzon and Olivia Hathaway have been named Commended Students in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.
County Executive Edward P. Mangano campaigned for and won his current position with a clear promise to lower spending and taxes for Nassau. The day draws near when he must deliver, arriving at a balanced budget for 2011 without raising taxes or increasing the deficit. This has led to painful proposals, drawing protests on extreme moves like cutting loose the entire Long Island Bus system and turning the high expense of tax refunds over to schools, towns, villages and other special districts including libraries and fire districts.
This is the 23rd piece in a series that I have written about Long Island’s historic sites. It has been on my “to do list” for a while. The little chapel in the photo was built circa 1865, and is the second oldest church structure remaining in the Wantagh/Levittown area and the surrounding communities. This small, sturdy, wood-sided church is one of the few buildings still remaining from the time when present day Wantagh was known as Jerusalem. This story touches my heart because my great grandfather, and several members of the Meyer family, are interred in the cemetery that surrounds the little chapel known as the St. John of Jerusalem Cemetery.
The case of Sanji Francis, a long-running story that has caused great anguish in the Massapequa community, came to a conclusion last week as Judge Stephen Jaeger handed down a six-month, five year sentence on the Merrick-based physician accused of selling prescription drugs to undercover police.
On Tuesday, Oct. 5, Drug Free Massapequa held its general meeting at the Marjorie Post Park Meeting Room, one that featured talks by Steven Chassman and Detective Pamela Stark, two experts on substance abuse.
The Massapequa Fire Department was organized in 1910 and has been dedicated to the safety of the community for all of the past 100 years. With the department members that number 300, they answer 2,500 calls for assistance each year.
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