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Pequa Seniors Brush Up On Care

Written by Observer Staff, Friday, 03 January 2014 00:00

Senior citizens living at The Bristal in Massapequa, 400 Country Line Rd., were recently treated to a very important health care program presented by the Melville-based Genser Dubow Genser & Cona (GDGC), elder law and estate planning firm.   

The program, aimed to eliminate the confusion as to how Obamacare affects senior citizens, was attended by more than 50 seniors and some professionals. Melissa Negrin-Wiener, Esq., partner, GDGC, answered numerous questions but reassured the seniors that there will be little change for them with the Affordable Care Act — especially if they are on traditional Medicare.


Locals Nabbed In Scam

Written by Steve Mosco, Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:40

A recent joint investigation between Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and the New York State Department of Labor has led to criminal charges against 17 Long Islanders — including two from the Massapequas — accused of stealing approximately $270,000 in unemployment insurance benefits from New York taxpayers.

Maryann Brachfeld, 47, of Massapequa Park, and Robert Kennedy, 52, of Massapequa, as well as 15 other local residents, were all found to have failed to report employment as required by Department of Labor regulations, thereby fraudulently obtaining unemployment benefits. The 17 defendants were arrested over the past month and are all charged with a top count of third-degree grand larceny, which includes a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.


Still Surviving Sandy

Written by Steve Mosco, Thursday, 02 January 2014 09:44

One Massapequa resident’s remembrances of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy caught the attention of a woman who knows a thing or two about survival.

Dr. Cynthia Paulis, this publication’s “Healthy Living” writer and frequent feature contributor to this newspaper, was selected to be in Grammy-award-winner Gloria Gaynor’s new book, We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song. Available at, the book includes 40 essays of survival and inspiration selected from a worldwide competition. Dr. Paulis, an emergency room physician, was chosen for her essay on Hurricane Sandy and its effect on her Long Island neighborhood.


Angels Of Nassau County

Written by Observer Staff, Saturday, 28 December 2013 00:00

Call it a busman’s holiday. For the employees at Foundation Source in Lake Success, philanthropy is central to their organizational mission: providing comprehensive support to private charities. Yet this holiday season, they embarked on a new effort.

“I wanted to do something closer [to home],” said Jennifer Johnston, an administrative assistant at Foundation Source who lives in Massapequa Park. “We have so many people here; we could do more.”


Chimes Of Salvation

Written by Edith Updike, Friday, 27 December 2013 00:00

Perhaps no one symbol of the generous spirit of the season is more iconic than the bell ringers of the Salvation Army’s “Red Kettle” brigades. These hardy fundraisers brave winter’s chill outside grocery stores and shops, a reminder to holiday shoppers that charity may begin at home, but it doesn’t end there.

In Massapequa, Bill Moseley has manned the kettle with guitar in hand at the Westfield Sunrise mall for more than 20 years. Strumming festive Christmas music to entice donations out of crowd-weary shoppers can be difficult, but for Moseley it is all in the spirit of goodwill for the less fortunate.


They’ll Be Home For Christmas

Written by Mia Toschi, Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

A Massapequa family is finally home for the holidays.

The Henry family will sleep in their Forest Avenue home for the first time since Oct. 29, 2012 — the day Hurricane Sandy destroyed everything they had. But even with the immense loss caused by the superstorm, the Henry family still calls themselves “lucky.”


Chamber Collects Toys With Marines

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00

Few anticipate the magic of the holiday season more than children; however, that wonderment can sadly be tainted when a family in hardship is unable to provide a Christmas toy for their excited youngster.

Enter the U.S. Marine Corps, the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce and their joint venture to provide a toy to each and every child in need this holiday season. Participating in the Marines’ famed Toys for Tots program, Chamber president Patricia Orzano said that helping children has been a personal passion of hers for many years.


Massapequa High School Career Day

Written by Cynthia Paulis, Saturday, 21 December 2013 00:00

The gymnasium at Massapequa High School played center court as students and professionals volleyed questions back and forth about career choices at the school’s 5th annual Career Day Futures Fair.

Forty booths representing such diverse careers as aviation, medicine, automotive, electrical engineering, culinary arts, banking law enforcement and more were set up for professionals to interact with students in grades 10 through 12. The goal of the event, created by Denise DeLury, career to education counselor and Susan Thompson, chairperson for career technology education, was to introduce students to the many different careers available to them and give them the opportunity to learn about the careers by speaking with those in the fields.


All About Equity In Massapequa

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00

With the national economy still showing signs of stagnation, money issues remain paramount among people of all ages; however, the elderly tend to be hit the hardest, as what may have appeared to be an adequate nest egg many years before can suddenly become woefully inadequate once retirement age finally hits.

Irene Genovese of Copiague worked in the real estate market for more than 30 years; she is now retired, and, with former business associate Julian Giaquinto, holds a series of regular seminars on reverse mortgages as a community service; she recently held one at Massapequa’s Bar Harbour Library branch.


AIDS Awareness Week Teaches Safety

Written by Observer Staff, Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

Life-saving messages of exercising good judgment, open communication and responsible behavior during intimate relationships were clearly stressed to freshmen at Massapequa High School-Ames Campus at one of two assemblies led by speakers from Love Heals, the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education.


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