It all happened shortly after the building of the new Sunrise Highway and railroad trestle by the current Westfield Mall. My father was a carpenter and worked on the trestle construction. Back then the land where the mall now stands was thickly wooded, vacant and owned by a New York water company.
The Plainedge School District has appointed Anthony DeRiso as Principal of Plainedge Middle School.
DeRiso has been working with the district since 1999 and has served in a variety of capacities. Most recently, DeRiso worked as the district’s Director of Personnel and Operations. As such, he was responsible for managing districtwide operations and initiating and overseeing capital improvement projects, which have included the high school music room and the beautification of West and Schwarting Elementary Schools.
Fenton, who is the author of Jack’s Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac, a play dramatizing Kerouac’s final night in Northport, has been in the news lately, this time making the rounds in Kerouac’s stomping grounds in Queens County.
In his continuing effort to promote September 11 as a national day of voluntary service, charity and good deeds, Congressman Peter T. King (R-Seaford) will be holding his 3rd annual blood drive on Friday, September 11, from 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. at his District Office, 1003 Park Boulevard, Massapequa Park. The blood drive will be administered by Long Island Blood Services.
“This blood drive is a way to encourage people to perform one special deed on September 11 as a way to honor the victims and heroes of that tragic day,” Congressman King stated. “It is also a way to rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that existed in the nation after the tragedy.”
The North Massapequa Fire Department will be hosting the Annual 6th Battalion Parade and Drill on Saturday, Sept. 19, according to Chief Sean K. Abrams.
“This special event celebrates 75 years of service to the community by the members of the North Massapequa Fire Department,” Chief Abrams said. “It is a prestigious parade and I’m sure the community will come out to show their support of our volunteer firefighters and attend the gala festival following the parade.”
The red light cameras are going back up in Massapequa.
At its Aug. 24 meeting, the village board of trustees voted on a resolution, one that would allow the cameras to return to the intersection of Merrick Road and Park Boulevard. Moreover, the BOT agreed to return all revenue from vehicle violations to Nassau County coffers.
Our Lady of Lourdes School, located in Massapequa Park, has named Rita Anne Swift, a longtime Catholic school educator and administrator, as its new principal. The appointment comes as the school is in the midst of launching an ambitious series of initiatives to improve services and resources for students.
The Massapequa Preserve stream and drainage pond-dredging project took on another step recently. The laying of the underground piping connecting the water flow in the Massapequa Creek from Linden Street south to the Massapequa Lake at Merrick Road took place. The purpose of this part of the project is to pump water from the lake underground to a pumping system at Linden Street and back into the creek. The project when completed will keep water circulating and much cleaner. Water in the creek and drainage ponds will be kept cleaner from the filtration systems already in place at the catch basins that funneled roadways storm water into the preserves drainage ponds.
The BOT acted because it considers damages from flooding and erosion to be an increased problem for village residents and businesses.
The building built entirely of wood was totally destroyed by fire in 1852 during the night, possibly from a stove fire used for heat. It wasn’t until 1910 that Massapequa had a fire department.
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