The annual summer festival, sponsored by the Massapequa Park Merchants Association, is being held in cooperation with the Village of Massapequa Park, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8 and 9, along Park Boulevard.
This year’s features include the ever-popular international food fest with everything from the American hot dog to Italian zeppole. There will be entertainment, and amusement rides in the streets along Park Boulevard, just one block north of Sunrise Highway. Special music and entertainment is planned and there will be special sales and merchandise, and bargains galore.
As the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” reverberated off the walls of Hofstra University’s arena, the 272 members of Plainedge High School’s graduating Class of 2009 marched to their seats of distinction with wide smiles while their family and friends cheered from the stadium’s seats.
Plainedge Principal Robert Amster welcomed those in attendance and commenced the ceremony by sharing his thoughts on the students’ educational journey through the school district and their past four years at the high school.
“The commuters and residents have really had it with the MTA. The fare increases, the payroll tax and cutting of customer service are truly disgraceful. This oversight board will bring accountability to the people,” said Assemblyman Tom Alfano, a member of the Republican delegation who represents the 21st Assembly District.
The rezoning of certain properties within the Massapequa moratorium area has been approved by the Oyster Bay Town Board, according to Town Supervisor John Venditto.
“Because of recent construction trends that are eroding the character of residential neighborhoods in Massapequa, the Town Board enacted a building moratorium, during which time the Town’s planner conducted a study of the area and made recommendations concerning zoning and other measures that would provide the proper balance to allow for development and redevelopment while protecting the character of the community,” Supervisor Venditto stated. “The Town Board has now approved certain properties zoned R1-10 to be rezoned to ‘R1-7’ and certain properties zoned R1-7 to be rezoned R1-10. This will better relate the properties to the actual lot size and help avoid split lot zoning. Additionally, certain parks will be rezoned from their current residential designations to ‘REC’ Recreation District.”
The Supervisor noted that the moratorium area includes all residentially zoned property south of Merrick Road between the Town of Oyster Bay’s borders with the Towns of Hempstead and Babylon. He added that a public hearing on the proposed rezonings was held on Jan. 6.
All were part of a weekend of Independence Day festivities in Massapequa, which also included the 28th Annual Firecracker 5K Run. Over 800 runners entered the run that began at Park and Clark Boulevard, and ran to Walker Street Park, the Massapequa Creek to, finally, the finish line at Brady Park.
Included here are more photos of the parade, which itself began at Lake Shore Drive and Walker Street and traveled south on Park Boulevard at Front Street.
The parade featured included numerous attractive floats, plus such local dignitaries as Village of Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna, Nassau County Legislator Peter J. Schmitt, and New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino.
It was another successful day for one of Long Island’s biggest Independence Day parades.
With the Fourth of July being held on a Saturday this year, village officials decided to turn the holiday into a weekend-long event. The day after the parade, the village held an outdoor breakfast at Brady Park.
It was a proud day for the Massapequa Public School District community as 595 graduates of the Class of 2009 celebrated the conclusion of high school and the beginning of the next phase of their lives. This year’s commencement took place at Hofstra University, where proud families and friends gathered to witness students receive their hard-earned diplomas, and in some instances, recognition for numerous outstanding accomplishments.
State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. recently joined with officials from the Village of Massapequa Park, Town of Oyster Bay, and members of VFW Post 7763 in breaking ground on the village’s new Veterans Memorial.
Massapequa High School – Main Campus Valedictorian for the Class of 2009 Linda Yeung will be attending the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business where she was accepted with preferred admission.
When Nassau County police officers attempted to arrest three suspects in a string of bank robberies in the Massapequa area, two of them surrendered without resistance. A third one, however, tried to escape by jumping into the Massapequa River.
The suspect didn’t get far. Police were able to arrest David Freeland of Schenectady by pulling him out of the canal, where he too surrendered without further incident.
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