Last Thursday evening, Jan. 28, Drug Free Massapequa (DFM) welcomed local businesses and legislators to its first Open House held at 5023 Merrick Rd. on the north side of John Burns Park.
The meeting was marked by good cheer but also a determination to confront and defeat the drug problem in the Massapequas. Many of the faithful were present, including State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, Town Councilman Joe Pinto, Seventh Precinct P.O.P. Detectives Gary Fujarski and Janet Gallagher, and activist Vic Ciappa, father of Natalie Ciappa, and architect of Natalie’s Law.
The 13th season of The Challenge kicks off with all-star student scholars from Plainedge High School and South Side High School competing against each other in round one of this award-winning high school quiz show.
New parklands may be coming to the Village of Massapequa Park. Recently, the Town of Oyster Bay board voted to make “findings and determinations” on what to do with property in Massapequa that has been set for condemnation.
The New York State Public Service Commission recently adopted a three-year rate plan for New York Water Service Corporation that will result in three annual revenue increases of $1.9 million, up 8.47 percent; $.4 million, up 1.6 percent; and $.5 million, up 1.95 percent, effective February 6, 2010, 2011, and 2012, respectively.
Not even a week into his new term as County Executive, Ed Mangano received a letter from the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) questioning his plans for the county’s fiscal situation.
Politics and sports were the big stories coming out of Massapequa in 2009.
In politics, Massapequa, a village at the heart of the Republican coalition in Nassau County, will see one of its lawmakers play a major role in the governance of the county. That will happen in the person of Peter J. Schmitt, the longtime county legislator representing Massapequa. When the GOP lost control of the county legislature in 1999, Schmitt assumed the role of minority leader. He held that post throughout the 2000s and when the GOP won back control of the legislature in November 2009, Schmitt became majority leader for the legislature that convened in January.
“We are thrilled to be taking over the majority,” a happy Schmitt said after the GOP won control of the legislature. “We look forward to doing what we told the residents we would do. We are going to repeal that home energy tax and we’re going to cut spending and we are going to repair the institutional integrity of the legislature.”
No arrests have been made in a bizarre chase, one in which larceny suspects fled the scene of an accident, leaving a four-and-a-half year old child alone in their vehicle.
In what a Nassau County detective called “despicable behavior,” the entire incident occurred in Massapequa on Monday, Jan. 11 at 3:54 p.m. when a stolen vehicle struck a residence.
Detectives said that a Fifth Precinct Police officer, while on routine patrol in the parking lot of 941 Carmans Ave., attempted to stop a 2008 Hyundai stolen from New York City on Sept. 11, 2009.
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center and the John Lennon Center for Music and Technology, will present “Long Island Sings the Beatles,” featuring the best of Long Island high school vocal talent and a few college students, singing popular Beatles hits.
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