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The Gift Of Giving For The Holidays

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00

A North Massapequa family continues to send out massive seasons greetings this year with an array of twinkling lights, carolers, reindeer and even Santa himself — all in an effort to raise some funds and the Christmas spirit.

This is not the first year the Oemcke house at 186 N. Syracuse Ave. has kept the block well lit during the holiday season. Steve and Carrie Oemcke have always had an affinity for Christmas decorations, but they kicked the yuletide into high gear about three years ago and have expanded their display exponentially with each Christmas.


Recipe For A Healthy Lifestyle

Written by Cynthia Paulis, Saturday, 14 December 2013 00:00

The chef was busy sautéing onions, mushrooms and peppers while his sous chef prepared the wild salmon with a mustard Dijon’s and a panko topping. A few hours earlier the same team was busy inserting a lifesaving stent into a man’s heart. Dr. Kevin Marzo, aka the cardiac chef who is the chief of cardiology at Winthrop University Hospital along with his physician assistant Joe Dardano were preparing a  special meal for a very discriminating audience, teenagers.

Last Wednesday evening at the beautiful demo kitchen located at Hampton Major Appliances in Garden City, the space donated by owner Frank Ingraldi, Dr. Marzo and his team consisting of Dardano and the marketing department of Winthrop University Hospital, Diane Bachor and Courtney Seck were preparing a gluten free meal for the Explorer’s Club. Forty students, the majority from Massapequa High School and some from Manhasset, Jericho and Garden City attended the event.


Pequa Vet Nets Scholarship

Written by Observer Staff, Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00

Three Long Island veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan — including one from Massapequa — were recently awarded scholarships to help them gain an education and foster a life after combat.

The law firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. announced the scholarships for the students who are currently enrolled at Nassau Community College.

“It is incumbent upon the Long Island business community to assist our veterans as they transition into civilian life,” said Meyer Suozzi English & Klein, P.C. Managing Attorney, Lois Carter Schlissel. “It is essential that we help them complete their education by providing tuition assistance so that they can compete for jobs in this very difficult economic climate.”


Victorian Tea Time In Massapequa

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

There’s something to be said about ringing in the holiday season with a little elegance and indulgence; especially when doing so involves consuming delicious treats prepared by a professional chef and adhering to the ideals of Victorian-era society.

That’s just what happened recently at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch, when Chef Barbara Sheridan of Mount Sinai hosted a Victorian-style Holiday High Tea, providing attendees with both a fascinating look into history and an afternoon of taste and class as well.


Knitting For Comfort’s Sake

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00

Blankets have comforted children ever since the first knitter put needle to fabric at some point along the timeline of human history. And Our Lady of Lourdes in Massapequa Park continues that tradition in a special way — by hosting a blanket-knitting program every Wednesday, with the handcrafted creations going to children undergoing cancer treatment through the nonprofit organization, We Care Blankets.

And recently the knitting ladies at Our Lady of Lourdes, 855 Carmens Rd., hit a milestone, donating their 1,000th blanket to the worthy cause of comfort.


Java Run At Massapequa Perk

Written by Chris Boyle, Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00

Ask anyone on Long Island where to go to get a quality cup of coffee, and you’ll probably hear a variety of answers; however, ask the same question in the Massapequas, and one response you’ll hear more often than not is “Massapequa Perk.”

Located at 117 Front Street in Massapequa Park, across from the Long Island Rail Road station, Massapequa Perk first opened its doors five years ago in August of 2008. They deal with tea, smoothies, and various food and dessert items, but their bread and butter, so to speak, is coffee — selling it, roasting it and educating people about it, said co-owner Lisa DiBenedetto


Pequa Water Safe

Written by Daniel Offner, Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00

A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.

Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.


Mock Trial Team Goes To Harvard

Written by Observer Staff, Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

For the first time in its history, the Massapequa High School Mock Trial Team was invited to hone its skills at Harvard University’s High School Training Seminar. The seminar offers a range of basic and advanced classes that better position teams to win state and national competitions.

Participants — seniors Rebecca Girardin, Jenna Petrungaro, Christie Flanders, Cameron Wunderlin, Justin Jakubowski and juniors Selin Solen, Jeremy Wiss, Griffin Konen, Emily O’Leary, Nicole Feeley, Nicolle Dananberg, Taylor DelValle, Jillian Prystupa and Katie McMahon — called the experience, “amazing.”


Adventures In Babysitting

Written by Chris Boyle, Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:58

These days, raising kids is rougher and tougher than ever — sometimes parents just need a break. And when that break is beaconing, both new parents and old pros look to the ever-reliable babysitter to provide a few hours respite from the many duties of caring for children.

However, parents often have a difficult time locating an honest, trustworthy and reliable babysitter in a pinch. But the Massapequa Public Library’s Babysitter Job Fair aimed to remedy this problem.


Keeping An Eye On Pequa Hearts

Written by Chris Boyle, Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00
If there’s one thing that ever Tom, Dick, and Jane should keep a tight leash on, it’s the health of their ticker. Heart disease is one of the most prolific causes of death in the United States, and it’s a very avoidable malady provided you keep tabs on your blood pressure; it only takes moments, but just might save your life.

Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island (VNA) holds regular monthly free blood pressure screenings at the Massapequa Public Library; Marie Gilchrist, a registered nurse who runs the screenings, said that it’s just a way for VNA to give back to the people they serve each and every day.


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