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Little League Awards

Written by Observer Staff, Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00

The Massapequa Coast Little League held their annual awards dinner last week to honor players, coaches and teams for their on-field achievements during the 2013 season.

More than 475 people attended the dinner, including players, parents, coaches and league officials. In addition to the attendees, the Little League community were also visited by many local elected and county officials that evening, including Town Supervisor John Venditto and his colleagues.


Pequa Sweet On Ginger Houses

Written by Colleen Maidhof, Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

When it comes to gingerbread houses, Massapequa supplies the creative force and the inspiration.

The neighborhood was well represented in a Long Island themed gingerbread competition last weekend, as a confectionary creation modeled after Massapequa maintstay All American Burger won the top prize and an area resident took home the people’s choice award.

Hicksville resident Jean Schapowal won first place for her Burger joint conception and young Massapequan Isabelle Najah snagged the popular people’s choice.


Massapequa Continues To Rebuild

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 27 November 2013 13:27

There are many different opinions about how to approach rebuilding and revitalizing the Massapequas following last year’s Superstorm Sandy devastation — and many of those opinions were front and center at a public meeting hosted by New York Rising at McKenna Elementary school last week.

The NY Rising Community Reconstruction program presented Massapequa residents with strategies and projects aimed at addressing the community’s needs, while also examining opportunities to improve the area’s infrastructure to protect against future storms.


Anchored In Long Island History

Written by Cynthia Paulis, Saturday, 23 November 2013 00:00

Brian Kilmeade

uncovers LI’s past

In spite of the cold and first snow of the season, more than 175 people trekked to the Huntington Book Revue to meet a native son, Massapequa resident Brian Kilmeade, co-anchor of the morning news program Fox and Friends on the Fox News channel. Kilmeade, with Don Yeager, has just written a book titled “George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution,” which tells the little known story of how ordinary New Yorkers became spies to help Washington defeat the British by sneaking messages between Long Island and Manhattan.

Kilmeade has always had a passion for history. He first became intrigued with the historical spy story in 1990 when he was in Manhasset one day and saw that they were painting a line down the street.  


Preserve Holds Meeting

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 22 November 2013 00:00

Massapequa Preserve, a lush 423-acre nature sanctuary that lies between Farmingdale and Massapequa, is indeed the place that many people go to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life...if only for a walk, job, or simply to commune with nature, unspoiled by the hand of man.

Helping to prevent erosion, vandalism, and other negative impacts that human encroachment tends to bring upon nature are a very special group of environmental activists- the Friends of Massapequa Preserve, started in 2000 by North Bellmore residents Richard and Lisa Schary.


Parents Push Against Common Core

Written by Rich Forestano, Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

Massapequa protestors stood outside Mineola High School during a lively forum on Wednesday, Nov. 13, leading calls to end the vastly criticized common core standards in schools throughout Long Island and beyond.

Amid calls of “1,2,3,4, we don’t want your Common Core!” Massapequa Teachers’ Union President Tomia Smith said the common core forces undue stress and confusing test preparations on the minds of the island’s young people, as well as the teachers.


Picking At The Family Tree

Written by Steve Mosco, Wednesday, 20 November 2013 12:20

Massapequa’s Lynne Berge sat at a computer at the Plainview Family History Center clicking through digital records and unearthing hints of her family history. Berge grew up sharing a room with her Irish immigrant grandmother, but knew precious few details about the family’s beginning in the old country.

“She didn’t like to talk about it,” Berge said, remembering her grandmother’s unease with tracing the family roots back to Ireland. “They wanted to be Americanized.”

But following her grandmother’s death, Berge took to the task of playing familial detective. She dedicated time and effort in her search and eventually came across a random photo of her grandfather — which then led her through the criss-crossing branches of her family tree.


Red Cross Helps Recover Lost School Time

Written by Observer Staff, Saturday, 16 November 2013 00:00

When Superstorm Sandy ripped through Massapequa last October, many neighborhood children lost part of their school year. Now, a new influx of funding aims to get some of that lost year back.

The American Red Cross awarded a $500,000 grant to FEGS (Federation Employment and Guidance Service) Health and Human Services to support mental health and education services for children affected by the hurricane on Long Island.


Church Blesses Beloved Pets

Written by Cynthia Paulis, Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00

Massapequa pets of all sizes and species gathered at a local church to receive their blessings.

Poppit the lizard peered out from under his blanket and surveyed the scene, his long yellow tail quivering with delight. There was Sprinkles the chihuahua wearing her finest spotted vest along with her mom Cupcake and her cousin Lola. Speedy the turtle nodded to Sugar the hamster. Daisy the bunny twitched her nose with excitement while Cosmo wearing a halo greeted Chloe the cat whose deep blue eyes stared at all of the dogs around her. Today was their big day. Everyone was on their best behavior, even the humans, as the priests from St. Rose of Lima, Pastor Zach, Father Fortunato and Father Khoa raised their hands to give the blessing of the animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.


‘Sandy’ On A Canvas

Written by Steve Mosco, Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

His painting depicts boats washed ashore and once-proud houses standing in a state of ruin. In the foreground, a Nassau County squad car blocks a storm-ravaged road under a sky marked with the foreboding footprint of Hurricane Sandy.

Such was Ronald Hendrickson’s vision of the superstorm’s aftermath — a vision that won the North Massapequa resident the $10,000 top prize in County Executive Ed Managano’s Sandy Art Challenge.


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