More than 100 people including local politicians attended Adopt-a-Battalion’s first annual Support our Troops Dinner held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Massapequa Park last week.
The brainchild of Jack and Pat Parker, whose son was a marine stationed in Iraq at the time, Adopt-a-Battalion is a 100-percent volunteer-based organization started in 2004.
As summer draws to a close, so does yet another season of the Massapequa Library’s Teen Summer Reading Club; however, it ended on a high note, as this year was the program’s most successful yet.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who has run the program for the past eleven years, originally had 70 pre-registrants when the club kicked off in late June; he had hoped have 100 members when the season came to a close on August 17.
It seems with each week comes a new fat-packed, deep-fried, fast-food offering from one of the many chains lining busy roads across Long Island. And every time an advertisement for one of these purveyors of preservatives flashes across the television screen, it seems to signal the need for a shift in eating habits.
In the spirit of providing healthier options for eaters, and helping people in general, Liana Werner-Gray is using a Massapequa platform to guide humanity away from a lifestyle of expanding waistlines and deteriorating health.
There will be a celebration in honor of the tercentennial passing of a pirate! Yo ho ho, say I, for he was Massapequa’s own! “From distant land to this wild waste he came,” the epitaph (written by Major Thomas Jones for himself) goes on to read “this seat he chose and here he fixed his name.”
T’was around 1665 in Ireland that Thomas entered into life. ‘Tho facts of his youth are vague, he grew to swashbuckling fame o’er land and sea, and stepped onto Long Island’s shores in the last of the 17th century. The journey proved to be most rewarding and with bountiful verve Thomas became betrothed to Freelove Townsend, the daughter of his wealthy Rhode Island maritime trading partner who had recently “bargained” with Massapequa’s Native Americans for their land. The time was right for Thomas to parlay previous “profiteering” into the life of a country gentleman.
Massapequans turned out in droves at the Bar Harbour Library for a special event last week to give a special gift to the community — the gift of life.
The Library hosted the New York Blood Center in one of its many blood drive efforts, and according to Dionis Xhindolli, donor specialist and the gentleman running Tuesday’s event, Massapequa is always a great spot to harvest the good red stuff.
“We hold blood drives here at least three or four times a year,” he said.
Close to 100 people gathered at Studio 5404 for the opening exhibit of “A Brush with Sandy,” the brainstorm of artist and owner Lori Horowitz.
“Massapequa was hit very hard after Hurricane Sandy so we decided that we wanted some good to come out of the bad so we to put together a show of art that was inspired by Sandy,” she said. “We are trying to raise funds and donate the profits for Sandy relief.”
Studio 5404 played a big part during the Sandy devastation, as it was shelter for displaced elderly homeowners with a dog who had no place to call home for several weeks.
The parents of a severely autistic Plainedge Middle School student are pushing for safety reform after the boy managed to walk out of school undetected, setting off a frantic search in the surrounding neighborhood last week.
“We went over the safety gaps and talked about adding buzzers to the door that would go off when opened, adding a door monitor and more security cameras,” said Anthony Parisi, whose son Paul, 10, slipped out of his special needs classroom Sept. 4 and was found 45 minutes later in a neighboring backyard. “More can always be done to protect our kids, but my life and I left the meeting satisfied.”
It was standing room only at the Village Trustee’s Meeting of Massapequa Park last week with many residents concerned about the possibility of bringing a free standing 20-room emergency center run by North Shore LIJ to be located at the Lexus Dealership on Sunrise Highway.
The Friday before the Village meeting, the neighborhood was flooded with fliers in homeowner’s mailboxes. The eight point bulletin listed negative impacts an emergency room would have on the community including, traffic through residential neighborhoods including a number of streets where there are school bus stops, and implying that there will be “drug abusers, drug seekers, emotionally disturbed and potentially violent persons because the emergency room cannot deny anyone treatment.”
Kristine O’Brien did not want to row.
When her parents suggested it as a way to earn a college scholarship as she headed into high school at St. John the Baptist in West Islip, O’Brien was not quick to hop aboard.
“I didn’t think it was a real sport,” said O’Brien, 21, from her home in Massapequa Park.
Local municipalities are among the areas hardest hit by the economic recession, and a handful have gone so far as to declare bankruptcy — although none yet in New York State.
At the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Building in Mineola on Tuesday, Aug. 27, Sen. Jack Martins and State Senator Carl Marcellino held a public hearing entitled, “Fiscally Distressed Municipalities: Preparing for and Preventing Municipal Bankruptcy in New York.”
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