Written by John H. Meyer Friday, 01 October 2010 00:00
The 42-year-old Kiwanis Fishing Bridge that spans the Massapequa Creek in the Massapequa Preserve is the Eagle Scout project for Greg Carman. Greg is a senior in the Farmingdale High School where his Scout Troop 261 meets. Greg came to a Kiwanis Club meeting in January to request permission to re-plank the bridge for his Eagle Badge project. The Massapequa Kiwanis Club built the bridge in 1968 and is responsible, written in the agreement with Nassau County, for repairs and maintaining the bridge. The Kiwanis Club gave their permission for the work to be done and that all permits and insurance that’s required be taken care of by the Scout group and the Carman family.
On Saturday, Sept. 18, Greg and his Scout buddies turned out in force to strip off the aging weather beaten planks and put them in their rented dumpster. In a matter of three hours, the new planks were being laid in place to be screwed down. Meanwhile several Scouts began to scrape the railings for a fresh paint job. By the very late afternoon the new deck was completed. All of the planks were treated on all sides at Greg’s home and again at the job site. According to Ted Heim, the club president, the Kiwanis Club will have the name repainted.