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Residents Pack Burns Park For Safety Day

The Town of Oyster Bay held its annual Safety Day in John J. Burns Park this Saturday, treating kids and their families once again this year to a day of excitement and fun – and important lessons about keeping safe.

Burns Park was bustling with activity everywhere: a sea of inflatable rides and obstacle courses were available for kids of all ages to frolic in, upon, and over. In addition, there was music, entertainment, and free food, drinks, and ice cream for all attendees.

The most exciting attraction for most youngsters was most likely the plethora of Nassau County police and Massapequa Fire Department vehicles and personnel on-hand. Families were treated to the ins and outs of an actual police helicopter; watched firefighters dismantle a car with the famous Jaws of Life apparatus; climbed onto a real Coast Guard boat; and met police officers and their horses up close.

Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto opened the day with a speech welcoming attendees to the popular annual Massapequa tradition.

“I never get tired of telling people that you can’t find a nicer place in the Town of Oyster Bay than Massapequa,” he said. “You can’t find a nicer place to live and raise a family.”

Maureen A. Fitzgerald, Oyster Bay Commissioner of the Department Community and Youth Services, said that Safety Day has been a staple of the Massapequa community since its inception in 2007 that continues get bigger every year.

“It’s a great thing for the kids, to get them familiar with bike safety and get them familiar with police and town vehicles to they get more comfortable with them and learn about them,” she said. “Plus, on the recreational side of things, we have the bouncies, activities, entertainment, hot dogs, lemonade, ice cream...and it’s all free to the public. It’s just our way of giving back to the community.”

Thomas Fitzsimmons, 2nd Assistant Chief of the Massapequa Fire Department, is a regular at Safety Day; not only to look over his firefighters as they put on demonstrations, but as a fun event for his wife Allison and son Aidan.

“We like to bring our son...he likes to see all of the town vehicles, the police vehicles, the helicopters and everything,” Allison said. “It’s nice for the kids to get to get onto everything, to see them in person and learn how they work. Besides, it’s a nice free day for the family.”

Nancy Fiumara and her young son Jason were enjoying their second year together at Safety Day.

“It’s a really good event for families,” she said. “Jason gets to learn all about fires and ambulances and the police, and he loves it.”

New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa), who was among the many local politicians present, said that Safety day is always a great time for one and all in the Massapequas.

“On a hot July day, there’s nothing like free ice pops and hot dogs, in addition to all the rides...it’s really special every year in Burns Park at this time,” he said. “This event is so much for families and for children...Supervisor Venditto and the Town of Oyster Bay always make sure this event is just awesome.”