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Village Board Honors Little League Champs

Taxi franchise and other business attended to

At the Village Board meeting on Oct. 15, members of Massapequa Coast Little League Williamsport Tournament teams were congratulated by board members. The 10-year-old team won the district championship, the 11-year-old team won the Long Island championship, and the senior team won the District 31 championship.

“Congratulations for all of your hard work,” Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna told the players. “The sacrifices that your parents make and the sacrifices that your coaches make should be cherished. It’s about fostering leadership, sportsmanship and making an individual grow. It’s about having a place to remember, where you grew up.”

In other board news, a public hearing for the renewal of the taxi franchise was set for the board meeting on Oct. 29. Long Island Checker Cab currently has the franchise for the village and it is likely to be renewed. The company was the only one to make a bid for the franchise, and offered a rate of $2.99 for seniors riding within the village, and $4.49 for others. Altadonna said that he is very pleased with service that has been afforded by the company. He added that the company has been giving back to the community.

At the public work session, the owners of a prospective nail and relaxation salon in the Southgate Shopping Center, where a karate center had previously been located, spoke to the board. Referencing the recent arrests at another foot spa in the village, Altadonna said the owners would have to provide the names of all employees at the prospective business and that everything would be verified. The owners of this potential establishment own another one near St. Rose of Lima church and are keeping that location. They also said that the new location would offer hand and foot massage, waxes, facials, manicures, and pedicures but would not offer full body massages. Altadonna said that because of the recent arrests of employees from an establishment on Front Street, the village would be carefully vetting future businesses.

As for Fortune Foot Spa, where the arrests occurred, Village Administrator Peggy Caltabiano said that she had spoken with the landlord who has tried to contact the owners of the business, but has been unsuccessful. She added that there is a clause in the contract which can terminate the lease and that the landlord would be sending a letter to terminate the lease and inform the owners that they have 10 days to vacate the premises.

When discussing budget issues at the public work session, Altadonna said that the village would be bonding again. He said that bonding was needed for infrastructure improvement, road repairs, sewage outflows, and new equipment.

The board also approved an agreement with Showtiques Crafts Inc., to coordinate the 2013 street fair. The mayor said that the money raised from the fair has been used to promote village businesses under the theme of, “Fall in love with Massapequa Park.”

The board also approved a cabaret license for The Irish Cottage, approved sign and banner applications, approved a mother/daughter application and hired a mechanic.

The next village board meeting is Oct. 29 at 8 p.m.