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Janet Sierzant Publishes Second Novel

Books’ content based on growing up on Long Island

Janet (Finno) Sierzant, a hometown girl from North Massapequa, and student from Farmingdale High School, has just released her second novel Searching for the Shire.

In Shire, Amanda Marcella wanted to be a housewife. After 20 years, she finds herself divorced and begins to rebuild her life. But someone is watching. Her life begins to unravel and she is thrust into a world of jealousy, obsession and revenge.  Shire begins in Massapequa and Farmingdale, and then moves to Georgia with frequent return visits to Long Island.

Sierzant confides that her novels are truth-based, and she says many tell her that her works are easy-reads.

Her first book, Gemini Joe, Son of a Mobster is about Joe, the main character, growing up in Brooklyn, during the Depression-era. After his father’s death, he moves to Long Island and gets involved with politics during the Nixon campaign.

When the Observer asked what kind of readers would find each of her books most fascinating, she said, “My target market for Searching for the Shire are women readers, especially women ages 18 and up, who are juggling careers and family life or those women who are settling in their marriage; and my target market for Gemini Joe are readers, [ages] 18 and up, especially those who are familiar with Brooklyn and Long Island.”

Her research for Gemini was based on audio recordings from her own father “about his youth in Brooklyn and his experiences on Long Island.”

“The later half of Gemini Joe is based in Massapequa, Amityville, Town of Oyster Bay, Mineola...etc.,” said Sierzant.

Gemini took her five years to complete, from start to finish. Shire took three years, and a third book that she is currently working on is nearly finished.

“I write all genres,” said Sierzant. “I have written a poetry book which won the Paris Book Festival Award in 2009, two children’s books, and I am currently working on a screenplay for Gemini Joe.”

Sierzant has been affected with the writing bug. She told the Observer, “I can never stop writing.” Her next project is a book based on “a true story about a woman who gets tangled up with a good looking, smooth talking sociopath.” She continues to gather material for a fourth book, a screenplay, and “perhaps one more children’s book for my granddaughter.”

She still has family in Farmingdale, and scattered around Long Island. “I visit at least two times per year and miss Long Island terribly,” Sierzant said.

She told the Observer that her fondest memories of growing up in the area were cutting school, and hanging out at the Village Green in Farmingdale. Although Sierzant says she really was not inspired to write when she was younger, she maintains that Dean Murphy and a teacher, Mr. Libberman, were some of the biggest influences in her life in general.

Sierzant, who was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island, now lives in Florida. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree. She is a member of the Florida Writer’s Association and the Treasure Coast Writer’s Guild. Her books are available at http://www.lamaisonpub.com/ and also at Amazon.com, in print or Kindle editions.

News

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



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