American hero, Navy SEAL LT Michael Murphy, who was born in Smithtown and raised in Patchogue, made the ultimate sacrifice on June 28, 2005 defending the country while performing a covert mission on the Afghan-Pakistan border. He was awarded the nation’s highest decoration for valor, the Medal of Honor and an Arleigh Burke Destroyer has been named in his honor – The USS Michael Murphy DDG-112.
Following the christening ceremony which took place on May 7, 2011 – what would have been Michael Murphy’s 35th birthday – USS Michael Murphy Commissioning Committee Chairman James White said, “An event like this renews my inspiration to do whatever I can to support the men and women of the Navy as they go into harm’s way in support of our national security. LT Murphy’s leadership and dedication to service will inspire the crews who will serve on the ship until the middle of the 21st century.”
For the past 12 years, Joseph Saladino has represented the Massapequa area in the New York State Assembly. But this year, the lines of the 12th Assembly District have been redrawn to include parts of Suffolk County that previously weren’t in Saladino’s district.
And so, as sometimes is the case with new districts, the assemblyman is facing a challenger in the Sept. 13 Republican Party primary. Richard Young, a retired sergeant with the New York City police department and a West Islip attorney, has garnered enough signatures to make the ballot for the Sept. 13 race. West Islip is a village that falls within the boundaries of the current district.
Just before the 11:08 a.m. train rolled into the Farmingdale train station, heading west to Penn Station, the crowd gathered in front of the train station began to hear of the comprehensive transportation plan outlined by MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) President Helena Williams for the upcoming Barclays Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tournament.
The four-day tournament, sponsored by the PGA in partnership with the MTA Long Island Rail Road, will be held Thursday, August 23 through Sunday, Aug. 26. County Executive Edward Mangano said he anticipates that the tournament as well as the two-day practice sessions on Tuesday, Aug. 21 and Wednesday, Aug. 22, will provide a substantial boost to Nassau’s local economy.
While some high schools now require a few hours of community service for graduation, none go as far as the Girl Scouts who earn the Gold Award. This year Sabrina Carrieri, Deanna Lavelle, Victoria Lorig, Heather McSherry, Gabrielle Messina, Elizabeth Shields and Ashley Zizzo of Farmingdale join the record number of 121 Girl Scouts in Nassau County that have woven a minimum of 80 hours of community service into their busy schedules. These young women developed Gold Award community action projects that address social issues in their community or promote acts of kindness and goodwill throughout the county. Their efforts earned these girls the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor that a young woman can achieve in Girl Scouting.
“We are so proud of all the young women who earned their Girl Scout Gold Award this year,” said Donna Ceravolo, executive director of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “Through their projects, these women have changed the lives of others and improved their communities in significant ways. We couldn’t be happier that 121 girls chose to take this rigorous path towards earning their Gold Award and succeeded in accomplishing their goals.”
This November marks the 30-year anniversary of the dedication of the national monument, the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. On the memorial, 58,195 names of this nation’s military service members who fought in the Vietnam War and who lost their lives in service are inscribed. This includes soldiers who are still Missing In Action (MIA). April 30 marked 37 years since the recorded end of the Vietnam War.
Last week, on Thursday, Aug. 2 a scaled-down replica of the national monument was presented to the public for a temporary display at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. Dozens of service members and their families gathered for the opening ceremonies, which included a keynote speech from New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
On Wednesday, Aug. 2 dozens of Vietnam War veterans and local officials gathered at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow during the construction of the Traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall to honor Purple Heart veterans.
Bob Chiappone, commander of the Military of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Chapter 417, led the ceremony for the Purple Heart veterans. The medal was placed at the apex of the memorial wall, a tradition since 1982 when a construction worker threw his brother’s Purple Heart medal into the apex of the memorial. Some say the wall has a heart and it is a living tribute to the wounded and deceased.
On Thursday, July 27, officials at Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage hosted Project SAFEguard, an educational program that will be rolled out to local school administration. It is a program of the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security (ASFHS), a member of the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) family of companies.
Project SAFEguard is a program developed in response to New York State’s regulations, including the “Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act” (SAVE) and revised regulations of the commissioner of education mandating schools to have sound safety plans.
In the story, Alexander “Captain No Beard” and his crew (a monkey, a lion, a frog, and his cousin and first mate, Hallie) set sail on their “mighty frigate” from his bedroom into a magical seafaring world in search of a distant land and treasures.
According to Fr. Chuck, “It is amazing that the group has survived and thrived; it is a credit to the group’s commitment, the parish’s support and the belief in what it all was about when we started. It was the idea of a theatre group open to people of all faiths working together sharing their time and talents to entertain audiences. We wanted to put on a good show and in the process have a spirit of giving, not getting. It is the ‘We, not I, mentality.’ Friendships and marriages happened. Children have grown up following in their parents’ footsteps. People have become better in their own self-awareness and confidence in their abilities. A real community spirit has developed and has been sustained for 25 years. Each year different talents emerge.”
Massapequa Water District Commissioner John Caruso gave a detailed presentation to approximately 100 community members and residents. He said, “Most people, especially the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), really don’t get it when it comes to our sole source aquifer; what’s below us is our drinking water supply, broken up into three distinct aquifers.” Long Island mostly draws from middle, the Magothy aquifer, from a range of 50 to 900 feet below the earth’s surface; Massapequa water is screened from about 850 feet below the surface.
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