Written by Ronald Scaglia Tuesday, 20 November 2012 11:56
However, Mangouranes was fortunate. Power was returned to the restaurant he is a co-owner of rather quickly. That night The Good Life was buzzing, as it was one of the few establishments with electricity, and was therefore able to open for business. Residents of Massapequa, Massapequa Park and surrounding communities descended on the restaurant hoping to enjoy a hot meal, good conversation, a warm place to stay for an hour or so, and perhaps most importantly, the chance to escape the devastation that the storm had left in its wake.
“We were doing numbers that we shouldn’t be doing,” said Mangouranes. “We felt guilty.”
The restaurant is quite popular and is usually crowded. However, because it was one of the few businesses in the area that was able to open, Mangouranes said the size of the crowd on the weeknights following the storm was similar to that of a Friday or Saturday night. While Mangouranes and his partners Anthony and Paul Oliva were happy to serve the community in its time of need, they also wanted to give back to help an area that was hit so hard.
Therefore, on Nov. 13, The Good Life held a fundraiser with all of the revenue from that evening being donated to local churches and Tunnel to the Towers. Mangouranes says that within 10 minutes of the event being posted on Facebook, there were more than 100 responses of volunteers wanting to participate. And even though The Good Life wanted to absorb all of the expenses, others were quick to participate. Brewers donated beer. Mayor Altadonna lent a hand serving as a guest bartender. In addition, Sugar Rush, on Park Boulevard donated the bread for the sausage and pepper heroes which were being sold on the sidewalk outside of the restaurant, along with pretzels. On the inside, the owners of Sugar Rush, Andrew Mincher and Greg Hendershot, sold cookies and cupcakes with all of the money from the sales also being donated. The bakery was not as fortunate as The Good Life as it was without electricity for a much longer spell, but the owners nonetheless decided to help give back.
“We lost power just like everyone else, but we felt it was better just giving back,” said Mincher as customers lined up in The Good Life for one his tasty treats. He later added, “It feels awesome [to give back to the community]. We’re going to start our own charity because of this.”
“We’re trying to help out with what we do best,” added Hendershot.
Around 7 p.m. the restaurant was already packed. Mangouranes estimated that already, about 150 people were in attendance. Except for the sales t-ax, every penny collected that night, including all sales and tips would be donated to the charities. Mangouranes expected to raise about $15,000-$20,000, which would be given back to the community through the charities.
“This is the fun part,” he remarked as he shook hands with the patrons who came down to lend their support. “Just the response, shaking hands and participating in a little bit of the community.”
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”