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.”
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:26
After 13 years presiding over Massapequa Park, James Altadonna stepped down as mayor last week and was appointed Oyster Bay Town Clerk.
Altadonna, who was elected to his seventh term in March, will be take over for Steve Labriola, who resigned in February. Altadonna’s name began to pop up in connection with the Town Clerk position in April, and he was nominated by Republicans to run for the job in late May.
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 00:00
After Massapequa catering hall Manor East closed suddenly following an unexpected eviction last week, New York Assemblyman Joseph Saladino and Butch Yamali of the Long Island Caterers Association came together to offer assistance to those whose weddings, proms and other events were upended.
“We’re here to protect the victims, protect our community and do everything possible to ensure that they don’t lose their big day,” said Saladino, who was joined by owners of the catering hall outside his Massapequa office.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00For a town with such a proud tradition of baseball excellence, the goal is always to reach the mountaintop. There is no reason to be demoralized, however, by a 1-0 season-ending defeat in the Long Island Class-AA Championship game, according to Head Coach Tom Sheedy.
“It was such a competitive game,” said Sheedy. “We had our chances, but today we didn’t come through.”
Massapequa put together a tremendous season, finishing with a 20-6 record and capturing another Nassau County title. They defeated MacArthur 7-5 in the prior week at Farmingdale State College to capture their 10th county title and first since 2009.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Two Massapequa residents from the opposite ends of the age spectrum led a strong contingent of runners down the stretch at Belmont Park and scored great finishes in the 2nd annual Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon 5-Kilometer Run to Fight Prostate Cancer June 2.
As the first woman in the 15-19 age group to cross the finish line, 16-year-old Chelsea Hroch of North Massapequa finished in 23 minutes and 10 seconds. Meanwhile, 81-year-old Howard Kestenbaum took second place in the 80 to 84 age group, with a time of 43:11.