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Massapequa Park considers creating a Twitter account

If you want to keep up with Massapequa Village news, you soon may be able to if you have a Twitter account. At the public work session, prior to the board meeting on Nov. 19, the mayor and the trustees discussed ways of staying in touch with residents in the event of another disaster such as Hurricane Sandy. Mayor James Altadonna suggested that the village have a Twitter account.

During the aftermath of the recent storm, many were left without power and therefore did not have access to their landline phones or the Internet. For many, their only link to get needed information was through smart phones. However, because of the power outages, which also affected cell towers, many only experienced intermittent cellular service, making it difficult to get information before cell service would cut out. Altadonna proposed a Twitter account as a possible solution. He explained that a “tweet,” which is limited to 140 characters, would serve the purpose of getting out a message in a short amount of time which followers could then pick up when their cell service is working.

“I think tweets are better because it goes directly to their phones so we can get the word out,” said Altadonna when the board completed possible means of communication during a crisis.

Deputy Mayor Jeff Pravato also suggested that the village officials make use of walkie talkies to stay in communication with each other during another crisis. During the storm and the days following it, while board members were out in the community trying to assist, they found it difficult to stay in contact with one another because of the disruption in cell service. Pravato suggested radio communication to avoid this issue in the future.

In other news, the board congratulated the 2012 Juniors Williamsport Tournament Team who won both the District 31 Championship and the Section 6 Championship. Altadonna praised the players, but, as he always does when congratulating youth athletic teams, also specifically thanked the players and coaches for their sacrifices.  The mayor remarked that parents and coaches often have to give up a significant amount of time as well as money so that the kids may compete in their favorite sport and pursue their dreams.

Former board trustee and current Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Joe Pinto is a coach of the championship team. He also addressed the players and the village board.

“We’d like to thank Mayor Altadonna and entire village board for acknowledging their accomplishment,” said Pinto. “This was the first time we have won a championship in this division since 1997. It was a great run. They showed great fight in them. We heave a great group of guys. Little League programs in this area are strong.”

The board also awarded the village’s taxi franchise to Checker Cab Company for another year. Checker Cab was first awarded the franchise in 2010. It was the only company to apply for it this year.

The board also listened to a resident who lodged a complaint about an alleged illegal apartment in the house next to him. According to the resident, his neighbor has been doing construction and bringing appliances  into the home and a real estate agent has listed the apartment on Trulia. Village Administrator Peggy Caltabiano confirmed that she has contacted that real estate agent. Altadonna responded by instructing Caltabiano to issue a summons to the agent.

“People work very hard to live here and abide by the rules,” said Altadonna. “There’s a few who don’t and think they can get away with it. I appreciate your bringing it to our attention. We are aware of it and we will work on it.”

The mayor also confirmed that the village is working to replace two dump trucks that were ruined during the storm. The estimated cost to replace the trucks is $90,000.

News

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Sports

Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.

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Boating Course

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

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