Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00
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.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Ask anyone on Long Island where to go to get a quality cup of coffee, and you’ll probably hear a variety of answers; however, ask the same question in the Massapequas, and one response you’ll hear more often than not is “Massapequa Perk.”
Located at 117 Front Street in Massapequa Park, across from the Long Island Rail Road station, Massapequa Perk first opened its doors five years ago in August of 2008. They deal with tea, smoothies, and various food and dessert items, but their bread and butter, so to speak, is coffee — selling it, roasting it and educating people about it, said co-owner Lisa DiBenedetto
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With the Nassau County title on the line, junior kicker Zach Kolodny was the most composed player on the field. With time expiring, he booted the game-winning kick to send the Farmingdale Dalers into the Long Island Championship with a 29-26 victory over the Massapequa Chiefs.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Kolodny. “I was confident from the beginning that I would make the kick,” he added. “We practice this every day.”
The game featured a bevy of twists and took on a completely different feel in the fourth quarter than it did for the first three quarters.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.
The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.