Written by Ronald Scaglia, email@example.com Friday, 07 December 2012 00:00
Massapequa Park resident Dan Pearl, 40, has been selected to fill the vacancy on the Massapequa Park Village Board that was created with the passing of longtime trustee Harry Jacobson. Mayor James Altadonna has previously stated that the position was not immediately filled in order to pay respect to Jacobs and to honor his many contributions to the village. After waiting what the mayor believes is an appropriate amount of time, Pearl has been picked to be the fifth member of the village board.
“I’m very excited,” said Pearl when speaking about his appointment to the board. “I want to help the residents of the community and make the community better.”
Pearl and his wife, Alison, are the parents of three sons. Pearl has lived in Massapequa Park for 13 years. Previously, he lived in Massapequa, where he grew up. He is a graduate of Massapequa High School and Farmingdale State College. Currently, Pearl is the deputy commissioner for the Department of Environmental Resources with the Town of Oyster Bay. He has been in that position for four years and has worked for the town for 18 years. He believes that experience will help him with his new role as a trustee.
“I’ve worked with thousands of residents as it [Oyster Bay’s Department of Environmental Resources] is a very community oriented department,” he remarked. “I’ll be able to bring my government experience [to the position], and bring another point of view.”
In addition to his work with the town, Pearl has also been a volunteer firefighter with the Massapequa Fire Department and is a coach with Massapequa Little League. Additionally, he is a member of the Sons of Italy and the Knights of Pythias, and he is part of an organization called Jets For America, an organization that raises money for families facing medical or financial hardships. That group does a lot of work with Winthrop Hospital.
In assuming the role, Pearl takes the position held by Jacobson, who was quite popular. Pearl said he hopes to serve in the same manner as the late trustee.
“Harry was a well-respected trustee,” commented Pearl. “He was an avid fighter and just an all around nice man. It’s really big shoes to fill. I got to know him and he always had the best interests of the residents at heart and I want to continue that legacy.”
Pearl said that he supports Mayor Altadonna’s plan to build an emergency care center in the village. As a firefighter, he said he shares the mayor’s concern that there isn’t a facility that’s close enough to treat village residents in the event of a life or death situation.
“I think it’s a good thing,” said Pearl about building such a facility. “There’s really not much around here within close distance, other than St. Joseph’s. I think it’s a great idea to look into that.”
As for the other issues, Pearl said he would like to assume his duties before commenting. He said that he hopes to learn from other board members, and continue the work they have been doing.
“Keep things going,” he said, about what he hopes to accomplish. The village has been going in a great direction. I want to learn and be a part of that.”
It is expected that Pearl will be sworn in at the Massapequa Park Village Board Meeting to be held on December 10.
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 09:33
The iPad, the laptop, the smartphone; everyday instruments to many people all throughout the world, but to someone just being indoctrinated into the world of cutting-edge technology these tools might seem rather daunting. Unless there is a patient hand guiding the way.
Those guides were at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch recently, where they offered a session of their ongoing Electronic Device Demonstration and Tutoring series, where community teenagers donate their time to turn tech-deficient adults into masters of the digital domain; free of charge and all within the span of one hour or less.
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,”