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Protest At King’s Office

While discussions over the looming fiscal cliff were ongoing in Washington D.C., a group of local residents brought the debate to Massapequa Park. On the Wednesday before Christmas, protestors gathered outside U.S. Representative Peter King’s Park Boulevard office to call for an end to the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest portion of the population. The group, which called themselves A Strong Economy For All, also protested potential cuts to Medicare and Social Security.

“The holiday season is upon us and all we want is a fair tax plan,” said Charles Khan, one of the organizers of the protest. “There’s a lot of people that depend on Medicare and Social Security for their livelihood. We think it’s the right time to talk about cutting. One thing we learned from the past election is that we want middle class tax cuts but not tax cuts for millionaires.”

The protestors wanted their message to be heard. Therefore, they carried picket signs calling for an increase of taxes on the wealthy but a decrease for the middle class. They also held signs protesting any cuts to social services. It was a cold, windy day, but the group was undeterred in their effort. With Park Boulevard decked out for the holidays, protesters capitalized on the theme, labeling the congressman, “Scrooge.”

King does not yet represent some of the protesters. Because of new Congressional District lines that were drawn because of the 2010 census, a significant portion of the area that King represents will differ come January. Some of his soon to be constituents are not giving him the warmest of welcomes.

“We want him to know that his new and old constituents are united in favor of middle class tax cuts but not for the top 2 percent,” said Kahn.

In response to the protest, Congressman King issued the following statement:

“Everyone is entitled to protest. My obligation is to the voters of my district and that is to keep taxes as low as possible for as many people as possible. I don’t engage in class warfare.”

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.

Calendar

YES Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 30



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