Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00
Continuing an alarming increase in criminal activity in the Massapequa area, eleven vehicles in Massapequa Park and an additional four in Massapequa were entered and items taken from inside.
The thefts occurred between 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday Jan. 23 and 11 a.m. on Jan. 25, although based on the police report, most of the thefts occurred during the evening hours of Jan. 23 and the early morning hours of Jan. 24.
At a recent Massapequa Park Village Board meeting, prior to the these thefts, Sgt. Veverka of the Seventh Precinct warned that there has been an increase in this type of criminal activity in the area.
He urged residents to keep their car doors locked to deter thieves, explaining that most thefts occur in vehicles that are left unlocked.
According to the police report, seven of the vehicles entered were unlocked.
“It’s so easily combated at your level,” Veverka told the audience at the meeting. “These are people walking up and down the street trying door handles. They’ll take anything from expensive electronics to small change.”
Five vehicles were entered on Ocean Avenue in Massapequa Park with a wallet, a camera, sunglasses, an EZ Pass, and money among the items pilfered.
Also in Massapequa Park, electronics were taken from a vehicle on Park Lane, money and personal papers from a vehicle on Broadway, a GPS was removed from a vehicle on Massachusetts Ave., a wallet and a pocketbook were removed from a vehicle on 1st Ave., an iPod was taken from a vehicle on Philadelphia Ave., and electronics were removed from a vehicle on East Lake Ave. On North Westwood Road in Massapequa, money was removed from two vehicles and a wallet was taken from another vehicle.
At the Village Board Meeting, Massapequa Park residents expressed concern about suspected drug dealers living in the area, near an elementary school, who were recently arrested. Veveraka said that while Seventh Precinct officers are doing everything they can, he also said that the police are understaffed.
Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna agreed, saying that he feels there are not enough police officers to keep watch over the community. He emphasized that his issue is not with the officers of the Seventh Precinct who he described as, “very good,” but said the problem is that there are not enough of them. The mayor has been lobbying for a greater police presence in the village, and has floated the prospect of Massapequa Park launching its own police force. He told the Massapequan Observer, that this latest string of thefts, further emphasizes the need for a greater police presence in the village.
For now, residents of Massapequa and Massapequa Park have to deal with the uncomfortable reality that they must keep their guard up.
“It really throws you because you never had to wary about keeping your door open,” said Massapequa Park resident John Carpenter, who lives on one of the blocks on which the theft occurred. “It’s kept me a little more alert that this haven of security has been altered.”
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,”