Written by Dan O’Regan, email@example.com Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00
Don Cheadle lobbed his best pitch from the mound at Citi Field just before the players trotted out to a thunderous applause. His Irish eyes were smiling, Keith Lavallee came across the Jumbotron and exclaimed the traditional game opening phrase, “play ball!”
A season ticket holder for more than 12 years, Lavallee, 53, was asked by Citi Field officials to take part in the opening rituals of the game. The tickets are a part of the law firm Lavallee runs with his father, Lavallee Law Offices, located on 4 W Gate in Farmingdale.
His father and business partner, Raymond Lavallee, his eldest daughter, Laura Lavallee, and several close friends, joined the Massapequa native for the occasion.
“I’m glad [my father] came and I’m glad he didn’t put down the Mets,” said Lavallee.
A Mets fan since the early 1970’s, Lavallee grew up going to games with his father, a staunch Yankees fan. Raymond Lavallee, 83, took his son to Mets games because, as Laura Lavallee said, “Shea was closer than Yankee Stadium.”
“He passed it down to us,” said Laura, 22. “So now I’m a Mets fan.”
Keith Lavallee’s enthusiasm for the event was evident. More than 28,000 people, including some friends in the crowd, saw his ear-to-ear grin broadcast live on the big screne.
“I got a few text messages from friends in the stands saying ‘hey dude’ and ‘I just saw your face up there that’s so cool!’” said Lavallee.
The Lavallees, along with their close friends, enjoyed the game despite the 5-1 loss the Mets suffered to the Phillies.
“I had great time being there with my friends and family,” said Lavallee. “That’s what made it so much fun.”
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.