Written by Ron Scaglia Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00
This week, Massapequa took another small but significant step forward in the recovery from Superstorm Sandy. The walking track and the basketball courts have been reopened at Burns Park. Although the fields remain closed, it is still nice to go to Burns Park and see the entrance open and not blocked by barricades for the first time since the storm hit.
My grandmother used to tell me, “To get sick it happens one, two, three - but to get better takes a lifetime.” Those of you who are battling the flu, which is going around Massapequa, can attest to that. It also applies to the recovery efforts from Sandy. The storm first rolled in on Sunday, Oct. 28 and was gone by the following Tuesday, leaving terrible destruction in its wake that will take a long time to overcome. There is still a long recovery process to go, and it will take time, but each day we see a little bit of improvement. The reopening of Burns Park is just another example of how Massapequans are coming together, to not only overcome, but to rebuild our town even better than it was before.
The reopening of the park shows that things are getting better. Here’s hoping that by next holiday season, the destruction of the storm is just a very bad memory.
Friday, 18 April 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 10 April 2014 08:56
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.
Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:19
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.