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Editorial: Hi, I’m Dan

I’ve taken over as the editor of this publication and I am so looking forward to learning more about the beautiful communities of Massapequa, North Massapequa, Massapequa Park and Plainedge, and serving you, our faithful readers.

I started writing for my school newspaper, St. John the Baptist’s The Prophet, when I was 14 years old. I’ve written for several papers since then, including my alma mater’s publication The New Paltz Oracle and a now defunct home and green-living magazine called New York House.

More recently, in covering Superstorm Sandy for a Long Island weekly, I learned first-hand the strength and courage the people of Massapequa possess. The devastation I witnessed during the days, weeks and months that followed that tragic storm is something I will always remember.

After the waters receded I took a trip to Nassau Shores with two friends and my Nikon. I met a man in the process of completely gutting his home. He allowed me to come into his back yard and get a few shots of what the back of his home looked like after it was ransacked by the storm.

Seaweed, driftwood, couch cushions, papers, broken plates and entire boats lay in this man’s backyard. His three children were carrying their family’s soggy possessions outside.

“Hey, you guys wanna be in the newspaper?” I asked.

“Yeah!” they said almost in unison.

They were incredibly chipper for children who had just lost their home. I wanted to give them some sort of consolation for their loss.

I wasn’t able to run this photo at that paper, so here it is. I never got their names, but I’m glad I can keep my promise to these three by running the photo in their hometown publication.

Being editor of a hometown publication means more than just passing along the news. It means understanding the community from the inside, identifying what’s important to you. As editor I promise to be a part of your community.  I’ll be in your towns attending as many events as I can: ball games, ribbon-cuttings, awards ceremonies, protests, charity events and, of course, school board meetings.  

I’m always willing to hear your thoughts, and we want to help you share your ideas throughout the community. If you have a letter to the editor or an editorial, please send it along.

My name is Dan O’Regan. This is your newspaper. And I’m your editor.

- Dan O’Regan

 

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

Free Wine Tasting

Friday, April 18

Boating Course

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com