Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00I’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
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
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 09:47
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,”