Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00
Like most, if not all, of your subscribers, I was significantly affected by Hurricane Sandy. My family and I grimaced through 12 days with no power, flitting between houses of relatives and friends in the latter half just to regain some sanity.
Months later, my brother and I still jokingly point to newspaper front pages that bring up the Sandy recovery effort because they seemingly have nothing better to write about and because it is an easily relatable story. Our personal situation was no Long Beach, but even so, our Massapequa home on Overlea St. North put us close enough to the Great South Bay to flood our crawlspace. Still, it just seemed like something I could tell a story about later and mostly forget.
That is, until springtime rolled around.
Warmer weather meant that we had to start actually caring for our lawn again, and unfortunately our lawn had been underwater during Sandy.
While our house damage can mostly be relegated to a frustrating memory, the lawn continues to be a thorn in our side. As a result of the flooding, it has become acidic, requiring a variety of soil care products (some in pellet form, some in excessively large orange flakes) to be distributed with a lawn spreader. We generously dished out the small pellets, but slowly and carefully threw out those giant poisonous orange flakes. No doubt an annoying job, but do it just this once and it’s over, right? Hopefully there isn’t going to be another Superstorm for a while, so just grin and bear it.
However, in order to get all this stuff nice and deep for lasting renewal, one must trudge up and down the lawn wielding a heavy, gas-powered lawn aerator.
It’s a pain to turn, especially if you have a corner house with a longer, curved lawn. It also shakes violently, and my father and I both had residual hand jitters after using it, making us both appear to be junkies to the untrained eye.
Again: one rental and done. Except now our lawn, which already wasn’t looking too good, now appears to have been ravaged by the gopher from Caddyshack.
It was great to receive a few months leeway in paying off college loans on account of Sandy shutting down work. Now, if only we could get a little help spraying each of the hundred dandelions that crop on our lawn from the government as well.
Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00
These days, when local residents are more used to storefronts locking their doors for good as opposed to opening them for the first time, there’s nothing like seeing a home-grown business prosper and even grow despite a stifling economy.
That’s just what the owners of community stalwart Bestever Bakery have accomplished thus far, as they recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their second location, at 1030 Park Blvd. in Massapequa Park, which first opened toward the end of January of this year.
Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00
Two Massapequa School District staff members and a longtime PTA volunteer were honored for “Shining above the Rest” during SCOPE Education Service’s 13th Annual School District Awards Dinner.
The non-profit organization — known for providing educational support services to school districts — presented a SCOPE 2013 Award of Excellence to Unqua Elementary School teacher Kira Wilkens, social worker Joanne Waters and PTA Council President Allison Prystupa in recognition of their exemplary service to education.
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.