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
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.
For the first time in its history, the Massapequa High School Mock Trial Team was invited to hone its skills at Harvard University’s High School Training Seminar. The seminar offers a range of basic and advanced classes that better position teams to win state and national competitions.
Participants — seniors Rebecca Girardin, Jenna Petrungaro, Christie Flanders, Cameron Wunderlin, Justin Jakubowski and juniors Selin Solen, Jeremy Wiss, Griffin Konen, Emily O’Leary, Nicole Feeley, Nicolle Dananberg, Taylor DelValle, Jillian Prystupa and Katie McMahon — called the experience, “amazing.”
These days, raising kids is rougher and tougher than ever — sometimes parents just need a break. And when that break is beaconing, both new parents and old pros look to the ever-reliable babysitter to provide a few hours respite from the many duties of caring for children.
However, parents often have a difficult time locating an honest, trustworthy and reliable babysitter in a pinch. But the Massapequa Public Library’s Babysitter Job Fair aimed to remedy this problem.
Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island (VNA) holds regular monthly free blood pressure screenings at the Massapequa Public Library; Marie Gilchrist, a registered nurse who runs the screenings, said that it’s just a way for VNA to give back to the people they serve each and every day.
The Massapequa Coast Little League held their annual awards dinner last week to honor players, coaches and teams for their on-field achievements during the 2013 season.
More than 475 people attended the dinner, including players, parents, coaches and league officials. In addition to the attendees, the Little League community were also visited by many local elected and county officials that evening, including Town Supervisor John Venditto and his colleagues.
When it comes to gingerbread houses, Massapequa supplies the creative force and the inspiration.
The neighborhood was well represented in a Long Island themed gingerbread competition last weekend, as a confectionary creation modeled after Massapequa maintstay All American Burger won the top prize and an area resident took home the people’s choice award.
Hicksville resident Jean Schapowal won first place for her Burger joint conception and young Massapequan Isabelle Najah snagged the popular people’s choice.
There are many different opinions about how to approach rebuilding and revitalizing the Massapequas following last year’s Superstorm Sandy devastation — and many of those opinions were front and center at a public meeting hosted by New York Rising at McKenna Elementary school last week.
The NY Rising Community Reconstruction program presented Massapequa residents with strategies and projects aimed at addressing the community’s needs, while also examining opportunities to improve the area’s infrastructure to protect against future storms.
In spite of the cold and first snow of the season, more than 175 people trekked to the Huntington Book Revue to meet a native son, Massapequa resident Brian Kilmeade, co-anchor of the morning news program Fox and Friends on the Fox News channel. Kilmeade, with Don Yeager, has just written a book titled “George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution,” which tells the little known story of how ordinary New Yorkers became spies to help Washington defeat the British by sneaking messages between Long Island and Manhattan.
Kilmeade has always had a passion for history. He first became intrigued with the historical spy story in 1990 when he was in Manhasset one day and saw that they were painting a line down the street.
Massapequa Preserve, a lush 423-acre nature sanctuary that lies between Farmingdale and Massapequa, is indeed the place that many people go to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life...if only for a walk, job, or simply to commune with nature, unspoiled by the hand of man.
Helping to prevent erosion, vandalism, and other negative impacts that human encroachment tends to bring upon nature are a very special group of environmental activists- the Friends of Massapequa Preserve, started in 2000 by North Bellmore residents Richard and Lisa Schary.
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