After 13 years presiding over Massapequa Park, James Altadonna stepped down as mayor last week and was appointed Oyster Bay Town Clerk.
Altadonna, who was elected to his seventh term in March, will be take over for Steve Labriola, who resigned in February. Altadonna’s name began to pop up in connection with the Town Clerk position in April, and he was nominated by Republicans to run for the job in late May.
After Massapequa catering hall Manor East closed suddenly following an unexpected eviction last week, New York Assemblyman Joseph Saladino and Butch Yamali of the Long Island Caterers Association came together to offer assistance to those whose weddings, proms and other events were upended.
“We’re here to protect the victims, protect our community and do everything possible to ensure that they don’t lose their big day,” said Saladino, who was joined by owners of the catering hall outside his Massapequa office.
Watch out, Massapequa...there’s a “Blizzard” coming through.
The famous frosted ice cream treat, along with a plethora of other tasty menu items, are now available to Long Island residents as of 10 a.m. on June 10, when popular fast-food chain Dairy Queen held their much-anticipated grand opening in Massapequa.
First debuting in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois, Dairy Queen has since grown to more than 4,500 locations nationwide. However, this is its first Long Island-based location since the 1970’s; the chain has been absent from the island since then.
America’s pastime gets the local treatment as Town of Oyster Bay officials announced Massapequa’s John J. Burns Town Park will host a special baseball game between the U.S. Military All-Stars and the Long Island Force High School All-Star team on Tuesday, June 25 at 8 p.m.
The teams will play for the 2013 Supervisor’s Trophy and honor the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform to protect the country.
With the passage of time and the loss of friends and loved ones, the life of a senior can be lonely. Add a furry, four-legged companion, and the twilight years can be amongst the brightest.
At the Bristal Assisted Living Facility in Massapequa, residents are allowed to keep and care for companion animals. This enhances the quality of their lives, according to Janine Valentiner, director of business development.
Across Nassau County, residents are reacting with outrage or appreciation to the Nassau County District Attorney’s recent arrests of more than 100 men for soliciting prostitutes.
Two Massapequa men, ages 35 and 39, were among the arrests.
After authorities arrested the men, the DA made public their names and photographs in a move that shocked some members of the community.
It all began in 1957, when the parishioners of the Grace Episcopal Church on Merrick Road moved to a new, larger and more modern church across the busy road to the south.
The historic old church was no longer used, except when specially requested by some members. This left the building vulnerable to continuous attacks by vandals. By the end of the 1970s, the church vestry made the decision to remove the six large dedicated stained glass windows and cover the openings with plywood. The religious furnishings and the windows were put in storage for safekeeping.
Kathleen Kammerer from Massapequa Park recently received the Caregiver Award at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center’s 10th annual Friendship Circle Luncheon, witnessed by more than 500 fashionably dressed women at the Garden City Hotel. Notable celebrities on hand were Good Day New York cohost Rosanna Scotto, who was also the event’s emcee, and singer/actress Megan Hilty from the Broadway play Wicked and NBC’s hit drama Smash, who entertained the ladies with her favorite songs from both shows.
The Friendship Circle Luncheon was started 10 years ago by Denise Silverberg, as a way to raise money for programs providing support to adults in their 30s, 40s, and 50s afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Silverberg’s mother has the disease, so she knows all too well how difficult the role of caregiver can be, as well as the stresses involved in caring for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Recent Massapequa graduate Paige Snider received a unique opportunity when Bish Bash Books published a book she had written and illustrated when she was just 10 years old.
The book, entitled My Special Family, explores Snider’s experience living with two older brothers with autism spectrum disorder. Told from a child’s perspective, My Special Family provides young readers with a new understanding of autism, through an accessible story and vibrant drawings.
Judith Berman of Massapequa Park was recently named second runner up and Ms. Congeniality in Ethel Bennett’s annual Ms. New York Senior America Pageant.
“When I turned 60 years old, I knew I wanted to be a part of this great organization. It really helped me to come away from my comfort zone, and to learn so much more about myself and the talent that I didn’t even know I possessed,” said the Italian beauty.
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