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Weekend Reunion For The Class Of ‘77

Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

Taking a pub crawl down Park Boulevard

Massapequa is famous for folks like Alex Baldwin, Jerry Seinfeld and Bobby Nelson.  And even though Berner High School is no more, the Class of 1977 recently celebrated their 35th high school reunion with a Pub Crawl on Friday night before moving onto a fun-filled Picnic at Brady Park.  It’s not often an alumni group like this one continues to come up with reasons to reconnect and rekindle old friendships.

While it wasn’t the sanctioned 40th year reunion, Julie Freud-Cappelluzzo, classmate and organizer of this event, had the itch for old high school buddies and didn’t want to wait another five years. Cappelluzzo thought, “what if we host a mini 35th reunion by having a Pub Crawl down memory lane or better yet, Park Boulevard with a picnic day after at Brady Park?” 


Addressing Block Party Complaints

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00
Summer is here and that means block parties in the Village of Massapequa Park. Village officials have claimed that they have dealt with a potential problem that recently arose from a block party held last July on Glengariff Avenue.

At a recent village meeting, Dr. Cynthia Paulis said that a party that took place on the evening of July 21 lasted into the morning hours of the next day. Dr. Paulis, in a written statement, listed several complaints from that party: Loud music that lasted beyond an agreed-upon 11 a.m. cutoff time, “close to 60 people very drunk and very loud,” verbal abuse from neighbors and trash from the party, including cups, open food products on her property on Manhattan Avenue and a port a john blocking the sidewalk.


New $1 Million Bike Path To Jones Beach

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Multi-use paths on various LI routes

Recently, state officials and local politicians gathered at various sites in Nassau County to announce the coming construction of multi-use paths, mostly those for bicycle enthusiasts.

Among those is the Ocean Parkway-Jones Beach Access path, which is designed to assist bicyclists traveling to the latter destination.


NCCCA Holds Community Meeting In Seaford

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Public comment period expires July 30

On Thursday, July 19, Nassau County Coalition of Civic Associations (NCCCA) hosted “Stop the Grumman/Navy Toxic Plume” presentation with the Seaford Harbor Civic Association and Massapequa Water district at the Seaford Fire Department headquarters.

Massapequa Water District Commissioner John Caruso gave a detailed presentation to approximately 100 community members and residents.  He said, “Most people, especially the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), really don’t get it when it comes to our sole source aquifer; what’s below us is our drinking water supply, broken up into three distinct aquifers.” Long Island mostly draws from middle, the Magothy aquifer, from a range of 50 to 900 feet below the earth’s surface; Massapequa water is screened from about 850 feet below the surface.


Top Finish For N. Massapequa Fire Department

Written by Katie Piacentini Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

Wins first place in ‘Best Appearing Department’

This year, the Port Washington Fire Department was honored to host the 2012 Nassau County Parade and Drill, which included more than 70 fire departments from the area. The annual event concluded with a parade and block party, held on Saturday evening, July 14.

Competitive drills were held at the Denton Avenue Training Facility at Michael J. Tully Park in New Hyde Park on Friday evening, July 13 and Saturday morning. The Port Washington Fire Department provided the following results from the Motorized Tournament: Westbury Turtles, 1st place; West Hempstead Westerners, 2nd place; Port Washington Road Runners, 3rd place; Roslyn Highlanders, 4th place and New Hyde Park Termites, 5th place. Results from the Old Fashioned Drill Team Tournament were: Malverne Chipmunks, 1st place; Freeport Nighthawks, 2nd place; Rockville Centre Woodlands, 3rd place; Oyster Bay Teddy Boys, 4th place and Lynbrook Tumblers, 5th place. The winning fire departments displayed their trophies on trucks during the parade.


Maragos: Bonding Failure Increases Budget Deficit

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

NIFA, Democratic legislators targeted for criticism

Last week, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced that the 2011 unaudited budget deficit would reach $50.4 million. He added that the projected deficit for 2012 is set at $45 million. However, he placed the blame on both NIFA and the Democratic Party caucus in the county legislature.

Maragos said that the failure of both NIFA and the Democratic caucus to work with County Executive Edward P. Mangano and approve $43.1 million in bonding for property tax refunds caused the deficit to balloon. With such approval, he said the deficit for 2011 would be at only $7 million and the 2012 projected budget would be nearly balanced.


Roadway Dedication For John Capano

Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Town of Oyster Bay honors ATF hero agent

It was a melancholy Fourth of July in Massapequa last week. While the annual parade took place to a large crowd, there was a more subdued ceremony in another part of the village.

On the morning of July 4, the Town of Oyster Bay dedicated a roadway triangle at the corner of Biltmore Boulevard and Frankel Boulevard in Massapequa in memory of ATF Special Agent John Capano, who perished while struggling to subdue a robbery suspect at a Seaford pharmacy.


Comment Period For Plume Remediation Ends July 30

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Local residents weigh in at public sessions

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has indicated that cleanup of the Bethpage area plume is predicted to take more than 30 years before “groundwater” standards are achieved.

“This is one of the largest plumes I have ever seen,” and one of the most vocal communities, said Jim Harrington. Harrington is currently the director of the remedial bureau in the Division of Environmental Remediation at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). He was on-hand for the June 21 public session that was held at the Bethpage Community Center.


Road Reconstruction Set For New York Avenue

Written by Joe Scotchie: Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

Girls’ soccer squads win NYS titles

At the recent Village of Massapequa Park board of trustee meeting, members prepared for the summer by approving road reconstruction, plus medical updates and the repeal of an ordinance concerning brush, grass and weeds.

The later ordinance has already been approved; BOT members, at its Monday, July 9 meeting will simply formalize the agreement.


Robbins Wins State ‘Teacher of the Year’ Award

Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

Massapequa High School Social Studies teacher Dana Robbins was named the New York State Teacher of the Year by the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City. The honor recognizes her exceptional talents as an American history teacher based on her commitment to teaching, her use of creativity and imagination in the classroom, and her use of primary sources to engage students in American history.

As the state winner, Robbins received a personal award of $1,000 and an archive of books and historical resources for the high school. The honor also places her in the running for National History Teacher of the Year and the opportunity to win an additional $10,000 prize and a trip to the national awards ceremony with two of her students. The winner— to be determined by college professors, former winners and historians — will be announced in the fall.    


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