The Plainedge School District has appointed Todd Winch and Chris Dillon as, respectively, the new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and the new assistant to the superintendent for facilities and special projects.
Winch was the director of pupil services in the Levittown School District, where he began his career 16 years ago as a high school social studies teacher. During that time he was an active participant in multiple curriculum writing committees, served as an advisor for student council and model congress clubs, and organized field trips along the East Coast and abroad. In 2004, he assumed the position of chairman of social studies for Wisdom Lane Middle School, and in 2006 he became the assistant director for pupil services.
Last Sunday, Oct. 16, up to 82 local couples celebrated their Golden Anniversary in a special mass held at St. Rose of Lima in Massapequa.
The day turned out to be a Massapequa event in more ways than one as a large contingent from the Massapequa area turned out to renew their vows after an amazing 50 years of marriage. Indeed, some of the couples have been married for more than 50 years, and this was an opportunity to be part of an historic day.
What would you suggest the Town do to get back to an AAA bond rating?
To begin with, I have proposed a no tax increase budget for 2012. The concern of our bond rating agency is that the Town’s reserves have gone down. Those reserves will be replenished by cutting back on overtime and increasing user fees. Also, in light of the recent North Hempstead court decision, the Town is seeking to recoup funds from the Verizon settlement, which would be used to help build up the Town’s reserves.
Leave it to The Movie Man, John Carpenter to thrill pre-Halloween crowds with a film that features the most outright scariest actor to ever fill a movie screen in any American theatre.
On Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m., on the weekend before Halloween, The Man of 1,000 movies will be presenting a film featuring The Man of 1,000 Faces as The Penalty, a 1920 classic staring Lon Chaney will be shown at the Bar Harbor Library.
According to Village of Massapequa Park officials, Brady Park, as of late, has been a cause for concern, with even reports of illegal substance transactions taking place. And so, at the Sept. 26, the board of trustees voted to put a chain around the facilities parking lot in order to close it for the overnight.
Also at the Sept. 26 meeting, the BOT approved a bid for the village taxi franchise for one year to Long Island Checker Cab Corp. It also authorized Mayor James Altadonna to enter into an agreement with Street Smart Automated Parking Solutions of Manhattan. The purpose of the agreement is to install a parking management system on a trial basis, one that comes with no cost to the village. Finally, the BOT authorized an agreement between the village and Showtiques Craft Inc. of Smithtown to coordinate the 2012 Street Fair, whose date has not yet been determined.
United States Senator Charles E. Schumer has called on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director Lisa Jackson to have the agency take the lead role for the clean-up of the toxic Bethpage chemical plume that threatens over 20 additional public drinking wells that serve over 250,000 Nassau County residents in the Massapequa, Bethpage, and South Farmingdale Water Districts.
Schumer said the slowness of the response on the part of the Navy to contain and remediate the toxic plume put local projections for contamination at roughly four years, forcing Nassau County water districts to begin considering financing plans for their own, locally-led, clean-up, which is estimated to cost $250 million and could result in significant rate hikes for rate payers. Schumer said that the Bethpage plume, one of the largest areas of contamination in New York State, requires a unique leadership role from the nation’s federal environmental regulator to prompt another federal agency, the U.S. Navy, to act swiftly to contain the plume they left on Long Island decades ago, and pay local ratepayers for treatment systems being built.
Don’t forget, this Sunday, Oct. 2, State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino will be hosting his sixth annual Marine and Outdoor Recreation Expo from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jones Beach West End Boat Basin alongside the Short Beach Coast Guard Station in Wantagh. Saladino’s free event is expected to attract over 4,500 children and families, and provide them with the opportunity to kayak, canoe, fish and receive lessons from the pros.
This past weekend, Massapequa resident Frank Nappi was able to experience the thrill of seeing his novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, being adapted into a television movie, as A Mile In His Shoes, starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder premiered on the Gospel Music Channel.
Now, another Massapequa resident, Franca Lippi Mills, has published her own novel, one that also has the making of a fine movie.
With 600 pounds of twisted steel from the World Trade Center site as its focal point, Massapequa High School’s newly constructed 9/11 memorial was dedicated to the nation’s fallen heroes during a brief ceremony that marked the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Gathered together were victims’ families from the community, students, staff and those who helped construct the memorial.
Don’t forget, this Sunday, Sept. 25, at both 7 and 9 p.m., A Mile in His Shoes, the made-for-television movie adapted from the novel The Legend of Mickey Tussler, written by Massapequa resident Frank Nappi will air on Gospel Music Channel (GMC) TV.
This station, as Nappi has told The Massapequan Observer, isn’t part of the regular programming that Nassau County residents receive. However, the film can be seen through both DirecTV and Verizon Cable outlets.
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