Looks like John Carpenter, the Massapequa Movie Man will again be giving all of us the gift of laughter as on June 11 at the Massapequa Park Library is featuring a forgotten pre-code comedy treasure. His cinema Saturdays have been attracting residents from as far off as Queens County and local film fans wait eagerly for Carpenter’s monthly showing on June 11 at 2 p.m. The 40 Harbor Lane venue will be an afternoon of laughter starting with The Movie man’s jovial and charismatic education lead in lecture followed by a rare Charley Chase two-reel comedy short, Arabian Tights, which will be followed by the fast-paced, snappy-dialogued, The Half Naked Truth, starring Lupe Velez, Lee Tracy, and gravel-voiced Eugene Pallette.
Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt decided to mix things up at the special meeting of the Nassau County Legislature on Tuesday, May 24: Instead of adhering to the schedule, he decided to address the redistricting vote—the last item on the legislative calendar for that meeting- first. Angry Democratic legislators pointed out that the residents who had come to speak on the topic of authorizing financing for new projects in the Nassau Hub- the first item on the calendar- would have to wait several hours, and asked that the Hub item be called first, but Schmitt would not budge. As a result, it was nearly four hours before the Hub issue was called, after the legislature passed the redistricting plan 10-8.
Farmingdale resident Gary E. Dolan, who for decades has operated his own law firm in Massapequa, will be inducted into the U.S. Rangers Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will take place Wednesday, July 27 at Fort Benning in Columbus, GA. Dolan will receive a medal and be enshrined with a plaque in the Hall of Fame’s permanent legacy hall.
The Massapequa Board of Education will have a new member when it convenes for the next school year. On May 17, challenger Gary Bennett was the top vote getter in the board of education election. Voters in the Massapequa School District were asked to choose two board members from four candidates. Bennett received 2,917 votes, while incumbent Jane Ryan was re-elected with 2,779 votes. Incumbent Christine Lupetin Perrino came in third with 2,566 votes, while another challenger, Carl Hoops, received 2,488 votes.
Meanwhile, voters easily approved the 2011-2012 budget, with 3,249 voters approving the document and 2,372 voting no. The library budget was approved by a similar margin, 3,501 voting yes and 2,047 expressing their opposition. The school budget amounted to $179,209,899 in spending, with a budget-to-budget increase of 1.72 percent and a tax levy of 1.64 percent.
Brian Dowd, social studies curriculum associate K-12 for Massapequa UFSD, was named Supervisor of the Year by the Long Island Council of Social Studies. He will be recognized at an awards ceremony on May 24 at the Smithtown Sheraton Hotel.
Dowd, who grew up and still lives in Massapequa, has spent his entire 33-year career as an educator in the district. He became chairperson of the department 10 years ago, supervising more than 41 social studies teachers and overseeing the curriculum for each grade level in the district.
On Tuesday, May 17, Massapequa residents will head to the polls to vote on the 2011-12 school budget. The $179,209,899 proposed spending plan consists of a budget-to-budget increase of 1.72 percent and a tax levy of 1.64 percent, both of which are among the lowest in Nassau County, according to district officials.
Christine Lupetine Perrino is an incumbent school board member running for re-election.
Ms. Perrino has been on the BOE for the past nine years, serving as president for two years and vice-President for six years. In addition, Ms. Perrino has been the Massapequa Board of Education’s Student Advisory Chairperson for nine years.
The members of the Nassau County Legislature can all agree on what Section 113 and Section 114 of the county charter mean; however, as residents at the first hearing on the 2011 county redistricting proposal (put forth by Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt and the Republicans who currently control the legislature) learned very quickly, Section 112 is a very different beast. Much of the discussion at the Monday, May 2 hearing involved questions of interpretation of the county charter- or, if it was a question of interpretation at all.
Addressing the nation late Sunday night, May 1, President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda and planner of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States was killed by a team of U.S. military operatives in Pakistan.
President Obama said, “Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.
After a comprehensive search process, the Plainedge School District’s Board of Education has appointed Dr. Edward A. Salina, Jr. as the District’s new Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1. Dr. Salina is a sitting assistant superintendent in the Roslyn School District.
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