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.
All over Nassau County and the rest of the United States, vigils and ceremonies were held last Sunday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Every village on Long Island has its own unique and melancholy story to tell, and the day was an emotional one in Massapequa as the village remembered the losses of its finest and bravest sons.
On Sunday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino will host the Sixth Annual Marine and Outdoor Recreation Expo at the Jones Beach West End Boat Basin.
The event is free to the public and guests of all ages are encouraged to attend. This year’s expo will feature exhibits on solar energy, green technology, renewable energy, and environmental protection and conservation. Additional activities will include touch-tank displays, face painting, kayaking, fly-fishing and surf casting lessons, snapper fishing and much more. The expo will also feature a “recycle, reduce and reuse” theme in order to keep Long Island and our planet clean and healthy.
As noted in last week’s issue of The Massapequan Observer, the Village of Massapequa Park will hold a special 10th anniversary remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks this Sunday at 7 p.m. at Brady Park, located on Lake Shore Drive.
The candlelight vigil will remember all the victims of 9-11, but as it falls on the 10th anniversary, it will be an especially melancholy event, made even more so by the number of local residents who lost their lives on that day.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, in the wake of Hurricane Irene, is encouraging residents to use caution when hiring contractors to assist with debris removal and property repairs.
“In the aftermath of this major storm, it is essential that everyone be wary of scam artists promising immediate debris removal and home repairs,” Rice said. “Some insist on advance payment for work they never do, quote outrageous prices, or simply do not possess the skills, licenses, and insurance to legally do the work. Nassau County residents need to be diligent in checking a contractor’s credentials to ensure that they are legitimate.”
As predicted, Hurricane Irene paid a visit to the New York area last Saturday and as also predicted, the results were devastating, as up to 2 million people in the tri-state area lost power for an extended period of time.
In March 2000, Dr. Kerry Samerotte, then Kerry Geiler, a student at Massapequa High School, was named as a seventh place winner in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search.
But that was only the start of her many achievements in the world of scientific research.
All is well in Massapequa following the biggest earthquake to hit the eastern seaboard in 114 years. According to village officials, there were no reported major injuries or damages in the village, a condition that appears to be generally true for the other parts of the United States and Canada, whose residents felt the tremor on Tuesday afternoon.
The quake, whose epicenter was the small town of Mineral, VA, registered 5.8 on the Richter scale, making it the most powerful one in the state since a 1897 quake, which registered the same total. The 1897 quake originated in Giles County, VA, an area in the southwestern part of the commonwealth, not far from Mineral, itself a town 40 miles northwest of Richmond. The 2011 quake took place along the Spotsylvania fault line.
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