Retired Massapequa Family and Consumer Science teacher Mary Meyers received the Golden Apple Award from the March of Dimes Long Island chapter. The honor was bestowed upon 10 local educators who “made a difference through their commitment to education,” chapter officials said.
The awards were presented by New York State Board of Regents member Roger Tilles at the Fox Hollow in Woodbury, an evening that Meyers said left her “flabbergasted.”
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, over 50 people gathered at the Bar Harbour Library to attend the 11th annual meeting of the Friends of Massapequa Preserve to, in the words of its president, Richard Schary “review both the progress Friends [has] made….and the continuous challenges we face.”
Schary was able to report progress on the $6 million stream enhancement and pond restoration project, now in its fourth year and one that had resulted in some damages in the parts of the Preserve.
The Plainedge Board of Education meeting on November 15 was a special one—it was Board Recognition Night. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edward Salina Jr. opened the meeting by proudly acknowledging Plainedge’s football team, who unseated number-one Bethpage, 28-12, in the Nassau III semifinal at Hofstra University last Saturday.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15 Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Assemblyman Dave McDonough, officers from the Nassau County Police Department, and members of the Califano family held a ceremony to dedicate the “Police Officer Michael J. Califano Memorial Bridge” in memory of Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year.
Senator Fuschillo and Assemblywoman Schimel authored a law, co-sponsored by Assemblyman McDonough, renaming the Glen Cove Road bridge overpass that crosses over the LIE the “Police Officer Michael J. Califano Memorial Bridge.” The law was passed by both the Senate and Assembly in June and signed by Governor Cuomo in August.
In the 18th LD, County Legislature candidates Republican Robert Germino and Democrat Delia DeRiggi-Whitton were within 37 votes of each other after election night, creating one of two close LD races that could tip the balance of power in the currently Republican controlled Legislature if Democrats end up winning both the 18th and 14th districts. The 14th LD recount involves incumbent Joseph Belesi and his challenger, Eva Pearson. In that race, Belesi’s lead is also a matter of dozens of votes.
They may have only been toddlers during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but seventh- and eighth-graders at Berner Middle School put their best foot forward to raise $5,200 for the construction of a memorial at John J. Burns Park.
More than 300 athletes from the girls and boys soccer teams, field hockey, football and cross country teams ran laps around the track and performed other tests of endurance as a way to raise money for the cause. Students also signed their names to papers cut in the shape of shoe soles that were put on display as a symbol of the miles they ran.
Looking through my old photo files I found black and white photos of a project that my friend and colleague Bill Heinrich took on back in 1987. Bill and his wife Maria were energetic young history buffs who lived in the former 100-year-old Queen Ann Victorian-style home of humorist Will Rogers on Clocks Boulevard in the eastern section of Massapequa. Bill owned a Manhattan-based advertising agency, Heinrich & Sills, at that time and also worked with me on special accounts.
As with any other village on Long Island, Massapequa has produced its share of celebrities and achievers. None are better known than the Baldwin brothers—-Alec, Daniel, Stephen, and William, all four of whom graduated from then-Alfred G. Berner High School.
Billy Baldwin, the third oldest brother (the brothers have two sisters also), is still involved in his hometown. Baldwin is one of the founders of the Massapequa Community Fund, a successful organization that recently contributed $40,000 to the Massapequa School District, allowing, in the process, up to 14 educators from the district to attend Harvard University’s Project Zero Classroom. Baldwin recently met with those same educators to discuss the program’s opportunities. Project Zero is a research group based at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
The Town of Oyster Bay will soon get its first dog park. The promise was made by Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto at the end of the Oct. 18 board meeting. Town residents Peggy Heijmen of Oyster Bay and Michael Peress of Jericho spoke in favor of the dogs.
Peggy Heijmen, a resident of Oyster Bay and a member of Long Island Dog, a 5013(c)3 organization was there to ask for access to parks and beaches for Long Island dog owners. Ms. Heijmen said in June 2110 the group submitted a petition signed by 300 dog owners asking for a dog park in the town. She said they hoped when the SEA Fund was passed that the town would put some funds aside to provide a safe place for dogs to exercise. They suggested a potential site that was the former Liberty site, and is now known as the Allen Park Extension, a site in South Farmingdale; and one in Massapequa, Louden Avenue.
How should the county solve its budget crisis? Should the police unions and the Civil Service Employees Association make contract concessions? Should county services be cut? Should there be a tax increase? Should the County eliminate its guarantee to refund other taxing districts’ (including school districts) share of property taxes paid in error due to County assessment errors?
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