The New York area is in the middle of the biggest and most unforgiving snow blizzard season in memory. Members of the Village of Massapequa Park are reading the same weather reports as everyone else and are adapting with budget modifications and inter-fund budget transfers.
During May of this year, I wrote about the second library built in Massapequa, now the Central Avenue Library, thanks to Mrs. Katherine Smith. Now I will tell the story of Massapequa’s first library. In 1896, the Delancey Floyd-Jones Library, named after its founder, was built on the property owned by the Grace Church. During that time in our history, the population of Massapequa numbered only a few hundred, most of whom were members of the same family. The original library trustees were: Colonel Floyd-Jones, Josephine Katherine Floyd-Jones, (Mrs. John D. Jones), William Carpender, Edward H. Floyd-Jones, George Stanton Floyd-Jones, Mary Louisa Floyd-Jones, Coleman G. Williams, Jeannie Floyd-Jones Robison (Mrs. William Robison) and in the position as rector of Grace Church, the Reverend William Wiley.
Being known far and wide throughout New York as the Massapequa Movie Man is not enough for filmmaker John Carpenter. Not when there is the civilized world to win. And that is what is taking place with Carpenter’s 2002 silent film, Late to Lunch. The film, released in 2002, still has legs to it, as attested by the formation of John Carpenter Fan Clubs in both Italy and Denmark.
During the 1930s, August Guido Luchow and his wife, the former Rose T. Martin, had a cottage built very near to my in-laws home. The villa, as it was referred to, has been long gone. At the present time a bank parking lot has taken its place at the corner of Forest Avenue and Grove Street.
The new year is with us, but one constant remains: Massapequa area residents being victimized by robbery attempts.
The latest crime took place on Monday, Jan. 17 at 4:25 p.m. in Wantagh.
Last Thursday, Jan. 13, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that a Suffolk man has been arrested and charged with stealing more than $100,000 given to him $50 at a time by thousands of victims who thought they were buying a raffle ticket to win the man’s million-dollar waterfront home in Massapequa. Rice said the man used the raffle money to pay for luxury vacations and payments on his Mercedes Benz.
Massapequa resident James Rhodes was among the 10 Dowling College aviation students who recently celebrated the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the DC-3.
Rhodes and his fellow students noted how the DC-3 launched a revolution in air travel, changing how the world travels.
Members of the 112th Congress were sworn in last Wednesday with the lone Republican from the Long Island delegation back in his old job as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.
The holiest day in the Christian calendar turned out to be a potentially unhealthy one for parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
Earlier this week, Nassau County Department of Health officials confirmed that parishioners at that Massapequa Park church who received Holy Communion during both the 10:30 a.m. and noon Christmas Day masses were exposed to the hepatitis A virus.
It was a big year in sports, politics, and the arts in Massapequa for both its natives and residents. The village continues to solidify its standing as not only the Parade Capital of Long Island, but also as the Movie Classics Capital, thanks to the ongoing efforts of John Carpenter, whose fame as the Movie Man grows far and wide.
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