As a belated Movie Man cinematic kiss for Valentine’s Day, Long Island’s famous historian, lecturer and internationally-known independent filmmaker John Carpenter continues to enthrall film fans in the comfy confines of the auditorium of the Massapequa Park Library at 40 Harbor Lane. Our still-single man about town unites musical sweethearts Dick Powell and Ginger Rogers in the 1934 classic Twenty Million Sweethearts while returning all who pack his program in the days of New York City radio broadcasting with song hits that have become standards in movie musical history. Featured in this gem are The Mills Brothers, Ted Fiorito and his band, Pat O’Brien and Allen Jenkins. The film will be shown on Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m.
Members of the Long Island Shields police organization opened their recent meeting, held in Farmingdale, by speaking in honor of the fallen Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano of Wantagh. Califano was tragically killed when a truck struck his patrol car while he served a summons on the Long Island Expressway on Friday, Feb. 4.
On Saturday, March 12, volunteers from all over Long Island will travel to Johnny McGorey’s in Massapequa to take part in a Conquer Kids’ Cancer event. The day will be about more than good cheer as volunteers will shave their heads all in a way to show solidarity with the thousands of youngsters who each year are diagnosed with some form of cancer.
Nassau County’s government and the state watchdog agency NIFA entered the next step in their battle for ultimate financial authority over the county, as New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur M. Diamond ruled to put NIFA’s “control period” on hold while the court considers Nassau’s arguments against the legality of the takeover. Nassau County attorneys, under County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s lead, have submitted to the court that the takeover was executed in violation of the law and was facilitated by an unfair change in NIFA’s policies.
Students from Massapequa High School do much more than just excel on the athletic fields. The classroom is producing many top-noted students as well. Following their first-round victory, the academic team from Massapequa High School is moving on to Round Two of The Challenge, an academic quiz show designed to test students’ knowledge in a Jeopardy-style format.
Thousands of local residents braved the cold weather to pay respect, as Massapequa and Seaford were the sites of the melancholy wake and funeral for Police Officer Michael Califano.
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.
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