The parents of a severely autistic Plainedge Middle School student are pushing for safety reform after the boy managed to walk out of school undetected, setting off a frantic search in the surrounding neighborhood last week.
“We went over the safety gaps and talked about adding buzzers to the door that would go off when opened, adding a door monitor and more security cameras,” said Anthony Parisi, whose son Paul, 10, slipped out of his special needs classroom Sept. 4 and was found 45 minutes later in a neighboring backyard. “More can always be done to protect our kids, but my life and I left the meeting satisfied.”
It was standing room only at the Village Trustee’s Meeting of Massapequa Park last week with many residents concerned about the possibility of bringing a free standing 20-room emergency center run by North Shore LIJ to be located at the Lexus Dealership on Sunrise Highway.
The Friday before the Village meeting, the neighborhood was flooded with fliers in homeowner’s mailboxes. The eight point bulletin listed negative impacts an emergency room would have on the community including, traffic through residential neighborhoods including a number of streets where there are school bus stops, and implying that there will be “drug abusers, drug seekers, emotionally disturbed and potentially violent persons because the emergency room cannot deny anyone treatment.”
Kristine O’Brien did not want to row.
When her parents suggested it as a way to earn a college scholarship as she headed into high school at St. John the Baptist in West Islip, O’Brien was not quick to hop aboard.
“I didn’t think it was a real sport,” said O’Brien, 21, from her home in Massapequa Park.
Local municipalities are among the areas hardest hit by the economic recession, and a handful have gone so far as to declare bankruptcy — although none yet in New York State.
At the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Building in Mineola on Tuesday, Aug. 27, Sen. Jack Martins and State Senator Carl Marcellino held a public hearing entitled, “Fiscally Distressed Municipalities: Preparing for and Preventing Municipal Bankruptcy in New York.”
At any given moment, close to one out of every 10 drivers on the streets of Massapequa is texting, talking or otherwise engaged with a handheld cellphone. This widespread disregard for the law as well as the safety of our children and neighbors is the startling finding of a study conducted by the Massapequa Observer. Earlier this month, our reporters observed 300 cars on Sunrise Highway at various times of day, and found 32 of the drivers blantantly brandishing their phones.
And Massapequa is not alone. Identical studies conducted by our reporters in other Nassau County communities showed up to 13 percent of drivers with phone in hand (Great Neck), but no fewer than 9.7 percent in Jericho and Port Washington.
Eric Brody of Massapequa Park has always been one to see the bigger picture in life. When he was a sophomore at St. Anthony’s High School, Brody was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a roadblock that immediately required him to change his diet and lifestyle.
“I was always interested in physical activity,” says the 25-year-old Brody, who played roller hockey in high school, “but being diagnosed with Crohn’s took my interest in health and exercise to another level.”
Brody went on to graduate from Manhattan College with a degree in Finance and Economics. It was there that he met 25-year-old Ben Hart, his roommate and business partner who also shared an affinity for health and fitness.
After a long time in the making, Massapequa residents are finally getting the train station that they deserve.
As of August 21, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has kicked off the second phase of its extensive renovation of the Massapequa station. And while the ongoing construction is causing residents some degree of inconvenience, many are nonetheless focusing on the long-term goal of the project- essentially a brand-new station where a once cracked, dirty, and decrepit one once stood.
Currently, the west end of the train platform has been closed off from commuters while work crews toil away at the second phase of the station’s $40 million facelift; the LIRR is replacing the station platform, canopy, staircases, elevator and escalator.
Sometimes a few splashes of greenery in just the right place can make all the difference in the world. Case in point — the beautiful new outdoor patio garden at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch.
Situated in a walled-off outdoor area, originally the environment of the patio was a bland affair, with a small waterfall and two small trees breaking up a rock-strewn pavement. Library patron were invited to sit outside, but with nothing to look at but four walls, few ever did.
Until now, that is.
If you put 76 year old Tom Lloyd and the Energizer bunny in a race, Tom would out race the rabbit, leaving him in the dust.
This energetic, affable senior with twinkling blue eyes and a mischievous smile has just written his first book, Successful Stock Signals for Traders and Portfolio Managers by Wiley Publications and is starting on his second book. What is even more remarkable is that he wrote the 347 page book in six months and even a disturbance like Hurricane Sandy was not going to interfere with his writing. With water lapping at his door and no power, he parked himself at the Massapequa Library to finish his book at the pace of a chapter a week.
Nassau County selected Nassau Events Center to redevelop Nassau Coliseum and the surrounding property, by offering the county a significantly sweeter deal.
Bruce Ratner, the developer of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and NEC’s chief executive, beat out Hank Ratner (no relation) and the Madison Square Garden Company after the county narrowed its choices to the two entertainment giants last month.
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