In 1989, Scott “Bubba” Pollack was born without arms and with malformed legs, but he worked with what he had, learning to do everything, including eating, typing, writing and playing basketball with his feet. His parents, Scott and Madeline, who are residents of Massapequa, formed the Bubba Fund to memorialize his courage and to help others with physical disabilities lead rewarding lives.
As reported in a recent issue of the Massapequan Observer construction work began in the Massapequa Preserve. Upon completion, the drainage ponds will be dredged to clear debris and the water reeds and other marine growth. The water flow in the creek will be increased. In addition, the installation of filtration tanks installed at 15 roadside catch basins where storm water has been funneled to the drainage ponds in the preserve will now be collected. Debris and toxic wastes from the streets and other material harmful to shellfish in the bay as well as fish and waterfowl in the Massapequa Lake and the former Brooklyn Water Works Reservoir at the Brady Park. The filtration tanks have cast iron covers and will be maintained by the Nassau County Highway Department. Underground piping connecting a pumping system from Linden Street south to Merrick Road has been completed and approximately 3,500 feet of the bicycle/hiking path has been repaved. The project is scheduled to be completed by July 2010.
With heroin-related arrests in the Massapequa area among the highest in all of Nassau County, local residents are banding together to raise community awareness of the growing problem.
On Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a Drug Free Massapequa Awareness Walk at John J. Burns Park.
At the Oct. 26 meeting, the BOT approved the establishment of an Identity Theft Prevention Program for the village.
However, due to the current economic climate, Mayor James Altadonna claims that the village cannot fund such a project.
In the seventh legislative district, Republican challenger Howard Kopel upended Democratic incumbent Jeffrey Toback to give the GOP their legislative edge. According to unofficial results, Kopel won his seat by a solid 6,654 to 5,544 margin.
The Seventh Squad reports the details of a robbery that occurred in Massapequa on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 8:30 p.m.
According to detectives, two male victims, ages 20 and 22, were walking through the parking lot at 850 Sunrise Highway, when they were approached by three suspects who demanded their cell phones. Both victims, detectives added, were threatened and punched. The suspects took the victims’ cell phones and fled the scene on BMX bicycles eastbound on Sunrise Highway.
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