When Berner Middle School eighth-grader Jason Kopp, 13, separated his growth plate in his shoulder and couldn’t play baseball, he spent his weekends crafting brightly colored rubber band bracelets and came up with an idea. Knowing October was Breast Cancer Awareness month, Hopp figured he could turn his crafting skills into a fundraiser for breast cancer research.
After discussing the idea with family members, the young man made a sign out of pink oaktag, dressed himself in pink attire — everything from socks to sweatshirts to sunglasses — and set up a stand, much like a lemonade stand, on the sidewalk of his Massapequa Park home, located near Sunrise Highway. He displayed his pink creations, priced at $2 per bracelet and $1 per ring. By the end of the first October weekend he raised more than $100. Fired up by the response, the 13-year-old tripled his pink wardrobe for the cause and rode his bike around his neighborhood handing out fliers.
Mayor Jeffrey Pravato congratulated Peter Mangouranes and Paul Olivia on the opening of their new restaurant JAM on Park Boulevard in the Village of Massapequa Park. Pictured (left) to (right) Trustee Richard Begandy, Deputy Mayor Teresa Spinosa, Mayor Jeffrey P. Pravato, Peter Mangouranes and Paul Olivia, owners of JAM. — Observer Staff
Widespread reports circulating on Saturday reporting that Brady Park and the Massapequa Preserve were overrun with undead ghouls attacking passersby were actually...quite true. However, there’s more to a story...these zombies were actually on the prowl not for human flesh, but a good cause.
The RunDead is a 5K trail run through the pathways of the Massapequa Preserve that serves as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics of New York; but, as any fan of a George Romero movie or the television show “The Walking Dead” can attest to, it’s the obstacles that set it apart from other fundraisers.
Ed Kliegman, an author and resident of Massapequa Park, shares his knowledge, experience and skills through the pages of his new book, For Presidents Who Want to Change the Future.
The Massapequa Park resident wrote his book to offer advice and teach leaders of any organization or business the principles of leadership. It is a “must read for anyone who wants to experience success in organization or business life,” he said, adding that the pages of the book are packed with sound advice and tips for developing plans to grow an organization and its leadership, a necessity for every organization and business.
Superdog surveyed the scene, his red cape flowing in the gentle breeze on a crisp October weekend at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa. Hundreds had arrived, pumpkins and hot dogs, taco dogs, cowdogs and cheerleaders, nights in shining armor with their princesses, and even a dog wearing a yarmulke.
Superdog and his friends were furry guests of honor at the 11th annual Paws for Parkinson’s walkathon. The event was the brainchild of Eileen Giannetti, the coordinator of the Nassau County Branch of the Parkinson’s Association, who was there with Julie Garofalo, the Suffolk county coordinator. Gianetti volunteers at the animal shelter in the Town of Hempstead and thought it would be a good idea to merge a dog walkathon with fundraising for Parkinson’s, and the event has grown over the years.
Every community has its share of the dark and unexplained; every region has its urban legends and spook stories spoken about in hushed whispers.
However, the Shadows of the Paranormal (SOP), a brave and intrepid group of spiritual sleuths, are casting light on Long Island’s darkest corners with a series of investigations and lectures on the subject of the macabre.
A day after the middle school shooting in Nevada, Nassau County announced a new panic alarm program which will allow each school in the county to connect directly to the Nassau County Police Department in case of an emergency.
“The schools in Nassau County are a safe place, and will remain a safe place,” said County Executive Ed Mangano at a press conference at Carle Place High School last Tuesday. “Our planning and communication has increased dramatically in the past few years, culminating in this very important two-way communicator, (which) is a very important step forward in protecting our students, teachers and administrators.”
The Historical Society of the Massapequas held their annual Apple Festival last week, and despite the grey skies and a cool breeze, local residents turned out in droves and to enjoy this fun and family-friendly event.
Held on the grounds of Old Grace Church on Merrick Road, the Festival is a combination of apples and apple products (such as pies and cider), as well as fresh produce, all from Long Island-based growers. In addition, attendees can peruse the charming wares offered by local craft vendors, take guided tours of the church and its grounds, and enjoy the delightfully whimsical sounds of the Banjo Rascals band.
Water-ready Massapequans will soon have a new trail to blaze as officials recently unveiled a draft plan for the proposed South Shore Blueway Trail — an 18 mile long kayak trail through the marshes and bays of Long Island’s south shore.
County Executive Ed Mangano was joined Oct. 21 state Department of State Office of Coastal, Local Government and Community Sustainability, South Shore Blueway Trail Committee, Going Coastal, Inc., and Cameron Engineering & Associates plans were revealed for a kayak trail stretching from Atlantic Beach in the west to the Massapequans in the east.
Cerro Wire Property
For nearly two decades residents and mall developer Taubman Centers have been fighting over Taubman’s plans to construct a luxury mall on the former Cerro Wire property bordering Robbins Lane and the Long Island Expressway in Syosset.
The site was once listed by The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as a hazardous waste zone. It was removed from the list of Superfund sites in 1994 after a clean-up effort.
Taubman already owns a chunk of the land, and wants to build an upscale mall—the company’s first in New York. That would threaten Simon, which owns Walt Whitman Shops and Roosevelt Field Mall nearby. It would also threaten one of Simon’s partners in the Syosset project, Castagna Realty Co., which owns Americana Manhasset.
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