When artist Lori Horowitz opened Environ Visions Designs at 5404 Merrick Road, Massapequa in June she had a vision of bringing cultural arts to the south shore of Long Island. Her vision came to fruition on Friday when close to 100 people from all parts of Long Island attended her Acoustic Songwriters Showcase in her newly named art gallery called Studio 5404.
“Studio 5404 is now becoming more of a cultural arts center,” said Horowitz. “We are trying to integrate the arts, support the arts, and network different artists together so they can work and create art in different media and support one another.”
Massapequa Lake received much needed attention on Saturday, August 3 as concerned community members, employees from Nassau County and the Town of Oyster Bay, activists, and County Legislator Michael Venditto gathered in an extreme effort to rid the lake of an evasive species of aquatic weed called Tropa Natas, or water chestnut, which has consumed its surface.
Nassau County recently obtained a five-year permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for the much needed weed pull. Over the next five years, the County will battle the invasive aquatic plant.
A Massapequa High School senior Daniel Verrico got a hands on lesson in engineering.
National Grid is helping high school students from New York and New England take an important step to becoming engineers with the fourth year of its “Engineering Pipeline Program,” the centerpiece of the company’s global “Engineering Our Future” initiative designed to inspire youth and attract and develop engineers for tomorrow’s workforce. More than 70 high school students from across National Grid’s service in New York State and New England were selected to participate in the development program that creates a recruitment pathway to encourage promising high school students to become engineers.
When North Massapequa resident Michelle Esposito heard singer Helen Reddy was performing in Farmingdale, she immediately called her friend Carol MacNamara.
“I called Carol and said, ‘Let’s go down there and make a memory for your mother,’” she said. “When Helen Reddy sang our song we all started crying.”
The song, “Delta Dawn,” is one that evokes special memories for MacNamara, her sisters and her friends, who all grew up in North Massapequa. It is a song MacNamara and her sisters sang for their mother, Jessie Sherman, when she died after battling leukemia three and a half years ago.
At a time when the world seems embroiled in conflict and chaos, and newspaper headlines spout off one horrible occurrence after another, one local resident is doing his best to unify his fellow Americans and give them cause to hope.
Noted Massapequa Park independent filmmaker and film historian John Carpenter recently hosted a screening of World War 2 Musical The Fleet’s In at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. The reason? According to the gentleman popularly dubbed as “The Movie Man,” it’s because people need to be reminded of a kinder and simpler time.
Most Massapequans can relate to having an extended family. The family histories of Long Islanders in general routinely extend over bridges, passed Manhattan, into New Jersey and down the I-95 into Florida.
But one Massapequa Park family takes the family dynamic to the next level, offering up their home and everyday life to one south Bronx girl for two weeks every summer.
How many residents living in the Massapequas know that during the 1930s and 40s there was a zoo located on Sunrise Highway?
Yes, it’s true, Frank Buck of “Bring ‘Em Back Alive” fame had an award-winning zoo stocked with his prize collection of wild animals, birds and reptiles.
It all happened shortly after the building of the new Sunrise Highway and railroad trestle by the current Westfield Mall. My father worked on the trestle construction. Back then, the land where the mall now stands was thickly wooded, vacant and owned by a New York water company.
The Town of Oyster Bay held its annual Safety Day in John J. Burns Park this Saturday, treating kids and their families once again this year to a day of excitement and fun – and important lessons about keeping safe.
Burns Park was bustling with activity everywhere: a sea of inflatable rides and obstacle courses were available for kids of all ages to frolic in, upon, and over. In addition, there was music, entertainment, and free food, drinks, and ice cream for all attendees.
The most exciting attraction for most youngsters was most likely the plethora of Nassau County police and Massapequa Fire Department vehicles and personnel on-hand. Families were treated to the ins and outs of an actual police helicopter; watched firefighters dismantle a car with the famous Jaws of Life apparatus; climbed onto a real Coast Guard boat; and met police officers and their horses up close.
The combined efforts of hurricanes Sandy and Irene devastated much of the Massapequas, and now funds are on the way to help rebuilding efforts for those still mired in the aftermath.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the New York Rising Community Construction program last week, which will distribute more than $750 million to 102 communities throughout the state. Of that money, the Massapequas are set to receive more than $25 million.
The Town of Oyster Bay’s Classic Car Cruise Nights returns for yet another exciting summer season, and hot rod lovers from Massapequa and beyond are turning out from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday nights to strut their automotive stuff.
Cruise Nights, which have been going strong for over 10 years, run though August 20 and take place in the parking lot of the Massapequa Long Island Rail Road station. Admission for car owners who wish to show off their wheels is simply two cans of any food item; The Town of Oyster Bay has partnered with local charity Island Harvest to use the event to help feed the needy.
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