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A Scary Thought

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 25 October 2013 00:00

For the past three years, a place of unspeakable evil and horror has opened its doors in Massapequa for the Halloween season; however, it now faces possible banishment at the hands of forces beyond its control.

While the famed “Darkness Rising” charity haunted house, located on Brooklyn Avenue, has frightened and thrilled thousands, it currently faces an uncertain fate; the building that has housed it for the past three years soon faces demolition this coming spring according to attraction creator Frank Baird, a brokerage director and Massapequa resident for the past 33 years.


Firefighters Museum Honors Bravest

Written by Cynthia Paulis, Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

More than 500 people including firefighters, politicians and community members attended the Francis X. Pendl Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center in Garden city for its annual Badge of Courage Dinner.

This year’s honorees were two firefighters and one teacher. Joseph Mottola, firefighter and architect from Massapequa received the firefighter’s leadership award; Paul Napoli firefighter from Oceanside received the Francis X. Pendl Firefighters award; and Mineola resident and Great Neck School District Teacher Paul Ziring received the firefighter’s Humanitarian award.


Massapequa Loses A Native Son

Written by Lillian Rumfield Bryson, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:25

John H. Meyer July 29, 1933 - October 14, 2013

It has been said that it’s not the dates, but the years between that count, and so it is with Massapequa born and bred John Herman Meyer; who leaves a heritage in which he had, and we have, good reason to be proud. Local ancestry dating back to 1866, when his grandparents emigrated from Germany and grandfather Henry farmed Floyd-Jones land south of Merrick Road - today’s John Burns Park. It was there that John’s father, John Hugo, his twin Henry and their brother Herman were reared to enter into the growth of this community. When the farm district, north on Hicksville Road was still flourishing in the 1930s and 40s, feeding and flowering the Massapequas and beyond, the Meyer boys with over 30 acres were there, too.  


Treasures On The Island

Written by Colleen Maidhof, Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:49

Antique shop owner unearths gems

The Gold Mine, owned by Massapequa resident and antique collector extraordinaire Gil Celli, is truly a gold mine of treasures that cannot be found anywhere else.

Celli is a passionate owner who absolutely loves to show off his collection to his customers, and he is convinced that he has an item that can astonish every type of person there is. He has American Civil War documents, accessories from the flappers from the 1920s, memorabilia from the 1939 world fair, colorful and fascinating children’s toys from all eras, jewelry that people would have worn boarding the Titanic, Babe Ruth and Elvis Presley items, gold and silver coins, zeppelin figurines, and the list goes on and on.


‘Barktoberfest’ Coming To Pet Vet

Written by Cynthia Paulis, Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

Massapequa Pet Vet Animal Hospital will be holding its second annual “Barktoberfest” fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 20 from noon to 5 p.m. at its new facility located at 5330 Merrick Rd., across from the Marjorie Post Park.

The event, according to Dr. Ned Horowitz, veterinarian and owner of Pet Vet, was created  to raise money for non profit groups. This year the organizations selected are “All About Spay and Neuter,” which helps people who can’t afford to spay and neuter their animals; “The Barking Barracks,” which finds home for pets whose owners are enlisted in the military to either find new homes for them or to provide temporary housing; and Long Island Wildlife and Animal Rescue, a wildlife and dog/cat rescue group providing medical care and rehabilitation.


Parents Exhibit Anger

Written by Steve Mosco, Friday, 18 October 2013 00:00

The new contract between the Massapequa School District and its teachers killed the long-standing Spring Exhibit, an annual event meant to display the artistic talents of area elementary school children—and now parents are speaking out.

“I am saddened to hear that an event that fosters so much creativity and artistic expression in the children must be sacrificed for something as cold and unprotecting as the common core,” said Catherine Ferrara, a parent in the district. “I’m seeing this core curriculum forcing students to skip over the wonder of their childhood and taking away their thirst for knowledge.”


Candidates Probe Environmental Issues

Written by Lauren delValle, Saturday, 19 October 2013 00:00

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Democratic candidate Tom Suozzi discussed community sustainability in a public forum at Hofstra University last Wednesday.

The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies hosted the forum during which a panel of four local experts probed the contenders on environmental and community growth issues.

Approximately 300 people attended the event. Local notables such as Fox News contributor Chris Hahn were among the crowd.


Senator Visits North Massapequa

Written by Massapequa Observer Staff, Saturday, 12 October 2013 00:00

New York State Senator Kemp Hannon recently visited with members of the North Massapequa Fire Department at the Annual Columbus Lodge #2143 Order of Sons of Italy in America Festival on Broadway in North Massapequa.

The firefighters were on hand to provide fire and emergency services protection to the thousands of people who attended the festival, discuss fire prevention and promote the department’s annual Rag-A-Muffin costume parade slated for Sunday, October 27.

The parade, a favorite among children in the community for decades, is slated to begin at the corner of North Nassau Avenue and North Broadway in North Massapequa at 12 p.m. and conclude behind fire department headquarters with refreshments and giveaways for the kids. Parents can sign their children up at the start of the parade one hour prior to the event or by visiting


Prancing, Line Dancing At The Library

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 11 October 2013 00:00

When you think of the library, the images that typically spring to mind involve stacks and rows of books, studious students studying silently away, and computer monitors silently humming away.

What you don’t expect to run into are a gaggle of high-spirited ladies tearing up the carpet while engaging in a fun and exciting line dancing class. But fostering that sort of activity on a weekly basis at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch is just business as usual for North Babylon resident and dance enthusiast Sherry Palencia.


Spring Exhibit Cancelled

Written by Steve Mosco, Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

Annual school event killed in teacher contract

The new contract reached by the Massapequa School District and its teachers was made official recently with a few cuts, including a popular spring event.

Besides eliminating two half days on the elementary school level to add full instruction days and one half day during parent-teacher conferences, the new contract also shuts down the annual half day for the elementary school spring exhibit.


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