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Editorial: Check Out The Library

Written by Sheila Ferrari Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00
With all of the advancements in technology, it is easy to forget about all of the services offered by public libraries. After all, there is virtually a wealth of information literally at the fingertips of anyone with a tablet, smartphone or computer with Internet access. However, what can get lost in all the technology, is how much public libraries have to offer and especially both branches of the Massapequa Public Library.

I recently stopped by the library and was amazed at all that is offered. There are seminars and classes to take advantage of as well as fun activities. There is a wealth of books that can be perused without the need for downloading. There are also many magazines (remember those?) and newspapers to enjoy.


Editorial: Fire Escape Plan

Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
The Massapequa Fire Department often reminds residents of the dangers of house fires. Last week, we saw that awful realty when a Massapequa Park man was killed in a fire. In our hectic lives, tasks such as developing a fire escape plan can often be put off until a more convenient time arrives. Unfortunately, fires do not work on our schedules. They can occur at any time. If you and your family do not have a fire escape plan, be sure to develop one immediately and hold a drill as soon as possible. In addition, be sure that your home has eliminated any fire hazards, and that every level of your home has a smoke alarm with fresh batteries.

Fire safety is something we can all be lax about. Last week, tragically, we saw why it is so important.                             

- Ron Scaglia


Letter: No Need For Vulgarity

Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

171,476 - 47,156.  Wondering what these numbers represent? These totals are the enormous amount of vocabulary afforded to us, both full entries and obsolete, that exists in the Oxford Dictionary, 2nd edition. So, with all these choices why is it that a good amount of today’s population opt to express themselves, and I am being gentle when I identify their language usage as “colorful” at best?

Since the birth of cable television non-censorship seems to have morphed into a “right.” There are little to non-existent guidelines with content. Recently while tuning into a network program that is viewed at 9 p.m., appearing on the screen before the credits began to roll were warnings advising that mature content, violence, language, and sexual content would be part of this program.


Editorial: Good Choice, But Questionable Process

Friday, 22 February 2013 15:43
Recently, the Massapequa School Board approved the appointment of Lucille Iconis to succeed Charles Sulc as superintendent in Massapequa. I’m sure Iconis will do a fine job. Having listened to her presentations at school board meetings, it is easy to determine that she is quite knowledgeable about education and learning. Perhaps just as importantly, she is quite personable and accommodating when speaking with members of the community. Because the school district already has a well-qualified candidate, it makes perfect sense that Iconis would be chosen, without incurring the expense of doing a search.

Letter: Thanks Stranger

Friday, 22 February 2013 15:45

As my wife and I prepared to depart for a new life in Mooresville, N.C., we were in the midst of digging out from a 12-inch plus snowfall when a complete stranger drove up to our driveway and asked if we needed help. Of course I said yes and without a word, he helped us shovel out. There are good individuals willing to help out and this was yet another example. He was a resident of Massapequa but I would call him a “Massapequa Mensch.” Thank you, sir. We were most appreciative of your offer to help. Here’s hoping the good people of Mooresville are likewise kind and helpful.

Herb Stark, Massapequa


Editorial: Some Consideration Please

Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00
When big storms hit, residents depend on their municipality to clean everything up and get things back to normal. Therefore, I encourage everyone to make the jobs of our municipal workers as easy as possible.

When last week’s blizzard was approaching, phone calls were placed to residents in which Supervisor Venditto asked residents to remove their vehicles from the streets. Unfortunately, not everyone followed his request as vehicles were left parked on streets.


Editorial: Thanks Town of Oyster Bay

Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00
We live in a society where it is often easy to heap criticism upon our elected officials, and in many cases the criticism is indeed valid. However, when a crisis occurs, we often look to our government for help, and the response of elected officials often define their administrations, whether it be for better of for worse

At a recent Town of Oyster Bay board meeting, a Massapequa resident thanked the board for the efforts of the town to help clean up after Sandy. While there was enough criticism to go around after the storm, particularly directed at LIPA as well as Mayor Bloomberg’s call that the New York City Marathon should go on, there are also many leaders who should be credited for their work.


Kudos Congressman King

Written by Sheila Ferrari Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00
Across the nations, citizens are upset with party politics taking place in government, which has led to “gridlock” and almost resulted in the whole nation going over a “fiscal cliff.” It seems that many politicians forget that they were elected to represent their constituents and not their party.

Therefore, I’d like to take this opportunity to commend Rep. Peter King for his efforts to secure Sandy aid from the federal government. When legislation that would have provided Sandy financial aid was stalled in the House of Representatives, King took on members of his own party and demanded that the legislation be passed. While his efforts could have hurt him politically with members of his own party, the Congressman showed that the interests of his constituents were more important than politics, and he helped to secure much needed funding for the area. Well done, Congressman.                           

- Ron Scaglia


Editorial: A Great Town, But Not Mayberry

Friday, 25 January 2013 00:00
Massapequa is a great town. It’s a wonderful place to live. However, like any other place, anywhere in the world, it isn’t perfect. We would all love to go to the fictional town of Mayberry where doors are always unlocked, the sheriff doesn’t carry a gun, and crime is nonexistent. However, that town doesn’t really exist.

Recently, there has been an increase of crime in the Massapequas. Vehicles left at the railroad station have had the catalytic converters stolen from them. Personal property has been taken from the inside of vehicles parked on the streets. Some residents have been the target of phone scams. This doesn’t mean we still don’t have a great town. It just means we have to use a little more common sense.


From Long Island Wins

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00

Immigration: Shouldn’t Politicians 

Be Able To Agree?

Election Day should have marked an end to some of the shouting that’s taken hold of our politics. However, with the fiscal cliff crisis in Washington only narrowly averted, and more legislative brinksmanship apparently on the way, that may have been too much to hope for.

However, there is one thing on which all sides should be able to agree: Common sense on immigration issues.


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