Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00I’ve taken over as the editor of this publication and I am so looking forward to learning more about the beautiful communities of Massapequa, North Massapequa, Massapequa Park and Plainedge, and serving you, our faithful readers.
I started writing for my school newspaper, St. John the Baptist’s The Prophet, when I was 14 years old. I’ve written for several papers since then, including my alma mater’s publication The New Paltz Oracle and a now defunct home and green-living magazine called New York House.
More recently, in covering Superstorm Sandy for a Long Island weekly, I learned first-hand the strength and courage the people of Massapequa possess. The devastation I witnessed during the days, weeks and months that followed that tragic storm is something I will always remember.
After the waters receded I took a trip to Nassau Shores with two friends and my Nikon. I met a man in the process of completely gutting his home. He allowed me to come into his back yard and get a few shots of what the back of his home looked like after it was ransacked by the storm.
Seaweed, driftwood, couch cushions, papers, broken plates and entire boats lay in this man’s backyard. His three children were carrying their family’s soggy possessions outside.
“Hey, you guys wanna be in the newspaper?” I asked.
“Yeah!” they said almost in unison.
They were incredibly chipper for children who had just lost their home. I wanted to give them some sort of consolation for their loss.
I wasn’t able to run this photo at that paper, so here it is. I never got their names, but I’m glad I can keep my promise to these three by running the photo in their hometown publication.
Being editor of a hometown publication means more than just passing along the news. It means understanding the community from the inside, identifying what’s important to you. As editor I promise to be a part of your community. I’ll be in your towns attending as many events as I can: ball games, ribbon-cuttings, awards ceremonies, protests, charity events and, of course, school board meetings.
I’m always willing to hear your thoughts, and we want to help you share your ideas throughout the community. If you have a letter to the editor or an editorial, please send it along.
My name is Dan O’Regan. This is your newspaper. And I’m your editor.
- Dan O’Regan