Venturing Crew Takes On Icy Climb

Venturing Crew 130 is a high adventure group led and run by girls and boys (ages 14 and up) from the south shore area. Many are also Boy Scouts and Girl ScouIceClimb_032515Ats that are also members of Crew 130, a program of Boy Scouts of America. [Read more…]

Massapequa’s Mystery Writer

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Frank signs a copy of her book for a fan.

A Massapequa Park woman is using her love of science, history and the written word to begin an exciting new chapter of her life; that of a successful self-published author out to put a unique spin on the teen mystery genre.

Born and raised in Queens, author Linda Maria Frank moved with her husband to a small apartment in Massapequa Park in 1962. Within two years, they bought a house and have lived there ever since. [Read more…]

Freezin’ For A Reason

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto (center) and Councilwoman Rebecca M. Alesia (right) recently attended the Second Annual Town of OyPolarPlunge_041515Aster Bay Polar Bear Plunge hosted by the Special Olympics at TOBAY Beach in Massapequa.

Participants taking the plunge into ice cold water this year were “Freezin for a Reason” as all of the money raised during the Polar Plunge went to fund the Special Olympics.

Also pictured along with Venditto and Alesia are Special Olympics Developmental Specialist Jennifer Cantone (left), Special Olympics Regional Director Diane Colonna (second from right) and Alesia’s son, Charlie.

Buy One, Get One At Dunkin’ Donuts This Weekend

Dunkin’ Donuts has a special offer available only to Long Island residents this weekend. On Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29, guests cDunkin'_Donuts_logo.svgan enjoy buy one, get one FREE latte or espresso drink at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout Long Island.   [Read more…]

‘Dog Tales’ Reading Program A Barking Success

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Nicole Castonguay (right) and a friend are all smiles with a lovable pooch during storytime at the March 21 event. (Photos courtesy of Diane Castonguay)

If you didn’t think it was possible to combine a child’s love of dogs and reading, think again. The Massapequa Library has created a “Read to a Dog” program called “Dog Tales.” [Read more…]

Living The American Dream

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Author Verlia Brown

When Verlia Brown was growing up in Kingston, Jamaica in the West Indies, she never dreamed that one day she would become a nurse in America. Not only did she fulfill that dream, she rose through the ranks to become the president of the New York State Nurses Association and met President Bill Clinton when he was in office. She recently wrote a book called My Journey on Becoming a Nurse, which chronicles her journey that took her from a shy island girl to a powerful leader of nurses, giving them a voice. [Read more…]

Is Your Pet Prepared?

PetEmergency_032515ATatyanna Soliwoda has a passion for helping others. The Seaford local is currently a senior at Seaford High School and has been a dedicated Girl Scout for the past 13 years.

“I am pursuing my Gold Award, which is the highest award that a Girl Scout can earn,” said Soliwoda. “My goal for this project is to educate and inform the community on the importance of emergency pet preparedness and help the public keep their pets safe in the event of an emergency. [Read more…]

Ignorance: The Ultimate Kryptonite

My best friend is dying.

She’s smart, funny and beautiful. But her size makes her fragile and when I see her lying in the hospital bed, my stomach feels like it’s tied in a knot. Her’s actually is.

According to the U.S. Department of Health, there are more than 20 diseases and conditions that get under $10 million of funding for research and testing. These diseases may be overlooked by society due to lack of information or because they are embarrassing to talk about—but they’re still life threatening.

My friend eventually got the courage to tell me that she had Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease. She was so nonchalant I didn’t think anything was wrong.

But then she missed one day of school. Then two. Then 20. Next thing I knew, I was visiting her in the hospital. She came back two weeks later like nothing happened. She was as lively, energetic and sharp-witted as usual. I didn’t understand how she could act this way. “You’re a superhero!” I told her.

I took my concerns to Google and searched Crohn’s to find basically nothing. Crohn’s research gets little funding—in fact, its funding dropped more than $10 million between 2012-2013. How many people are dying from illnesses because lifesaving research goes without funding? It seems that if there isn’t a huge media campaign or a celebrity trying to support a disease, then it doesn’t matter.

But my friend matters. This year she had to drop out of college in order to be closer to her doctors. Although she’s struggling, she’s fighting her disease just like Superman would. The Kryptonite can be easily disposed of if we just open our ears and become aware. Then maybe we can be the superheroes.

—Mary Awad

Birch Lane Among Reflections Contest Winners

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Students show off their certificates for participating in the PTA Reflections contest. (Photo by Nicole Corallo, Birch Lane PTA)

Artistic talents were recently on display at Birch Lane Elementary in Massapequa Park as the school celebrated its National PTA Reflections contest participants and winners.

The Reflections contest, which brings families, schools and communities together in support of student success through the arts, this year saw projects that ranged from gorgeous acrylic paintings to touching short stories to luminous photography. [Read more…]

Massapequa’s Stately Mansions

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A traveler going east along Merrick Road in the mid-nineteenth century (at that time called South Country Road) would have encountered just a few large houses on the way to Amityville. He/she would have first passed the Red House, on Seaford Avenue, the Van De Water Hotel on Hicksville Road and Massapequa Manor, just to the east of Massapequa Lake. There was a one room schoolhouse east of the Manor and then Old Grace Church, dating from 1844. The only other buildings were mansions built by Jones and Floyd-Jones family members, who had acquired pieces of the land given to Thomas Jones in 1696. [Read more…]