Massapequa H.S. Cracks Down On Security

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(L to R) Seniors Danielle Bianco, Alexandra Dillon and Nelson Gomez show off their ID cards. (Photos by Chris Boyle)

With the spectra of violence in our schools seemingly an ever-present threat – and a devastating reality for some – it’s a given that each tragic incident that makes the news these days forces schools to take a long, hard look at how effectively they are protecting their own students.

Massapequa High School is no exception. At of the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, the district implemented new measures in the form of highly-visible student identification cards and more restrictive exits and entryways at their campus to complement the solid security program already in place, according to Superintendent Lucille F. Iconis. [Read more...]

All In The Family: Great Grapes

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Wine barrels being aged inside the facility.
(Photos courtesy of A&P Grape Distributors)

On a clear, breezy day, you might catch the scent of fresh grape juice in the air if you are near the corner of Hicksville Road and Boundary Avenue. That delightful smell is courtesy of A&P Grape Distributors, a third generation owned family business.

“We’re kind of ingrained in the neighborhood,” said Brooklyn-born owner Pete Pagano, who has called Massapequa Park home for over 25 years, along with his wife, son and daughter. [Read more...]

LI Arts Festival

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Lori Horowitz (right) with Massapequa resident Beth Magazzo
(Photo by Cynthia Paulis)

The month of October has been dedicated to the arts. Studio 5404, a not for profit art space located on Merrick Road in Massapequa introduced its beautiful studio and upcoming events to the public.

The art studio, which opened in June 2013 and is the first of the south shore, has featured many local artists. The studio has even caught the eye of local politicians Assemblyman Saladino and Legislator Michael Venditto, who have stopped by and given a citation to owner and artist Lori Horowitz for her extraordinary efforts of bringing art and culture to the south shore. [Read more...]

National School Bus Safety Week

Educational Bus Transportation, a leader in student transportation throughout Nassau County and western Suffolk County, is advocating for safety awareness during National School Bus Safety WeSchool Bus Safety Week photoek, Oct. 20– 24. The theme of this year’s industry-wide public education campaign, “At My Stop, You Stop,” highlights the need for motorists to exercise caution near school bus stops.

Timothy Flood, Executive Vice President of The Trans Group, the parent company of Educational Bus Transportation, emphasized the importance of school bus safety education. [Read more...]

Massapequa Student Has Some Sole

Jake Rosenblum may only be in 11th grade, but he already has a lot of leadership experience under his belt. The 16-year-old is the Student Body President at Massapequa High School, a member of the National Junior Honor Society, Peer AIDS Club, Model UN Club, and sits on the Shared Decisions committee. With such a busy schedule, it seems impossible that Rosenblum would have time to do anything else, let alone establish a non-profit organization; until Sole Survivors hit the ground running.

“Sole Survivors is a non-profit organization that started in March of last year,” said Rosenblum. “I saw a lot of shoes in my closet and I didn’t have any place to give them to,” said Rosenblum, who realized that a lot of his friends had the same problem. That’s when he came up with the idea to use his shoes for a good cause.

“I wanted to find a way to give back to the community, so I came up with the idea for ‘Sole Survivors’ along with my parents,” he said. “We created a box that I put in the high school for gently used sneakers.”

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Rosenblum proudly stands next to Sole Survivors’ first donation box that he designed himself. (Photo courtesy of Massapequa High School)

Rosenblum hand delivers the shoe collection to the director of the National Coalition for the Homeless in Amityville.

“Her reaction to just being able to have all of the shoes for people who need them is priceless,” he said. “I am also fortunate enough to have things like food, shelter and clothing, and they don’t, so knowing that I’m giving back to community this way makes me feel really good.” [Read more...]

Healing Power Of Art

Lorraine Hopes of Massapequa discovered the healing power of art many years ago. She now paints in memory of her late daughter, Laura. This work is entitled “Broken Hearts.”

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“Broken Hearts” by Lorraine Hopes

 

Massapequa Teen A Hit On “The Voice”

Long Island went Hollywood for the second time in two weeks when Justin Johnes from Massapequa joined Team Blake on NBC’s popular singing competition “The Voice.”

The 15-year-old chose to sing Passenger’s “Let Her Go” for his blind audition; as his family cheered him on backstage.

After receiving praise from all four coaches, Johnes shocked them even further by revealing that this was his first public performance, and that he was honored to be selected to a team.

If you recognized Johnes, you may have seen him on YouTube, recording covers and originals from his bedroom. His performance of “Let Her Go,” landed him a spot on the iTunes Top Singles chart, with searches for his YouTube videos sure to soar.

Congratulations to Justin Johnes on joining Team Blake! All of Massapequa and Long Island will be rooting for you!

Cancer Advocate Heads To Capitol

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Manso in front of the Capitol.

Massapequa advocate Christy Manso joined more than 600 cancer patients, survivors, volunteers and staff from all 50 states as they united in Washington, D.C., as part of the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Leadership Summit and Lobby Day.

Manso met with Jamie Tricarico, Legislative Director for Congressman Peter King, to discuss the need to support an increase in federal funding for cancer research and prevention. She also requested that Congressman King co-sponsor legislation that supports patients’ quality of life, and to support legislation that would close a loophole in Medicare that often results in surprise costs for seniors when a polyp is found during a routine colonoscopy.

“Congress has a critical role to play in the fight to defeat a disease that kills an estimated 500,000 people in America every year,” said Manso. “Congress can demonstrate a commitment to the fight against cancer by increasing federal funding for cancer research and prevention, co-sponsoring patient quality of life legislation and eliminating surprise costs for seniors getting colorectal cancer screenings,” she continued.

Specifically, Manso asked for support from Congressman King to help increase funding for cancer research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and for prevention programs at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), co-sponsor legislation to improve the quality of life of cancer patients with better access to palliative care, and to co-sponsor the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screenings Act.

Freezes and cuts in federal funding for NCI and the CDC in recent years have put continued progress in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer in jeopardy. Nearly half of all cancer deaths are preventable, but inadequate funding for groundbreaking research and critical screening programs could cost countless lives. [Read more...]

Pumpkins Against Breast Cancer

The time has come once again to think pink.CNTY_PinkPumpkinBenefit_100314B

In cooperation with the First Company Pink, the Got Checked Organization and Bzarry Events, Inc., Nassau County will host its first annual Pink Pumpkin Patch on Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Ave., Mineola. All proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Get there early and bring your family and friends for the pink pumpkin patch – where all pumpkins will be painted pink and bedazzled in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Refreshments and treats will be served including coffee from Starbucks and sweets from The Chocolate Duck. At 7 p.m. the dome will be lit with pink lights for the cause.
All donations go directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. For details, log on to www.firstcompanypink.com or www.bzarryevents.com.

Car Seat Safety Instruction

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Chris Mistron helps Mary Ann Bonito secure her son’s car seat.
(Photos by Cynthia Paulis)

Years ago, the idea of child safety was to pile kids in the back of a station wagon with blankets, or if they were old enough, sit shotgun in the front seat with mom’s arm coming across the seat as a safety strap when she came to a sudden stop. It turns out that this wasn’t the safest plan.

In 1978, the first mandated car safety seat law was enacted in Tennessee with other states soon to follow. Unfortunately, 90 percent of these life saving devices are installed incorrectly.

Legislator Michael Venditto, a new dad himself, recently held a car safety seat instruction at Allen Ellsworth Park in Farmingdale with Traffic Safety Educator Chris Mistron showing parents and grandparents how to properly install a car seat.

“There is nothing more precious than our children here in the community,” said Venditto. “This is our second time doing this program so residents can bring their already installed car seats and make sure they are installed properly or they can bring their new car seats and have our traffic safety expert Chris Mistron, do the installation for them.” [Read more...]