TOB Reminds Boaters Of Safety Tips

With summer underway, Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coschignano would like to remind boaters and operators of BoatSafety_080515Apersonal watercrafts (PWCs) to always put safety first and operate within the rules of the waterways.

“The Town of Oyster Bay has always been a popular attraction for boaters and personal watercraft riders,” said Coschignano. “Unfortunately, each year hundreds of lives are lost due to boating accidents that could have been avoided if the proper safety precautions were taken. With that being said, there are several important safety tips for boaters to follow for the benefit of their own safety as well as the safety of others.” [Read more…]

Lions Club Annual Installation Dinner

JK_7-15_7pm (13)Legislator James D. Kennedy and Legislator Rose Walker had the pleasure of attending the Massapequa Lions Club Annual Installation Dinner.  Glenn Kearney was inaugurated as the new president.  The club also honored the outgoing president, Matt Ruggiero for his hard work, dedication and service to the organization. Pictured from left: Keith Wilson, Linda Ruggiero, Glenn Kearney, Legislator James D. Kennedy, Legislator Rose Walker and Tejinder Anand.

Local Athletes Score In 32nd Annual Women’s Run


Angela Cruz of Massapequa Park speeds towards the finish line.


Ruth Maller of Massapequa crosses the finish line.

Long Island’s speediest women congregated in Farmingdale on July 11 to compete in the Runner’s Edge Long Island Women’s 5 Kilometer Run. Several athletes from the Massapequas were among those winning awards.The top local finisher was Angela Cruz of Massapequa Park, who was the 29th runner overall to cross the finish line on the track at Farmingdale High School. She took fourth place honors in the 35-39 age group with a finishing time of 21 minutes and 29 seconds. [Read more…]

Beware Of Rip Currents

With summer in full swing, it’s time to hit the beach and take in some swimming and fun in the sun. But before you dive into the ocean, it’s imRipCurrents_072215Aportant to be cautious about dangerous flows of water that drag swimmers away from the shore known as “rip currents.” Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto encourages residents to educate themselves about the precautions that should be taken when venturing into the ocean so as to prevent falling victim to rip currents. [Read more…]

America The Sensitive

Our Founding Fathers would be spinning in their graves if they were alive today because America as a country has turned into one giant, sensitive, wimpy baby.

Focusing on the latest and seemingly one-sided current event of the removal of the Confederate flag (including the backlash from the cartoon in the July 8 issue) I think it is absolutely absurd. The Confederate flag is a piece of history. But no, instead of using it as a symbol to illustrate how far we have come as a nation, we have instead been bullied by the tragic act of one hateful individual who was inspired by said flag to end the lives of several black worshippers. Here’s a thought: What if another gunman was inspired by the American Flag and his hatred of Americans to open fire in a school? Would we take that flag down?

But this sensitivity to seemingly every issue is just not about events that happened this year. I was appalled when in 2011, a special edition of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn removed the “N” word for political correctness. Who are we to alter America’s literary history?

Kids don’t know how to lose or be wrong because they are rewarded for those things. They suffer from inventive spelling in elementary school, where kids were applauded for misspelling words, the “No Child Left Behind,” act where a student who should be left back a grade moves on just as easily as an above average student, and receiving the same set of trophies whether they win or lose because participation ribbons would make kids cry.

We are not all equal. If we can’t all speak our minds freely without getting a slap on the wrist for every word that comes out of our mouths that people don’t like, then maybe we should reconsider the First Amendment, and if America really is the land of the free and home of the brave.

Massapequa Railroad Station Re-Opens

Assemblyman Joseph Saladino joined with State Senators Michael Venditto and Kemp Hannon as well as Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Nassau CounLIRRty Legislator James Kennedy, Supervisor John Venditto and Town Clerk James Altadonna at the Massapequa Railroad Station for a grand re-opening, after the Long Island Railroad completed a twenty million dollar overhaul of the station.  The remodeling included new platforms, a new canopy, vintage styled lighting fixtures containing high tech low energy use LED bulbs, a new waiting room, and a new elevator and escalator among many other improvements.  The project, which state officials said was completed on time and on budget, was part of the master plan of the MTA’s capital budget.

More to come…



TOB Classic Cruise Nights Return


Steve Jones shows off his 1955 Bel Air Hardtop. (Photo by Chris Boyle)

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph D. Muscarella invites residents who are looking for a bit of nostalgia to come out for the return of “Classic Car Cruise Nights,” held on select Friday evenings during the months of July and August, at the LIRR Train Station parking lot on Sunrise Highway in Massapequa. Continuing on July 24, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21, the classic car events are presented by the town’s Department of Parks and Recreation Division and will display vintage automobiles in a fun and festive atmosphere. [Read more…]

Shark Sighting

The Public Information Office reports the details of an unusual incident involving sharks observed in Massapequa on Thursday, July 23 at 11:49 a.m.

According to police, Seventh Precinct Police Officers along with the assistance of the Nassau County Aviation Unit responded to a call for sharks spotted in the waters off Tobay Beach. Pilots were able to visually confirm that two six foot long sharks were seen fifteen feet  from the shoreline swimming in a easterly direction towards Gilgo Beach in Suffolk County. All Tobay Beach swimmers were ordered out of the waters until later deemed safe. There were no injuries reported.

Farmingdale College Foundation Awards Local Resident

Jeff Poplarski

Dr. Jeff Poplarski

Four members of the Farmingdale State College faculty and administrative staff are the 2015 recipients of Excellence Awards from the Farmingdale College Foundation. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that provides financial assistance in advancing the purposes and development of Farmingdale State College.

The four winners are: Dr. Lynn Marsh, Excellence in Teaching; Dr. Jeff Poplarski, Excellence in Teaching (part-time); Dawn Grzan, Excellence in Professional Service; and Linda Vitale, Excellence in Professional Service (part-time). All are Long Island residents. [Read more…]

A Day In The Life Of A Lifeguard

The smell of coconut sunblock, nautical blue and white stripes, flip flops and colorful fruity drinks epitomize the start of summer. To Massapequa native ChrLifeguard_072215Aistopher Burke, the start of summer means one thing: saving lives.

The 20-year-old has a special relationship with water. An avid swimmer and surfer, Burke has also been a trained and certified lifeguard for the past five years. [Read more…]