PSEG Long Island Continues Local Reliability Projects

PSEG Long Island is committed to delivering best-in-class system reliability to our customers and to hardening the system to better withstand extrpsegeme weather like Superstorm Sandy. Strengthening key electric circuits in local neighborhoods will improve the reliability of the electric grid for thousands of our customers.

Beginning mid-September and lasting approximately three months, PSEG Long Island licensed and approved contractors will be working on system improvements in the Town of Oyster Bay and Village of Massapequa Park. Work will include replacing existing wires, installing new and more durable poles, and installing or replacing switching equipment to help reduce the number of customers affected by an outage.    [Read more…]

GoFund Gould’s Leukemia Battle


James Gould is battling secondary AML leukemia. To donate, to his gofundme page, visit

When James Gould graduated Chaminade High School in June, he had aspirations of becoming a pediatric oncologist; so much so that he planned to attend the College of the Holy Cross with the drive to get into their medical program. That dream was put on hold July 1, when he was diagnosed with secondary AML leukemia, his second health bout in 16 months.

Gould had beat Hodgkins lymphoma after being diagnosed in January 2014, a little more then a month before his 17th birthday, according to a GoFundMe page started to help with financial difficulties.

With a $100,000 goal, the page has garnered $33,105 as of press time. [Read more…]

Plainedge BOE Meetings For September

Plainedge Public Schools Board of Education Meetings for September 2015:Plainedge logo

Public Work Session Central Office: Sept. 8 at in the conference room. (It is anticipated that the Board of Education will immediately entertain a motion to convene an executive session for the purpose of discussing an employment matter). Reconvene Public Work Session Board Room at 8 p.m.
Regular Business Meeting: Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. in the board room.
All meetings are at 241 Wyngate Dr., N. Massapequa, NY 11758

Pequa Hero Awarded Liberty Medal


Senator Venditto presents hero Christopher Burke with The New York State Senate Liberty Medal.

New York State Sen. Michael Venditto recently presented the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to Christopher Burke, a 20-year-old from Massapequa, for heroically saving a woman’s life.

Burke’s story was recently told in the July 22 issue of the Massapequa Observer in the story “A Day In The Life Of A Lifeguard,” in which he shared how he spends his day at the pool as a certified lifeguard. [Read more…]

A Vegetable To Be Proud Of

It’s not only important to eat your vegetables, it’s also important to show them off. Hicks Nurseries recently held its first ever Summer Harvest CVeggies_082615Bompetition on Saturday, Aug. 15 at the nursery in Westbury. Linda Notarnicola of North Massapequa took home top prizes for her fruits and veggies. [Read more…]

Sandy FEMA Deadline Sept. 15

The September 15 FEMA deadline is approaching quickly for 142,000 homeowners to reopen their Hurricane Sandy flood insurance claims. Onl8145196278_0a58894789y 11,000 have reopened their claims so far.

Weisbrod, Matteis & Copley (WMC) represent more Hurricane Sandy victims than any other law firm, and not one of their clients was overpaid on flood insurance. The firm was featured in the New York Times August 19 for their efforts.

The attorney’s at WMC have helped many victims of Hurricane Sandy – even hosting 20 free Town Hall meetings in areas affected by the superstorm. Below are links to a series of “Sandy Stories” filmed by WMC, telling the tales of thousands of homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Visit for more information regarding the reopening of flood insurance claims. To set up an interview with a WMC attorney, call (716) 867-5554.

9/11 Candlelight Ceremony

With the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on America quickly approaching, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano recently announced tha911Ceremony_082615At the county will honor the memory of those who lost their lives. A sunset candlelight and remembrance ceremony will take place Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. (rain or shine) at the 9/11 Memorial in Eisenhower Park, near parking field 6. [Read more…]

Summer Programs Are Hot Attractions For Youngsters

SummerPrograms_082615A Learning and skill-building were hot this summer as thousands of students explored their talents through Massapequa School District’s expansive summer camp program. From learning an instrument to building robots to developing stronger athletic skills, a camp program was offered to meet every child’s interests.

“Our summer programs are a convenient and cost-effective way for our students to develop their talents and broaden their interests,” said Superintendent Lucille F. Iconis. “We partner with Nassau BOCES, which helps reduce costs associated with planning and implementing the programs.” [Read more…]

The King Of Collectibles Rates Your ‘Trash Or Treasure’


Westbury resident Steve Fleming (left, seated) sits back as Eddie Costello looks over his vintage samurai sword and estimates its worth.

So, you’ve been eyeing your old comic book collection with the foil-embossed variant covers and the box of vintage G.I. Joe figures—including the exclusive mail-away Cobra Commander—and wondering how much they’d all get you on the open market. After all, collectibles are big business these days, but before you run out with your antique vase or vintage baseball cards and demand top dollar—or are suckered by a dishonest buyer and offered a pittance—there’s one man you should consider talking to get the real deal on what your prized possessions may really be worth.

Eddie Costello of Massapequa Park has been appraising items for over 50 years, and to hear him tell it at his recent “Trash or Treasure” event at the Westbury Library—part of a series he conducts across Long Island where he looks over your goods and determines if they’re fortune or flop—there’s no one in the business better than he is. [Read more…]

Pequa’s Bond Rating Upgraded

Massapequa School District was awarded a bond rating upgrade from Aa2 to Aa1 from Moody’s Investor Service, ranking it among the top districts in the state fMassapequa logoor its prudent financial practices. The new rating entitles the district to lower interest rates, which will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest costs on district bond issue borrowings, according to Deputy Superintendent Alan Adcock.

Massapequa’s upgrade was considered particularly noteworthy as many jurisdictions are experiencing credit downgrades, resulting from dwindling fund balances and constraints under the New York State property tax cap, the district’s financial advisors pointed out. According to the Moody’s credit report, the district earned the upgrade because of its “stable operating performance, sound reserve and liquidity levels, sizable tax base, strong resident wealth indicators, and low debt burden with a manageable capital program.” Moody’s also credited the district’s strong management, noting its successful track record of conservative budgeting and financial practices.

“We are extremely proud that our effective fiscal strategies have placed us among a select group of well-managed districts that have achieved a bond rating of Aa1,” said Adcock. “Monies saved from the lower interest rate will help supplement instructional programs and operations, which ultimately minimizes the tax burden on our residents.”