A Helping Paw: Barktoberfest A Success

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Two adorable pooches smile for the camera.
(Photos by Emily Cappiello)

On a crisp, fall day the Massapequa community came out in droves to attend Barktoberfest 2014, hosted by Dr. Ned Horowitz and his business, Pet Vet. With free food, a bouncy house, adoption opportunities and more, families came out with their pets for a good cause.

“This is the third year that we are doing this and it’s such a fun, enjoyable event for the community,” said Horowitz, noting that it often takes more than four months of all-hands-on-deck to organize the event. All of the five doctors he has on staff get in on the action as does the office manager and all of the assistants. [Read more...]

Haunted Houses In Massapequa

Hollywood has had a fun and profitable time benefitting from the haunted horrors of Long Island. But did you know that two of these spooky spots are right in your own backyard?

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The Massapequa “Hell House” is located at 214 Daniel Rd.
Photo courtesy of geoaching.com

The Massapequa Hell House
Also known as “The Witch House” or “The Satan House” to some, the Massapequa Hell House is a unique Victorian home located at 214 Daniel Rd., in North Massapequa, just off of Hicksville Rd. But what’s the one, tiny detail that separates it from other homes in this quiet residential area, you ask? The house is said to be haunted. [Read more...]

LI Walks To Fight Food Allergies

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Mike, Kylie Rose, and Christine Restaino of Massapequa Park walked to support kids like Kylie with food allergies.
(Photos by Chris Boyle)

With serious food-borne allergies striking a near all-time high in the U.S., the frightening issue has been generating a great deal of support in recent years. Nowhere could you find more support for this malady than at Eisenhower Park for the FARE Walk for Food Allergy held on Oct. 25.

Diane Amandola of East Northport is a member of Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), which is a national organization that raises funds and awareness for those with food allergies. She is also the chairperson and co-founder of the Long Island FARE Walk, an annual two-mile jaunt through Eisenhower Park which is currently celebrating its 10 year anniversary; the money raised is used for education and food allergy research. [Read more...]

A Captain’s Passion: Gullo The Great

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Plainedge senior John Gullo (Photos by Phil Orlando)

Athleticism was something that John Gullo was born with but always worked hard for. As senior captain for the Plainedge Varsity Football team, Gullo has been waiting for this moment since he was just a child; to help lead his team to a Long Island Championship.

“A championship is always the goal,” said Gullo of the team’s annual ambition. “There is no doubt that we will compete our hardest for that title.” [Read more...]

Chiefs Earning Their Stripes

The girls of Massapequa High School’s soccer team are striving for some bling in the form of a championship medal. M-(MASSAPEQUA) small

Coach Bruce Stegner of the Massapequa Chiefs Girls soccer team seems to breed soccer players. Coming off an outstanding season last year, these girls have a name to hold and they are doing just that; off to a hot start with an overall record off 11-1-0 and in their Conference AA-1 being 10-0-0. [Read more...]

Pubs Around Town

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Enjoy a drink at the bar decorated with memorabilia from Ireland at Paddy’s Loft Pub in Massapequa. (Photo courtesy of Paddy’s Loft)

With the welcoming autumn chill in the air comes the desire to warm up with a good pint of beer.
Pubs have long been a spot for cozy ambiance and comfort food. Three Massapequa pubs invite you to come across the pond to enjoy the changing seasons, and everyone’s favorite; pumpkin beer.

Paddy’s Loft
1286 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa
516-798-7660
www.paddysloft.com
Paddy’s Loft is a quintessential Irish pub that will make you feel as if you have stepped off the plane in Ireland. Some of the staff will even greet you with a thick Irish brogue.
Traditional menu staples like fish & chips, shepherd’s pie, bangers & mash are all excellent go-tos, but there’s also a choice of burgers, chicken and seafood dishes that are as big in size as they are in taste. Beer connoisseurs tend to favor a good ole pint of Guinness, but the Black and Tan, a blend of a pale ale and dark stout, is also a favorite.
Stop in for a weekend brunch and order a traditional Irish breakfast of Irish sausage, bacon, eggs, black and white pudding, grilled tomato, home fries and baked beans. Your table is waiting. [Read more...]

Historical Society Book: Signs Of The Times

If you have driven around the Massapequa area, you have most likely noticed a series of elaborate, wrought-iron signs adorning the sides of the road, denoting a significant footnote in history. Those signs are made possible by the direct work of the Massapequa Historical Society and their never-ending quest to keep the importance of yesteryear alive in the hearts and minds of those here today.

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George Kirchmann, Trustee and past Vice-President of the Massapequa Society proudly poses with his book
Photo by Chris Boyle

There are currently a total of 15 historical marker signs in existence; the first was put up in 1985, as the people running the society thought that there should be some indication of what was deemed historical, as so many things had been torn down over the years in the name of “progress,” according to George Kirchmann, Trustee and past Vice-President of the Historical Society. [Read more...]

10th Annual FARE Allergy Walk

In January 2013, two year old Kylie Rose Restaino of Massapequa Park was diagnosed with potentially life-threatening food allergies to tree nuts. Kylie’s mother, Christine, couldn’t help but be fearful for her daughter’s safety.

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Kylie Rose Restaino is all smiles in her FARE T-shirt.
(Photo courtesy of Christine Restaino)

“I live in constant fear that she will eat the wrong thing and I won’t be able to save her,” said Restaino. “I feel as if I am grieving for something; for the loss of the naïve, carefree feeling that Kylie should experience growing up,” continued Restaino of her child’s life that is now consumed by yearly allergy testing and constant possession of her Epi-pens. [Read more...]

Marjorie Post Park Goes To The Dogs

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Dedicated owners and their dogs set out to begin the walk in the pouring rain. (Photos by Cynthia Paulis)

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

Massapequa resident and event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event. [Read more...]

M.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...]