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.”

Berner M.S. 7th Graders Excited To Use Chromebooks

Chromebooks Distribution

Berner Middle School seventh graders display the Chromebooks they received from district officials. Eighth- and ninth-grade students also received them.

A new crop of seventh-grade students at Berner Middle School were issued Chromebooks to use as a primary instructional tool during the school year, a move that expands the district’s “Learning….Anytime, Anywhere” program into grades 7-9.

The “Learning….Anytime, Anywhere” program is a one-to-one initiative, meaning each students is assigned a device that they bring to class, as well as home, with parent approval. The devices are collected in June, but students receive the same device when they return in September.

Students with their parents recently attended an orientation by district officials about the devices’ use and care, then eagerly lined up to receive their new device, which had students beaming with anticipation and their parents cheering in delight.

“I’m excited,” said seventh grader Stacy Eager. “I want to learn about its features and see how we use it in our classes.” Classmates Olivia Bartolo and Caitlin Reilly agreed, saying they are going to charge them and try them out tonight.

A Chromebook is not a laptop nor a computer. It’s simply a device that runs the Chrome web browser, and is used to easily access the web and all its vast resources. Work is saved automatically in a secure cloud-based environment managed by the district. Students can collaborate and communicate with each other and get immediate feedback from their teacher, which helps customize learning for each student. Because there are no programs or software slowing it down, Chromebooks start up quickly, which makes for optimal use of time in the classroom. An eight-hour battery life allows for a full-day of use in the classroom.

Chromebooks will be issued to all secondary students by September 2016.

-Submitted by the Massapequa School District



Robbery In Seaford

The Major Case Bureau reports the details of a Robbery which occurred on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 10:49 P.M. in Seaford.

According to Robbery Squad detectives, a male black suspect, 5’ 7” tall, 160 lbs. with a thin build wearing a black t-shirt with a white logo, jeans and a gray bucket hat entered the BP gas station located at 3914 Sunrise Highway armed with a handgun.  He demanded money from the lone employee who complied.  The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing on foot southbound on Jackson Avenue.  There were no customers in the store at the time of the incident.  No injuries were reported.

Detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.

Senator Venditto Congratulates Participants In 5th Annual Hope Runs Here 5K Breast Cancer Run/Walk

DSC_0142New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) had the chance to congratulate all the runners and walkers at the 5th Annual Hope Runs Here 5K Breast Cancer Run/Walk to fight Breast Cancer at the Westfield Sunrise Mall. This year’s Run/Walk was in memory of Bonnie Levine who passed away at the young age of 36 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Andrew and Sean Levine, and countless family and friends. Over the years her family has participated in breast cancer awareness and fundraising initiatives.

Shop For A Cause At Macy’s

All are invited to participate in Macy’s “Shop for a Cause,” the department store’s  biggest one-day charity shopping event, at Westfield South Shore and Westfiel422603_10150566994728037_1035218697_nd Sunrise shopping centers. The initiative has raised tens of millions of dollars for charitable organizations nationwide.  For the first time, Macy’s will offer up to 30 percent off all day on select merchandise to those customers with a “Shop for a Cause” savings pass.  For specific details, please visit and

The sale of every $5 “Shop for a Cause” ticket sold in Macy’s South Shore and Macy’s Sunrise will benefit March of Dimes. Macy’s Charitable “Shop for a Cause” at  Westfield Sunrise (One Sunrise Mall, Massapequa, NY) and Westfield South Shore (1701 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore, NY) on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Burger Bar Opens


George Martin’s Burger Bar in Massapequa


Gourmet burger joints are the hot new thing, so naturally locals will be thrilled to learn that a second George Martin’s Burger Bar–Long Island’s original burger bar–had its grand opening in Massapequa on Friday, Aug. 28. The George Martin Restaurant Group has been thriving on Long Island for more than 25 years because the team behind the George Martin restaurants has a true sense of what makes a successful neighborhood eatery.

The original burger bar opened its doors in Rockville Centre in 2011 has received such positive feedback from the community. Now, the group continues to expand with the opening of its second Burger Bar, located at 4902 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park. [Read more…]

Local Scores In Record Breaking Run

Michele Grieco of Massapequa, who was the top female finisher in the 25 to 29 age group in the Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello SandRun_082615As Point 5K Sprint, which was held on the grounds of the Sands Point Preserve on Aug. 9.

Grieco, 26, crossed the finish line adjacent to Hempstead House on the preserve in 19 minutes and 39 seconds, a 6:20 per mile pace that brought her to the finish 16 seconds in front of her nearest age group competitor. She was the third woman overall to cross the finish line. [Read more…]

Overdose In Massapequa

The Seventh Precinct reports the details of an aided case that occurred in Massapequa on Friday, August 28 at 1:30 a.m.

According to police officers, a male aided, 27, while at his residence overdosed on Heroin.  Nassau County Police Ambulance AMT administered Narcan to the aided, who was found unconscious with labored breathing.  The aided was transported to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition.