Nominate A Senior Citizen

The Association of Generational Experts for Seniors (AGES) is accepting nominations for “Savvy Senior Citizens” through Sunday, August 31.

“Long Island is made up of so many wonderful seniors who have not only made but continue to make tremendous impact within our communities,” said Kevin Lawrence, AGES Chairman. “Each year, we are touched by the many families who take the time to nominate and look forward to casting that much deserved spotlight on their special seniors. We encourage everyone out there to vote for their senior and to join in this celebratory event.”

Each senior submitted will be considered a candidate for 2014’s Savvy Senior king and queen, who will be announced and crowned at AGES’ Fifth Annual Savvy Senior Day on Grandparents Day Sunday, September 7 at the Parker Jewish Institute in New Hyde Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Nominate_SavvySeniors_082014_B

All nominated seniors will be publicly recognized, with this year’s king and queen receiving gift certificates toward professional studio portraits.

“It’s to honor somebody who has contributed to someone’s life significantly. It doesn’t matter what they do, whether it’s a civic service or a contribution to an organization, it’s in the eyes of the nominee. Everyone is a winner just by just being nominated,” said Lawrence.

In 200 typed words or less, individuals can submit their favorite senior, along with a photo or video, to: AGES Savvy Senior Award, AGES P.O. Box 774, Melville, NY  11747. Nominations are also accepted via email at or directly through AGES’ Website, For details, call 631-630-9498 or 516-617-5176.

Art Therapy On Display

Art has proved therapeutic for one Massapequa Park resident.

Katie, a member of the Old Bethpage-based Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), displayed her work at a recent art exhibit.


Massapequa Park’s Katie displays her work, “Sand Dollar.”

FREE, a not-for-profit agency that supports more than 3,500 individuals with different abilities on Long Island, together with The LENZ Winery, one of Long Island’s oldest and most prestigious North Fork vineyards,  hosted a “Meet the Artists’” reception to celebrate a special exhibition created by individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

The exhibit, “Future Fossils” runs through Labor Day.

The sculptural depictions on view reflect the artists’ work with clay as they delved back into time and explored the field of archaeology and artifacts of the past. The artists were inspired by the concepts they found and vigorously grabbed onto clay as they developed what would eventually become the “Future Fossils” exhibit. Each sculpture was individually carved, molded and painted.

FREE artists and their work include “Sand Dollar” by Katie of Massapequa Park; “Moon Comet” by Chris of Wantagh; “Shark Tooth” by Alicia of Medford; and “Lake Bed” by Christine of Mt. Sinai.

The artists participate in art Therapy programs offered by FREE, a leader in the field of human services dedicated to helping individuals of all abilities to realize their full potential and prevail over life’s challenges. Art therapy provides a powerful means for healing and communication for anyone, but especially for people who find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings through spoken words alone.

Decorate Flip-Flops

Join the Massapequa library and host Gina Patronaggio for this free craft event tonight at 7 p.m. Teen attendees should bring a pair of sandals to decorate with ribbons, rhinestones, buttons and more. For more information, contact Peter Cirona at 516-799-0770.CalMass_072514B

New Chamber Era

The Massapequa Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new leader into the fold when long-time member and local accountant Susan Martin was sworn in as president at an installation dinner held at The Riviera Restaurant of Massapequa on June 26.


Elected officials were on hand to swear in a new Chamber president and board.
(Photos by Chris Boyle)

Martin, who assumed the duties of her two-year term on July 1, replaces well-regarded outgoing president Patricia Orzano, who stated that her time running the Chamber — itself being the hub of the Massapequa business community — was both difficult yet rewarding.

“It’s been a journey with a lot of passion and vision, but there was a lot of pain, too,” she said. “Pain in the loss of our past president Joe Vasteel, and we also had Superstorm Sandy as well, so I had a lot of trials and tribulations, but it was a success in terms of increasing the membership, being involved in and helping the community, and being involved in two successful street fairs. I’m proud of my term as president.”

Orzano noted that this is the first time in the history of the Chamber that there will be three female presidents of the group in a row, and said that there was no one more qualified to take her place than Susan Martin.

“I am so confident in her,” she said. “She is a wonderful woman who has a CPA and has served on our board for the last eight years…I’m confident that when she takes the reigns that her leadership will be excellent. She has a lot of projects that she wants to implement, and a lot of vision. I’m thrilled to be passing the baton to her.”

Susan Martin, a local Certified Public Accountant and the former Chamber of Commerce vice-president, admitted that the prospect of taking over as the de-facto leader of the Chamber had produced more than a few butterflies in her tummy.

“It’s intimidating…totally intimidating. I’ve got big shoes to fill, and I’m hoping for an amazing amount of team effort from the whole Chamber,” she said. “My plan, if you want to call it that, is to make sure that the members felt that they get a lot of service and networking out of the Chamber, and to help the community around us understand what we do for them, and how important they are to us.”

Martin gave the outgoing president her due respect, saying that she had indeed left rather sizable shoes to be filled; Martin’s only wish is that she measures up to fill them.

“Patricia was absolutely amazing,” she said. “That I make her proud as president is my only goal.”

The duty of swearing in the new president to her two-year terms was left to Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Joe Pinto, who said that he was more than proud to perform such a heartwarming task.

“We’re paying tribute to Patty Orzano, who has done an extraordinary job with the Chamber, and welcoming the new president, Susan Martin, who everyone has the utmost of confidence in,” he said. “The Chamber is a wonderful organization…they’re very in touch with the Massapequa community and they always assist the Town of Oyster Bay and local government, and we’re proud to have them in the community.”

Other local dignitaries who attended the dinner were Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg, Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna, state Assemblyman Joseph Saladino and Nassau County Legislator and state Senate hopeful Michael Venditto.

Venditto was in charge of an equally-important task at the installation dinner — swearing in the Chamber’s Board of Directors for their own individual terms. A life-long Massapequa resident, Venditto noted that outgoing president Orzano had known his family since before he was even born, making his support of the Chamber that day a genuine privilege.

“What a great job the Chamber has done…all the businesses here, working in tandem, along with their local officials and government,” he said. “It’s just a wonderful group that seems to have formed a fantastic chemistry together, and that’s rightfully attributed to our past president, Patty Orzano. It’s been great to work with her, and to work with Sue, who I think will turn out to be a very worthy successor.”

Successful Fashion Sense

This Massapequan proves ambition is in fashion.

Jaime Duncan, a 2014 graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), recently received a Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence from the State University of New York (SUNY) system. She graduated summa cum laude from FIT with a bachelor of science in fashion merchandising management. The young woman has taken what she learned at FIT and is now a product assistant for the INC International Concepts brand at Macy’s Merchandising Group. Before that, she received her associate of applied science degree in fashion merchandising management, also summa cum laude, from FIT in 2012.

The 2014 Chancellor Award winners with President Brown

Jaime Duncan (left) with Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president, the Fashion Institute of Technology

Duncan was born and raised in Massapequa, where her parents, Susan and Kevin, still reside.

This year, SUNY honored 274 students from 64 SUNY campuses throughout New York state. Each recipient received a framed certificate and medallion that was worn at commencement.

“Students honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence truly embody the power of SUNY,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “As proven leaders and role models, scholar athletes, creative artists, and civic volunteers, each student is recognized not just for academic achievement, but also for the profound impact they have on college campuses and local communities.”

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated and have been recognized for the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.

Duncan earned a place on the Dean’s list every semester. She was a member of the Presidential Scholars, FIT’s honor program, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She also was a member of the winning FIT team at the Retail Futures Challenge Competition of the World Retail Congress, held in Paris in 2013.

The Massapequan was selected for an FIT London internship program, enabling her to study at the London College of Fashion and intern at the U.K. department store, Marks and Spencer. She has also interned at Lanvin, Marc Jacobs International, Yigal Azrouel Inc., and Mainstream Swimsuits Inc.

Chosen to participate in FIT’s International Buying and Marketing summer course, Duncan visited principal European cities to study the factors involved in fashion marketing and international customers’ attitudes about fashion.

Intestines Found Non-Human: Police

When intestines were found on the bay side of Tobay Beach in Massapequa, many suspected the worst.

But according to police, the entrails found at around 12:46 p.m. today came from an animal, not a human being. Initial reports said the guts were found in a garbage can, but police later said it discovered in the water.

Cops said a lifeguard gathered the organ parts from the water and called the police. Nassau County Medical Technicians arrived on the scene but could not determine the origin of the remains, which were later brought to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s Office for further analysis.

The beach was reopened with no restrictions after an initial evacuation.




Island Fun At Tobay

Take sun, sand, surf, mix up a few margaritas and pina coladas, add the festive music of a steel drum and voila, you’ve got a Caribbean party going on without the hassle of traveling on a plane.


Bethpage’s Terry Muldoon sets up to play at Tobay Beach.
(Photos by Cynthia Paulis)

Tobay Beach, the jewel of the south shore, is the place to go this summer. Terry Muldoon, a Bethpage resident known as the Steel Margarita, has been a speech pathologist for the past 17 years. When she gets home from work she sheds her business suit and heels, trading them in for flip flops and puka shells before she breaks out her steel drum and starts to play music.

Muldoon’s first hobby was as a belly dancer, then she tried drums. She found an instructor in Amityville, bought a steel drum and three years later she’s playing events all over Long Island. She was selected by Linda Mangano to play the Just Desserts Event honoring women of the year at Bethpage this past spring in front of 500 people. She has played at weddings, parties, restaurants and debuted as the first musician at Tobay recently and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

Keith Langan, general manager of Tobay Beach restaurants Singleton’s Salsa Shack and Singleton’s Seafood Shack said he decided to add the steel drums of Muldoon to add some island flavor to his eateries’ atmosphere.

“My intention was that it gives you a real festive and happy feeling when you get out of your car and hopefully you go into the restaurants. It puts you in that Caribbean or island frame of mind before you even have dinner,” he said. “I think her playing is fantastic. People are happy, they are dancing, and they are having fun. I think this is working.”

Passing by, sporting a Hawaiian outfit was Mayor Jeff Pravato of Massapequa Park.

“The music is such a nice touch,” he said. “As I was walking up to the Salsa Shack I was saying to myself how great this is. There is no place I would rather be than the wonderful beaches that our town offers our residents. The music is a wonderful idea and I hope they continue it for the summer.”

Dan and Shelly Dougherty of Massapequa said the music is an inspired touch to the outdoor area.

“I think having a steel drum down here makes it very special and it makes the whole day very special,” said Shelly, who got up and danced with her daughter Danielle.

Members of the Metro Parrot Head Club, followers of Jimmy Buffet, were on hand to cheer on Muldoon. Thomas Pfeiffer, the Long Island coordinator of the group, along with his wife Loretta, both from Massapequa, joined the dancing. ase. “I have been watching Terry play for two years and she is fantastic and Tobay is the perfect setting,” he said.

As children passed by, Muldoon showed them how the steel drum works and let them play a few notes before rewarding them with a flower lei.

Muldoon said she loves playing for the laid back crowd that frequents Tobay Beach.

“I love the energy of the crowd because beach people are very cool,” said Muldoon, who played for four hours. “I saw a lot of support for live music which makes me very happy.”

Muldoon started her morning performing in New Jersey, then came to Tobay to play and was next on to a friend’s graduation party where she was also playing. The tireless and effervescent Muldoon brought a great deal of joy to people who she met at Tobay and will be returning during the summer.

To book an event with Steel Margarita go to or call 516-643-6311.

Lax Game Supports Troops

Massapequa’s Field of Dreams will host 24 hours of lacrosse to benefit soldiers.

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with U.S. Lacrosse and the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation, Inc., will host the Shootout for Soldiers, a 24-hour lacrosse game benefit slated for Thursday, July 24 and Friday, July 25. The round-the-clock event will benefit wounded American military personnel. [Read more...]

Editors Win National Awards

Two editors at Anton Community Newspapers recently were named award-winners in the 2014 National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Editorial Contest. This is the first time Anton has entered the contest.

The judges of this nationwide competition, sponsored by the largest newspaper organization in the country, recognized the work of Anton Editor Betsy Abraham and Editor in Chief John Owens.ResizedLOGO

Abraham took an Honorable Mention in the Best Education/Literacy Story category for the piece “BOE Talks Illegal Residents” in The Westbury Times.

Owens’ editorial on State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr., “You’d Better Smile When You Call Us That,” received an Honorable Mention in the Best Serious Column category.

Winners will be recognized at an award reception on Oct. 4 at the National Newspaper Association’s annual conference in San Antonio, Texas.

These awards are among two dozen journalism accolades presented to Anton editors and newspapers so far this year.

Digging Deep For College

A Massapequa Park resident dug deep and is now receiving a $1,000 scholarship from the Long Island Horticultural Society.


Pictured left to right are committee members Angelika Swantek of Farmingdale, Nanci Allen of Oyster Bay, scholarship winners Lucy Contreras, of Massapequa, and James Brandt, and committee member Priscilla Bauerschmidt of Carle Place.

At its June meeting, the Horticultural Society awarded two scholarships, of $1,000 each, to two deserving students majoring in horticulture at Farmingdale State University. Lucy Contreras, 25, of Massapequa Park received the award along with James Brandt, 32, of New Hyde Park. [Read more...]