All In The Family: Great Grapes


Wine barrels being aged inside the facility.
(Photos courtesy of A&P Grape Distributors)

On a clear, breezy day, you might catch the scent of fresh grape juice in the air if you are near the corner of Hicksville Road and Boundary Avenue. That delightful smell is courtesy of A&P Grape Distributors, a third generation owned family business.

“We’re kind of ingrained in the neighborhood,” said Brooklyn-born owner Pete Pagano, who has called Massapequa Park home for over 25 years, along with his wife, son and daughter. [Read more...]

LI Arts Festival


Lori Horowitz (right) with Massapequa resident Beth Magazzo
(Photo by Cynthia Paulis)

The month of October has been dedicated to the arts. Studio 5404, a not for profit art space located on Merrick Road in Massapequa introduced its beautiful studio and upcoming events to the public.

The art studio, which opened in June 2013 and is the first of the south shore, has featured many local artists. The studio has even caught the eye of local politicians Assemblyman Saladino and Legislator Michael Venditto, who have stopped by and given a citation to owner and artist Lori Horowitz for her extraordinary efforts of bringing art and culture to the south shore. [Read more...]

New Staff Changes At Massapequa

The Massapequa School District started the school year with several changes in administration, including 18 new teachers and the return of all excessed staff members.


New educators participate in a teacher orientation meeting.

Longtime educator Laura Lai — who joined the district in 1984 as a special education teacher and recently served four years as Asst. Principal of East Lake Elementary — has been named Elementary Special Education Supervisor.

Lai oversees the Special Education program at East Lake and Unqua elementary schools. She is responsible for conducting classroom observations and providing ongoing guidance to both teachers and parents. Lai is also the District Wilson Literacy Advisor, which includes training and supporting teachers with various reading programs. [Read more...]

“Aging In Place” Seminar

“No matter how hard we try to avoid it, every person has to address the issue of independent living as they undergo the aging process,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau).  “The growing awareness of the benefits of staying in your home as long as possible are widely recognized.”

Senator Hannon is inviting all Sixth Senatorial District residents to attend his “Aging In Place” seminar at the Plainedge Public Library (1060 Hicksville Road, Massapequa) on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 6:45-8:45 pm.

“Here in New York, the population aged 65 and over is projected to be almost 3 million, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services,” said Hannon.  “That is a steady increase, expected to continue, and we are working very hard to offer support services and information to help you stay in your home as long as possible.”

Speakers will answer the question, “How can I afford to stay in my home as I get older,” and will cover topics such as Medicaid Planning, Veterans Benefits, Health Care Reimbursement and Recovery, Senior Housing, Managed Long Term Home Health Care Programs, and more.  You will learn how to achieve safe and functional mobility, maintain and enhance your dwelling to reduce the risk of falls, increase maneuverability, and how to plan financially so you can remain in your home as long as possible.

“Deciding to age in place can enhance your home and quality of life, and provide comfort and security,” said Hannon.

For directions and to make a reservation for this event, please contact Senator Hannon’s Community Office at 739-1700 or visit


Plainedge Golf Captain Sets Sights High


Senior Captain Mike Frizalone (second from right) with the starters of the Plainedge golf team. (Photos by Anthony Pugliese)

In 2011, professional golfer Rory McIlroy won the U.S. Open; securing a spot in history as he became the youngest winner since Bobby Jones in 1923. This day may have changed McIlroy’s life but his accomplishment also influenced another youth; Michael Frizalone.

Frizalone is a senior at Plainedge High School and captain of the golf team. He stands out as one of the most talented golf players on Long Island. In reference to McIlroy idol, Frizalone said the day of the 2011 U.S. Open was the day he knew that golf was for him.

“I want to master this sport just as McIlory is doing,” he said, adding that throughout the school year he trains with personal trainer John Andres, with a workout that incorporates weight training and high intensity interval training.

With just three short years of experience swinging a club, Frizalone has become an All County golfer and Nassau County’s player to watch of 2014. He maintains a very strict routine of going to the golf range every day to work on his swing. [Read more...]

Japanese Educators Visit Massapequa H.S.

Japanese educators in search of teaching techniques that spark interest, engage students and promote a more interactive learning environment found innovative solutions during a recent visit to Massapequa High School.
Visitors Dr. Tomohito Harada of Hyogo University of Teacher Education and Madahiro Nii of the Japanese National Institute for Education Policy Research, who are part of a multi-nation project that examines world history and social studies education in the United States and other countries, maintain that while students in Japan typically do well on standardized tests, teaching methods there consist of lectures and little student interaction.

The educators, who were hosted by Hofstra University Social studies educator Alan Singer, came to Massapequa upon their request to see a typical middle-class district. Singer, who has a long-standing relationship with the district, “immediately thought of Massapequa,” said Brian Dowd, Massapequa School District’s curriculum associate for social studies, K-12. [Read more...]

Taking The Pledge In Plainedge

At Eastplain Elementary School, each grade level made a banner with one of the anti-bullying rules and marched around the school field displaying the banner. During their kick-off assembly, students took a pledge to abide by the rules and received an anti-bullying “I took the pledge” sticker.


Students pose with their banner against bullying. (Photo courtesy of Plainedge Public Schools)

Massapequa Student Has Some Sole

Jake Rosenblum may only be in 11th grade, but he already has a lot of leadership experience under his belt. The 16-year-old is the Student Body President at Massapequa High School, a member of the National Junior Honor Society, Peer AIDS Club, Model UN Club, and sits on the Shared Decisions committee. With such a busy schedule, it seems impossible that Rosenblum would have time to do anything else, let alone establish a non-profit organization; until Sole Survivors hit the ground running.

“Sole Survivors is a non-profit organization that started in March of last year,” said Rosenblum. “I saw a lot of shoes in my closet and I didn’t have any place to give them to,” said Rosenblum, who realized that a lot of his friends had the same problem. That’s when he came up with the idea to use his shoes for a good cause.

“I wanted to find a way to give back to the community, so I came up with the idea for ‘Sole Survivors’ along with my parents,” he said. “We created a box that I put in the high school for gently used sneakers.”


Rosenblum proudly stands next to Sole Survivors’ first donation box that he designed himself. (Photo courtesy of Massapequa High School)

Rosenblum hand delivers the shoe collection to the director of the National Coalition for the Homeless in Amityville.

“Her reaction to just being able to have all of the shoes for people who need them is priceless,” he said. “I am also fortunate enough to have things like food, shelter and clothing, and they don’t, so knowing that I’m giving back to community this way makes me feel really good.” [Read more...]

Healing Power Of Art

Lorraine Hopes of Massapequa discovered the healing power of art many years ago. She now paints in memory of her late daughter, Laura. This work is entitled “Broken Hearts.”


“Broken Hearts” by Lorraine Hopes


First Aid Badge

Brownie Troop #2524 from Birch Lane Elementary earned their First Aid Badge by having EMT’s from the Massapequa Fire Department (Roseann, John & Om) come to their meeting to teach the girls about first aid.


L to R: Olivia, Julianna, Ashlee, Emily, Cameryn, Ava, Ava, Kelly, and Samantha