Cameo Drive Cars Vandalized

Police are investigating who vandalized several cars on Cameo Drive in Massapequa on Wednesday, July 29 around 3 a.m.

According to detectives, Seventh Precinct Police prepared reports from victims regarding damage to vehicles that were parked on Cameo Drive on Wednesday, July 29, between the hours of 2:45 and 3 a.m. [Read more…]

Moore Memorial Scholarship Tournament A Success

The honors just keep coming. New York State Senator Michael Venditto recently joined forces with the Massapequa Community to initiate the first annual Detective Brian Moore Memorial Scholarship Tournament.

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Congratulations to both teams on a job well done.

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Absolutely, Mario

Italian restaurant owner approaches 10 years of delicious success

Exposed brick walls, stained glass windows, rich, dark wood and a charming accordion player. No, you’re not in Italy. You’re at Absolutely Mario.

The quaint Italian restaurant is located just off the beaten path at 10 Allen Blvd. in Farmingdale and owned by an Italian-Colombian man by the name of, you guessed it, Mario Garcia. Absolutely Mario has successfully brought traditional home-cooked Italian food and love to local residents. [Read more…]

Alchemy Unleashed

AIEG Revives Artist Management

What do you think of when you hear the word alchemy? If it’s not Alchemy International Entertainment Group (AIEG), that’s soon to change. Massapequa resident Ken Lombardi, president and CEO, named his up-and-coming artist management company after the “seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination,” and that’s exactly what its foundation is built on.

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Master Gee, Lombardi and Wonder Mike

Launched in 2012, AIEG had its humble beginnings as a record label. Operating simply as Alchemy International, Lombardi ran the business out of a small West Hempstead office with the help of a group of interns to contact Long Island artists about working together. He ultimately signed several bands, but his inaugural signee was an EDM producer from Huntington named Martron. Unbeknownst to Lombardi, taking on this young protégé would foreshadow Alchemy International’s evolution from indie record label to management powerhouse.

EDM existed in and under countless forms and monikers before its rise and association with the now-iconic initialism. Lombardi’s interest in the genre stretched far beyond mere fandom; a veteran in the electronic music industry, he’d even worked as a producer with several notable acts. It wasn’t until early 2014, when Alchemy International began to restructure and relocated to Massapequa, that he realized the value EDM’s overwhelming popularity could have to non-EDM artists. [Read more…]

The Broadway Bigtime

Body Language Dance & Theatre Arts Studio wins national title

Many little girls dream of being a ballerina on stage and dancing for a crowd of hundreds while wearing a pretty tutu. The dancers at Body Language Dance & Theatre Arts Studio in Massapequa have recently proven that it takes more than a pretty face to entertain.

Studio owner Wendy DeGaetano has won many regional championships and titles in the past, but winning the coveted “Broadway Cup” and the title of America’s Best Performing Arts School 2015 is her first national win.

“We attended the Access Broadway National Performing Arts competition in Hershey, PA from July 6-11,” said DeGaetano of her 150 students competing from the Body Language Dance Company, musical theatre students, mini/peewee students and recreation level classes. “The kids had a blast and we are all so proud of them. It was a total team effort.” [Read more…]

Massapequa Railroad Station Re-Opens

Assemblyman Joseph Saladino joined with State Senators Michael Venditto and Kemp Hannon as well as Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Nassau CounLIRRty Legislator James Kennedy, Supervisor John Venditto and Town Clerk James Altadonna at the Massapequa Railroad Station for a grand re-opening, after the Long Island Railroad completed a twenty million dollar overhaul of the station.  The remodeling included new platforms, a new canopy, vintage styled lighting fixtures containing high tech low energy use LED bulbs, a new waiting room, and a new elevator and escalator among many other improvements.  The project, which state officials said was completed on time and on budget, was part of the master plan of the MTA’s capital budget.

More to come…

 

 

TOB Classic Cruise Nights Return

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Steve Jones shows off his 1955 Bel Air Hardtop. (Photo by Chris Boyle)

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph D. Muscarella invites residents who are looking for a bit of nostalgia to come out for the return of “Classic Car Cruise Nights,” held on select Friday evenings during the months of July and August, at the LIRR Train Station parking lot on Sunrise Highway in Massapequa. Continuing on July 24, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21, the classic car events are presented by the town’s Department of Parks and Recreation Division and will display vintage automobiles in a fun and festive atmosphere. [Read more…]

Shark Sighting

The Public Information Office reports the details of an unusual incident involving sharks observed in Massapequa on Thursday, July 23 at 11:49 a.m.

According to police, Seventh Precinct Police Officers along with the assistance of the Nassau County Aviation Unit responded to a call for sharks spotted in the waters off Tobay Beach. Pilots were able to visually confirm that two six foot long sharks were seen fifteen feet  from the shoreline swimming in a easterly direction towards Gilgo Beach in Suffolk County. All Tobay Beach swimmers were ordered out of the waters until later deemed safe. There were no injuries reported.

Farmingdale College Foundation Awards Local Resident

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Dr. Jeff Poplarski

Four members of the Farmingdale State College faculty and administrative staff are the 2015 recipients of Excellence Awards from the Farmingdale College Foundation. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that provides financial assistance in advancing the purposes and development of Farmingdale State College.

The four winners are: Dr. Lynn Marsh, Excellence in Teaching; Dr. Jeff Poplarski, Excellence in Teaching (part-time); Dawn Grzan, Excellence in Professional Service; and Linda Vitale, Excellence in Professional Service (part-time). All are Long Island residents. [Read more…]

A Day In The Life Of A Lifeguard

The smell of coconut sunblock, nautical blue and white stripes, flip flops and colorful fruity drinks epitomize the start of summer. To Massapequa native ChrLifeguard_072215Aistopher Burke, the start of summer means one thing: saving lives.

The 20-year-old has a special relationship with water. An avid swimmer and surfer, Burke has also been a trained and certified lifeguard for the past five years. [Read more…]