Chiefs Homecoming Victory

The Massapequa Chiefs brought their magic to Homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 20, taking the lead against Valley Stream Central and carrying it to the end, with a game winning victory of 61-0.

photo 10 Chiefs win

The Chiefs were victorious, putting up an impressive final score of 61-0..

The win capped off a picture-perfect day filled with school spirit and pride, beginning with the Homecoming parade. The processional was led by Grand Marshal Susan Woodbury, former assistant superintendent for Secondary Education and a lifelong Massapequan whose career as an educator in the district spanned 30 years.

“I am proud to represent Massapequa as Grand Marshal. I’ve had a great career in a great community; it’s truly an honor,” said Woodbury, who was bearing a Grand Marshal sash and her class ring from 1968.

Walking with her down the streets of Massapequa amid cheering residents were Board of Education members and district officials, the Massapequa High School Marching Band, the Homecoming Court motorcade, floats representing different Broadway Shows, sports teams, clubs and elementary schools.

Fans donning school colors filled the stands to support the Chiefs and cheer them onto their outstanding win.

Special thanks go out to the Booster Club and members of the community for making the day a huge success!

See more pictures from Homecoming here.

Book Talk Tonight

Massapequa historian and author George Kirchmann will relive the history of his beloved town tonight at the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m.

Kirchmann, who is the author of “Signs of the Times: Massapequa’s Historical Markers,” will reveal how time has changed in the Massapequas over the past 300 years. He will also be signing copies of his book.

Come learn about one of the many towns that has and will continue to leave its mark on Long Island.

Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.

Oyster Bay Historical Society is located at 20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay 11771. For more information, call 516-922-5032.



Local Resident Turns 102

Madeleine Turpan, a resident of the Bristal assisted Living Community in Massapequa, will celebrate her 102 birthday in a most unique way.

She and her extended family including nieces, nephews, grand nephews, grand  nieces, great grand nephews and great grandnieces and some fellow residents of the Bristal will get together for her birthday lunch at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25 at the White Castle Restaurant located at 6207 Sunrise Highway in Massapequa. White Castle will induct Turpan into their “Cravers Hall of Fame.”


Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano (right) congratulates Madeleine Turpan on her 102 birthday.

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Arrests In Massapequa

A Massapequa man was arrested for assault on Friday, Sept. 19 at 2:20 p.m.

According to detectives, Robert Ruggiero, 43, of 41 Orchard St., while in his residence located at 41 Orchard St., became involved in a verbal and physical altercation with a female victim, 28.  The defendant threw the victim against a wall, grabbed her by then neck and then forcefully squeezed so as to obstruct her ability to breath.  When the victim grabbed a knife for protection, the defendant pulled it from her hand and cut her on the wrist several times.

Nassau County Police Ambulance transported the victim, who sustained minor lacerations, to a local hospital for treatment.

The Bureau of Special Operations police officers arrested the defendant at 5:50 p.m. Ruggiero is being charged with Assault 2nd Degree,  Criminal Possession Weapon 3rd Degree, Criminal Obstruction Breathing and was arraigned on Saturday, Sept. 20 in First District Court, Hempstead.

Banned Books Week Sept. 21-28

Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn, ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom.
— Alfred Griswold Whitney

The week of Sept. 21-28 has been designated Banned Books Week by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. During this time, libraries and schools around the country hold programs and readings to celebrate the “right to read.”

Think censorship and banning books are ancient history, or at least not problems we face here on Long Island? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. In fact, there are many myths and misconceptions about censorship that should be challenged. Here are four:

Myth: Censorship occurs primarily in states that would be associated with right-wing conservative views often identified as the Bible Belt.

Reality: Many years ago, the organization People for the American Way, in tracking cases of censorship, listed the 10 states reporting the most incidents of challenges. Only two of the states would be identified with the Bible Belt, in the South. Reported incidents of censorship sent to the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association (ALA) continue to have no geographic pattern. The organizati

on considers censorship to be a national problem.

Myth: Censorship is usually identified with conservative political or religious groups.

Reality: Examples include the Harry Potter series—the principal reason, wizardry—as well as and Tango Makes Three—the reason, supposed homosexuality of penguins. However, groups not usually identified as conservative also censor. A few years ago, the NAACP unsuccessfully sought to have the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary redefine the “N” word and limit it to its offensive connotation. (The publisher refused to limit the definition since over time it has had many different meanings). Concern has also been expressed regarding the depiction of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Some Jewish organizations have challenged its inclusion in the Language Arts curriculum in high schools.


and Tango Makes Three: Yes, this is a candidate for banning.

Myth: Censorship in public schools is focused on school libraries and books used in the classrooms.

Reality: In addition to censorship of books, school administrators in many states (not New York) have “for pedagogical reasons,” the final say regarding the contents of official student newspapers. The

Student Press Law Center, which represents students in challenges to their First Amendment rights, reports that more and more students are using the Internet and social media to publish their views without being subject to school officials.

School plays and performances are routinely screened by school administrators. A few years ago, a drama class in Wilton, CT, was prohibited from presenting a dramatic  reading of a cross-section of views by soldiers in Iraq. The students were able to take advantage of several offers to present their reading in theaters outside of their school. They accepted the invitation to present their program at the Public Theater in New York City.
Myth: Current books for children and teenagers which focus on sex, violence and drugs are the principal objects of the censors. [Read more...]

Local Students Receive Scholarships

Although the school year has just begun, three college students and native Massapequans were already awarded scholarships at their respected universities.

North Massapequa resident Brian Kaufman was selected as one of eight Adelphi students to receive the Horace G. McDonell Summer Research Fellowship, which promotes science research in the student’s field of choice on campus.

A passion for physics led Physics major Kaufman ’16, to team up with Assistant Professor Matthew Wright in his freshman year to build a magneto-optical trap (MOT). His research involves using lasers and magnetic fields to cool and trap atoms to ultra-cold temperatures, which will enable the study of ultra-cold atomic collisions. Kaufman hopes that together, they will be able to extend the research and use the methods controlling the production of molecules, enabling control over chemical reactions. He presented this research at Adelphi’s Undergraduate Research Day and said that working on this research has deepened his interest for the theory behind the application of quantum mechanics.


Brian Kaufman is a physics major at Adelphi University.

The Fellowship offers Adelphi University students the opportunity to engage in intensive hands-on research in biology, chemistry and physics for 10 weeks over the summer, with each student receiving a $4,000 stipend in addition to mentorship from a faculty member as they conducted their rigorous research.

SUNY Oswego has awarded $3,000 Merit Scholarships to the freshman class of 2014, with Massapequa Park resident Emma C. Moran among them. She is currently undeclared in her major.

The award recognizes past academic achievement and potential for success and is part of about $4 million in merit scholarship money offered at SUNY Oswego.

These funds are in addition to the more than $80 million in need-based grants, loans, work-study and scholarship awards that SUNY Oswego students receive annually.

Colgate University awarded the Dean’s Award for academic excellence to Massapequa Park recipient John Grossman, who is currently majoring in Physics at the highly selective liberal arts institution.
The Dean’s Award is given to students with a 3.30 or higher grade-point average while enrolled in 3.75 or more course hours.

Best of luck to these young academic stars.

Scouts Shine At Captree

More than 2,000 Long Islanders enjoyed the festivities at Captree State Park as Assemblyman Joseph Saladino hosted the ninth annual Marine and Outdoor Recreation Expo on Sept. 15.

Attendees learned about sustainable sources of energy as well as ways to protect the planet, especially the island’s marine environment. There were demonstrations in camping, boating, water safety, renewable energy, wildlife and environmental education, fly fishing, arts and crafts, face painting, clowns, touch tanks, balloon animals and plenty of rock and roll. But it was the boy and girl scouts that stole the show.


Local boy scouts proudly pose for a picture.

The boy scouts from Troop 5 in Massapequa served up piping hot chili for the families to enjoy.

“The kids love it and we give everyone our world famous chili and try to get the young kids interested in the scouting program,” said Scout master Russ Palumbo. “Scouting teaches kids how to behave themselves, how to teach and learn procedures, and to figure out how to handle things and do it to the best of their ability.”

The Girl Scouts also put in a strong showing with three Golden Awardees explaining their projects to the visitors. Marina Sapeta, an eleventh grader from Plainedge High School had a very unique project.

“I want to put a handicapped swing into Marjorie Post Park,” she said. “The closest one now is in Eisenhower Park. There are two types, one where you take the person out of the swing and the other is a platform swing where you put the entire wheelchair on the swing and they can be completely independent. I am looking for different opinions on what people want to see,” she continued. [Read more...]

Local Designer At Fashion Week


Michael Maccari as the newly appointed Creative Director of Perry Ellis
Photo by Zimbio

Michael Maccari may have grown up a local boy, but his life these days is anything but.

The Massapequa Park native is the new Creative Director at Perry Ellis, and debuted his collection last Thursday, Sept. 4 at New York Fashion Week (NYFW), which ran from Sept. 4-11. It has been three years since the label has shown at NYFW, and Maccari hopes to revitalize it.

The spring ’15 collection showed clean silhouettes from sporty to stylish, echoing inspirations from the late company founder, Perry Ellis whose aesthetic reflected creations joined from art and nature.

Though fashion around the world is known for a dominating female presence, Maccari thinks that men are experimenting a little more in regards to what they wear and caring about how clothes not only look, but how they feel. Having worked everywhere from Polo Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani to J.Crew and Calvin Klein, we think Maccari knows what he’s talking about.

More Arrests In Massapequa

Three arrests were made in Massapequa yesterday Sept. 17, for criminal possession of forged devices and instruments.

According to detectives, Donavon Greene, 27, of 118-77 Francis Blvd, Springfield Gardens; Cranston Guy, 41, of 2216 Dutch Broadway, Elmont; and Alberto Parkins, 27, of 1426 Loring Ave., Brooklyn, entered Pathmark Supermarket located at 941 Carmans Ave., presented a fraudulent Coin Star receipt to the cashier and received $79.24 in cash in return.  At the time of their arrest, the defendants were additionally found to be in possession of two re-encoded credit cards, Coin Star receipts, a computer flash drive and a printer with genuine paper from Coin Star.

All three defendants are being charged with Criminal Possession Forgery Devices and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree.  Parkins is additionally charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree.  The defendants will be arraigned today Sept. 18, in First District Court, Hempstead.

Plainedge Grad’s Historic Goal


Maybie becomes third player to score 50 goals.

SUNY College at Old Westbury senior forward Stephanie Maybie made soccer history when she scored a career-high four goals to become the third player in program history to reach 50 career goals.

The Massapequa native led the Old Westbury Panthers to a 12-0 win over John Jay College in their home opener from Panther Park.

The 12 goals were also a program record as the Panthers improved to 2-0 for the first time in the women’s team history.

Maybie added goals at 8:29, 25:05 and 29:23 to make it a 4-0 game, helping to close out the first-half at 5-0. She opened the second-half scoring at 46:10 with her sixth goal of the season to register her 50th career goal.
In the end, Old Westbury held the advantage across the board in shots (38-2), shots on goal (23-1) and corner kicks (9-0), making for a very memorable home opener shutout. [Read more...]