Massapequa LIRR Project Begins

massaMTA Long Island Rail Road’s $40-million improvement project at Massapequa Station entered its next phase on August 25 with work shifting to the station’s east end.

Meanwhile, customers will be able to use the newly constructed west end platform and waiting room and glimpse artwork of artist Peter Drake, a native Long Islander, for the first time.  In addition, a new station elevator is scheduled to go into service shortly after Labor Day. [Read more...]

Massapequa Man VP At LIJ

lijThe North Shore-LIJ Health System has announced the appointment of Massapequa Park resident Joseph Moscola, MBA, PA, as senior vice president and chief human resources officer.  He succeeds Joseph Cabral, who is leaving in September to join the Cleveland Clinic. [Read more...]

Speed Camera Amnesty

speed-cameraAccording to a tweet sent out today by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, all speed camera violations this summer will receive amnesty. More details to follow.

https://twitter.com/edmangano/status/502846462322307072

 

 

Godzilla Rises In Massapequa

Classic rock and Long Island legends Blue Oyster Cult descended upon Burns Park in Massapequa recently and summoned the awesome power of their hit song “Godzilla.” Apparently when that meteor hit the Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs millions of years ago, Godzilla survived. Blue Oyster Cult took it upon themselves to honor the great beast with this rollicking classic from 1977.

Car Show Hits Massapequa

 The Town of Oyster Bay’s Classic Car Cruise Nights, an ever-popular attraction open to the public, takes place every Friday evening from 7 to 10 p.m. in the expansive parking lot of Massapequa’s Long Island Rail Road station.

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

There, people from near and far gather to show off their tricked-out wheels, or simply stroll about the lot and take in the sights and sounds of automotive history right before their very eyes. [Read more...]

Attempted Robbery In Massapequa

Police are asking for the public’s help for information in connection with an attempted robbery that occurred this morning in Massapequa.

According to police, a female victim, 46-years-old, was walking her dog on the path in the Massapequa Preserve near Parkside Blvd. when she was approached from behind by three men on BMX bicycles. Police said one subject knocked the victim to the ground, causing her to drop her iPod. The subject picked up the iPod, but threw it into a bush before all three fled on bicycles to Parkside Blvd. The victim suffered a minor laceration to her elbow.

Two subjects are described as approximately 17-years-old with brown hair. The third subject is described as approximately 19-years-old with dark brown hair and a sleeve tattoo on his right arm, wearing blue jeans.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-8477. All callers will remain anonymous.

Report: Wang Sells Islanders

According to published reports, New York Islanders owner Charles Wang has agreed to a deal to sell the team. The deal is pending NHL Board of Governors approval. There are no further details as of yet.

*UPDATE:

The New York Islanders announced today that a group led by former Washington Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and London based investor Scott Malkin has reached a definitive agreement, subject to NHL approval, to purchase a substantial minority interest in the team. Under the terms of the agreement, Charles Wang will continue as majority shareholder and Governor of the Islanders, with the Ledecky/Malkin group transitioning to majority owner in two years.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL,” Ledecky said.

“I’m thrilled that Jon and Scott have agreed to join me as we start the Islanders’ final year at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum,” Wang said. “I look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

There will be no further comment until the NHL completes its franchise ownership transfer process.

Speed Cameras Flash Forward

School zone speed cameras are beginning to turn up in Massapequa, and though the robot law enforcement tools are not yet fully operational, drivers are beginning to get road weary at the prospect of a surveillance state.

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A recently installed speed camera near Schwarting Elementary School.
(Photos by Joe Pellicone)

While officials at the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board said that only five cameras have been activated, drivers are spotting far more on daily drives through the neighborhood. Fred Bausch, a Massapequan living near Unqua Elementary School, saw one go up recently and said that while he is not a speedster, he fears getting caught in a speed trap.

“My drive to work goes right through the heart of that spot, and I’m really nervous about getting slapped with fines every week,” he said, adding that he also saw a camera at Schwarting Elementary School in North Massapequa. “I don’t know if I really trust these new cameras to enforce traffic safety. I think they are just going to be a new way for the town to inflate its wallet.”

The notion that speed zone cameras are merely a revenue generating tool for the town is not new.  A reader poll on www.massapequaobserver.com finds more than 50 percent of residents believe the cameras are solely meant to raise revenue for the county, while only 11 percent believe children’s safety is the top priority. Just over 36 percent said both revenue and safety factored into the installation of the cameras. Bausch said he believes red light cameras have served the same purpose since that program’s implementation. For him, it’s the camera’s indiscriminate nature that worries him most — a missing element of human judgement lost on the robot eye.

“You can never replace the human element,” he said. “Besides, actual human police officers would not be ticketing drivers the way I think these cameras might be.”

Joe Pellicone, also of Massapequa, said elected officials are always trying to figure out ways of raising money without raising taxes.

“They found out that the red light cameras were successful and now this is the next step,” he said. “To get to Sunrise Highway from my house, I have to drive through a speed camera zone and a red light camera. If I go west instead, I still have to deal with a red light camera, I feel like I’m trapped. I wish both counties [Nassau and Suffolk] would make a public statement about the locations of the cameras and the hours of operation.”

Chris Mistron, director of Nassau County Traffic Safety Board, cited a traffic study showing school districts in other states that have installed speed cameras have found an 80 percent drop in violations.

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A speed camera sits perched on Stewart Avenue near a school in Bethpage.

“I want this to be a dinner conversation,” Mistron said. “Positive or negative, they’ll cause some discussion. What we’re trying to do is improve the safety around the school on a school day. We’re not trying to catch people on off hours. We just want to try and slow down the traffic.”

That is of little consolation to Bethpage resident Chandra Klemmer, who, along with her husband, received five tickets July 28 through 30 from a speed camera at Plainedge Middle School in Bethpage. Klemmer said three of her tickets were within minutes of each other.

“My husband and I are fighting all five of the tickets. We are extremely careful,” she said. “I feel these were installed as a sneaky way to bring in revenue. We all have the right to face our accuser and a machine that can be tampered with is not a very accurate accuser. While I feel the safety of all children is important, this is nothing but a racket.”

Another resident near Massapequa, Joe Matthews, said safety is the secondary purpose of these new speed cameras. And worse than creating a revenue source for the town, they are part of a growing surveillance scare reminiscent of a dystopian future.

“It’s the surveillance state creeping in and it’s becoming more and more acceptable,” he said. “Pretty soon you won’t be able to leave the house without being videotaped. This is just another way for them to take your tax money in the name of safety.”

New LIRR Schedules To Begin

LIRRStrike_071814A New MTA Long Island Rail Road timetables are going into effect Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

The new train schedules for the LIRR’s 11 branches will be in effect through Sunday, November 16 and reflect the LIRR’s commitment to keep its infrastructure in good repair. Some of the changes have been made to accommodate new and ongoing construction projects and track repair programs. [Read more...]

Lemonade Day In Massapequa

lemonPanera Bread of Massapequa has announced that in celebration of National Lemonade Day on August 20, the café will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from its Lemonade sales to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating childhood cancer. This includes Lemonade sales at 36 participating locations owned by Doherty Enterprises on Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. (Excludes Frozen Lemonade)