‘Repeat After Me’ Studio 5404


Gallery owner and artist Lori Horowitz stand in front of her work.

Fog and rain did not dampen the spirits of the lively opening at Studio 5404 with its new and colorful show “Repeat After Me,” which runs through April 18.

“This show is about patterning, narrative, series and reflection,” said artist and owner Lori Horowitz. “We have 12 artists, all very talented from the Tri-State area and we have a lot of very different and strong art work. It is a very attractive show.” [Read more…]

Companion Animals Come To Plainedge

Charles E. Schwarting Elementary School in the Plainedge School District was recently visited by Canine Companions for Independence.Schw Companion[1]

A nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships, representatives came to show students the capabilities of these highly trained dogs, how the organization helps others, and how students can be involved.



Local Director To Film In Levittown


A proposed movie poster for the film.

There’s a new horror film on the horizon. The Events Surrounding a Peeping Tom & the Horror that Followed is an upcoming film from the creative mind of Brian James Fitzpatrick, a Los Angeles transplant from Levittown. The Division Avenue High School grad and his fellow classmate and friend Damian Maffei will be coming back to Levittown this spring to shoot their movie. Maffei will play Martin Malone, an emotionally fragile peeping Tom who suffers from scopophilia—a love of watching people. [Read more…]

Going Red For Public Ed.


Massapequa families in front of Massapequa High School

On Friday, March 27, hundreds of parents and students took to Merrick Road and began a march to support public education. Showing their disapproval for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans for education, local mothers Cara Palermo-Martin of Massapequa and Amanda Christianson-Rummenie of Oceanside, organized the march. [Read more…]

‘Invention Convention’


Unqua fifth grader Jonathan Berzner displays his “Small Saver.”

From the “Hurtometer” to the “Shampooch,” more than 70 fifth and sixth graders from Massapequa Schools’ academically gifted Magnet program dazzled parents and educators alike with innovations they created for the district’s first ever “Invention Convention,” which showcased students’ ingenuity. [Read more…]

Venturing Crew Takes On Icy Climb

Venturing Crew 130 is a high adventure group led and run by girls and boys (ages 14 and up) from the south shore area. Many are also Boy Scouts and Girl ScouIceClimb_032515Ats that are also members of Crew 130, a program of Boy Scouts of America. [Read more…]

Massapequa’s Mystery Writer


Frank signs a copy of her book for a fan.

A Massapequa Park woman is using her love of science, history and the written word to begin an exciting new chapter of her life; that of a successful self-published author out to put a unique spin on the teen mystery genre.

Born and raised in Queens, author Linda Maria Frank moved with her husband to a small apartment in Massapequa Park in 1962. Within two years, they bought a house and have lived there ever since. [Read more…]

Freezin’ For A Reason

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto (center) and Councilwoman Rebecca M. Alesia (right) recently attended the Second Annual Town of OyPolarPlunge_041515Aster Bay Polar Bear Plunge hosted by the Special Olympics at TOBAY Beach in Massapequa.

Participants taking the plunge into ice cold water this year were “Freezin for a Reason” as all of the money raised during the Polar Plunge went to fund the Special Olympics.

Also pictured along with Venditto and Alesia are Special Olympics Developmental Specialist Jennifer Cantone (left), Special Olympics Regional Director Diane Colonna (second from right) and Alesia’s son, Charlie.

‘Dog Tales’ Reading Program A Barking Success


Nicole Castonguay (right) and a friend are all smiles with a lovable pooch during storytime at the March 21 event. (Photos courtesy of Diane Castonguay)

If you didn’t think it was possible to combine a child’s love of dogs and reading, think again. The Massapequa Library has created a “Read to a Dog” program called “Dog Tales.” [Read more…]

Living The American Dream


Author Verlia Brown

When Verlia Brown was growing up in Kingston, Jamaica in the West Indies, she never dreamed that one day she would become a nurse in America. Not only did she fulfill that dream, she rose through the ranks to become the president of the New York State Nurses Association and met President Bill Clinton when he was in office. She recently wrote a book called My Journey on Becoming a Nurse, which chronicles her journey that took her from a shy island girl to a powerful leader of nurses, giving them a voice. [Read more…]