They’re Not All Crying Wolf

When Rolling Stone (RS) published a story about a girl who was viciously gang-raped at a University of Virginia frat party, they wanted to raise an alarm about campus sexual assault, and challenge universities to handle such incidents better.
But soon after the article was published in November 2014, questions were raised as to the veracity of the report. RS voluntarily submitted the article to the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for a review, which called the article a “journalistic failure” that may have spread the idea that many women invent rape allegations.
And there lies what may be one of the biggest fears sexual assault victims face—that people won’t believe them. A 2008-2012 study by the Justice Department says that 68 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to the police. With the complete obliteration of the RS article, there’s a fear that women will continue to bear the trauma alone for fear of being thought of as “crying wolf” or exaggerating.
It seems fitting that all of this unravels in April, which is sexual assault awareness month. While the RS article may be moot, the general point still rings true—sexual assault on college campuses is a huge problem and needs to be addressed. Sexual assault and rape should never be part of part of campus culture—or any culture for that matter. There are too many stories of college administrations brushing aside stories of assault and not conducting proper investigations. A person’s college memories shouldn’t be marked by sexual abuse or a lack of justice after it is reported. College administrators need to fix the sexual assault policies, instead of turning a blind eye to what is going on on their campuses.
Victims of sexual assault may have their own reasons for not speaking out. But that reason should never be fear of not being taken seriously or having their stories heard.

Massapequa Educators Making A Difference

Good Evening Massapequa Family and Friends,
We hope that you were able to enjoy your holiday and spring recess from school. Unfortunately, the break was darkened by the passing of the state budget with its damaging educational reforms. Now we must return to school Monday to spend yet another day preparing for the state assessments, which begin on Tuesday, April 14, with the administration of the ELA. [Read more…]

Ignorance: The Ultimate Kryptonite

My best friend is dying.

She’s smart, funny and beautiful. But her size makes her fragile and when I see her lying in the hospital bed, my stomach feels like it’s tied in a knot. Her’s actually is.

According to the U.S. Department of Health, there are more than 20 diseases and conditions that get under $10 million of funding for research and testing. These diseases may be overlooked by society due to lack of information or because they are embarrassing to talk about—but they’re still life threatening.

My friend eventually got the courage to tell me that she had Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease. She was so nonchalant I didn’t think anything was wrong.

But then she missed one day of school. Then two. Then 20. Next thing I knew, I was visiting her in the hospital. She came back two weeks later like nothing happened. She was as lively, energetic and sharp-witted as usual. I didn’t understand how she could act this way. “You’re a superhero!” I told her.

I took my concerns to Google and searched Crohn’s to find basically nothing. Crohn’s research gets little funding—in fact, its funding dropped more than $10 million between 2012-2013. How many people are dying from illnesses because lifesaving research goes without funding? It seems that if there isn’t a huge media campaign or a celebrity trying to support a disease, then it doesn’t matter.

But my friend matters. This year she had to drop out of college in order to be closer to her doctors. Although she’s struggling, she’s fighting her disease just like Superman would. The Kryptonite can be easily disposed of if we just open our ears and become aware. Then maybe we can be the superheroes.

—Mary Awad

Cast Your Vote Today

Dear Friends,

Today, Nassau County’s 12th District will elect its next County Legislator. I will be voting for my friend, Democratic candidate Joseph A. Stufano, Sr. I’d like to take a few moments to tell you about Joe.

First and foremost, I am voting for Joe because he’s not a career politician, nor is he is a political family insider. Instead, he is a public servant. From his time in the Air Force to his his time volunteering with the Farmingdale School District, Joe has demonstrated unequivocally that he is passionate not only about protecting his own family, but ensuring the safety of all children and families.

As a business owner, Joe has contributed to the growth of local economic activity by creating dozens of jobs for our county’s residents and neighbors. As a taxpayer, Joe understands firsthand the challenges facing Nassau County’s families. He views the newly-adopted assessments, tax increases, and fees as mechanisms that only harm our residents. Additionally, Joe realizes that exorbitant fees derived from programs such as the Red Light Traffic Camera Program place undue hardship upon Nassau County’s overwhelmed taxpayers. If elected, Joe will never be a rubber-stamp, puppet politician. He will be the voice of our friends and families, fighting poor fiscal policies and programs that have hurt our families; the Republican-controlled County Legislature’s policies that include the constant nickel-and-diming of County residents through unfair tax hikes, such as the Mangano-approved 3.8 percent property tax increase.

Please join me and elect Joseph Stufano.  See you at the polls!

Wayne Rivenburgh

For polling locations, click here.

Oscar Movies

It’s almost Hollywood’s biggest night. Get ready movies buffs because on Feb. 22, the 87th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on ABC. This year, the amusing Neil Patrick Harris will make his debut as the host of the awards show, being held in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. But awards shows are not without their controversies. Oscars_022015A  [Read more…]

Support For Stufano

Dear Neighbors,

My name is Frank Ranelli. I have been a resident of Massapequa Park for nine years. Together, my wife and I have raised our son here. During this February’s Special Election for Nassau County Legislature, I will be voting for Joseph A. Stufano, Sr. I’d like to take a few moments to tell you why. [Read more…]

Hungry and Homeless in a Storm

You have shelter, a home. Your shelves have enough food, including cookies and candy. The electric is still working, so you are warm as a blizzard approaches. A day off from school for kids! A day off from going to work! The problem is you are lucky. You are not homeless. You are not hungry. You are not cold.

On Long Island there are many people without the comforts you enjoy, with or without a storm. They do not have enough money to shop for extra food. Currently, even the pantries run by the Long Island Council of Churches are practically bare. The Nassau County Legislature and Executive Ed Mangano have made them so. They should’ve voted in early autumn to fund them. That’s when Rev. Thomas Goodhue made an appeal for help.
But now you can help. Donate food to your nearest pantry. Or send a check to the Long Island Council of Churches.  Most of all, tell Executive Mangano and your representative to do the right thing and give LICC the funds to keep these pantries running and to stop people from being turned away.
 Elaine Peters

National Pie Day

No matter how you slice it, pies are reason to celebrate. Not to be confused with Pi Day (3/14), Friday, Jan. 23 is National Pie Day. Why? Well, why not?

The American Pie Council (yes, there is an actual council for American pie) is dedicated to spreading the word about the benefits of pie for the body and soul, and urges Americans to perform “random acts of pieness” in celebration. pie

The council has even supplied some of these best ways to celebrate pies:

Eat pie. Whether you bake it or buy it, eat some pie on National Pie Day. Pie is great with lunch or dinner, or as a late-night snack.

Make pie. Bake your favorite homemade pie to celebrate the day.

Teach pie making. Stage classes, demonstrations and samplings at stores and schools.

Hold a pie-making contest. Invite the best pie makers in town to compete for prizes in various categories.

Pass along pie memories. American pie heritage is slowly fading away. Call older members of the family and ask them for pie recipes. Ask them to teach you how to make them. Talk about your favorite pies and the family history behind them. Publish pie memories and recipes.
A slice of piping-hot, freshly baked pie has always been a treat on cold winter days. With holiday celebrations a fading memory, enjoying pie on a chilly winter day is a sure way to warm up January. Mark Friday, Jan. 23, on your calendar, and be sure to enjoy some delicious pie with your friends and family.

Send Us Your Miracle Mile Memories

Do you have fond recollections of family outings to Miracle Mile when you were a kid? Whether it was to a favorite store or restaurant, we would like to share your family’s special times in an upcoming issue of Manhasset Magazine. You could even be quoted in the magazine! Please send us your quote, along with a hi-res (300 dpi) photo, if you have one, to

Je Suis Charlie

The deadly attack at the offices of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, that left 12 dead, including the magazine’s editor, four cartoonists and two policemen, struck a chord for people eOPED_Charlieverywhere. It is believed that the gunmen were striking back at the publication for cartoons they published that satirized the Prophet Muhammad.

As journalists, we’re called to objectively point out flaws in elected officials, corporations, and religious and educational institutions. Our investigations provide information and accountability, and protect the public. The editors, journalists and cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo bravely took on that challenge everyday, without worrying about who they might offend. Presidents, religious figures, political leaders—no one was off limits for the magazine’s staff, who encountered threats on a regular basis.
People should not have to fear for their lives every time they make a joke or call out the powerful. The Charlie Hebdo attack is a stark reminder that freedom of speech, including that of the press, is a privilege that many will try to oppress. Free speech, whether it’s in the form of a cartoon depicting a religious leader or a film poking fun at a North Korean dictator, must be defended. Without it, we become uninformed, passive and at the very least, quite dull.