GoFund Gould’s Leukemia Battle


James Gould is battling secondary AML leukemia. To donate, to his gofundme page, visit www.gofundme.com/3b4cnb9mg.

When James Gould graduated Chaminade High School in June, he had aspirations of becoming a pediatric oncologist; so much so that he planned to attend the College of the Holy Cross with the drive to get into their medical program. That dream was put on hold July 1, when he was diagnosed with secondary AML leukemia, his second health bout in 16 months.

Gould had beat Hodgkins lymphoma after being diagnosed in January 2014, a little more then a month before his 17th birthday, according to a GoFundMe page started to help with financial difficulties.

With a $100,000 goal, the page has garnered $33,105 as of press time. [Read more…]

Plainedge BOE Meetings For September

Plainedge Public Schools Board of Education Meetings for September 2015:Plainedge logo

Public Work Session Central Office: Sept. 8 at in the conference room. (It is anticipated that the Board of Education will immediately entertain a motion to convene an executive session for the purpose of discussing an employment matter). Reconvene Public Work Session Board Room at 8 p.m.
Regular Business Meeting: Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. in the board room.
All meetings are at 241 Wyngate Dr., N. Massapequa, NY 11758

Summer Programs Are Hot Attractions For Youngsters

SummerPrograms_082615A Learning and skill-building were hot this summer as thousands of students explored their talents through Massapequa School District’s expansive summer camp program. From learning an instrument to building robots to developing stronger athletic skills, a camp program was offered to meet every child’s interests.

“Our summer programs are a convenient and cost-effective way for our students to develop their talents and broaden their interests,” said Superintendent Lucille F. Iconis. “We partner with Nassau BOCES, which helps reduce costs associated with planning and implementing the programs.” [Read more…]

Pequa’s Bond Rating Upgraded

Massapequa School District was awarded a bond rating upgrade from Aa2 to Aa1 from Moody’s Investor Service, ranking it among the top districts in the state fMassapequa logoor its prudent financial practices. The new rating entitles the district to lower interest rates, which will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest costs on district bond issue borrowings, according to Deputy Superintendent Alan Adcock.

Massapequa’s upgrade was considered particularly noteworthy as many jurisdictions are experiencing credit downgrades, resulting from dwindling fund balances and constraints under the New York State property tax cap, the district’s financial advisors pointed out. According to the Moody’s credit report, the district earned the upgrade because of its “stable operating performance, sound reserve and liquidity levels, sizable tax base, strong resident wealth indicators, and low debt burden with a manageable capital program.” Moody’s also credited the district’s strong management, noting its successful track record of conservative budgeting and financial practices.

“We are extremely proud that our effective fiscal strategies have placed us among a select group of well-managed districts that have achieved a bond rating of Aa1,” said Adcock. “Monies saved from the lower interest rate will help supplement instructional programs and operations, which ultimately minimizes the tax burden on our residents.”

Local Scores In Record Breaking Run

Michele Grieco of Massapequa, who was the top female finisher in the 25 to 29 age group in the Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello SandRun_082615As Point 5K Sprint, which was held on the grounds of the Sands Point Preserve on Aug. 9.

Grieco, 26, crossed the finish line adjacent to Hempstead House on the preserve in 19 minutes and 39 seconds, a 6:20 per mile pace that brought her to the finish 16 seconds in front of her nearest age group competitor. She was the third woman overall to cross the finish line. [Read more…]

Plainedge Overdose Prevention

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Plainedge School Superintendent Edward Salina Jr. have partnered together to make the PlainedgNarcan_082615Ae School District the first public school district in New York State to provide a free overdose prevention seminar and train its entire staff on the administration of the lifesaving, opiate-overdose reversal agent known as Narcan. Plainedge will also be the first district to keep shared Narcan kits in each school building. Staff will be taught how to administer the lifesaving antidote, which can reverse the fatal effects of an opiate overdose and will also learn the warning signs of drug addiction and more. [Read more…]

North Massapequa FD Presents Scholarship


Submitted by John Leone

North Massapequa Fire Department Chief Kevin B. Mauro (right) and Ex-Chief Marc A. Timpano, who also serves as a North Massapequa Fire District commissioner (left), recently joined in presenting the annual Carmelo Bartolotto North Massapequa Fire Department Scholarship to Thomas F. McCarthy, a resident of North Massapequa, who will attend SUNY New Paltz in the Fall.

McCarthy, an Eagle Scout, excelled in the classroom and in community service, which earned him the coveted scholarship. Looking on proudly was his father Chris, who is a longtime firefighter with the North Massapequa Fire Department’s Ladder Company 1.


Hurricane Sandy Resource Fair

Nassau County Legislator James D. Kennedy and New York State Senator Michael Venditto are hosting a Sandy Storm Recovery Resour8145196278_0a58894789ce Fair at Massapequa High School on Thursday, Aug. 27  from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. for homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy.  It has been almost three years since the storm, and many people are still looking for guidance. [Read more…]

Project HEAL Redefines Beauty


Best friends always share their sweets. (Photos by Project HEAL)

Help to Eat, Accept and Live. That is the motto behind Project HEAL, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to provide scholarships for those with eating disorders who are not able to afford treatment.

Co-founded by Nassau County residents Kristina Saffran and Liana Rosenman, Project HEAL promotes healthy body image and self-esteem in hopes of preventing future eating disorders. Saffran and Rosenman met while undergoing treatment for anorexia nervosa when they were just 15 years old. In helping each other reach full recovery, they realized they could extend their knowledge and support to others as well. [Read more…]

Local Golfer Sinks Hole-In-One

Thirteen-year-old CJ Muscarnera recently participated in the Met Junior PGA and hit his first hole-in-one on July 27 at Peninsula Golf Course. It was the sGolf_081215Aixth hole from the blue tees, which was 173 yards.

Muscarnera’s golf instructor, Mike Reilly, is the professional at Peninsula. Muscarnera used his 7-wood to sink his shot on the green.
—Submitted by Dawn Muscarnera