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College courses will be a mix of in-person and online learning Education in the age of COVID is nothing short of tricky....
08/11/2020
A Hybrid Approach

College courses will be a mix of in-person and online learning Education in the age of COVID is nothing short of tricky. Thrust into a sudden online academic model, colleges across Long Island pivoted to continue their courses under unprecedented circumstances. “Before COVID, 90 percent of our learning was done in-person so it was a very big change,” Michael R. DiBartolomeo, Vice President for Enrollment Management at St. [ 1,134 more word ]
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College courses will be a mix of in-person and online learning Education in the age of COVID is nothing short of tricky. Thrust into a sudden online academic model, colleges across Long Island pivo…

If all goes well in the nation’s capital, $120 billion will be sent to restaurants and catering halls across the country...
08/10/2020
Tom Suozzi Addresses Concerns For Restaurants And Catering Halls

If all goes well in the nation’s capital, $120 billion will be sent to restaurants and catering halls across the country. The RESTAURANTS Act of 2020 calls on the federal government to assist restaurants and catering halls that were forced to shut their doors since the pandemic created stay-at-home orders at the beginning of March. While other portions of the economy, such as the airline industry, have received federal bail-out packages, restaurateurs have been left standing in the dust. [ 730 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/tom-suozzi-addresses-concerns-for-restaurants-and-catering-halls/

If all goes well in the nation’s capital, $120 billion will be sent to restaurants and catering halls across the country. The RESTAURANTS Act of 2020 calls on the federal government to assist resta…

Underage drinking is a serious health and safety problem in the Massapequas. Almost 30 percent of Massapequa youth (grad...
08/09/2020
Massapequa Businesses Support MTAC Prevention Campaign

Underage drinking is a serious health and safety problem in the Massapequas. Almost 30 percent of Massapequa youth (grades 11/12) report binge drinking or having five or more drinks in a row one or more times within the past two weeks—adding considerable risk to their health and well-being. In addition, 55 percent of Massapequa youth (grades 7-12) report drinking in “someone else’s home.” Anyone over the age of 18 is breaking the law if you give alcohol, ma*****na or opiates to a person under the age of 21. [ 129 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/massapequa-businesses-support-mtac-prevention-campaign/

Underage drinking is a serious health and safety problem in the Massapequas. Almost 30 percent of Massapequa youth (grades 11/12) report binge drinking or having five or more drinks in a row one or…

The “silent majority” was loud and raucous at times on a hot Saturday afternoon in Eisenhower Park. That’s what Republic...
08/08/2020
Thin Blue Line Grows Wider

The “silent majority” was loud and raucous at times on a hot Saturday afternoon in Eisenhower Park. That’s what Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin (District 1), hearkening back to President Richard Nixon’s famous phrase, called the several thousand who had gathered at a Back The Blue Demonstration at Football Field No. 4. A parade of speakers gave the crowd plenty of red meat to cheer, lambasting politicians who they felt backed the rioters and protesters over law enforcement, and worse, wanted to defund and reduce the presence of the police where they were needed the most. [ 1,021 more word ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/thin-blue-line-grows-wider/

The “silent majority” was loud and raucous at times on a hot Saturday afternoon in Eisenhower Park. That’s what Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin (District 1), hearkening back to President Richard …

Plainedge High School alum makes Peace Corps commitment Victoria Guglielmo is a super-achiever. What else would you call...
08/07/2020
Making The World A Better Place

Plainedge High School alum makes Peace Corps commitment Victoria Guglielmo is a super-achiever. What else would you call the Mount Saint Mary College alum who is a first-generation university student who recently graduated with a criminology/Hispanic Studies double major/art minor, was one of the initial graduates from the Mount’s nascent criminology program and is set to head off for a two-year Peace Corps stint teaching English to middle-school age children? [ 871 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/making-the-world-a-better-place/

Plainedge High School alum makes Peace Corps commitment Victoria Guglielmo is a super-achiever. What else would you call the Mount Saint Mary College alum who is a first-generation university stude…

With plans altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Plainedge High School Class of 2020 graduated on July 29 in the par...
08/06/2020
Plainedge Class Of 2020 Takes It To The Beach

With plans altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Plainedge High School Class of 2020 graduated on July 29 in the parking lot of TOBAY Beach. Administrators, board members, family and friends gathered, socially distanced with masks and in their cars, for the ceremony which was broadcast on big screens in the parking lot and through the radio. [ 48 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/plainedge-class-of-2020-takes-it-to-the-beach/

With plans altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Plainedge High School Class of 2020 graduated on July 29 in the parking lot of TOBAY Beach. Administrators, board members, family and friends ga…

Humans began shaking hands sometime in the fifth century BC in Ancient Greece, not as a gesture of friendship, but basic...
08/05/2020
Is This The End Of The Handshake?

Humans began shaking hands sometime in the fifth century BC in Ancient Greece, not as a gesture of friendship, but basically, because people couldn’t trust each other. It was a rough time and everyone was trying to kill each other in any way they could. When knights confronted counterparts from other kingdoms in nonviolent situations, they would reach out to shake their hands. [ 622 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/is-this-the-end-of-the-handshake/

Humans began shaking hands sometime in the fifth century BC in Ancient Greece, not as a gesture of friendship, but basically, because people couldn’t trust each other. It was a rough time and every…

The Seventh Squad reports the details of a serious auto accident that occurred on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 3:31 p.m. in Massap...
08/04/2020
Vehicular Accident

The Seventh Squad reports the details of a serious auto accident that occurred on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 3:31 p.m. in Massapequa. [ 111 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/15295-2/

The Seventh Squad reports the details of a serious auto accident that occurred on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 3:31 p.m. in Massapequa.

The American Airpower Museum (AAM), Long Island’s only flying military aviation museum, held a grand reopening special e...
08/03/2020
Flyover Marks Museum Opening

The American Airpower Museum (AAM), Long Island’s only flying military aviation museum, held a grand reopening special event on Saturday, Aug. 1 at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, where AAM is based. At 11 a.m., World War II and other vintage aircraft departed from AAM’s ramp to take to the skies over Long Island’s north and south shores. Aircraft will create camera-ready opportunities as they perform low-level passes over the airport. [ 320 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/flyover-marks-museum-opening/

The American Airpower Museum (AAM), Long Island’s only flying military aviation museum, held a grand reopening special event on Saturday, Aug. 1 at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, where AAM is bas…

Adoption centers for animals are not supposed to close. Unfortunately, during the coronavirus pandemic, that’s what happ...
08/02/2020
Local Animal Shelter Provides Glimmer Of Hope Amid Pandemic

Adoption centers for animals are not supposed to close. Unfortunately, during the coronavirus pandemic, that’s what happened to Last Hope Animal Rescue, located at 3300 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh. The small organization’s staff worked tirelessly to send their cats and dogs to foster care for the time being. Volunteers were heading over to the Wantagh location twice a day during the height of the pandemic to make sure the animals that remained at the shelter were in good hands, receiving the special care they needed. [ 737 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/local-animal-shelter-provides-glimmer-of-hope-amid-pandemic/

Adoption centers for animals are not supposed to close. Unfortunately, during the coronavirus pandemic, that’s what happened to Last Hope Animal Rescue, located at 3300 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh. The…

Trio arrested on weapons and conspiracy charges What started as Nassau County Police officers responding to a 911 call t...
08/01/2020
Anarchy In Farmingdale

Trio arrested on weapons and conspiracy charges What started as Nassau County Police officers responding to a 911 call to check on the well-being of a resident resulted in the arrest of three individuals on various weapons and conspiracy charges. On Wednesday, July 15 at 7 a.m., police were called to 228 Staples St. in Farmingdale after being contacted that 33-year-old Daniel Petrizzo was threatening to shoot himself. [ 472 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/anarchy-in-farmingdale/

Trio arrested on weapons and conspiracy charges What started as Nassau County Police officers responding to a 911 call to check on the well-being of a resident resulted in the arrest of three indiv…

The Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services (CNG&CS) recently got a major boost when UnitedHealthcare awarded the ...
07/31/2020
Mental Health Treatment For The Most Vulnerable

The Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services (CNG&CS) recently got a major boost when UnitedHealthcare awarded the nonprofit a $400,000 Empowering Health Grant Award. The Hicksville-based organization will be using the grant to fuel a multi-agency initiative to build a comprehensive system of care for Nassau County’s homeless and indigent populations. [ 562 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/mental-health-treatment-for-the-most-vulnerable/

The Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services (CNG&CS) recently got a major boost when UnitedHealthcare awarded the nonprofit a $400,000 Empowering Health Grant Award. The Hicksville-ba…

Long Island shed jobs faster than New York City and all other suburban counties in the state Nassau County Executive Lau...
07/30/2020
Bi-County Study On Pandemic’s Economic Impact

Long Island shed jobs faster than New York City and all other suburban counties in the state Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone recently shared the results of a comprehensive study analyzing the impact of COVID-19 on Long Island’s economy as well as outlining recovery projections and strategies. The report, developed by consulting firm HR&A Advisors with support from the Nassau and Suffolk County IDAs, breaks down job losses as a result of the pandemic, revealing that Long Island is shedding jobs at a faster rate than New York City and all other suburban counties in the state. [ 693 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/bi-county-study-on-pandemics-economic-impact/

Long Island shed jobs faster than New York City and all other suburban counties in the state Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone recently shared the resu…

Are we ready to watch live sporting events without fans in the stands? Sports fans have gone more than four months witho...
07/29/2020
The Return of Sports–Without Fans In The Stands

Are we ready to watch live sporting events without fans in the stands? Sports fans have gone more than four months without any live sporting events. Instead of watching the NHL and NBA playoffs or the start of the baseball season, we were cut off cold turkey. No warning, no chance to see a few more games before the season went dark. [ 619 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/the-return-of-sports-without-fans-in-the-stands/

Are we ready to watch live sporting events without fans in the stands? Sports fans have gone more than four months without any live sporting events. Instead of watching the NHL and NBA playoffs or …

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) is looking to establish proper procedures for a po...
07/28/2020
Guidelines Set For High School Sports Return

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) is looking to establish proper procedures for a potential return to sports. As part of this effort to bring back high school sports, the officers decided in their third COVID-19 task force meeting on July 16 that they would delay the start of fall sports until Sept. 21, waive the seven-day practice rule and cancel fall regional and state championships. [ 581 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/guidelines-set-for-high-school-sports-return/

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) is looking to establish proper procedures for a potential return to sports. As part of this effort to bring back high school sp…

The debate to improve Nassau County residents’ relationship with the police department is on. A month full of tense prot...
07/27/2020
Legislators Propose Police Complaint Hotline And Website

The debate to improve Nassau County residents’ relationship with the police department is on. A month full of tense protests in the name of equality has sparked a potential change for the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) that could increase transparency and help identify commonalities from citizens’ complaints against the department. [ 782 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/legislators-propose-police-complaint-hotline-and-website/

The debate to improve Nassau County residents’ relationship with the police department is on. A month full of tense protests in the name of equality has sparked a potential change for the Nassau Co…

Massapequa School District Board of Education trustees Gary Baldinger and Cher Lepre began new terms on July 2 at the an...
07/26/2020
School Board Trustees Start New Terms

Massapequa School District Board of Education trustees Gary Baldinger and Cher Lepre began new terms on July 2 at the annual reorganization meeting. Baldinger was sworn in for his third term, while Lepre was sworn in for a full three-year term after being elected last year to fill a vacant seat. [ 71 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/school-board-trustees-start-new-terms/

Massapequa School District Board of Education trustees Gary Baldinger and Cher Lepre began new terms on July 2 at the annual reorganization meeting. Baldinger was sworn in for his third term, while…

County malls are officially open for business under Phase 4 Even before the pandemic hit, retail experts warned that mal...
07/25/2020
An Economic Anchor

County malls are officially open for business under Phase 4 Even before the pandemic hit, retail experts warned that malls were in trouble, threatened by changing tastes and shopping habits. But to those who enjoy shopping in person, a welcome development in Nassau County was the reopening of malls, which have proven to be a massive sales tax revenue generator for the county. [ 426 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/an-economic-anchor/

County malls are officially open for business under Phase 4 Even before the pandemic hit, retail experts warned that malls were in trouble, threatened by changing tastes and shopping habits. But to…

Higher Education Including, but not limited to community and junior colleges, universities, graduate and professional sc...
07/25/2020
Businesses Allowed To Reopen In Phase 4

Higher Education Including, but not limited to community and junior colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, medical schools and technical schools. Must develop and submit a plan for reopening and operating for COVID-19. [ 289 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/businesses-allowed-to-reopen-in-phase-4/

Higher Education Including, but not limited to community and junior colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, medical schools and technical schools. Must develop and submit a plan …

Massapequa High School senior heads out to West Point When Allen John Pilate III heads off to the United States Military...
07/24/2020
Preparing To Don The Black And Gold

Massapequa High School senior heads out to West Point When Allen John Pilate III heads off to the United States Military Academy Preparatory School at West Point on July 19, it will be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. It’s one that will have him be the first in his family to serve in the military. “I’ve always wanted to go there—it’s always been the dream school for me,” he said. [ 707 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/preparing-to-don-the-black-and-gold/

Massapequa High School senior heads out to West Point When Allen John Pilate III heads off to the United States Military Academy Preparatory School at West Point on July 19, it will be the fulfillm…

While summer is time for beach, barbecues and boating, on an average day in June or July, more than 11,000 12-17-year-ol...
07/23/2020
MTAC Launches Underage Drinking Prevention Campaign

While summer is time for beach, barbecues and boating, on an average day in June or July, more than 11,000 12-17-year-olds start drinking alcohol for the first time (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). In the Massapequas, youth report having their first drink before the age of fourteen and as they navigate through high school, underage drinking increases dramatically. The Massapequa Takes Action Coalition (MTAC)’s new underage drinking prevention campaign, Alcohol and Teens Don’t Mix: Be Their Guide. [ 109 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/mtac-launches-underage-drinking-prevention-campaign/

While summer is time for beach, barbecues and boating, on an average day in June or July, more than 11,000 12-17-year-olds start drinking alcohol for the first time (Substance Abuse and Mental Heal…

Raise your hand if some of the weddings you attended recently were a little over the top. In recent years, we’ve attende...
07/22/2020
Time To Rethink How We Celebrate Weddings?

Raise your hand if some of the weddings you attended recently were a little over the top. In recent years, we’ve attended weddings held in Castles and giant ballrooms. They were so outrageously extreme, we thought about adding a few hundred dollars to the gift envelope. The amount of food available in the cocktail hour alone was enough to feed a small town. [ 630 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/time-to-rethink-how-we-celebrate-weddings/

Raise your hand if some of the weddings you attended recently were a little over the top. In recent years, we’ve attended weddings held in Castles and giant ballrooms. They were so outrageously ext…

Pandemic leads to surge in bicycle purchases If you’re thinking about buying a bike this summer, take a number. The coro...
07/21/2020
Cycling Shortage

Pandemic leads to surge in bicycle purchases If you’re thinking about buying a bike this summer, take a number. The coronavirus pandemic has led to surge in bicycle sales causing a nationwide shortage for hopeful riders. In March, the phone began ringing off the hook at Syosset’s The Bicycle Planet. The small mom and pop bike shop’s calls are monitored by two or three employees on any given day—in the store’s history, owner Howard Chung couldn’t recall anyone having to leave a voicemail. [ 409 more words ]
https://www.massapequaobserver.com/cycling-shortage/

Pandemic leads to surge in bicycle purchases If you’re thinking about buying a bike this summer, take a number. The coronavirus pandemic has led to surge in bicycle sales causing a nationwide short…

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Many of you knew Peter Gangi , a teacher in the Massapequa school district. He was a retired Massapequa teacher that taught in the district for 49 years. He taught at McKenna, Berner, Ames, MHS. Taught earth science and was the dean at berner. He ran Summer Recreation and Adult Education also. Retired in 2000 from Dean position, but continued teaching until ~2011. All the while he raised 3 children of his own. In 1995 his eldest child and only daughter was brutally murdered by her husband. He and his wife Gloria adopted their daughter's 2 year old son and raised him. Both Gloria and Peter both passed away earlier this month 2 weeks apart . John Jackson, the convicted murderer and husband of Elizabeth is up for Parole in March. There is currently a petition out to block him from getting parole. The family needs as many signatures as they can get for this.. 😪😪 “I ask if you could all take a moment to read and sign this. This is very close to my heart. This is my childhood friend, Elizabeth Gangi .Elizabeth 's life was cut short and she was beaten and strangled to death by her own husband. This was 2 days before their son's 2nd birthday. Her poor father found her dead and her husband drunk and passed out. Her parents adopted and raised her son . Her parents have fought for victims rights since her death. They both just died the 1st 2 weeks of the year. So,they aren't here to make sure that her murderer doesn't get parole . That's where we need your help. Please read and sign this petition. It will mean a lot to me, but even more to her son and family. “ Please sign and share the petition too. Thank you! http://chng.it/snrkdbJLYL Thank you! ❤️ —  From the Parents of Murdered victims group😪❤️ It is with a heavier heart I share today the passing of our member Peter Gangi. Spouse of the very recently deceased Gloria. Father of Victim Elizabeth and sons Peter, Joseph and Nicholas and their families. Pete Gangi was head of the POMV Board from 2006, until a new Board was in place 2018. He went to several trials days in and days out. Took off from his job at school. Got petitions signed at his school. Presented at Sensitivity Trainings for Incoming District Attorneys and Homicide Detectives. Peter made a permanent positive difference. He and Gloria are now happy together with their daughter Elizabeth. I am sure his sister Sara (who baked us the best cakes) is right beside them with her husband and were long time members and supporters as well. He and his family gave to others as long as he could. We give respect to their service. We never forget them. Please sign and share the attached petition for the murderer of Elizabeth A. Gangi, daughter of the recently deceased Pete & Gloria Gangi, he comes up for review for the first time the end of March. http://chng.it/snrkdbJLYL
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