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Long Island native Tara Conry is newsday.com's Nassau community journalist. A Hofstra University communications graduate, most recently she was a local editor for Patch and previously reported for the New York Daily News, Reader's Digest and SmartMoney. She's earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Press Club of Long Island and the American Society of Magazine Editors. When not covering Long Island's local communities, Tara enjoys running (often with her Old English Sheepdog by her side), playing soccer and indulging in her love of musical theater.
Lucille Iconis is just starting her second year as superintendent of Massapequa’s public schools, but she’s worked in the district for 15 years. As part of the newsday.com Town Focus series on the community, Iconis fielded a few questions from community journalist Tara Conry about the strengths of the schools, recent changes and how the district is tackling today’s educational challenges with some...Read more »
When the sun went down on Massapequa’s Peninsula Golf Club, the nine-hole, 57-acre course became a playground for the famous Baldwin brothers.
It was the 1970s, and the now-famous Baldwin brothers — Alec, Daniel, Billy, and Stephen — were just boys being boys.
Their home was close to the fairway, and “everything happened on that golf course,” Billy Baldwin said Thursday during a phone...Read more »
Life seemed to just be beginning for Massapequa Park resident Melissa Pascuma-Gangi 13 years ago.
She was 23 years old, engaged with her wedding date 10 months away and only four days into her teaching career on Sept. 11, 2001, when she received news that shattered her world.
Her father, Michael Pascuma Jr., was trapped in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He had been having...Read more »
From atop the platform at the Massapequa Park train station, commuters can take in a breathtaking sight this week, a stark visual reminder of the many lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
American flags -- 2,977 of them -- have been carefully “planted” on the lawn outside Massapequa Park Village Hall, each symbolizing one of the victims killed on 9/11. Five larger flags in the center represent five...Read more »
The new owner of Massapequa Perk Coffee House in Massapequa Park doesn’t plan to make big changes to the business he acquired last week.
“It’s a great little shop,” said Pete Mangouranes, who along with his partners, Veronica Carratelli and Lorenzo Pugliano, officially took over the Front Street store on Sept. 1. “It’s thriving.”
For Mangouranes, 39, of Massapequa Park, the purchase...Read more »
Andryana Navarro waved a “magic” wand Sunday while her mother pushed her in a stroller through Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. But the 4-year-old Hempstead girl wasn’t playing make believe. She was actually helping grant wishes.
Andryana and her family were among the roughly 600 people who participated in Long Island’s inaugural Walk for Wishes. Organizers of the 3.1-mile walk estimated the...Read more »
A fleet of hogs is gearing up to fight hunger on Long Island this Sunday.
“Twisted Sister” frontman Dee Snider is calling upon fellow motorcycle enthusiasts to take part in his annual charity bike ride to raise money for Long Island Cares.
The not-for-profit operates the Harry Chapin Food Bank, which provides millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to those in need in Nassau...Read more »
Collins Road will always be home to Glen Cove’s Nicholas Pedone.
Nicholas died in May 2013 at the age of 7 after a seven-month battle with cancer, but this week, the street where he lived will be christened with a second name, “Sweet Nicholas’ Path,” in his honor.
The City of Glen Cove has already installed the first sign at the intersection of Collins Road and Southridge Drive, but...Read more »
Long Beach’s four-men competitive lifeguard team earned a first-place award for the second year straight at the National Lifeguard Championships earlier this month in Virginia Beach.
The quartet won the landline rescue relay race, the premiere event of the competition, which is hosted by the United States Lifesaving Association. Long Beach is the first team in 15 years to win back-to-back...Read more »
A baby deer that paid a visit to a East Moriches house that was still under construction found itself trapped Sunday morning inside the home’s basement.
The Suffolk County Police received a call at 11:20 a.m. that the fawn was stuck inside the foundational walls of a property being erected at 116 Sycamore Dr., according to a police spokeswoman.
The police alerted the New York State Department...Read more »