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Massapequa Memories

by Anonymous
(Texas)

Massapequa Zoo by Evelyn B.

Massapequa Zoo by Evelyn B.

Massapequa Zoo by Evelyn B. Location of PT Boat at the former South Seas Yacht Club in the '70s Grade crossing, Massapequa Park, circa 1938

I graduated from Alfred G. Berner in Massapequa in 1975!!! Moved away from Long Island to another state and married.

I am happy where I live now...well..I guess so.

It's been over 20 years or so, but I will never forget Massapequa. I try to visit when I can and catch up with some old friends and family.

I will always be proud of Massapequa and miss it very much (but don't miss the snow).

I miss Jones Beach, parks, etc....
I miss the food, All American hamburgers, the local pizza and Chinese restaurants, the ice cream shop on Broadway near the train tracks...

I catch up with old friends and family, and one thing is for sure: my Long Island accent will always stay with me. And I am proud of it because where I live now, everyone knows I am from up north...

Hey... Even Massapequa has a lot of famous men and women, like Steve Guttenberg and Jerry Seinfeld... So that is something to talk about around the water cooler here where I live.

I would of never guess that 20 years or so I was gonna leave, but I have made a new home. But Massapequa is my number one home.

So if anyone is from class of 1975 and you are still living either on your old street or still in Massapequa some where...Good for you. Just keep protecting our beautiful town.

I'll see ya soon...

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Jul 21, 2021
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people from Massapequa NEW
by: Gerry

My parents moved away from Massapequa Park in 1965 when I was away in college and never really been back except for an occasional visit and i am always amazed at how many people I run into who are from Massapequa or who have family members from there, you would think it was the biggest town on the Island.

Jul 18, 2021
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crazy train NEW
by: brian

ok jim , we are pals now ihope ,, i lived in pequa throughout teh 50's - it was a distinct era ..
i went to unqua and brother was at massapequa high ...
i suppose bad memories persist while good ones are taken for granted.

Jul 18, 2021
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Brian
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Well Brian. I certainly didn't mean to offend you in any way although, I guess, it sounded as if I did. Your 'folksy' way of speaking, after reading it all again, is actually growing on me. My older son's name is Brian also. I was always afraid that the kids in school would call him "Cryin' Brian' but I don't think they ever did.
Anyway Brian, take care and carry on with your memories as they go back a little further than mine.

Jul 17, 2021
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in teh days before faabreeze NEW
by: brian

if your curiousity warrents , you can actually walk the streets of the unqua rd area using google street view - is more fun than reminising endlessly abt an egg cream .....

when in 6th grade i delivered newsday in this neighborhood ...
some houses smelled like ciggeretts ... some like garlic [ didnt know thats what it wa s at teh time being a yankee , was hard to collect !!
im sorry [ jeff that you dont like my folksy recollections - but then you seem to have little to add ?

Jul 17, 2021
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off the rails NEW
by: brian

well jeff how many times can you read abt the pizza at dick and dora's ? i remember it too . its aroma [semi unique ] was due to the particular piza dough used ...
55 years later i caught the same wiff ... the pizza at whole foods !!!
maybe you memory is better than mine ?
do you remember the three castiron mutoscope machines at the frank buck zoo ?
they cost a nickle to crank .. one on left was some western , the middle one was rin tin tin .... and the one on the right was felix the cat being chased by hornets ...
to the right of these victorian era machines was a hot dog vendor ... had an orange tiger cat that pranced around on his hind legs .
to the right of that was a gypsy in a glass cube ...operated by levers to pick up trinkes and drop them in a chute - was very old and creepy , its clothing rotten and in shreds - in teh fiftys teh zoo was in shabby condition - clearly a relic from a grander time -
behind all this was monkey mountain ,, woof !
it stunk bigtime !! , in teh fileld behind the zoo were cement slabs with sawn off bars .. evedentlty once used to hold animals , long before ...

Jul 17, 2021
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off teh rails NEW
by: Anonymous

well jeff how many times can you read abt the pizza at dick and dora's ? i remember it too . its aroma [semi unique ] was due to the particular piza dough used ...
55 years later i caught the same wiff ... the pizza at whole foods !!!
maybe you memory is better than mine ?
do you remember the three castiron mutoscope machines at the frank buck zoo ?
they cost a nickle to crank .. one on left was some western , the middle one was rin tin tin .... and the one on the right was felix the cat being chased by hornets ...
to the right of these victorian era machines was a hot dog vendor ... had an orange tiger cat that pranced around on his hind legs .
to the right of that was a gypsy in a glass cube ...operated by levers to pick up trinkes and drop them in a chute - was very old and creepy , its clothing rotten and in shreds - in teh fiftys teh zoo was in shabby condition - clearly a relic from a grander time -
behind all this was monkey mountain ,, woof !
it stunk bigtime !! , in teh fileld behind the zoo were cement slabs with sawn off bars .. evedentlty once used to hold animals , long before ...

Jul 17, 2021
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Just Saying....
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Maybe it's the heat but it seems to me, after reading the last few posts, that the exchange of memories on this wonderful site has gone of the rails a bit.

I do want to add, especially for those who no longer live in Massapequa, that the long running 4th of July Parade down Park Blvd still exists and once again put on a great show. Always nice to see.


Jul 16, 2021
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massapequa slang NEW
by: brian

before it slips my mind - allhambra beach was affectionatly known as " mud fly " beach ,
additionally and unrelated , when i was new in class i had to stand and state my name ... when i said " brian " teh girl in front of me turned and said " thats a sissy name " ...
i got even with her by drawing attention to her frilly underware during bomb drills - we had to crouch down under our desks ,,ass in teh air -- her name was susie something ,, ill think of it just wait and see .

Jul 16, 2021
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by: brian

a major flaw in teh school system at that point in time was that a dumbell [ today known as a dumbass ] could be left back THREE times ! this is why there were a group of bad actors in teh seventh grade -
here they came in a phalinx down teh hall at mckenna - there was no escape - bodys litered the floor behind them , papers - books
really musta been fun ?

remember " de fran " this guy always in his motorcycle jacket .. which by teh way was a schot [ thats teh brand , with the optional stars on teh eppelets . [ were expensive and are still available for abt 700 bucks !!
his guy - who got on my buss , at teh end of unqua rd raised being a hood to performance art .
de fran " short for de francisco , was always againt teh wall during lunch - he knew teh value of advertising - had it all down pat -
de fran would saunter down teh asile in teh lunch room - and grab anything that looked good , always " caught " and would lean against teh wall with one foot up against it - was a small guy with big shok of greased hair -

Jul 16, 2021
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by: brian

in teh mid 1950s there was established a bounty , i believe of 2 cents on qualifying glass bottles ....
i would mine jerico turnpik with a shopping bag in arm ..then over to teh drug stor across from teh mansion vacent lot ....
it was easy to come upp with at least 24 cents at the market , also across from teh mansion ... and then,,
candy and comics .. under teh big bushes ... one day i went into the drug store ,, comics were on teh imediate right ,,, and low and behold were two ally oop comics !!!! could it be ? and on that day i had oly ten cents ... so i bought one and headed home to get another dime ...when i returned the remaining comic was gone .. curses ! would my life ever be complete / ?

50 plus years pas and i bought teh missing comic from metropolis collectables in nyc ....
of course i remembered the cover .. romantic little tale aint it ??

Jul 16, 2021
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two guys becomes a legend - NEW
by: brian



well , i plowed thru teh whole thing - and it was a pleasure to do so - thank you almighty webmaster !!

id like to recall the ferocious blaze that consumed two guys from massapequa ...
further on it is said the fire was at whiteys .. not so . it was two guys that went into oblivion on a warm summer evening -
somehow i got word of this in progres , or maybe just smelled it and saw smoke - dont recall , but i was up unqua rd in a flash and got a ringside seat .
two guys as you recall was a big rectangular metal pre fab building - with rows of cafeteria style tables , piled with evrything and in its cheapest version ....
when i got to teh fire the exterior walls vanished befor my eyes , whoosh !!!!!! the air moving skyward in waves ....
oh boy , i was just waiting for teh paint department to go up ... and it did ,, spray cans like roman candles - teh whole works quite a specticle ! but did not last long - as i recall there was litle effort to hose it down ,, wouldt have worked anyway with teh incredible heat ....
as i recall was probably abt 1956 - mid summer .

Jul 16, 2021
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teh lovley miss linker eeeyaaaaa NEW
by: Anonymous


and how can i forget " mr finger " ?

was actually ok guy - short powerfull looking with flat top hair style -

and then teh delightful miss linker - lanky and masculine looking , a disiplinarian by nature . probably still wearing teh whistle around her neck - called me out several times for refusing to square dance .
teachers werent all bad tho ,, had mrs deluca i think for music - gee camaleo gee wha ! and nice art teacher , cant recall name ...

re,member teh polio shots in teh gym ??

Jul 16, 2021
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zader - wall NEW
by: Anonymous


someone mentioned timmy wall .....my brother wa s in msh when this happned .... liked tim and defended his motive . was quite a ruckus in town .. but these crimes of passion happen , especially at that age ....nothing on teh net abt it ?

i heard the whole story tho -

Jul 16, 2021
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6th grade unqua late 50's NEW
by: Anonymous

yes mr elder ...id forgotten him .... wonder if unqua school has an archive ??
i had miss wolbert - nice young woman , a bit fat , but pretty , air raid drills were fun , laughing at girls with their underware showing - played what i thought was a prank on teachers room across hall .. taped door shut while on trip to boys room . duh !! got caught of course - had to write appology . mr whats his name was afunny guy tho , and offered to read my appology to class ,, addding hillbilly dialect -
will relate story of how i broke teh bat at the baseball playoffs -
teacher in next room was miss wagner ... short tempered woman who couldnt mind her own business - came into our room and turned my desk over - i suppose to illustrate how messy i was - old classmate of mine remembers it !!!! best wishes miss wagner

Jul 16, 2021
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mr blake 5th grade unqua NEW
by: Anonymous

5th grade unqua school circa 1958 -

mr blake - he hated his job and wasnt fond of me either ..had to write " i will not shoot or throw things in class " 500 times !!!!!!!!!
the fruity stewert rho... , the sexy rosemary n ......and tattel tail " d" thanks a lot " d"
mr blake was agood looking man in late twentys , always sweaty and cranky ..constantly going in supply room ..????
i concocted a very confusing system using varied carbon papers to accelerat the sentence ..... ha ha

Jul 16, 2021
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fourth grade unqua school NEW
by: Anonymous

had mrs lebowitz , she was just a great teacher , and being teachers pet didnt hurt either - except for getting in fights because of it ...
i have a pc of teh class ill hunt up and post -
ah , teh sultry judy johnson - teh very funny tom kelly ...was teh best year at unqua for me , the rest blah!

Jul 16, 2021
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Mr. Bell and Mr. Elder NEW
by: Jeff C.

I remember Mr. Belavigna the principal. Wasn't Mr. Elder his vice principal? Mr. Elder also supervised summer recreation at Unqua in his sandals and high socks.

Jul 16, 2021
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my burden [ one of many] NEW
by: Anonymous

3rd grade unqua school - mid 1950's
miss annecelli -
pretty , young , with nice didposition - dark red , long hair , always nicly dressed , with full skirt , white blouse - was school artist ,, got repremand for selling " majic pencils - seems someone noticed that a few kids were short on lunch money - ,
had a " lauren " in teh class .. was smiten with me . well i was born cute .. one day she could contain heself no longer and threw her arms around me and kissed me !
teh class went hysterical . and me being unsofisticated [ cant spell either ] pushed her away roughly ...well she bawled her eyes out - and i still feel bad abt it !!

Jul 16, 2021
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by: Anonymous

2nd grade at ungua - early fiftys
mrs Belevenia , i think her husband was the principal -
poor mrs bel ... she was always at her wits end,
screaching and slaming her pointer on her desk !
cant say i blame her with " tommy gil....... having his daily nervouse breakdown , " what you try to do ? kill me ???
tommy was famouse for having a few screws loose . standing on top of his desk !!!!
add to this teh school was a sweatbox . i remember little marsha ,, seemed dressed in rags , white blond hair , short , roughly cut , had big mole on chin - was sweet and shy -

Jul 16, 2021
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from my streach at the annex - NEW
by: Anonymous

we lived on morris lane just off unqua rd from 53 to 1960 - attended unqua from 1 to 6th grade - then 7th a mckenna -
the teachers at unqua :
ist grade = the lovley and very stylish
miss capalongo -
petiet and pretty , dark hair , spike heals you could hear all over teh school , and always an expensive and perfectly tailored suit with white blouse frilly around neck - she was a standout compared to the other teachers [ mostly dumpy lookin]
and her personality was just as nice ,, i was eraser monitor , ha ha

Jul 16, 2021
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by: brian

very interesting ! i lucked onto this blog ...
i start with molle [ ? ] anex ...
came to long island in 52' and lived at 104 morris lane , just off unqua rd.
molle anex , was an old bus or truck depot , the smell of damp concrete -and oil . the teachers ...W-I-E-R-D ....! only good part from my point of view were the big fat pencils , i loved to draw , and maybe dodge ball..
the place was likly built in the teens judging from archatectural style - it was a dump , our parents had a nerve sending us there -

Jul 08, 2021
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Unqua Miss Leffert
by: Glenn U.

Roseann mentioned Miss Nancy Lefffert teaching 5th grade, I had her and remember her well. Probably too well, considering she is now in her late 80's if she is still alive. She lived in NYC on the Upper East Side. She was gorgeous, at least this 5th graders ideal of a tall leggy NYC woman! But what did I know at 11 years old!

Jul 06, 2021
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Great South Bay NEW
by: Anonymous

Jim,
Thanks for the update on the bay, So sad, I recall that we used go out to the flats at low tide off of Harbor Green and pick up clams and sell them to the neighbors for gas money for our outboard engines, and there was great fluke and flounder spots by Sandy Island to the east of the Wantagh Parkway Bridge.

The building collapse in Surfside is an immense tragedy for all involved, it maybe a combination of bad structural design and terrible maintenance that caused the area by the pool to give way and the building was then compromised.

We are now watching the tropical storm to our west blow by this part of Florida and taking a deep breath. I recall LI hurricanes in the lates 50s and 60s and they were no fun especially if you had a boat.
Be safe and well.

Jul 05, 2021
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@Tony: Mrs. Faigenbaum? NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Tony,
Could it be Mrs. Faigenbaum? I had her for 1st grade in '62-'63.
MB

Jul 05, 2021
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Anonymous - Nassau Shores
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Well the bay has definitely had it's ups and downs through the years. You have been gone from here a long time! I think for the most part the eel grass and brown tide are under control right now. We do have spots like Florence Beach, which I'm sure you knew, which is often under bacteria watch and no swimming is recommended. We took a big hit with Hurricane Sandy and changed a lot of the seascape. Many of the tinny little islands have changed in size or are now barely above water. My friends and I never did a lot of fishing but we did a lot of clamming! I remember jumping out of our boats into waist high water during low tide maybe 100 yards or so into the bay and stepping right on a bed of buried clams and filling our buckets with them.
I know that was stopped for awhile and now it's restricted times,locations and quantity.
I was and still am a big Tobay guy.Thank God the town has always taken care of the beach through the years. The concession stand was rebuilt a couple of times due to storms and is now much larger than the original one. Just this year they dredged a lot of sand to increase the width of the beach and it still has that home town feel.
I hope this helped your curiosity a little. Stay well in Plantation- Florida I assume. Tragic about that condo not far from you

Jul 05, 2021
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Repost: sexual abuse NEW
by: Anonymous



I’ve enjoyed s trip down memory lane while reading but feel compelled to ask if anyone shares an unpleasant recollection of questionable behavior/sexual abuse by a CYO or rec coach from the late 70s or early 80s? My deceased brother who had a troubled life would occasionally reference it and there was an element of a group shower where boys were given shower caps? Any insight? Not looking for a name just anyone who might confirm a similar experience?

Jul 05, 2021
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JIm Nassau Shores NEW
by: Anonymous

JIm, as an Nassau Shores guy I assume you are familiar with the bay. I am a class of 62 grad of MHS, grew up in Harbour Green, spent my youth on the Great South Bay. Out of state since 1969.

How is the bay doing with the eel grass and fishing, read somewhere that brown tide did a job on the bay?

Miss, Zachs Bay, Giglo Beach, Fire Island Inlet, fluke and flounder fishing.

Stopped at local Whole Foods here in Plantation and bought Cape Canaveral Flounder , freshly caught for $19.99 a pound, told guy behind counter I caught lots of flounder as a kid for a lot cheaper , he replied yeh and gas was 31 cents a gallon too!








Jul 05, 2021
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Unqua NEW
by: Tony

Of course I am not sure of the spelling, but I remember Mrs. Fahiman or Faigman.. Terrible spelling .. but I had her in 6th grade at Unqua. I have such great memories of her as a great teacher and very kind. She was the best teacher from my days at Unqua.

Jun 30, 2021
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ASPULA ? Road Rally
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember...? A road rally that started at Massapequa HS (I think)... Drivers and passengers were given clues and had to solve riddles to reach the next check point on a carefully mapped out course around town, one check point was a stop at a grocery store where teams had to buy food and supplies before racing off to the finish line that was at an upstate camp ground.

Jun 29, 2021
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Ziggy's / Angela
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Well since no one else responded regarding the current status of Ziggy's I can offer the following although I wish I had some info for Angela regarding her doctor. That does seem more urgent. Good luck to her.
Anyway,Ziggy's closed a long time ago although I don't remember the year. What stands there now is a four unit mini condo complex. The marina is still next door and Dick & Dora's closed and was knocked down about 12-15 years ago and a private home resides there now. I really miss that place! The Alhambra Beach area is being improved and expanded right now.
Have a good summer wherever you reside now!

Jun 22, 2021
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much needed help NEW
by: Angela

I was a kid in the 80s and Dr. Mensing was my doctor. I was wondering if anyone could lead me in the right direction to find my medical records so maybe I can have a guide to what is going on with my daughter. Please help.

Jun 21, 2021
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Ziggys? NEW
by: Anonymous

Anyone have pictures or memories of a catering place in Massapequa by the water in the 1970s known as Ziggys? When did it close/was it bought by another venue? Went to a wedding there in 1977...

Jun 21, 2021
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Ziggys? NEW
by: Anonymous

Anyone have pictures or memories of a catering place in Massapequa by the water in the 1970s known as Ziggys? When did it close/was it bought by another venue? Went to a wedding there in 1977...

May 19, 2021
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Looking for an Old Friend NEW
by: Anonymous

I am looking for an old friend of mine. Her name was Judy Lee and she graduated from MHS in 1965. She married James Curtis. She lived on Cleveland Avenue in Massapequa between Seaford Avenue and Forest Avenue. If anyone knows about her whereabouts, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

May 06, 2021
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Terry L
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS ‘71

Well I’m glad to hear you guys are still able to pursue the Perfect Wave! Me, I’m content with an occasional round of golf and I still watch the surfers at Tobay! Stay well and enjoy.

May 06, 2021
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Jim NEW
by: Terry L

Hey Jim, no Russ did not marry Kathy he married a girl named Marianne. I grew up across the street from him and he was instrumental in getting me into surfing. He's a great guy.

May 06, 2021
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Terry L
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Terry,
I'm not sure if I knew you but you mentioned a great guy - Russ Sennett who I knew pretty well. He was my surfing hero! I used to go watch him sometimes at Tobay or maybe Gilgo. I could never get the hang of surfing myself but it is a beautiful sport.I wonder if he married his high school sweetheart- Kathy I think it was. Nice girl. I lost track of Russ a couple of years after graduation.
If it weren't for my kids and grand kids I'd move to Florida too. Love your Governor!
A real blast from the past. Thanks

May 06, 2021
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Doug B
by: Terry L

Hey Doug! TL here. Retired and living in Fla. Moved south in '82. Still surfing when there are waves. Gerard I. probably moving south within year. Russ Sennet retirrd in Vero Bch. Surf with Dan Boyar all the time. He's retired as well. Hope everything is good with you.

May 03, 2021
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Birch lane NEW
by: Cindy Searby

Does anyone remember Mr. Searby from Birch Lane. He was my dad.

Apr 28, 2021
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I knew some Berner graduates of 1973
by: Mike K

I didnt go to Berner when I lived in Massapequa (north of the tracks) as I graduated from Holy Trinity in 1973, but I knew a number of guys who graduated from Berner in and around 73. Veinot, Crowley, Tricarico, Gorman, Jenkins, Tyree come to mind. You may recognize some of those surnames.

Apr 28, 2021
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Motzah Pizza
by: Doug B

Grew up partly on Pacific St north of the tracks, and moved to the Shores in 2nd grade, great memories, All American, Carvel, Dinos, Chicken Delite, Dick & Dora's, Nautilus, Gilgo, Coco's & Plank house, Whites, Mays, Burns Park, Marjorie Post Park, my Boston Whaler out on the bay, Riviera, Peninsula Golf Club, Grace Episcopal Church, Krischs, clamming, surfing, water skiing, moved away after graduating Berner in '73, back again after college, moved away for good in '80 but Massapequa will always be home, always bring up a flood of memories, in Texas now for the last 30 years, still think about the good ol days

Apr 16, 2021
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Birch Lane and Miss Young as principal? NEW
by: Anonymous

Great to see (finally) a common memory!

I can't remember who i had for kindergarten, but I had Miss Goodwin and Miss Illmansee for 1st grade (I had a big crush on Miss Illmansee who married at thee end of that year and became - if I remember - Mrs. Schreiber),

Mrs. Kollmer for 2nd grade and Mrs. Harris for third grade.

My family moved to Indiana in the middle of 3rd grade - and returned to NY when I was in the middle of 7th grade - but to Rye NY in Westchester County.

I lived on Belvedere Drive in Massapequa Park, not sure if it was close to you.

Apr 16, 2021
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J NEW
by: Anonymous

Brandtdoug66@gmail.com

Apr 16, 2021
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doug1963 NEW
by: Anonymous

How can I get in touch with you, I am in South florida
Jeff

Apr 16, 2021
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Yes NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes live in TX now

Apr 16, 2021
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Doug 1963 NEW
by: Anonymous

Doug, this is Jeff from Harbourview drive, the Doug B. i knew I think lived on Sunset?

Apr 16, 2021
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1963 NEW
by: Doug

Is this Jeff?

Apr 15, 2021
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Lucky to grow up in Massapequa NEW
by: Anonymous

We moved to Biltmore Shores in 1954, I attended Fairfield for part of 6th grade and then was transferred to Birch Lane and was part of the first 6th Grade Class to graduate from there.I recall principal Ms.Young as tough but fair , Coach Igra as really being a cool guy, had Mrs, Cutler for the last part of the year, nice lady but we did not hit it off well. Then off to Parkside for 7th and 8th Grade , bused all the time in the rain and snow. Remember nasty art teacher with big ruler he used for discipline , Ms. Hyman for social studies, and a math teacher, Mr. Marchant? Then off to MHS for 9th through 12th grade.
Had several great teachers there, Mr. Moore-Spanish, Mr. Guernsey for math, Mr. Hoyt , a prima donna for choir, Mr. Wurthman for English, and Ms. Musial in 12th grade English as a first year teacher, what that class did to that poor lady was unreal, social studies, lucky to have Al Baldwin -great guy, and Floyd Kenyon , what a character , oh yes Mr. Morrissey for Math and Al Orrok.
Ms. Godbold for guidance told me I would never get into the college I wanted to and of course I did.
Living in Biltmore Shore and being near the bay and beach was great times, later moved to Harbour Green in 1961 and that closer to the bay. Grew up around boats and summer fluke, and fall flounder and collecting clams at low tide out in the bay to pay for marine gas then about 31 cents a gallon!
Had a great bunch of guys to play sports with , Joe, Bill, Tim, George later Dave, Eric, and Doug, fishing at Fire Island Inlet and Jones inlet surfing at Gilgo Beach, beaching our small boats at Zachs bay and walking over to the ocean at Jones Beach, hockey on Caroons Lake, all great memories.,recall then putt putt and Bow wow on Sunrise , Kirsch's was a stop anytime we went to library. Yes, 35cent sundaes at Grants and Kresge at the Bar Harbour Mall, the pizza place there and the Hot Dog place, can't forget the small barbershop just down from MHs.
How can you not recall Lords bakery and the deli next door?
Played the golf course in Nassau Shores several times learning the game.
Miss the GO Card to get into the hockey games at Madison Square Carden for $5.00
Went off to college and then to law school in Ohio and in 1969 joined the US Dept of Justice and was transferred all over the country and have never made it back to Massapequa. hope to one day get back for a ride around town. I miss it.....

Apr 02, 2021
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unqua NEW
by: Anonymous

I saw Steve Delembackus fight with a teacher, it was in the dark lunch room. It was scarey. Was the bright one for 'buyers' and the dark for 'bringers'? 3 cent milks. Mrs. Kaye was the best. 20 years later I met someone who knew her and her husband, they were still kindness personified. Mr. Elder was nice. On to Berner, Mr. Sommerman was cool, He sent a message through a classmate to ask me to stop cutting class.

Mar 31, 2021
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New Wing NEW
by: Jeff C.

I remember when they built the "New Wing". I was in 6th grade.We were the first grade to use these new classrooms.

Mar 31, 2021
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Mrs Daschinger NEW
by: Mark B.

Oh wow, Mrs. Daschinger! Now that you mention her name, I remember her. She shocked me when, during a class one day, while we were singing, she called me out. I thought she was going to tell the class I had a horrible voice. Instead she put me in a capella choir! When my voice changed, no one would have ever thought to do that again! ;)

Mar 31, 2021
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by: Roseann

I remember Mrs. Dashshinger for music.

Mar 31, 2021
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Unqua memories NEW
by: Roseann

I remember Steve Delambackus too. I was sort of friends with him at BHS. He was killed in a car accident a few years ago. I remember Mr. Moy too and how he told us how to spell his name. I was at Unqua his first year there. I think we were respectful but he was a very boring teacher.

Mar 31, 2021
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Unqua NEW
by: Jeff C.

Vivid memories! I can recall all of the names listed. I had Mrs. Azimi for 2nd, Miss Abrams for 3rd, Mrs. Asher for 4th, Mrs. Weiss/ Miss Donofrio in 5th (Weiss went on Sabbatical) and Mrs. Lopresti/Miss Carnevale in 6th (Lopresti had a baby). Anyone remember Mr. Stowell for Music and Mrs. Singer? I was captivated by Mrs. Singer's colored stockings!

Mar 31, 2021
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Unqua School NEW
by: Kevin

I goofed, Mrs. Bruni taught 1st grade so Ms. Davis was 2nd, Mrs. Thompson was 3rd and Mrs. Zembrowski was 4th. Mr. Moy gave us the "boy", "toy" lecture but we just dismissed him out-of-hand. We were brought up to respect our elders, teachers, etc. so we would never give them any of them a hard time. There was a teacher (male) who got into a fight with a student at lunch time once, I don't remember the teacher's name but the kids last name was "Delembacus" or something like that, he was very big for his age and rather heavy set. He hit the teacher in the face with a baseball glove. I'm sure that didn't work out for the student.

Mar 30, 2021
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Yup NEW
by: Anonymous

That’s how we were all raised. Nothing about it was right.
I feel somehow it made us stronger. Smarter. We learned from that mentality on our own and grew.

Mar 30, 2021
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Mr Moy NEW
by: Anonymous

I had Mr Moy in seventh grade at McKenna. He was a librarian. I remember the first day of class he stood upfront and said to the class if you know Boy then you will know Toy and than you will know my name Mr Moy.That wasn’t a good thing to tell a bunch of seventh graders.From that point on we used to call him Mr. Boy Toy Moy.He got very physical with me one day, he slammed my head up against the wall and I hit the fire alarm actually cut the back of my head. But those Days you just suck it up. If I went home that night and told my dad Mr Moy push my head into the wall ,the first thing my dad would’ve said to me is what did you do wrong. He would’ve blamed me not the teacher. How things have changed over 45
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Mar 30, 2021
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Poor Mr Moy NEW
by: Mark B

Ah yes, he taught us the Dewey Decimal system... I remember we used to give Mr Moy a hard time for no very good reason; we treated him sort of how we would treat substitute teachers - with not a whole lot of respect!

Mar 30, 2021
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Spelling NEW
by: Karen

I am having spelling trouble...drove!

Mar 30, 2021
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Moy NEW
by: Karen

I had Mrs. Zebrowski(?) for 4th and Mrs. Eggloff
(?) For 3rd! Does anyone remember when Mr.Moy drive his car into the playground when kids were outside? They said he had a breakdown and I think e was trying to run us over! 😵😂

Mar 30, 2021
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Unqua memories NEW
by: Roseann

Kevin - I remember all these names of teachers. There were so many of us kids in those years. True boomers. I had Mrs. Bruni for 1st, Miss Schaefer in 2nd, Mrs Nelson in 3rd, Miss Boeing in 4th, Miss Leffert 5th and Mrs. Larkin in 6th. They were all so essential at that time.

Mar 30, 2021
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Unqua School NEW
by: Kevin

I started at Unqua around 1961. Mrs. Saltese for kindergarten, Mrs. Bruni 2nd, Ms. Davis 3rd, Mrs. Thompson 4th, Mrs. Zembrowski (most likely not the correct spelling), Mrs. Weiss 5th and Mrs. Yeager 6th. Mr. Bell was the principal. Mr. Moy was the librarian which was a new concept and there were probably only a few dozen books. We would sneak into the Massapequa Drive-In parking lot during lunch looking for lose change, plenty of Coney Island Whitefish around. Walked down Unqua Road many times with the Baldwin boys, Alec was always the best behaved which might be difficult to appreciate at this juncture.

Mar 30, 2021
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Burger King Sunrise Mall NEW
by: Anonymous

Anyone work at Burger King in Sunrise Mall in early 80’s.

Mar 30, 2021
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Correction NEW
by: Karen

That is supposed to be Mrs.Mahr!

Mar 30, 2021
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Mrs.Mahr
by: Karen

3 in my family had Mrs.Mary and my younger brother had Miss Hamilton and he had quite the crush! I had Mrs.Weiss for 5th...loved her! I think my favorite though was Mr. O'toole who was 6th grade!
I think the principal was Mr. Bell!

Mar 30, 2021
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re mrs Hamilton by Jeff and Anonoamous
by: KEITH CORNELIUS

Hi I wonder if we were in the same class with Mrs Hamilton in 64 -65.?? Great memories of long ago

Mar 24, 2021
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Dale Pets
by: Anonymous

Nancy that worked at Dale Pets was my best friends wife. I remember Pete Angles ,sorry to hear about his passing. If you folks remember the coin operated horse in the front of the store in the late 70s. I owned that Kiddie ride

Mar 24, 2021
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Great Page. great memories! NEW
by: Donna B

Hi! I had Mrs.Mahr for kindergarten at Eastlake school. 1962-1963 school year. For 1st grade I went to Maplewood School in Wantagh, then 2nd -5th grade at Unqua. I had Miss Hoyt for 2nd grade, Mrs. Pompa for 3rd grade, Miss Bard for 4th and Mrs. Weiss for 5th. Loved them all (except Miss Hoyt). My family moved at the end of 5th grade to up state New York, then to Connecticut which is where I still live today. I have only fond memories of Massapequa and come back to Long Island every summer to visit family and friends. I lived on West Shore Drive and was friends with Stephanie Sollecito. and the Larkins. Great Memories!!

Mar 24, 2021
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Seinfeld NEW
by: Anonymous

I had long heard that Seinfeld had gone to Eastlake Elementary School which always seemed to not make sense since he graduated from Massapequa High School. After a number of years of noodling around I found that he did in fact live at 50 Eastgate Road and did go to Eastlake. Eastgate Rd. ran along what became the back fence of the Sunrise Mall. His family later moved down close to the water, possibly before he finished Eastlake. He did also go to McKenna. I grew up on Westgate Rd.

Mar 23, 2021
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Mrs. Bruni and Mrs. Mahr NEW
by: Roseann

I had Mrs. Bruni for first grade 1963 - 1964. I remember Mrs. Mahr and her husband was Alan Mahr. I know a cousin of Angela Mahr who goes to my church in NYC. Mr. Mahr recently passed.

Mar 23, 2021
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Mrs. Bruni
by: Karen

We lived next door to the Bruni's! I had Mrs. Maher for Kindergarten at Unqua 1967!

Mar 23, 2021
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Mrs. Hamilton NEW
by: Jeff

Yes, Mrs. Hamilton's room was in the front South corner of the school. She was great! Then Mrs. BRuni for first grade in '66. Many vivid memories. My name is Jeff Cootner. And yours?

Mar 22, 2021
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mrs Hamilton 1965
by: Anonymous

I had Mrs Hamilton in 1965 also! whats your name?I remember so much from those days. Our class room was in the front south corner.She was wonderful

Mar 22, 2021
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mrs Hamilton 1965 NEW
by: Anonymous

I had Mrs Hamilton in 1965 also! whats your name?I remember so much from those days. Our class room was in the front south corner.She was wonderful

Mar 22, 2021
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Unqua school NEW
by: Mark B

I had Mrs. Feigenbaum for 1st grade at Unqua. I remember wondering how she went from being, umm, "fat", to skinny so quick. Lol. I didn't yet know enough to figure out she wasn't "fat", she was pregnant! Those were the days of the Cuban Missle Crisis and diving under the desk for a nuclear attack drill. Yep - that would've saved us! Does anyone remember Mrs. Armet and Mr. Dooly - both math teachers at MHS?

Mar 22, 2021
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Mrs. Hamilton NEW
by: JC

Mrs. Hamilton was my kindergarten teacher at Unqua in 1965

Mar 21, 2021
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East Lake for kindergarten NEW
by: Roseann

I remember your name Dan from BHS. I went to East Lake for kindergarten. I had Mrs. Hamilton.

Mar 21, 2021
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@Mark B NEW
by: Roseann

I remember you Mark B. Thanks for writing. There is a famous TV producer with your same name so I have thought about you when I have seen that over these many years. I never thought Miss Leffert was all that nice but she was a good teacher and is the reason I have always been interested in the news and current events. She really schooled us in that. I think we also had Mrs. Larkin together in the 6th grade. I really liked Mrs. Larken and I remember the mock convention in her class.

Mar 21, 2021
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Class Photo 1962-63 NEW
by: Dan Moran

Hi,
I have long searched for someone who might have a class photo from Eastlake School, Miss Stafford's 1st Grade Class from 1963-64.. I do have all the rest from my years there. Might someone out there have been in that class and have the photo?
Thanks-Dan Moran

Mar 21, 2021
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Massapequa Stories NEW
by: Dan Moran

Hi Massapequans,
I too graduated Berner in 1975. Before that I went to McKenna and Eastlake. I have been a writer all these many years and have written a numbwer os stories about growing up in Massapequa. Despite having had now thirteen collections of poetry published I have not published these stories but have begun posting them on YouTube. Should any of you wish to hear a few they are on my YouTube channel which is danielthomasmoran. Here is a link to two of them. I hope they bring back some good memories.
Cheers-Dan Moran

https://youtu.be/_E8YQQVJE_8

https://youtu.be/YPrNKt_Fmx8

Mar 20, 2021
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Miss Carnevale NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anyone recall Miss Carnevale from Unqua School? Great teacher for 6th grade!

Mar 19, 2021
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Hi Roseann - we were classmates! NEW
by: Mark B

@Roseanne - I graduated MHS in 1975, went to Unqua and had Ms. Lefferts as my 5th Grade teacher. I do recall your name, but (sorry) that's about it. Do you remember doing a mock presidential convention with Ms. Lefferts? She asked me to represent Wallace (what did I know about politics at the time? So I said yes.) I distinctly remember that she turned cold to me after that, as if I REALLY was a Wallace supporter (never, ever, of course but she almost seemed to blame me for taking the role she assigned me! Weird). At the time I didn't understand why she changed but of course as I got a little older I realized, and thougth it unfair of her to do that. (Strange foreshadowing of current times!) Nonetheless I liked her as a teacher, at least up until that point.

Mar 18, 2021
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BHS class of 1975
by: Roseann

I went to Unqua and lived on Huron Ave. in Nassau Shores. Does anyone know what happened to Miss Leffert who taught 5th grade at Unqua. She was so pretty. I live in NYC now. I was very nerdy in those days and wasn't really close to too many people. My parents were very strict.

Mar 18, 2021
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Random comment NEW
by: Anonymous

Joe’s deli which became Carol’s deli on South west corner of Broadway and Rhode Island avenue next to the drug store. Bought all my baseball cards there.

Mar 18, 2021
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I remember it well.... NEW
by: Anonymous

So wonderful to read all these memories!

Biltmore Beach Club dances on Friday night in summer.
The "art house" cinema at the Bar Harbor Shopping Center
Tobay Beach
Gilgo Beach
Harbor Green
Biltmore Shores
St. Rose of Lima Church
Pequa Bowl
Crabbing off the docks at high tide.
In fall, burning leaves, on the side of the road.
Skinny dipping in the bay
Ice Skating on Caroons Lake
ABC Deli
Memorial Day Parades

Massapequa in the 50's and 60's was a simple, lovely place to be. The only thing I was afraid of as a kid was Khruschev and air raid drills, where we crouched in the halls of Birch Lane School.

Mar 13, 2021
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Good memories of Massapequa
by: Ray Cooke

Came across this site after seeing a reference to Bohack's supermarket on a Pinterest page - lots of good memories here!
I grew up in Massapequa and graduated from Berner in 1975; went to school in Colorado and lived there for several years afterward, then moved to the Los Angeles area where I live today. Despite the years Massapequa memories come back often, like when I bought cold cuts the other day and recalled Scordato's deli on North Broadway up the block from our house on Suffolk Ave., and Sparky's barber shop as I look at my now rather long hair thanks to COVID closing our local barbers. I even check the Newsday website every now and then to see what's going on around Long Island, and am awaiting delivery of a Massapequa history book from Amazon that I stumbled across last week.
Spent a few weeks back in Massapequa about two years ago, sadly because my dad died and we had to take care of things afterwards, but it was a chance to immerse myself in the place where I grew up and revisit places that were part of my life. Won't forget those places, or the people who were part of those memories. I never had any plans to move back, but I'll always remember it as a good place to live!

Mar 13, 2021
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Ice cream truck 1950s NEW
by: Anonymous

Judy Ann. Good Humor. Bungalow Bar.

Mar 08, 2021
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Dick and Dora’s
by: Charlie L

Worked at this place from 79 to 80, 2nd owners Joe and Helen real tuff to work for, busted my butt as a bus boy, $$ was great! The place closed down in late 90’s and they developed waterfront condos.

Mar 01, 2021
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the sixties NEW
by: CM

remember much about growing up in that town ,sol's by the A&P the Italian deli inside corner near Sol's the pequa bowl the pequa theatre Mass zoo and the monkey mountain feed them for a nickel a shotbig bow bow best hot dogs ,the hotel burnt down on hicksville road and they left it there so we could climb over the ruins .Croons lake and the winter ice skating ,West end deli on Seaford avenue and merrick road,Bar harbour and grants the square pizza place and the record store I bought "sargents peppers lonely hearts club band" album.I had a gang of friends some true and some not was always moving around learned to handel myself on the streets after one year in military school and went to parkside ,the bullies couldnt beat the snot out of me anymore .I learned how to get by on the streets or anyplace I shot pool with WIlly Masconi at a pool hall on merrick road near the John j burns park and ran with my friends shooting pool and stopping in to the diner for coffe at night,we moved in 67 after a death in the family..good and bad times there but never a dull moment my family was there and those were good times.

Mar 01, 2021
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the sixties NEW
by: CM

remember much about growing up in that town ,sol's by the A&P the Italian deli inside corner near Sol's the pequa bowl the pequa theatre Mass zoo and the monkey mountain feed them for a nickel a shotbig bow bow best hot dogs ,the hotel burnt down on hicksville road and they left it there so we could climb over the ruins .Croons lake and the winter ice skating ,West end deli on Seaford avenue and merrick road,Bar harbour and grants the square pizza place and the record store I bought "sargents peppers lonely hearts club band" album.I had a gang of friends some true and some not was always moving around learned to handel myself on the streets after one year in military school and went to parkside ,the bullies couldnt beat the snot out of me anymore .I learned how to get by on the streets or anyplace I shot pool with WIlly Masconi at a pool hall on merrick road near the John j burns park and ran with my friends shooting pool and stopping in to the diner for coffe at night,we moved in 67 after a death in the family..good and bad times there but never a dull moment my family was there and those were good times.

Feb 28, 2021
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Ice Cream Trucks street hockey NEW
by: Anonymous

I believe Circus man was the Other Ice Cream Truck.
I remember Fribbles at Friendly’s on Broadway and Clark Blvd
Street Hockey games one block against another at Hawthorn school parking lot.
Getting our hockey stick blades at Korvettes or Herman’s in the mall.
Curving them over a hot pot of boiling water.
Playing baseball in the sump with one ball wrapped with electrical tape.

Feb 28, 2021
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love this site NEW
by: KeithCornelius

Just came back to this wonderful site after a year or so. Just spent at least an hour reading all of your memories. I was born there 1959 and spent 13 years of my childhood living on Fairwater Ave right by the Bay. Holding back tears of joy and smiling as i read such great memories from most of you just touched my heart.The Baldwin Family lived directly behind us with just a fence separating our yards. We made home 8mm movies in my yard which i still have. i miss the golden days of growing up in old Massapequa

Feb 23, 2021
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Holiday Park NEW
by: Annie

Bobby Hep -- I believe you went to school with my cousins...The DeLuca's who lived on Chestnut Street. I recognize the name. I went to Farmingdale HS but lived on the border...I have very good memories of those years. (I still live in Massapequa...my cousins have all moved south).

Feb 23, 2021
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An ORIGINAL "HOLIDAY PARK BOY"
by: Bobby Hepburn (Zep)

I grew up on Ontario Ave. and went to Plainedge HS. As a teenager, we hung out behind SCHWARTING School on Jerusalem Ave. and HOLIDAY PARK on Hicksville Road. I worked at THE HOLIDAY PARK Pharmacy as a delivery boy in HS. I have GREAT memories of my childhood and teenage years at Plainedge. My singing career started there when ALL the guys used to form little groups and harmonize. We were only a few miles from Alhambra Beach, Florence Ave. Beach or... a bus trip away from Jones Beach. EVERYONE who has ever been to Massapequa, knows ALL AMERICAN on Merrick Road. It has LEGENDARY French Fries. I miss those day, but am happy here in the Mountains of The Lehigh Valley, in Pennsylvania. I still go back every year for the ITALIAN FEAST on Broadway. Us OLD guys gather in front of THE VILLAGE PUB.

Feb 21, 2021
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Response to Books on the Table NEW
by: Anonymous

I am say that Carol DeBrita, has passed away. She lived on Chicago Avenue, two doors away from me, and was my fourth grade teacher. Talk about being awkward having your teacher as your neighbor. May Ms. DeBrita Rest In Peace.

Feb 13, 2021
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Re Visited Massapequa in 2019 NEW
by: Anonymous

Reading all the comments here on this site , names of places to eat, names of people and neighborhoods , street names .
Well , I came back to Massapequa on a business trip with my Husband and kids , and after leaving this town , driving thru the streets , I was so sad to see lots of changes
but so is life after 30 plus years , I wish it was the old neighborhood , seeing kids play in the streets , I did not see my neighbor Ma and Pop little candy stores , etc. anymore

I have many fond memories of Massapequa , the schools Berner HS/Massapequa HS. I still keep in contact with classmates ( not going to say what year i grad) from but i will never forget the small town memories of my childhood/teen era

Feb 10, 2021
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Looking for Ms. Carol Debrita
by: Books on her table

I went to Raymond J. Lockhart elementary 1971 to 1977, and had
Carol Debrita as my 5th grade teacher. Ms. Debrita was kind to me, listened to me and protected me from the bullies. Because of her, I homeschooled all my kids, who are all very successful, 2 of which are now teachers themselves.
I would love to know how she's doing, is she still as live?
If she is, please tell her Mary thanks her.

Feb 09, 2021
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Born on the Fourth of July NEW
by: Johnny Boy

To see how the Elmwood area of Dallas was made up to look like Massapequa, visit:

https://elmwoodna.org/blog/2016/11/21/historical-photos-downtown-elmwood

I read somewhere that Kovic lived on Lee Place and that Tom Cruise, before the movie started filming, visited Massapequa and had ice cream at Krisch's.

Feb 08, 2021
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Sparky's, et al. NEW
by: Johnny Boy

Sparky (some old man actor) was featured in "Born on the 4th of July," early on in the movie, which was filmed in the metro Dallas area, but made up to look like Broadway in Massapequa.

I remember getting my haircut by Sparky in December of 1980 when I was home on leave from Gila Bend AFB given I had let it grow out on vacation.

As to Bungalow Bar, I always remember the song "Bungalow Bar, tastes like tar, the more you eat it, the sicker you are." Typical kid stuff.

There was also a great Italian Deli on Broadway (west side of the street); can't remember the name, but the food was incredible.


Jan 24, 2021
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Massapequa 1974 Grad
by: Greg M

I moved from New Hyde Park to Massapequa, Feb 1969, attended Parkside Middle School, Now Ames, my younger brother attended Birch Lane. All American is still there. I worked at All American my first job, paid $1.75 an hour. Mopped the floors, made those great French fries, and was in charge of garbage compacting, in the dumpster. About 1974 worked at Pequa movie theater wearing the red blazer suit jacket, now a car dealership. And summers worked as a Tobay Lifeguard. Tobay has survived a few Hurricanes but it’s still there. I believe it was Kevin who said he lived in Harbor Green in 1969, that is also where I lived for 12 years, I can’t place you Kevin. Now, I live off of Alhambra road, Dick and Dora,s no longer here but they use to make the best pizza. Enjoyed reading everyone’s posts.

Dec 30, 2020
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Repaving the Roads (to JHG) NEW
by: Kevin

We moved from Queens to Highwater Avenue in the 1950s and then to Shinnecock Avenue, both in Nassau Shores. During Jr. High School we moved to Harbor Green. I never cared for Harbor Green very much, most of the kids were overly obsessed with who had the bigger house, drove the fancier car, had the fastest boat - you get the idea. That wasn't the way we were brought up, we were taught to judge people by how they treated others. Manners, being polite, respectful, etc. - these mattered most. We made friends with everyone, regardless of where they lived or what their Dad for a living. I think that's the way it should always be.

Dec 30, 2020
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Berner in the news NEW
by: Anonymous

Berner HS in the news:
"As a student at Berner High School in Massapequa, Baldwin was listed as "Alexander Baldwin" in the yearbook."
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https://pagesix.com/2020/12/30/like-hilaria-alec-baldwin-also-changed-his-name/

Dec 28, 2020
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Repaving - Nassau Shores
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS 71

I remember the roads being repaved in the mid 60's (?) after they installed the sewers around the area. I was a kid but I know all the neighbors had to put up with the mess but were glad they didn't have to worry about their cesspools caving in any longer.
I can't believe most of Suffolk County still doesn't have cesspools.

Dec 27, 2020
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Paving in Mass pk in 60s NEW
by: Richie B

That was crazy the tar sprayer and then putting bluestones on top. It became a road in time. But inthe mean time it was a mess to walk on.

Dec 27, 2020
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Repaving the Roads (Kevin) - Nassau Shores NEW
by: JHG

I remember when they repaved the streets in Nassau Shores (or paved the streets for the 1st time?) we kids would walk over the tar and it would stick to the shoes and sneakers. Our mothers went crazy and would chase us down to where the tar was freshly spread. They couldn't go out to drag us home, they'd just yell to us to get off the streets. We kids must have been between 4 and 6 at the time. Mom and dad would use kerosene to get the tar off the shoes. What a mess.
And we all loved the smell of the fog man's truck. We'd follow him on our bicycles as he drove his Jeep around each house on our bikes or just running after him. I don't remember any adverse after-effects. Just dementia in my old age.......:-)
Kevin, what street were you on?

Dec 27, 2020
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Lakeshore Drive NEW
by: Bob HAnonymous

Born in Massapequa in 68. Lived on Lakeshore dr. Loved it there, playing in the woos with the stream and lakes.Remeber going to Musicaros restaurant and having their brick ice cream. It was so delicious !!

Dec 26, 2020
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Sol' Lunchentte NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember this place- Sol's it was in the shopping center across from All American-

It was where Uncle Giuseppe's is now. The Shopping center was not as big then.

Dec 08, 2020
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Repaving the Roads NEW
by: Kevin

I certainly recall the repaving of the roads with the hot tar and blue stone. A tremendous mess (the stones would stick to the tires on our car or get caught in the treads and make a lot of noise on the bottom of the car whenever my parents went through our neighborhood) and since we lived on a corner the workers would ask if they could get a drink of water from our garden hose. That's something you can't forget.

Dec 08, 2020
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To Kevin NEW
by: Anonymous

I think that fog was DDT! I remember the knife sharpening guy, milk man, bread truck and of course the Good Humor truck; but I also remember in the fall, a hay wagon came around and gave rides, this was on Cartwright Blvd in 1949 or so.
Some years, the streets would be regravelled with hot tar oozing up.

Dec 07, 2020
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Charlie Chips NEW
by: Anonymous

How about Charlie Chips! Big tins of potato chips and pretzels getting delivered!

Dec 07, 2020
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by: Kevin

In Nassau Shores we had Good Humor and Hood ice cream trucks. Bungalow Bar and Mr. Softee were in Queens where my grandparents lived. We also had the milkman (I have a big scar on my wrist when I fell on our metal milkbox) and the Dougan man who delivered baked goods. There was also the "grinder man" in the big open-sided green truck that had that loud alarm type bell and everyone would get their scissors and outdoor tools sharpened. I can't forget the "fog man", the town would spray for mosquitos with a truck creating a huge fog down our block and all the kids would ride through the mist on their bikes. Probably not a very smart move but we didn't know any better.

Dec 06, 2020
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Ice cream trucks NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember a third truck that would come very once in while. Judy Ann. The saying was Judy Ann the garbage man. Bugalow bar tastes like tar. It would go down Pacific St.

Dec 06, 2020
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Home deliveries NEW
by: Anonymous

I also remember the sharpening truck and his distinctive bell ringing. My father would often have his hedge clippers sharpened. How about the milkman delivery truck. I think it was Borden's dairy. The milk and other dairy products would be left on the front stoop in those silver insulated boxes. The glass quarts of milk always had a good inch of cream on top. Also, for a while we had the Dugan Breadman deliver bread products.I am going back now to the late 50's and early 60's

Dec 06, 2020
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3rd Truck with Bells NEW
by: jg JHS'67

I recall a knife sharpening truck, painted green and slower than the ice cream trucks, and ringing smaller higher pitched bells. A lot of the moms in the neighborhood would run out with scissors and knifes for the man to sharpen.

Dec 06, 2020
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Ice Cream Truck - Anonymous
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS 71

I don't know if your question about the fourth ice cream truck, way back when, was a riddle (do you already know the answer?) but the only other regular ice cream truck I can remember was Carvel.
Was there another one?

Dec 06, 2020
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Sol's Luncheonette
by: Rex Gale

I remember and loved this place if it's the same one I'm thinking of. Was it just down from All American in a small strip center...between All American and Dairy Barn?
We used to play basketball down at Fairfield Elementary School and Parkside. After we headed to Sol's Luncheonette and sat at the counter for a vanilla soda and toasted bagel :)
My idea of heaven growing up as a kid in Massapequa!

Dec 04, 2020
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Ice Cream Trucks in Massapequa Park NEW
by: Anonymous

We all remember Good Humor and Bungalow Bar Ice Cream but who remembers the third truck in the 50s and it is not Mr Softee.

Dec 04, 2020
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Nancy and Pete Engels? NEW
by: Dylan Engels

Pete Engels is my father, he passed away 6 years ago. He was 21 years old in 1975 so the timing seems to match. Nancy is my aunt and his younger sister, her last name is now Giannattasio if you have Facebook. I randomly came across this blog while looking for an old surf shop I went to and then saw your comment... it would be pretty crazy if we’re thinking of the same people!

Dec 04, 2020
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Dale Pets NEW
by: Anonymous

I don't remember the last name... If Nancy worked there spring/summer of 1975 then, yes, I suppose so! I'd be interested to know if this is the same person.

Dec 02, 2020
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Pete Engels?
by: Anonymous

Nancy and Pete Engels?

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Dale Pets NEW
by: Anonymous

When I stopped working at Dale Pets in mid-1975 there was a young woman who worked there, but I don't believe her name was Nancy (I could be wrong)... she had blonde hair and her brother was Pete, a friend of mine.

Dec 01, 2020
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Dale Pets NEW
by: Anonymous

My friends wife worked at Dale Pets around that time.Her
First name was Nancy

Nov 13, 2020
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Lafayette NEW
by: Jeff

yes that electronics store was Lafayette Electronics. Bought my first stero there.

Nov 13, 2020
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Dale Pets NEW
by: Anonymous

That's right Kevin - the coffee shop was next door and when I worked there I think an electronics store was on the other side, or perhaps a couple of doors down. We had a pretty broad mix of animals there... dogs, cats, tropical and salt water fish, birds, reptiles and on occasion some more exotic animals. The only animal I wouldn't go near was the tarantula we once had!

Nov 13, 2020
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DALE PETS NEW
by: Kevin

If memory serves Dale Pets was next to the coffee shop and Courtesy Drugs closest to Sunrise Highway. We would go after church on Sunday, my parents would go shopping at Courtesy Drugs and if we were lucky we could pick out something like candy or perhaps Batman cards. Then we'd visit Dale Pets. We moved to Massapequa, Nassau Shores in 1958, and then to Harbor Green around 1969. I left in 1980 and currently live up on the North Shore. Sadly over-commercialization and our elected officials complete disregard for the quality of life on Long Island (tax revenues are apparently more important than maintaining the beauty that was once Nassau & Suffolk counties) has made us decide to leave NY forever. Massapequa once looked like the country but today looks more like Jamaica Queens. Fortunately I still have the memories which can't be paved over or have a strip center or fast food store built on top of them.

Nov 13, 2020
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Dale Pets NEW
by: Mark B.

Does anyone remember Dale Pets in the Mays shopping center? I worked there from 1972-1975.

Nov 13, 2020
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Dale Pets NEW
by: Mark B.

Does anyone remember Dale Pets in the Mays shopping center? I worked there from 1972-1975.

Nov 13, 2020
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Great memories Janet Falvo NEW
by: Donna B

Hi Janet Falvo, I loved reading your story. I lived in Massapequa until the end of 5th grade. Then we moved to Connecticut which is where i still live. Debbie Kruetel was in my 4th grade class with Miss Bard as our teacher! I was very quiet and shy so probably nobody remembers me, but Debbie was always so nice and friendly!! I had Miss Hoyt for 2nd grade, Mrs. Pompa for 3rd, Miss Bard 4th, Mrs. Weiss for 5th. I have such great memories of Massapequa!! I lived on West Shore Drive {off Merrick Rd., } right by Marjorie Post Park. Loved all my teachers except Miss Hoyt!! A few of my neighbors were Stephanie Sollecito, Ellen Larkin. I try to go back every summer to visit family and friends that are still on the island. Oh, I think I had a Janet in either my 4th or 5th grade class, maybe it was you?? I'll be looking into that event at Marjorie Post park, sounds like fun!!

Nov 12, 2020
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Miniature Golf Course
by: Jo-Ann

Janet Falco my dad owned that miniature golf course. I have fond memories of the place and am still looking for photos of it if anyone has them. If you got a hole-in-one on the last hole, #18, you got a free game. You had to hit the ball up and over a bridge.

Nov 12, 2020
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Richard Place and that park by Mays NEW
by: Mark B.

Jeff C., I lived on Richard Pl. directly across from the basketball field in the park you mentioned, and right around the corner from Joludow Drive. I spent many a beautiful day playing with friends on the merry-go-round when in the giddy 5-10 age range, and used to cut along the creek behind the park to walk to Unqua school. Those indeed were the days, when parents called your name from the front stoop when it was time to come home for dinner! Lovely place to grow up and a nice time to do it in.

I graduated MHS in 1975, btw.

Nov 12, 2020
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Jones Court NEW
by: Jeff C.

Teresa, your comments brought back vivid memories of a more innocent time. Yes we did walk everywhere back then. We were close enough to walk to 3 different movie theaters, a bowling alley, Mays and the Mall,Marjorie Post Park for swimming and ice skating, both elementary and high school and the woods to play in. Those of us on Jones Court could just hop the backyard fence and be in the little league baseball field (Richard Pl.) The best part was that we had around 30 kids who were within a year or two of each other and were always outside playing. We knew the moms in every house and they were like additional parents to us. It was really paradise to grow up in.

Nov 12, 2020
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Just Memories NEW
by: Janet Falco

I read a couple of comments of people who asked about Jones Court. I lived on Avenue Louise and yes I remember Jones Court. The Dwyers, the Lugos and the Olsons lived there. I lived near McCluskie, Senn, Mure, Alfino, Reno, Idone, Scalfani, Provenzano, Simon, Kruetel, Koff, Golden, Zorro, Sonderman, Daughtery, Ferguson, Merck, and Oast. That's all I can remember from that street right now. We walked to May's a lot and went to the miniature golf course on Sunrise Hwy near the Howard Johnsons. I got a hole in one there once! Got a free game. I remember Carvel, Lord's, the Pizza places and of course All-American. Chicken Delight was my favorite take-out. Walked to Unqua and Berner. I can't believe at 11 years old me and Debbie Kruetel walked to Bar Harbor for Pizza. They had outside music playing there. I thought I was in a rich area. I do remember the old man on the farm which was then converted to Marjorie Post Park. I guess the boys in town used to harass him so when I went to see the animals, the old man chased me down with rakes and shovels. My street butt up against that wooded area and his farm was through that way. There was a candy store we used to go to as well on Merrick. I have since moved from there in 1978. Went to Florida for 13 years and now I live in Knoxville, Tn. I have gone back numerous times to see family and friends. This last time in 2019 was a shocker. Really changed Very dirty around that area now. There's usually a yearly picnic at the Majorie post park woods around the end of August, early September but this year was canceled because of covid. It's for anyone that grew up in Massapequa. If interested it's usually posted on Facebook, by Julie Fruend or JIll Freund. Not sure. I forgot. Over the years, I got to see many people and it was really nice. Thanks for the memories. I enjoy reading them.

Nov 04, 2020
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CANDY who came FROM out on THE ISLAND... NEW
by: Anonymous

thanks Ed for the correction I missed it by a few blocks

Oct 28, 2020
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Candy Darling NEW
by: Ed Yazijian

I knew of Candy Darling back then. She was considerably older than me, but my mother knew and protected her from all the bullying she'd experience as a young boy at the time. She was our neighbor, and we knew her as Jimmy Slattery before Jimmy became Candy. The Slatterys lived at 79 First Ave., not Pacific Ave. Jimmy's mom's name was Theresa, and he had a much older half-brother Warren who my parents also knew. We lived up the street at 92 First Ave.

Oct 28, 2020
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CANDY who came FROM out on THE ISLAND... NEW
by: Anonymous

In Lou Reeds song "Walk on the Wild Side" he sings about Candy who came from out on the island. Candy Darling was from Massapequa Park and grew up on Pacific St. She was a transgender icon and actress in Warhol films.

Oct 20, 2020
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Garfield St NEW
by: Anonymous

I grew up on Roosevelt right there, but not until the 70's. I was always staying with family in Brooklyn and went to private school so I did not hang with the neighborhood kids too much.

Oct 20, 2020
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Sol’s Luncheonette NEW
by: Anonymous

Anybody ?

Oct 20, 2020
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Garfield Street? NEW
by: Anonymous

I grew up on Garfield St, on the corner of Park Blvd. Did anyone live in that area? Such a great place to grow up. Between Garfield, Hayes and Smith Streets we had a gang of probably twenty kids.

Oct 19, 2020
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Roll 'N Ice NEW
by: BCK

Yes the place with the rollerskating upstairs and the ice skating downstairs was called Roll N' Ice on Sunrise Highway in Copiague. I grew up in Massapequa Park and my friends and I would rent time there to play ice hockey. It was hard to get the time so we would often play at 3 am! Our fathers were good sports, bringing us there at all hours. Hockey was an obsession on LI back then in the 70s. Good times.

Oct 14, 2020
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Correction... Year of Seinfeld graduation from MHS NEW
by: Anonymous

Just to correct one thing from the posting below this one, who graduated around 1980 and said "Jerry Seinfeld went to MHS in the class ahead of me", Seinfeld graduated MHS in 1972. You can find the yearbook page with his picture, and on that page the older brother of a good friend of mine from those days, Barry Schlactus! Best wishes to all us former (or still) Massapequans.

Oct 13, 2020
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A Great Place to Grow Up
by: Anonymous

Wow... This is amazing. I too; am from Massapequa, New York and miss it every single day. I graduated from Massapequa High School in 1980; went to SUNY Stony Brook and the rest is history. I loved growing up in Massapequa and always said I wanted to return there to raise my own family. I wish I had but; the best laid plans... I know Berber became a middle school after I left but; some of my best memories involved anytime Massapequa High had to face our ross-town arch rival and enemy, Berner. I actually lived ven remember the night a car; attempting to turn from Merrick Road within walking distance of the now famous All~American burger and fries joint. It was absolutely the most delicious; inexpensive place to go for all things greasy. Recently; it was actually featured on the Food Network's Burgers and Dives. I went nuts seeing that and was actually a bit shocked. Though we all loved their low-priced faire; we also didn't mind that the burgers were almost White Castle thin and the fries were so greasy you could eat AND change the oil on your car. Usually burgers featured on that TV show are mile high and loaded with insane toppings. All-American counted on 2 ingredients hooking teens in and ensuring many repeat visits;grease and salt. It worked but may be one of the causes of my hypertension. It was well worth it. You could scrounge up just a few bucks, eat like a poor mans's king and then, walk right next door for a cold, sweet and creamy,old-fashioned Carvel Ice Cream cone with sprinkles. The best soft-serve I have ever had. I spent countless summer nights doing just with good friends. I even remember the night a car screened of off Merrick Road and plowed right into the Carvel. Thankfully; I do not remember any fatalities but there were some blood spots that peaked the teenage curiosity and we peered through the police tape and shattered glass for days. Also nearby was Massapequa Bowl; as well as the Massapequa Diner and the ultimate teenage entertainment center of the 70's; the Sunrise Mall on Sunrise Highway. Who could ask for more. Massapequa even had its own share of celebrities;Jerry Seinfeld went to MHS in the class ahead of me as did some of the Baldwin boys and the Van Pelts from TV's Eight is Enough. Ron Kovic of the dramatic Vietnam-era film "Born on the Forth of July" grew into a Marine in Massapequa. The film details the dramatic twist of his story beginning in Massapequa. He was THE all-american boy who grew up at a time and in a small town that cherished patriotism and its' war heroes. Sadly; the Vietnam war took its' tragic, ugly turn and by the time Kovic returned home following a devastating injury, his Hero's Parade was marred by some mis-guided folks who now saw him as no more than a "Baby KIller". Kovic's whole life spiraled out of control after that. Many of the film's early background scenes were actually shot in Massapequa, ( with scenery specifically designed to turn back time to the 60's) and I recall a day when someone heard a rumor that they were going to film some scenes in the high school and that some of us could have a chance to be an extra in the movie. To my knowledge that never happened but the "buzz" was a fun distraction for a bit. I really could go on and on but some reading this probably know all about it. I don't know if it's because I was young and things were just so much simpler then but; I clearly remember a feeling of security in that town. Many people left their doors unlocked and kids RN from one house to the next begging for a drink or snack.My own Mother was such a skilled baker that she was awarded the honor of being called the "Cookie Lady" by all the kids. Lots of people had store bought cookies but not my Mom. I think she realized that the delicious aroma of fresher baked cookies would have a Peter Pan effect on us and she would get to make sure her kid was doing just fine. It really was like Cheers" -- everybody knew your name and I miss it more than I can say.

Oct 09, 2020
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Where to
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS 71

I'm not sure where you can buy photos - Ive seen some nice ones on the walls of some stores around town- but there are plenty of great ones on the Massapequa Historical Society website. Maybe you can contact them and ask where you can purchase any.
In the meantime, if you have a large screen computer or laptop and an iphone you can take a picture of many photos right off the website and forward them through a CVS app and have them printed up in an hour. It's amazing how good they come out.

Oct 09, 2020
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Sparky's NEW
by: Mike K

I dont know where Sparky was located previously during his hair cutting career, but he ended up in the shop next to the cigar store (which was a Carvel years ago) on the west side of Broadway. After Sparky retired, he sold the business to an elderly man who worked there until his early 90s. That man sold it to a younger Russian speaking guy who I believe is still running that hair cutting business.

Oct 09, 2020
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where to NEW
by: Anonymous

Any one know where you can purchase old photos of Massapequa Park ?

Oct 09, 2020
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Fays Luncheonette NEW
by: Anonymous

Wasn't Sparky's barber shop right next door to the luncheonette? Might have been one block south?

Oct 09, 2020
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Belvedere Drive NEW
by: Anonymous

On my end of the street, I knew the Maddens, Zimmers, Bustards. At Birch Lane School, those I remember - have only first names! :) However, I do remember Miss Illmansee (later Mrs. Schreiber, for whom I'd an enormous crush), Mrs. Kollmer, Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Goodwin. Our principal was Miss Young, which we children thought hilarious because she wasn't at that time.

Oct 09, 2020
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Belvedere Drive NEW
by: Anonymous

Oh pity, I didn't know them! They must have been at the other end of the street. I was only 8 when we moved away - so I didn't get around much!

Oct 09, 2020
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Belverdere NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes Vanderhof

Oct 09, 2020
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Belvedere Drive NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, do you remember the last names of your aunt or uncle?

Oct 09, 2020
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Burger King Sunrise Mall
by: Anonymous

So I posted about 2 months ago about fun times at my job that only lasted about a year. Great people just checking if anyone remembers back in 1982-1983. I had just left when Linda was struck in the head by a construction worker with a nail gun. Hope she and all my colleagues are doing well some 38 years later. Here’s a few of the names I remember, Janine, Diana, Christine, Bob, Claudia, John, Maryanne (she was dating manager) and of course Linda. Anyone with good memory who’s out there drop in love to hear.

Oct 09, 2020
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Belverdere dr NEW
by: Richie

My fathers cousin lived on Belvedere Dr 50s to maybe 70s. I called them aunt and uncle She worked at Bar Harbor I think Grants. They had a daugther Diane. I lived on Pacific St and East Lake Ave

Oct 08, 2020
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Sorry Birch Lane NEW
by: Anonymous

I went to Unqua in early 60's; lived on Richard Place near Block Blvd.

Oct 08, 2020
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Fays NEW
by: Betsy Knapp

I loved Fays, Egg creams and a three musketeers or Milky Way bar, Good n Plenty. All yummy. Now it’s a stupid florist and they built a funeral where My precious woods were. I wish things need to change even though I wish they wouldn’t.

Oct 08, 2020
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Birch Lane - Belvedere Drive - Massapequa Park NEW
by: Anonymous

I've been watching for any response to my posts and have seen none in two years.

IS THERE NO ONE who attended Birch Lane School in the early 1960s - or who lived on Belvedere Drive in Massapequa Park from 1956 to 1963?

Oct 08, 2020
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Fays NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember Fays very well. I would walk down with my friends from Von Huenfeld St., sit at the counter and have a fountain soda for a nickel then buy a full size candy bar ( Three Musketeer or Chunky ) also for a nickel for the walk back home.When I got a little older I would visit the deli next door and buy a 1/4 lb. paper carton of potato salad, that was the best ever. I have visited that deli a few times in the past 50 years since left Long Island and even though the owners have changed the salad is still the same. They must sell all the recipes along with the business.
When I got a older yet I would ride my bike after I finished my paper route (Newsday) across the tracks across Sunrise Highway to buys those 15 cent hamburgers from the newly opened fast food restaurants located on the south west corner of Sunrise Highway and Park Blvd. I don't believe it was McDonalds, perhaps a Wetsons.
Great times!

Oct 08, 2020
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Fays !uncheonette NEW
by: Anonymous

I loved Fays. I’d go there after my chores on the weekend, I bought candy with my allowance of 25 cents a week. 😀

Oct 08, 2020
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Fays Luncheonette NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember them vaguely but fondly. The husband used to wear those paper hats that were typical of soda jerks. They were very nice couple.

Oct 08, 2020
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Fay’s Luncheonette NEW
by: Bob

My family moved to Massapequa Park in 1954. I was a year old. We lived on Smith St, across from Hawthorne Elementary school. We moved to Oceanside in 1962.
Fay ( a large woman) her husband and a coworker named marge ran the place.

Oct 08, 2020
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Fays Lunceonette NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember Fays. Fay and her husband and another woman named Marge ran it.

Oct 08, 2020
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Luncheonette NEW
by: Gregg Millford

Does anyone recall a Luncheonette on the corner of south side Jerusalem and and east side of Broadway? It was converted to a Pizzeria in the early 70's. Anyone have a picture or a name of the Business

Sep 25, 2020
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Remembering
by: Jeff Lichtman

Lived on Philadelphia Ave until I went into the ARMY in 1967. Graduated Berner in 1965. Best friends were Ron Abbate (Grand Blvd)now in Ohio and Ronnie Marks, now in Florida. hung out with John Linker, George (Mugs) Thompson and Keith Ziglebauer. Many wonderful friends and times growing up in MP! Learned to fly at Zahns airport in Amityville.

Does anyone remember Carol Kaplan from MHS? Dated her while in the Army. MHS was a place for remedial summer school and drivers ed.

At 72yo, living in Texas, small ranchette, wife, dog named Marshall Dillon.

God Bless you all! Jeff

Sep 24, 2020
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Neighbors NEW
by: Betsy Knapp

I lived at 60 McKinley Streeet, Massapequa Park from 1953- 1968. My best friend was Maren Robinson. I was born in 1952. Did anyone out there live around me?

Sep 24, 2020
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Don’t Cook Tonight... NEW
by: Bob Messina

Don’t cook tonight. Call chicken delight. I lived in Massaoequa Park from 1954 to 1961. I’m 67 years old. Lived on Smith Street, across from Hawthorne Elementary School

Sep 24, 2020
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Koehl street NEW
by: Anonymous

Who owned Massapequa zoo and does anybody remember Chicken Delight in Massapequa on Merrick Road

Sep 23, 2020
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Airfield NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes, the airfield in Massapequa Park was the Fitzmaurice Flying Field. It was located on the area where the McKenna Elementary School (formerly Junior High), and the Nassau County Police Academy (formerly Hawthorn Elementary School). The street with the same name is about five blocks South of the area.

Sep 23, 2020
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Massapequa Airfield NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm gonna say the old airport in massapequa park was Fitzmaurice field. In fact i think there is a street of the same name on/near the site.

Sep 20, 2020
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Walking into the Massapequa Zoo NEW
by: Anonymous

Thats me walking into the Massapequa Zoo with my mom, I'm 68 now.......my mom said "no one will know its us" and she was right.

Sep 20, 2020
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Massapequa Zoo NEW
by: Anonymous

1959 or 60 ... One of my first jobs was at Massapequa Zoo. I ran the rides and whatever else I was told to do..

Felt lucky to have the job, at a dollar an hour, off the books!!

If you had any food from their food service they docked your pay.

When I asked for job, Mr. Grimaldi asked if I could shoot a BB gun... I said yes, and he had me shoot at a tin can ...I hit it ..got the job.. I sure was confused, but I was happy I got hired.

After being taught all the rides etc. I learned about the BB gun.

I was the look out, armed with a Daisy BB gun at the monkey mountain, when the men went into the area to clean..
all I had to do was show the gun over the wall and the monkeys would scatter to the opposite side. They were very vicious, and would attack and would throw stuff at the guy inside the moat. They were pretty scared of the BB gun, but there were times I remember i had to shoot. The bb would not break skin but would sting and send them scattering.
Cruel .. Different times !!




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Massapequa Zoo NEW
by: Linda

I moved to Massapequa Park in the early 50’s. At that time,
McKenny Jr. High was an airport and the surrounding area
was filled with blueberry bushes. Going to the Massapequa Zoo was always a real treat. I believe the owners daughter graduated from Berner HS in 66’. I now live in south Florida, but have fond memories of my years in Massapequa Park as a child.

Sep 01, 2020
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Nice picture of the Pequa Theatre NEW
by: Mark Barnett

Here's a link to a nice picture of the Pequa theatre. I went to a lot of double features here as a kid. Love the cartoons too! Still can't find a picture of the Big Bow Wow though.
https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Ftse1.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DOIP.g-b9rWkfeiXlVoVr4V4CqQHaE6%26pid%3DApi&f=1

I haven't seen (probably missed it...) mention of Unqua school. Mrs. Feigenbaum was my first grade teacher there (around 1962). I remember thinking "how did she go from being fat to skinny so fast?" My ignorance of what it was to be pregnant was showing! I also remember the practice drills we did for a nuclear attack during the Cuban Missle Crisis.

Aug 31, 2020
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mini golf NEW
by: Richie

I also worked at the driving range before Mays. Does anyone remember that.

Aug 31, 2020
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Big Bow Wow
by: Jo-Ann

The Big Bow Wow pre-dated May’s Department Store. And I agree, I would love to see a picture of the place. Also of the miniature golf course behind it, owned by my father.

Aug 31, 2020
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50's & 60's NEW
by: Mark Katz

Worked: Massapequa Drive In, Dons Bicycle Shop, Howard Johnsons as a Cook!

Aug 31, 2020
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Bow Wow Sunrise Hwy in front of Mays NEW
by: Richie

Yes the Bow Wow I remember it well. I worked there in the 60s. As the head soda jerk. I'm still trying to find someone with a picture of that place.

Aug 31, 2020
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The Big Bow Wow NEW
by: Anonymous

Anyone remember the Big Bow Wow on Sunrise Highway near Block Boulevard (out front of where Mays Dept Store was, and I think it might have predated Mays, but not sure). How about Zorn's Fried Chicken. Yu-um!

Aug 31, 2020
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Anonymous - Richard PL NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks for correcting me... Richard PLACE, of course. Yes, I was a classmate of Jeff's and a good friend in Jr. High. Spent a lot of time in those years at his house. Knew his older brother Barry too, of course.

Aug 31, 2020
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Hawthorn Elementary NEW
by: Joe C

Does anyone know how to get old classmate info from Hawthorn Elementary from 1965-1967.I know it’s closed now and McKenna is the elementary school. Nobody at McKenna or the Massapequa Park school district has any idea.

Aug 28, 2020
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richard st NEW
by: Anonymous

Mark, I was great friends with Jeff and Barry Schlactus , I believe they lived at 54 Richard PL . I remember the playing fields you wrote about. Jeff is a doctor in Tenn.. Did you know them?

Aug 26, 2020
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MHS '75
by: Mark Barnett

I graduated from Massapequa High School in '75. Great memories all around. I lived near the Mays shopping center, right across from the park that was next to it (basketball court, merry go round, baseball field... cut through the fence to get to Mays and the rest of the stores. I worked at the pet shop in that shoppings center from 1972-1975 (JeriLou Pets, or maybe JeriLou was the company name). Of course we all know coach Bevilaqua was mentioned by name on Seinfeld. I went to Unqua, McKenna, then MHS. So many good times. I left LI to go to college in Cincinnati in 1975, and my parents moved to CA not long after, so I rarely went back. Did take my kids to see my house on Richard St. one day, probably in mid 90's. But the good memories do linger on, thankfully.

Aug 20, 2020
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Massapequa Park 1955-1969 NEW
by: Mark Katz

great thoughts about my childhood in the Park. My friends were so many, we all went to Hawthorne, Mckenna, Massapequa HS (1 year) & Berner HS '64.

Great times: We played all sports with my friends especially softball, hockey (on the frozen Lakes), Teen Centers, basement get togethers, Jungle Cruiser, Breakfast Club, Bill Brown, Bob Reifsnyder,Al Bevelaqua MHS, Al Pisano (also coached Lacrosse at West Point), The Locker Room on Merrick Rd.,the All American, Pizza Supreme, Musicaros, Massapequa Drive In, Massapequa Diner, the little Italian deli, on Merrick Rd near Berner who had the Best Heroes & sold a Quart of beer to anyone who could put the dollar on the counter.
My Friends, Nick Lopardo, Jimmy King, Rich Gaulrapp, Busby Smith, Carol Coneely, Elizabeth Waldrop, Kathy RRogers, Denice Rodgers, Kathy Shreck, Pete Levebre, Rich Neusse, Jerry Sterker, Joe Coppola, John Bergen, Bill Cotter. (sorry if I left alot out) Please forgive!!
This was Massapequa growing up and always remembered.

Aug 20, 2020
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Question NEW
by: Gerry Goodman

Does anyone remember the Alhambra Beach Club back in the 50s?

Aug 17, 2020
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LK - Record Store
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS 71

LK
Just wanted to congratulate you on coming up with the name of the record store in Bar Harbour.
Bobbi's Beat! I really drew a blank on that one. I must have bought records there but I also bought records from May's Dept Store too I remember.
You moved out in '92. Not a whole lot has changed. Just more traffic but still a nice place to live.

Aug 15, 2020
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Bar Harbor record store NEW
by: LK

Left LI in 1992, but will always remember Bobbi’s Beat record store in Bar Harbor!

Aug 13, 2020
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Jim NEW
by: Phil

Thanks for sharing that i graduated Berner in 77 I do remember they had good food and I think I they had breakfast I took a detour there before school a few times.

Aug 12, 2020
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Coco’s
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS ‘71

I helped open up Coco’s restaurant as a part time short order cook at night while going to CW Post. I think it was 1972 or ‘73. It was a busy popular place and a lot of nice local kids worked there. The biggest seller was called the Coco’s Combo which was a cheeseburger with French fries a neat pile of lettuce and tomatoes on the side. It went for @ $1.95 which was pretty steep at the time considering a cheeseburger at All American went for @ 60 cents.
They paid me a pretty good hourly wage at the time. It was enough for gas for my car and 2-3 nights of drinking with friends at the Frigate or PJ’s and a few Wantagh bars. Met my wife at the Frigate and had a wonderful life.

Aug 12, 2020
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Mexican restaurant NEW
by: Phil

Yes that was El Torido they had great happy hour and margaritas.

Aug 12, 2020
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Coco's NEW
by: Anonymous

Coco's was great! Loved their food! We used to go with the family about twice a month. Remember when it converted to a Mexican Restaurant where they served the food on a tortilla and you could eat the plate!

Aug 12, 2020
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Book Store NEW
by: Anonymous

There were two book stores in the Sunrise Mall. The one I always went to was Waldenbooks.

Aug 12, 2020
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Coco restaurant NEW
by: Phil

Does anyone remember coco’s restaurant near Whites department store on sunrise highway.They made a speciality hamburger with there own sauce that was delicious.

Aug 12, 2020
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Record store NEW
by: Anonymous

I don't know if this is what you're looking for but there was a record store in the 50s and possibly the 60s called Spamp's, owned by a man named Joe Spampinato IF I remember correctly.

Aug 12, 2020
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Why can't we forget Massapequa? NEW
by: Joan Jansen

Hi fellow Matzoh-Pizza friends,

I and my family lived on Harrison Avenue from 1962-1976. We then moved to Westport, CT, and are now in Peterborough, NH. Dammit, I still miss All American, Krisch's, St.Rose of Lima, and the library.

Got a question. does anyone remember the book store that was either in town or in the Sunrise Mall? If so, PLEASE let me know. Thank you.

Joan Jansen

Aug 07, 2020
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Bar Hrbor Restaurant NEW
by: Anonymous

The restaurant in Bar Harbor in the 80's was Neighbor's. The grocery store was Foodtown (Officially Mel Weitz Foodtown).

Aug 07, 2020
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Bar Harbour Restaurant/Breakfast Place in the 80s NEW
by: Former Arlyn Dr'er

Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant/breakfast place that was in Bar Harbour in the mid 80s or so? It was when you entered the plaza, turned left and it was right on the left. If you kept going, Food Lion was straight ahead

Aug 07, 2020
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Burger King Sunrise Mall
by: Anonymous

I worked only for about a year in this Burger King but met the greatest people and had fun times. Wish I could find someone who remembers. I worked from 1982-1983.

Jul 24, 2020
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Responding to The Wine Gallery NEW
by: Anonymous

At the end of Clocks Blvd over the little bridge

Jul 23, 2020
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The Wine Gallery NEW
by: Anonymous

I think the Wine Gallery was at the end of Clocks Blvd where you had to go over the little bridge

Jul 21, 2020
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The Wine Gallery NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anybody remember where the Wine Gallery restaurant was located?

Jul 21, 2020
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The Wine Gallery
by: Anonymous

Does anybody remember where the Wine Gallery restaurant was located?

Jul 18, 2020
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R.I.P. Susan Alice Marschall of Massapequa
by: Anonymous

R.I.P. my mom, Susan Marschall Hahn, who grew up in Harbor Green in the 1950s. https://richmond.com/obituaries/hahn-susan/article_112f38de-df97-5b09-b510-c09c337afea5.html

Matt Hahn

Jul 05, 2020
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Doyle's NEW
by: Richie

Their was Doyle's right off of Unqua on Burton Lane close to the school. I think there backyard was the school.

Jul 05, 2020
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Patricia NEW
by: Anonymous

Patricia
I think it was 302, first house on the east side from Sunrise. Berner class of 71 I believe. 4-5 children.

Jul 05, 2020
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Att: Christine NEW
by: Patricia

My brother and I had just finished talking about old times when I found this site. Everything was still fresh in my memory. He is 12 years younger than me so I was filling in a lot of things that he wasn't aware of. It really was a great place to grow up......

Jul 05, 2020
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Doyle
by: Patricia

Hi.....I saw the name 'Doyle' in an earlier post but I don't recall that name. Where on Unqua did they live? Closer to Sunrise, Merrick Rd, or in Nassau Shores?

Jul 05, 2020
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Patricia NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey Patricia,
Did you live near the Doyles? Did you know Fran Doyle?

Jul 05, 2020
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Pizza Supreme NEW
by: Phil

Thanks for answering me Gerry I thought it was supreme but was not positive thanks for confirming. There is a pizza place in garden city across from Roosevelt field on Steward ave with the same name and delicious square pizza I wonder if they were connected.l went to BHS but I have fond memories of eating there when I was a kid .Going there when shopping at or Gimbels or Grants with my mom and after Mustang football practice at burns park or cyo practice at Birch lane.

Jul 05, 2020
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by: Christine

Hello Patricia, my sister Diane also graduated in 1973 from Berner. We lived on Grand Boulevard between Euclid and Massachusetts. Our block was packed with kids all the time always playing in the fresh air (do kids do that anymore?) Reading about your memories of that time is like hearing her my sister's tales of that time—all the same places to go and things to do. I graduated in 1968, so my tales are slightly different, but the pure happiness of our youth, growing up in Massapequa Park, is the same.

Thank you for sharing your memories.

Jul 05, 2020
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Pizza Supreme NEW
by: Gerry

To answer your question Phil, it was the name above.
When I was in MHS i used to eat there almost everyday for lunch

Jul 04, 2020
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Responding to Roll & Ice NEW
by: Patricis

YES! I remember that place well. It was on Sunrise Hwy in Copiague across the street ftom the Copiague All Weather Drive In!

Jul 04, 2020
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Roll n Ice NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anybody remember that? Ice skating downstairs .. roller skating upstairs? Early 60’s maybe? ⛸

Jul 04, 2020
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Memories NEW
by: Patricia

Hi.....I graduated from Berner in 1973. I lived on Unqua Road across the street from Marjorie Post Park. Spent summer days at summer rec at Unqua Road school, in the pool at the park, and battle of the bands at the rink Friday nights. Would go ice skating at same rink in winter. Ate many burgers at All American and make sure we stop there when we come up from Florida. Loved riding my bicycle down in Bassau Shores with my friends and riding past the Baldwin brother's house. Let's not forget about those midnight visits to the diner (Merrick Rd & Unqua) for rice pudding! Sad that my kids never got to live there! It was good times!

Jul 04, 2020
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Pizza
by: Phil

Hi does anyone remember the name of the pizza place in the bar harbor mall they had square pizza.

Jun 25, 2020
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Record store in Bar Harbor Jim, Dave
by: Bill

I graduated in 1969 and it was there till then. Not sure how long after that. I was reminiscing with a friend and he asked me the name and we both spent a lot of time there but can’t remember the name. Maybe someone else will remember.

Jun 25, 2020
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Building Memories
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS 71

Just came back from a bike ride around Bar Harbor and John Burn's Park. Saw a group of kids probably around 14 yrs old jumping off the bulkhead near the boat ramp into the canal. (There was only a small ramp and no park when I was growing up 55 years ago)
I said to my self these kids are building Massapequa memories - they just don't know it yet. Sometime @ the year 2075 they could be writing to each other and saying "remember when we used to.....

Jun 25, 2020
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Pacific St Charles Ave NEW
by: Richie

Anyone come from near there? I was on the first block of Pacific between Clark and Penn Ave. I also lived on East Lake ave between Pittsburg and Euclid in the 50s. Went to East Lake Mckenna and Berner.

Jun 25, 2020
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Amanda
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS 71

Hi Amanda:
Well this is something! I remember your dad as a nice guy who was soon heading to medical school and I know he became quite accomplished in the medical field. I didn't remember though that he was in a band. We double dated a number of times. My beloved wife, Laurie, passed away two years ago and I still remain close to Barbara and her family. She misses Laurie almost as much as I do.
I checked with Barbara last night and she told me about seeing your Aunt occasionally. She said she might have an old picture of your father's band later on but not from the Battle of the Bands at Marjorie Post Park in 1972. I went to several Battle of the Bands at the park but by 1972 most of the bands I saw were in bars like PJ's in Farmingdale and then the Frigate in Massapequa. That's where I met my wife and Barbara! Great memories. That's what this site is all about right?
Well it's been great Amanda. Good luck with your quest for a photo of your Dad's band. Say hi to your dad for me and I hope you all stay safe.

Jun 25, 2020
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Jim, Nassau Shores BHS 71 NEW
by: Amanda Desiderio

Jim,

Yes! That’s him. Her name was Barbara Marchese, right? He remembers. Actually, his older sister (my aunt) sees her every so often when she’s out shopping. He says hi, and hopes you’re doing well!

Jun 24, 2020
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Bill-record store in Bar Harbour Shopping Center NEW
by: Dave-Old Harbour Green

There was a record store but damned if I can remember the name! I bought my first 45 there which was 'Norman' by Sue Thompson. It was in the front strip of stores closer to the parking lot.
Spent a lot of time at that shopping center. Saturday matinees at the theater(got two bikes stolen there!); I'd buy a slice and wrap it in a piece of foil I brought and eat it during the movie.
We moved to Manhasset in 1965 so don't know if the record store was there after that. I hated to leave Massapequa. No more Tobay!

Jun 24, 2020
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Bill and Amanda
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS 71

Bill:
I see no one answered your question about a record store in Bar Harbor. I remember many of the stores like so many others: Grants, Kresge,Tom McAn, Pizza Supreme,Suburban Sports, a butcher, etc. but I don't remember a record store. Maybe it closed before I started going there in 1965. I do remember a toy or hobby store. Maybe they sold records in there?

Funny I grew up in Nassau Shores starting at age 12 and then at age 25I married a wonderful girl from Seaford in '78 and raised 2 great sons who have given us 5 wonderful grandchildren. Lived near the 7th precinct for 40 years. Now I live in a condo right behind the Bar Harbor Shopping Center near the Birch Lane school. It's really nice here but so much has changed

Amanda!
I believe I knew your father. Was his nickname, I guess you would call it - Desi? Was he in a band after that called the Ohio Express? Did he date a girl from Seaford @ 1974 -75 who was my wife's best friend?

Jun 24, 2020
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1972 Battle of the Bands?
by: Amanda Desiderio

Hi, everyone!

Not sure if this is the correct place to post this. I am the daughter of James Desiderio, who graduated from Plainedge High School in 1972. He was recently reminscing to me about his time playing at the battle of the bands in Marjorie Post Park, in 1972. If anyone has any memories/photos/videos/newspapers on the event that they would like to share, he would appreciate it greatly! I believe he said his band was called White Lightning. This might be a shot in the dark here, but am still taking the chance anyway! Thanks in advance. :)

Jun 16, 2020
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Record store in Bar Harbor NEW
by: Bill

Does anyone remember the name of the record store in Bar Harbor?

Jun 14, 2020
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Chinese restaurant in Sunrise Mall
by: Anonymous

I think the chinese restaurant in the Sunrise Mall was Good and Chan? As a teen I liked their chicken chow mein and egg rolls. My favorite place though was Jade East. It's nice to reminisce.

Jun 14, 2020
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To "3 Winding Road"
by: Anonymous

I'm John Pastirchak from Suffolk Ave. We were neighbors. I too graduated PHS, Class of '69. My experience is different; I no longer consider Massapequa "home." But, like you, I do miss Phils and All American.

Jun 14, 2020
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3 Winding Road NEW
by: Anonymous

I graduated from Plainedge High School in 1971 and to this day still consider Massapequa to be my home. I've been living in the Baltimore area since I graduated from Stony Brook in 1975 and love to travel back to the Island and go to All American and Phil"s Pizzeria on Hickville Road. One of these days I'm going to drive up pass the Southern State and say hello to Joey Pappalardo who also runs a great pizza shop. Like I said, I grew up in Massapequa, went to Schwarting Elementary School and then Southedge Jr High. Great lifelong memories that include many people who went to Plainedge High School.

Jun 10, 2020
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Gary Kafka NEW
by: Anonymous

Very sad to hear about Gary. He was always the coolest guy in the room. He was on a whole other level from most of us. Almost like he was listening to a different frequency than the mainstream. If it's true, I appreciate you letting us know...

Jun 09, 2020
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Gary Kafka
by: Terry Lee

I grew up in Nassau Shores and moved to Florida in 1982. My family is still on Long Island. One of my brothers just told me heard Gary Kafka, a childhood friend from the neighborhood, just passed away, but had no other information. If anyone here has any more info, I would appreciate you passing it along. Thanks

May 16, 2020
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Albert Kreiger NEW
by: Anonymous

If you grew up in Harbour Green Estates in the 1960s you knew who Attorney Albert Krieger was and he lived on Riveria Drive. He was member of the boat club and a very well respected avid fisherman. He was also known as one of the best criminal defense lawyers in the country. He was a man of dignity, purpose, class and a believer in our legal system. He relocated to Miami and went on to a famous and great career here.
Yesterday at age 96 he passed away, he was one of the great ones of our generation , a Massapequa Legend.

May 15, 2020
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Jeff C. NEW
by: Karen

Hi Jeff, my last name was Hermann! I was friends with Carol S. and Wendy O. Billy Dwyer hung out and played ball with my brothers! Also remember hanging out at the park on the end of the road!

May 15, 2020
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Back to Massapequa after 40 Years
by: Jim

First time seeing this and it is great. I see a lot of recent posts I guess with the virus people have more time for this type of thing. Moved from Queens with my family in 1965 to the Nassau Shores area. Graduated BHS in '71 and my sister in '75. 1971 was the last year BHS was a Jr & Sr high school. Now its just a Jr High with Chiefs as the mascot. Long live the Bisons! I see a few of you graduated in those years also. After a slow start there (in Queens I had 20 kids on just one block to play with) but things got better and it was a great place to live.I brought street stick ball to the area. Hung out at 52 Acres (now John Burns Park and ate at All American ever since. Its still going strong. Got married and lived 3 miles away in Seaford which was a great town to raise my boys, Now I'm back in Massapequa and its great to be back. Stay safe everyone!

May 11, 2020
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Rhode Island Avenue
by: Johnny Boy

My family moved from Yonkers to 90 Rhode Island Avenue in 1976 just after I graduated high school in the Bronx. I worked at Gimbel's in Valley Stream as a store detective for 3 years before heading off "into the wild blue yonder." Enlisted from the AF recruiting station on Broadway and New Hampshire Avenue. Had some great times on the Island and Massapequa. Loved Jones Beach, WLIR, concerts at Nassau (last ever show of Lynyrd Skynyrd with Ronnie Van Zant in June of 1977 and a great show with Styx/Angel in March of 1979), the Calderone Concert Hall (Remember seeing Fotomaker in May of 1978 and The Cars in December of 1978), Carvel ice cream, and the Massapequa Diner. After my tour of duty, I wanted to come back and join the Nassau County PD, but no openings at that time. Joined a police department in metro Denver and now I'm a deputy district attorney in Colorado. I do miss Massapequa!

May 09, 2020
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teacher who took boys and dads camping NEW
by: Anonymous

Looking for a teacher when took boys and dads camping NEW by: Anonymous
Mr. Person was the 5th grade teacher that took the boys and fathers on camping trips.

YES - I asked this a while ago. He knew my grand parents and shopped at their deli that was in Bellmore on Bedford Ave. I remember the camping trip very well. Everyone hoped they would get his class to go. Purchased our camping gear from Campmor in Paramus, New Jersey. We hiked and camped on the Appalachian trail.
It felt like we had really grown up to xfer to McKenna 6th grade. McKenna and the then elementary school were built on the old airport. On the Roosevelt Ave side there was a left over airport facility where they showed movies.
Believe on Smith St a friend (do not remember name) lived, his parents had a marble sculpture with a glass cage over it that housed a snake.

May 08, 2020
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The Earliest Subueban Days of Massapequa NEW
by: Bob from Nassau Shores

My parents got married the week of the great hurricane in 1938 and moved to Nassau Shores from the City to a block away from my mother's older brother. The depression had decimated that first development in Massapequa, and the FHA came to own many properties in the area. My parents were negotiating to buy a house on Sunset Road from the government for about $4,000 when Sen. Byrd of Virginia accused FDR's government of being communist because they owned so many houses! The FHA immediately dropped the price 10% making Sen. Byrd an ironic hero of my d\Dad. Not that my parents were always wise about Nassau Shores RE value, as my mother insisted on not spending an extra $300 to buy a house on the water on West shore Drive, because she hoped ro have several children and didn't want us (there were to be three of us) to drown in an accident. One of our neighbouring families near Peninsula Golf Course were the Baldwin brothers. Their father gave my older brother his first summer job helping with sports equipment at Massapequa High School. Like most Catholic kids in the neighborhood, we attended St. Martin's School in Amityville, there being no St. Roses Parish or school(or even Massapequa High School) until the the late 50's. It was a fun place to grow up, fishing and crabbing in the creek on West Shore Drive, and playing sandlot baseball (on a field the local fathers cleared) all day until darkness fell--and swimming at the Beach Club at the end of East Shore Drive. The one thing my brothers and I did not appreciare was the extreme commute to Jesuit high schools in NYC. Back then Massapequa High was just starting and Berner didn't yet exist, and even Chaminade had not yet garnered the reputation it later achieved, so we became commuters. I must admit Regis was the most valuable learning experience i ever had, bar none. My father had graduated from there in 1922, and it developed, and still has, the reputation as the best catholoc high school in the country.

May 05, 2020
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Karen NEW
by: Jeff C.

Karen, the dwyers, Olesens and Senn were my group of friends! I'm FB pals with them. What was your last name?

May 05, 2020
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Looking for a teacher when took boys and dads camping NEW
by: Anonymous

Mr. Person was the 5th grade teacher that took the boys and fathers on camping trips. My brother had him and I can remember him and my dad going camping. Mr Person taught 5th grade then taught 6th grade. He taught in East Lake Elementary School.

May 04, 2020
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Richie NEW
by: R. Smith

Yes, he lived in Massapequa Park. Send me an email and I’ll send you a pic of who I believe is you. 😊
Moosehorn@comcast.net

May 04, 2020
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Karen NEW
by: Richie

I knew a Dwyer but can't find him in yearbooks. I know Oelsens from my friend Dickson. Like I said I was a 69 grad. from the park. I worked at Whites and bow wow. in my school years.

May 04, 2020
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Jones Court NEW
by: Karen

I knew the Dwyers,Olesons,and the Senn's!

May 04, 2020
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Burton NEW
by: Richie

Sorry not me. I lived in Mass pk.

May 04, 2020
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Richie NEW
by: R. Smith

Didn’t you have a boat and hang out with guys from Holiday Park & Stan’s Coffee Shop??

May 04, 2020
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Burton NEW
by: Richie

I don't remember a R Smith. A Tom Smith I'm a 69 grad Berner

May 04, 2020
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Jones Court NEW
by: Anonymous

anyone have any memories of Jones Court? We lived at number 16. Were on Avenue Louise all the time!

May 04, 2020
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Richie, I remember you! NEW
by: R. Smith

You would take us all out on your boat! In the late 60’s I recall.

May 04, 2020
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Burton NEW
by: Richie

I knew the Doyles my sister inlaw was a friend Janet Dempsey. I knew the broscharts, still do.

May 04, 2020
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Burton lane NEW
by: Karen

I know who she was but I was much younger!

May 03, 2020
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Funny NEW
by: Anonymous

We lived on Strrets or Avenues or Highways or Roads but we called them "Blocks" .. Then you know that you are from Massapequa!

May 03, 2020
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Unqua NEW
by: Anonymous

Did you know Fran?

May 03, 2020
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Doyle's NEW
by: Karen

I do remember the Doyle's! The were at the end of our block facing Mays!

May 03, 2020
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Unqua
by: Anonymous

Karen or Donna, did you know any of the Doyles on Unqua?

May 03, 2020
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Burton lane NEW
by: Karen

Hi Donna! We lived on Burton Lane from early 60's to around 74! The Hermann's! I think you lived across the street from us!

May 03, 2020
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Great Memories NEW
by: Donna

Loved growing up in Massapequa. BHS '71. Great neighbors on Burton Lane. Lived next to Unqua. Unfortunately my father died when my sister and I were young and we moved away. I recently drove through and I agree, it's looking like Queens.

Apr 22, 2020
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kwong ming NEW
by: Paul Alagna

Hello to all, I lived in Massapequa in the late 50's to early 70's. I now live upstate, I work in a community hospital's ER and once in a while we get people from Massapequa and the area as patients. I love talking about Massapequa and all the landmarks. Kwong Ming always brings a smile and a story about column A and column B. Everyone always remembers the Carvel store run by the two sisters, and one of my favorites, Kirsch's for an orange freeze or a Broadway ice cream soda. Keep the stories coming it is nice to remember back to those wonderful days especially during these trying times. Be well, stay safe.

Apr 20, 2020
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Kwong Ming NEW
by: Jeff Lichtman, 1965

Kwong Ming, I remember my parents and their friends going there quite often in the 60s and 70s.

Apr 19, 2020
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High School Reunions
by: Gerry

Go to Classmates.com, they show them.

Apr 17, 2020
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Massapequa Park best place to live NEW
by: Vinnie DeQueiroz

Berner high grad 1975 any reunions coming up.

Apr 17, 2020
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Chinese restaurants NEW
by: Jeff C.

Long Full was great, but we really loved Kwong Ming. It's still there after all these years!

Apr 17, 2020
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To LCG - Chinese Food Restaurant NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember the Chinese Food restaurant my folks always ordered from called Long Full. In Bar Harbor, I believe? The name of the one in the Sunrise Mall escapes me, though. In the Food Court, right? Quick Wok or something of the sort?? Something Noodle???

Apr 15, 2020
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Mr. Yamron NEW
by: Betsy Finley

I had Mr. Yamron as well. I haven’t thought about him in years. Thank you so much for reviving my memories of him. 😀

Apr 15, 2020
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Mr. Yamron (Music Teacher) NEW
by: Christine

Hello Rob, I enjoyed reading your tribute to Mr. Yamron. I also had him in Chorus at McKenna during the early sixties. He was a great teacher. I graduated Berner in 1968. I was lucky to have Mr. Yamron and remember the concerts we performed. I was also lucky to have seen Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway when it first played there (1971). I was 21. I had seen many shows on Broadway during my 20's, but JC Superstar was by far my favorite. I will never forget it. Thank you for bringing me down this memory lane.

Apr 14, 2020
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Mr. Yamron (Music Teacher) NEW
by: Rob Winkoff

Today I was googling a name that popped into my head. Mr. Yamron, my Music Teacher in Jr. High at McKenna. (found him here) One of my fondest school memories of all time were because of him. Andrew Lloyd Webber's JC Superstar had recently come out. Mr. Yamron brought in his Hi-Fi reel-to-reel tape deck and stereo and we spent 2 weeks listening to it. His reason for teaching it was from a Rock n Roll "new experience" perspective. The Rock Opera was a fairly new and novel concept. We examined the entire production from a purely musical and poetic point of view. (not religious) He was enthralled with the idea of telling a historical story from a hip, Rock n Roll point of view. John Legend's Live Version just played on Easter and I made sure I recorded it. I knew every verse word for word. That's what made me think of him. I had the brown two-album set. Then the CDs. Saw the movie many times. 2nd time seeing John Legend's version. I think it was unfairly panned. Sure, the movie and other productions were probably better but the way they Live Shot it in "One Take" fashion like the movie 1917 was pretty cool. So thank you, Mr. Yamron! Not sure if you're still with us? Hope you are. Either way, you heavily influenced my musical tastes.

Apr 13, 2020
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Looking for... NEW
by: Betsy Finley

Anyone know what happened to John Lipp..the town bully?

Also, does anyone know the current residents at 60 McKinley Street in the Park?

Apr 13, 2020
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Sunrise Mall & Massapequa Park NEW
by: LCG

Does anyone remember the name of the Chinese restaurant that was in the Sunrise Mall in 1970's?

Anyone work at 'UA The Movies' in the 1970's? Dang! That place was a hoot! Had some of the best memories from my youth while working there with all the crazies! :-)

Does anyone remember the red clay courts at Marjorie Post Park?


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Great site NEW
by: FDNY Irish

Complements to lady who started this.

Apr 04, 2020
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Great site NEW
by: FDNY Irish

Complements to lady who started this.

Apr 04, 2020
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Jack, you know the Armstrongs NEW
by: FDNY Irish

Mike was the , " Natural", I was a good athlete, but a quiet guy. P.S. with this whole virus thing, this site is amazing, telling all the Massapequa Park guy of it, ... remember the Sump. The forbidden area in woods before it became the Mall, snakes, and tough guys.

Apr 04, 2020
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Jack, you know the Armstrongs NEW
by: FDNY Irish

Mike was the , " Natural", I was a good athlete, but a quiet guy. P.S. with this whole virus thing, this site is amazing, telling all the Massapequa Park guy of it, ... remember the Sump. The forbidden area in woods before it became the Mall, snakes, and tough guys.

Apr 04, 2020
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Jack, you know the Armstrongs NEW
by: FDNY Irish

Mike was the , " Natural", I was a good athlete, but a quiet guy. P.S. with this whole virus thing, this site is amazing, telling all the Massapequa Park guy of it, ... remember the Sump. The forbidden area in woods before it became the Mall, snakes, and tough guys.

Apr 04, 2020
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Some Notable Neighbor Parents Salute NEW
by: FDNY Irish

As kids, we were raised by Truly Best of Best WW2 parents, plus from depression! They made our lives a dream. A Salute to some:
Charlie Barnes: a very promising tennis player, Marine in Guadacannal, Great Hero, brilliant mind, malaria hurt Charlie whole life, was a great Alabama man! We loved Charlie & Muriel(Saint), Barnes.
Bill & Joan Alberda: Bill also a Marine, strapping man, Dad's best pal, FDNY Great. Was highly decorated,Bill & Joan an Uncle/Aunt to me, Joan my Godmother, she's the BEST !
Paula Angerame: Mrs. Angerame we met at kids,she did seamstress work, smart lady. Her husband died early, and raised 5 great kids, my pals, esp. Paul. She was funny, positive, great woman!
So many others, Masseties, Zinsmeisters,Lisbergers, Marrs, McCaffreys, Dilebertos, Lynches, Laytons, Quinns, Sheas,Cronins, Fitzgrealds, Dalys, etc...

Apr 04, 2020
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Thank you FDNY Irish NEW
by: Anonymous

Your description of growing up In Massapequa brought me back in time. Thank you for my big smile.
Yes. A brilliant and blessed life. How fortunate were we.

Apr 04, 2020
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OLL Classmate NEW
by: Cedar PL

So perhaps we attended OLL at the same time graduated '69 as well. Connection to the area still strong but haven't lived on LI for 45 yrs. Lived on the corner of Cedar Pl and Westwood.
Jack H

Apr 04, 2020
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Anyone here from O.L.L. '61- '69 NEW
by: FDNY Irish

I'm a kid from Willow Drive. Family moved from city in '55, all houses built then, I have photo's of development. Magnificent WW2 parents, all young couples like them, what a brilliant childhood we had. The schools & sports of Mass.Park brilliant. Baseball initially was king, we all played in the league, and the Terrors were dominate dynasty, big bro Mike got on team, 'cause he was known to be a great athlete. We attended school, did chores,then played reat of day with all our pals. Stickball, football, basketball in street. Played kick the can, wolf, snowball fights & forts/igloos in winter, slegh rides on Bethpage, beach at Jones, just entire life was so special. Did newspaper route from Durante house. We knew all neighbors houses in blocks surrounded & more. Carvel & Soda store on 110, Creme Puff Bakery, Stantionary, Carlos Pizza! Movie Theater, football for O.L.L., all my pals, alot still today. Was Blessed.

Mar 19, 2020
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Billiards NEW
by: Anonymous

Remember Sunrise Billards on Sunrise HWY, Rich was the owner, played poker in the basement

Mar 19, 2020
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Resturant NEW
by: Anonymous

Steak & Brew
All the beer you could drink with your meal

Mar 19, 2020
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Bottle of Red - Bottle of White NEW
by: Jeff Lichtman, 1965

Dick and Doras - Magnificent!

Mar 19, 2020
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Miss Massapequa NEW
by: Jay Wohlfeld

Graduated from Berner High school 1975, moved from Massapequa to Arizona in 1980

Mar 19, 2020
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Best Italian restaurant NEW
by: Anonymous

Remember Dick & Doras

Feb 27, 2020
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Baseball cards NEW
by: Karen

To anonymous...thanks for responding! I knew if I wanted an answer I had to go to the source!😀 My husband is from Lindenhurst and had no clue what I was talking about! Must have been a Massapequa thing!
Karen

Feb 27, 2020
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Baseball cards
by: Anonymous

I think "larries" meant you wanted the other person to flip first.

Feb 27, 2020
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Baseball cards NEW
by: Karen

Does anyone remember flipping cards and saying "flip you larries" ?? We used to say that and I can't remember why we did it!

Feb 20, 2020
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Alhambra NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes! Remember Ziggys? My friend Keith Zigelbauers dad owned it.

I was always grossed out by the slimy sand in the water. Think it was oil?

Feb 20, 2020
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Alhambra
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember the Alhambra Beach Club from the 50's and maybe the 60's?

Feb 18, 2020
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Reminising
by: Jeff Lichtman, 1965

Moved to MP, Philadelphia Ave in the late 50s, Left there for the ARMY in 67, returned in 70, resumed working at Grumman.

Drag racing on Carmen Road with my new 1970 Dodge Challenger, my buddy, Ron Marks in his 68 GTO, Ron Abbate in his Roadrunner, Sure miss those muscle cars. Beer and Pizza at Musicaro's.

Left the Island in 1974 for Florida, came back in 1982, left again to work for Lockheed Martin (C-130) in Georgia and then back to Florida in 2000. Finally got a small ranchette here in North Texas.

Is there anyone left from the 1965 class?

Feb 14, 2020
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Responding to Glen Walsh NEW
by: Anonymous

Glen Walsh your name sounds so familiar. I lived on E. Shore Dr. in Nassau Shores. I graduated from Berner.in 1973. My name is Mark Dolce does that name strike a bell ?

Feb 14, 2020
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by: Anonymous

I’ve enjoyed s trip down memory lane while reading but feel compelled to ask if anyone shares an unpleasant recollection of questionable behavior/sexual abuse by a CYO basketball coach from the late 70s or early 80s? My deceased brother who had a troubled life would occasionally reference it and there was an element of a group shower where boys were given shower caps? Any insight? Not looking for a name just anyone who might confirm a similar experience?

Feb 14, 2020
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I remember
by: Glenn G Walsh

I remember, I lived at 33 highwater ave Nassau shores, Massapequa ny.
I graduated from alfred g. Berner high school in 1969. Grew up there from 1959 till I married and moved out east on long island in 1979. I loved Nassau shores and massapequa , does anyone remember me ?

Feb 11, 2020
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Joyce
by: Louie

Please help me. I am looking to touch
Base with a woman named Joyce.
She would come into the bar Winks in
Massapequa with her boss after work
around 1984-1985, then in the
Sand Trap after Winks burnt down. I also
saw her yrs later at the dr’s office on
Sunrise Hwy in Lindenhurst.
Please any info would be helpful.
My Email address is:
Louie.Bartender@yahoo.com

Feb 09, 2020
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DO YOU KNOW THIS PERSON
by: JUST CURIOUS

LOOKING TO TOUCH BASE WITH KAREN SABIN LIVED ON BAYBERRY ROAD HAD A BROTHER PAUL..MOM ALICE..FRIEND IN BKLYN NAMEDJAY..I BELIEVE SHE GRADUATED MASSAPEQUA HIGH OR BERNER IN 1972...SHE ATTENDED NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE....FOR A WHILE I BELIEVE SHE RESIDED IN FLORIDA...THKS.

Feb 04, 2020
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Calling all Massapequa Cheer Alumni!
by: Anonymous

Hi! I am putting together a project for Massapequa High School! I am currently a senior, class of 2020 and I am looking for any former Massapequa Cheerleaders! I myself am a Varsity Cheerleader currently for the school. I am looking for any photos of Massapequa Cheerleading alumni. Here is my email angelinafaithhh@gmail.com Go Chiefs!!

Jan 31, 2020
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Massapequa Paint Store NEW
by: Anonymous

Not sure but i think the Massapequa paint store you refer to was on Broadway, a little north of where Krisch's is on Central? Unless there was another one on Central? The paint store closed several years back and is now a dance studio / Cop Shop.

Jan 05, 2020
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Need History of Massapequa Paint Store
by: Anonymous

I need help from anyone who remembers Massapequa Paint Store located on Central Ave, near or next to Krish's. Memories, and especially photos would be helpful.

Thanks so much!

John Pastirchak

Jan 05, 2020
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Growing up in the 70’s NEW
by: D pries

Good times great memories

Dec 30, 2019
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Massapequa 70s NEW
by: Kevin S

You got it Frank.
But I’m at a loss on your Brother and Sister’s names.
Skiching on the school bus bumpers, wow I’m still smiling at that one.
Hope all’s well with you and yours.

Dec 29, 2019
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To Kevin S NEW
by: Frank C

Kevin S, you were one of the Sweeney brothers! I knew it as soon as I googled where number 10 was. I can still remember the last names of every house up to Hicksville Rd. It sure isn't like that anymore, which made growing up there so special. You might know my brother and sister, since they were ten years older than me. Good to hear from you.

Dec 28, 2019
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Massapequa 1970s NEW
by: Anonymous

Frank C you nailed live on Rhode Island Ave in the 60s and 70s. I lived up at number 10 with 5 brothers and a sister(all younger).
I left about 71 or 72 for school, and then off to Wy for the rest of time so far.
I had forgotten all the places you mentioned, but attended them all, and ate everywhere you mentioned.
Thanks for reminding me of how good we had it.

Now I wonder how our parents did it, no really, how.

Kevin S

Dec 27, 2019
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Great Memories NEW
by: Frank C

Wow, so glad I stumbled onto this site, so many great memories and places I had long since forgotten. Grew up on Rhode Island Ave near Tackapausha Park, and went to Robert E. Picken, Ames JHS, and MHS. Would have graduated in 1978, but moved to Florida my senior year. Some of my fond memories growing up were going to Jolly Roger’s, 300 Bowl, skating at Caroons Lake, Carvel on Hicksville Rd and Jerusalem Ave, Maria Regina, Casa Maria, Jones Beach, All-American, fishing with my Dad at Captain Eddy’s, dinner with my family at the Delta Diner and Fish Fry’s at Howard Johnson’s, riding bikes all over town, playing kickball, stickball, hockey, and football on the street all-day long, skitching behind the school bus, and hanging out at Holiday Park, Dee’s Pizza, and the Sunrise Mall. Thank you for all your posts!

Dec 14, 2019
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Response to What a Mess NEW
by: Anonymous

What type of false accusations are you speaking of? I have lived in Massapequa Park for over 57 years and find nothing of the sort. You sound bitter and a bit off. Do you take any medication that you may have skipped a dose or two? I have never had a problem with anyone in the Village.

Dec 14, 2019
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What a mess. NEW
by: Anonymous

You must also be missing the inappropriate things and the false accusations that go on in Mass. Pk. You have to wonder why anyone would live there. A lot of falsehood going on there, demented people and wildly spread rumors. What they did to me should never be done to a dog. Ii Chronicles 20:22-24. It is a mess. When I find my son who is from there, though my family hightailed it out of there in a NY hurry, I will leave it in God's hands. If they do not listen then, Satan's hands might work. I would have graduated from Berner in 1971. I would not give you two cents for the place.

Dec 14, 2019
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What a mess. NEW
by: Anonymous

You must also be missing the inappropriate things and the false accusations that go on in Mass. Pk. You have to wonder why anyone would live there. A lot of falsehood going on there, demented people and wildly spread rumors. What they did to me should never be done to a dog. Ii Chronicles 20:22-24. It is a mess. When I find my son who is from there, though my family hightailed it out of there in a NY hurry, I will leave it in God's hands. If they do not listen then, Satan's hands might work. I would have graduated from Berner in 1971. I would not give you two cents for the place.

Dec 07, 2019
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To Ugh NEW
by: Anonymous

Massapequa and Massapequa Park ARE horrible. You obviously didn't have Mrs Burkehardt or Mr. Jim Doyle as your English teacher.

Dec 07, 2019
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Still nice NEW
by: Anonymous

Right on, Massapequa is still beautiful, with more traffic.

Dec 07, 2019
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To ugh
by: Anonymous

And what golden paradise are you living in now?

Dec 07, 2019
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Ugh NEW
by: Anonymous

Massapequa and Massapequa park is horrible. Just like the city now. Awful.

Nov 08, 2019
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How the West was Won NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember that 5th grade trip very well. Each class was on it's own bus. My bus left without me and another classmate. Luckily there was still another bus there to take us back, but for a short while it was kind of scary.I had a male teacher but can't remeber his name. McCaffery? but he might have been 6th gr.

Nov 03, 2019
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bars NEW
by: Anonymous

Did anyone go to the bar Winks on Broadway. They had such good bands they at night. I met my husband there.

Nov 01, 2019
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That's Matzah Pizza NEW
by: D. Dubocq

Oh my God. The party 's in the woods, on the bay, at Arther's or at Messina's or Hirshfields or Scioratino's or Shapiro's---if the walls could talk= The whole town-n,s,e or west was the real deal, when it came to sex and drugs and rock & roll. A great education and sports up your ying yang too. Girls by the bucket who knew how use it. Could not have been a better town for maturing at a very young age. The things we did in Massapequa while growing up [ 60s 70s 80s] were so outlandish that if you tried to cover it all you'd die before half of it was told. And those of you who were there know what I'm squawking about. Those all night shin-digs --Oh yeah. How lucky we are to be here today. So if you can-reach out and give a hand to someone who needs a little help. That's is life in a cruel world.

Oct 31, 2019
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Class of 1971??
by: Anonymous

Someone on one of these posts mentioned being friends with a Linda Hickson. I think I remember reading that?? Did she maybe graduate Berner in 1971? Was friends with a guy named Rob? And Fran Doyle from Ungua Rd??

Oct 25, 2019
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Nassau Shores NEW
by: Anonymous

Nice memories Jack. I too grew up in the Shores.. I lived on East Shore Dr. on the Carman River. I graduated high school in 1973. I remember playing football all the time in that little section of the golf course. That was by the circle.

Oct 18, 2019
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Personal Memories
by: Jack Gelston - BHS '67

Memories from a guy with a failing memory. We moved to Massapequa’s Nassau Shores in 1954 from North Bellmore. Iroquois Street was basically a dirt road covered with a layer of tar and small blue stone pebbles for half a dozen years. I attended Mole Annex in Amityville for kindergarten (Miss Goodwin). Then on to Unqua School for 1st through 6th (Mrs. Zimmerman 1st and 2nd, Miss Stephens for 3rd, Miss Wolf for 4th, Mrs. Massi for 5th and Mrs. Lee for 6th, with Miss Whitney for orchestra, Mr. Finger for gym, Miss DeLuca for Art). My sister followed 2 years after me, but I don’t recall her going to Mole Annex for K. The first half of 7th grade was the second half of split sessions at McKenna Jr HS. Second half of the school year was at the brand-new Alfred G. Berner Junior-Senior High School. My sister also attended at the same time. I believe she had 5th and 6th grades up on the 3rd floor of the classroom wing, and then right up through 12th grade graduation (Class of ’69). All my teachers were terrific, but the most memorable ones for me were Mrs. Thompson – Latin, Mr. Webster – Russian, Mr. Bazarian – Orchestra, and Miss Teichholz – 8th grade English.
I was certainly fortunate to grow up in Nassau Shores, Massapequa. My grandparents lived on East Shore Drive near the Riviera. I was lucky to be able to keep my boat on the canal behind their house. And all my closest friends lived either on my street or very nearby. Before they erected a chain link fence around the Peninsula Golf Course, we would go sledding on one of the "hills" at the end of Iroquois street. Our free time was spent playing stick ball on our street, blowing up plastic model boats with cherry bombs on the Carmen River, or just going out on the boat (fishing, surfing at Gilgo, or just running around). As we got older, we would grab a football and have a pick-up game on an unused grassy area on the golf course; or baseball on the sandy triangular lot near the Riviera. And then there was "The Room". Our friend’s house was our hang out. Drum sets, electric guitars, great friends and good times, and maybe even a few beers on weekends; their poor neighbors – we were loud!
I wouldn’t have wanted to do anything differently if given the chance.
Retirement in SC is great, but for me there was nothing better than having grown up in Massapequa.

Oct 07, 2019
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upstate NEW
by: Paul Alagna

Anything north west or what there is east of Westchester! I live near Lake George a place I once visited with my family probably like most or many Long Islanders.It is a great place to live and raise a family but no games of curb ball or kick the can or hit the penny ...but I wonder if that life we lived so many years ago still exists in Massapequa. I work in a hospital up here and during the summer we get lots of Long Islanders and they suspect I am a life long country boy until I casually introduce names like Casa Maria, Kwong Ming,Jones Beach field 9,LIIR, just like if you meet a Brooklynite and mention Ebbingers Bakery...instant smiles and connection.

Oct 07, 2019
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A long time gone NEW
by: Christine

Hello Bob,
I also grew up in the park and lived on Grand Boulevard during the 50's and 60's. I remember the Pit and the 3 streams well. I graduated in 68, but didn't move off Long Island until 2004. My husband and I live in PA now, but my heart and soul belong to Long Island.

Oct 07, 2019
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Massapequa Park
by: Betsy Knapp

I’m searching for people that lived on McKinley Street in the Park. I lived there from 1954- 1968. The older I get, the more I desire to get in contact with my friend, across the street, Maren Robinson. I’m in contact with a few people.. the Colini’s on Mayflower..in fact, Jeanine Colini lives in Tucson close to where I live. I really miss those days when we called each other and then met on the curb. We sat there and talked till the street lights came on.

If anyone lived on McKinley Street between 1954-1968, please let me know.

Oct 07, 2019
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Upstate NY NEW
by: Liz

We moved upstate from Massapequa in 1964. Who lived there but Mr Crouch’s relatives! Small world story.
What do you consider "upstate" ??

Oct 07, 2019
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searching NEW
by: Paul Alagna

Moved to Massapequa in the late 1950's grew up on Cleveland Ave. Moved away before High School would have been Berner bound. I visit this site regularly looking for old friends from those days. Raymond J Lockhart and Parkside Jr. High. Moved to RVC for High School after my Dad remarried. Great memories of a time gone by. Currently living upstate NY. Reconnected with one old friend my buddy Tommy Reade last year would love to know if any one from those days still around or reading these stories.I am turning 63 this year if that helps set a timeline. I graduated from HS in 1974.I remember Miss Dowling, Mrs and Mr. Crouch and it gets foggy from there. Please help. Thanks

Oct 06, 2019
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Radio City
by: Anonymous

A variation of going to Radio City was when the 6th grade of Maria Regina in Seaford (Massapequa and Seaford kids) in June 1967 went there to Finian's Rainbow. Lunch was at the Calico Kitchen Restaurant.

Oct 06, 2019
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How The West Was Won NEW
by: Anonymous

The movie How The West Was Won is on television again today. I always think of going to Radio City Music Hall with the entire fifth grade class of Raymond J. Lockhart School to see that movie on the big screen I had Mrs. Tsoukalas (1962-1963). Mrs. Tsoukalas was a fabulous teacher and I always think of her when this movie comes on.

Sep 25, 2019
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A long time gone . . . NEW
by: Bob

No matter where I go in this great country it seems folks have heard of Massapequa. I grew up in the 50's and 60's in The Park. Looking back on it now makes me believe more and more that it was something pretty unusual. I remember kids everywhere, block after block of them. I have lived in more than a few places since then and I have never seen anything that approaches the streets when I grew up. The games we played have passed into suburban mythology.
When I talk about Three Streams and The Pit in the late 60's they are generally pretty sure I'm making up outrageous tales to glorify my youth. Maybe I am.

Sep 18, 2019
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Bar Harbor NEW
by: Gerry

Actually the first department store at Bar Harbor was Saks 34 St. I think Gimbels bought them out later. What I really remember was before the shopping center was built, was going and picking blackberries and going to Lords Bakery and they would buy them from me which I immediagely turned around and bought thrumb drop (of Chocolate) crumb cookies or eclairs.
The nursery I remember most though it wasn't in Massapequa was City of Glass.

Sep 18, 2019
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More Memories
by: Kevin

Remembered a few more places in the "old" Massapequa; Englebosch Cycle Shop (Mr. Engelbosch would give you holy hell if he thought you were beating up on your bicycle when you brought it in for repairs), Dino's Italian Garden (small place on Merrick Road but everyone could afford to eat there), Bar Harbor Shopping Center (Gimbels, W.T. Grant, S.S. Kresge, Food Fair) where I rode on an elephant when the center opened and a everyone was terrified to ride their bicycle through the "tunnel" under the stores, Brandimarte Nursery on Sunrise Highway where my Mom bought her flowers, the Bar Harbor Theatre (saw 1,000,000 BC with Raquel Welch there and fell in love), walkng home with Alec Baldwin from Unqua School (he was actually very nice & well behaved as a kid and his Dad was my 10th grade Social Studies teacher), the guy on the tractor who chased us of Penninsula Golf Course and I'm sure even more will come to mind.

Sep 18, 2019
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The good old days
by: Pam

Wish I could go back in time! Those were the good old days! Free TV, great burger joints, family owned pharmacies, no night football!

Sep 17, 2019
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The good life NEW
by: Anonymous

Was it sidekicks?

Sep 13, 2019
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Farm In North Massapequa NEW
by: Donna

Do you remember the farm in North Massapequa.....a very old farm and a very old man lived there.....I think it burned down....this would be in the late 60's?

Sep 12, 2019
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Big Bow Wow NEW
by: Anonymous

I grew up in North Massapequa but we docked our boat in Seaford. After a day on Great South Bay or at Tobay we’d get burgers at the Bow Wow and watch the kids play miniature golf behind the fence. And many years later we’d eat pizza with shrimp scampi at Dick and Dora’s, hang out at Arthur’s and close down the night at the Delta Diner. That was a long time ago.

Sep 03, 2019
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Cattano family NEW
by: Anonymous

I was born 1953 in Amityville Hospital and grew up at 385 Michigan Ave. Massapequa Park. Loved playing in the woods and roller skating down the hills (the metal skates with keys to make adjustments). Moved away in 1964.

Aug 30, 2019
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Sorry for Massapequa
by: Kevin

I was recently sharing memories of Massapequa with my brother who's in TN. Big Bow Wow, Monkey Mountain, the drive-in movie, the "mansion" (now Marjorie Post Park) and all of the other unique spots. I still live on L.I. We moved to Massapequa in the late 50's, MHS class of '74 and I left in the early 80's. Back in the 50's, 60's and 70's the town was full of charm and it was still the "country". I recently had to go back for a funeral and was shocked & shunned. Over-built, crowded and Sunrise Highway looks like Queens Boulevard. The elected officials who allowed this to happen (only $$$$ matters to them) should be put on an iceberg and put out to sea, never to be seen again. I cried as I left. The memories are intact but the town, for those of us who remember the old Massapequa, has been ruined. I'm glad I grew up there but even more glad that I'm no longer there.

Aug 29, 2019
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Re: Hobby Shop NEW
by: Bill N

If you are talking Massapequa, it was Eastli Coin and Hobby.

Aug 29, 2019
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Hobby Shop NEW
by: Anonymous

Can anyone tell me the name of the Hobby Shop that was in t the building at 9 Broadway? It was there when I was born in 1963, and visited it many times with my Dad, but we moved to Virginia in 1976, and the last time I visited this shop was 1983, while up for a family funeral.

Aug 29, 2019
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Lost restaurant on Park Blvd. NEW
by: Anonymous

sidekicks!!

Aug 29, 2019
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Forgotten Restaurant - Massapequa Park NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant that was there prior to the Good Life?

Aug 07, 2019
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The Merry Mailman. NEW
by: Anonymous

I know he was at Lockhart in the early-mid 1960s

Aug 07, 2019
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Ray Heatherton NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember Ray Heatherton, the Merry Mailman (and father of Joey), coming to visit Birch Lane School in 1962 or 1963?

Aug 07, 2019
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Loft's NEW
by: Andy F

IIRC, for a while the food store in Bar Harbour was Food Fair.

As for Loft's, they were a great candy store, they had Parlays, truffles, chocolate covered crackers, solid milk chocolate "break up", white chocolate; I've forgotten what others they had.

Aug 07, 2019
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Re: Bar Harbor NEW
by: Maggie

I remember Loft's Candy too. We used to go either there or Gertz Bakery to get something to take when visiting our relatives for dinner. It was either a pound of candy or a pound of butter cookies. Never went empty handed. I remember Lobels too for the gym uniforms too and I'm not positive but was the grocery store Hill's? My Aunt and Uncle always took me out for a special birthday dinner and it was either the Ships Inn or the Bayberry House. I always got to pick. I was only 10 when we moved away so I don't remember where those restaurants were located.

Aug 07, 2019
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Bar Harbor NEW
by: Karen

I don't remember the candy shop but loved the Chinese restaurant! We got our gym uniforms at Lobel's and I can't remember the name of the supermarket...but do remember "Supermarket Sweep did an episode there!

Aug 07, 2019
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Candy and Pizza bar harbour NEW
by: Ken

I remember Lofts candies at Bar Harbour. I loved the candies that were like Health bars with dark chocolate. What happened to Loft's?

What about the pizza (square pizza) place, it was the best next to Musicaro's in Mass. Park

Is Musicaro's Italian rest. still in business.

I live in Texas now.

Aug 04, 2019
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Parlays NEW
by: Gerry

Who remembers Loft's Candies in Bar Harbor shopping center.

Jul 29, 2019
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1965 fire NEW
by: Bg

I believe the building was a vacant hotel also. My Dad had the Mobil gas station which later turned into a Sunoco station then finally a Bank across the street. In front of we're Wallbaums super market stood until recently.I grew up down the street also. I was also at Carvel almost every day. Also across the street I remember a large building which was called Shoe Giant. I spent alot of time at that Shopping Center called Holiday Park..

Jul 28, 2019
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c 1965 fire - Jerusalem Av and Hicksville Rd
by: Mike K

I grew up not far from the intersection. I recall a summer afternoon when a big white building - possibly a former vacant hotel - caught fire. The smoke was visible for miles around. I believe the heat melted part of the Carvel building.

Does anyone remember the building? Years later, the Delta diner was built right next to where it stood.

Jul 27, 2019
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restaurant on park blvd NEW
by: Anonymous

the restaurant was named The Bunnery!

Jul 27, 2019
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Please help me remember
by: Stacy

Does anyone know the name of the restaurant that used to be on Park Blvd. it’s similar to the Corner Galley, they used to have wooden salad bowls and big bowl of salad you would get before the food came out. It was there in the 80’s and 90’s

Jul 27, 2019
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Seacrest NEW
by: Anonymous

Do anyone know the restaurant/bar Mr. Dibbs off of 110 in Farmingdale? When did it close down?

Jul 23, 2019
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1959 restaurant
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember a restaurant in Massapequa that was by water and sand in the late 1950’s. Shangrala was the name.

Jul 23, 2019
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50s and 60s NEW
by: C. Young

I remember Jay and the Americans gave a concert at Berner HS. It must have been around 1967 or 68. It was great.

Jul 21, 2019
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looking for
by: Louie

Please help me. I am looking for a woman
named Joyce. She would come into the
bar Winks in Massapequa with her boss
after work around 1984-1985, then in the
Sand Trap after Winks burnt down. I also
saw her yrs later at the dr’s office on
Sunrise Hwy in Lindenhurst. I just need to
ask her something about the time when
she came into the bar. Please any info
would be helpful. I do not need to met her
just email her. My Email address is:
Louie.Bartender@yahoo.com

Jul 21, 2019
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Searching for a friend NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Judy Lee, Class of 1965, who lived on Cleveland Avenue, between Seaford Avenue and Forest Avenue? Thank you.

Jul 14, 2019
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Timmy Wall
by: Anonymous

Timmy Wall was my brother. Any old friends of his please comment.

Jul 14, 2019
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Timmy Wall NEW
by: Anonymous

Timmy Wall was my brother. Any old friends of his please comment.

Jul 14, 2019
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Timmy Wall NEW
by: judy wall

Timmy Wall was my brother

Jul 10, 2019
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Memories NEW
by: Anonymous

Timmy Wall was my friend..any Clovers still alive

Jul 10, 2019
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Memories NEW
by: Anonymous

Timmy Wall was my friend

Jun 23, 2019
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The Cottage NEW
by: Gerry

Hi, to answer the question The Cottage was where I went to Kindergarten in 1950, it was part of the Jones Estate, I went to Fairfield Ave (called Massapequa Ave back then) for 1st grade and then back to the Carriage House on the Jones Estate, they also had classes in the Big House. It was all torn down to build MHS, I lived around the corner on Cartwright and used to play in the construction of the HS for time it took to be built.

Jun 23, 2019
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To Doug
by: Gerry

Sorry Doug but I'm not on facebook.

Jun 11, 2019
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Looking for a Classmate from 1975 NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm looking for Jim Johnson Plainedge Class of 1975. I know this may sound silly but back in HS I was had a real crush on him but I never told him. I know it's been over 40 years now and I sure would like to reconnect. I know he went directly into the US Navy right out of High School as I went off to college. I never forgot him as he was always so friendly with me and was one the nicest guy. He must have had a big impact on me as I still think of him often. I remember him asking me out one time in H.S. but I regretable turned him down listening to my girl friends advise. I look back with regrets as my friend is now on her 3rd husband so in the end she wasn't too good of a judge of character. I had a nick name that very few knew me as but think he will know me for sure. Of course my hope he's available but I'm sure he is not. Any leads would be great.

Love,

Kiwi

May 24, 2019
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Hagans bar?
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember a bar called hagans bar? Looking for anyone with information on William Nelson. Possibly a customer or maybe even bartender. Used to also possibly go by the nickname "willie Nelson"

Please comment and let me know

May 21, 2019
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Thanks, Catherine - The Wulf Family NEW
by: Rudiger

Thanks a lot for your investigations. By that I can move a step foreward.

May 21, 2019
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loss touch NEW
by: Anonymous

I love reading the posts I return to this page when ever it hits me to remember.
It was a great place to grow up! I can not remember a bad day. If not a perfect day I look back as character building shaping and molding. I guess a perfect place to grow up.

I do miss it all. I suck at remembering names of some people and places but I still have vivid images of them all.

Its a Shame more people and more generations did not have what we all had growing up there.

I can speak for 1965 to 1990, Atlantic Ave. I have fond memories for as long as I can think back. And the friends priceless.
Moved to FL 1990 still have not meet anyone who could hold a candle to my friends I grew up with Thank god for my Best friend my wife!

Brady Park do they do the festivals anymore?
Biking everywhere,5/10, Three streams, fishing, forts, sumps, the pit before the Mall was there, always something to do stickball, street hockey, soccer etc. Burns park, post park Is the painted mural still in the front windows of the seasons?
All American, Hot Rod burger king . Did I mention Friends even ones that were not close friends all good experiences .
Perfect

May 07, 2019
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Massapequa accent? NEW
by: Anonymous

Was doing some legal research and fell over this paragraph and I quote:

"a prospective plenary action brought by Defendants with the same set of facts and agreement as presented is highly discouraged, especially as it may warrant the imposition of attorneys’ fees. This court declines to so award at this stage in the litigation largely because of defense counsel’s good humor and Massapequa accent."

Here's the decision that was posted:

https://debanked.com/pdfs/SOSCapital-decision.pdf

May 06, 2019
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Joyce NEW
by: Louie

I am looking for a woman by the name of Joyce that would come into the bar Winks, about 1984-1985, when I was working there as a bartender with her boss after work. I also was her years later in the doctors office. Are you that Joyce?

May 06, 2019
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Thank you, Joyce NEW
by: Jeff from Iowa

Thank you for your recent response regarding Gerry Philbin's "Goal Post" restaurant / lounge. You note that, for awhile, that location was considered a part of Amityville before being changed to East Massapequa. Can you tell me what it was "considered" - either Amityville or East Massapequa - in 1971? Again ... thank you for the great info!

May 05, 2019
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The Wulf Family - Rudiger inquiry
by: Catherine

Hi! I love this website. Didn't live in Massapequa but go there frequently for tacos and burgers.

Rudiger was asking abt the Wulf family from 15 McKinley Dr/Rd in Massapequa. Looking for John Jr and his wife Gloria. Parents John HC Wulf and his wife (John Jr mother in law?) Elisabeth Wulf. Everybody was from Germany.

I have an ancestry.com membership so I entered the data and came up with this:

John H Wulf and Gloria Audrey Rydholm were married Jan 27 1945 (war romance?) in Brooklyn. Gloria lived as of 1949 at 244 Minot Ave in Lewiston; Auburn, Maine, and had a job as a Secretary. Gloria A Wulf eventually moved to Sumner, Washington State. Her address in 1995 was: 5025 E Parker D Rd, Sumner, WA 98390; she had a secondary address at: 20803 127th St E, Sumner, WA 98391.

Bear in mind: German immigrants were viewed with suspicion during WW1 and WW2. Inter-national communications that people normally have with close relatives was practically espionage back then.

There's an alternate spelling for this last name, Walf, that might be the same family: John Walf Jr is a child in the 1915 Census on Long Island in the Town of Hempstead (which is not far from Massapequa). His father was John Herman Christ Walf (born in Germany ca 1877; he had a brother Raymond); John's wife Elizabeth Walf was 31. They had 3 sons: Raymond (the eldest), Edward F, and little John.

John H C Wulf died in 1955. He was buried in Greenfield Cemetery in Uniondale on Long Island. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/46148456

The youngest son, John Wulf, born Nov 22 1914, in his later years moved to 13152 Skaneateles, Onondaga, NY. He died Sep 20 2009.

There is not much about their lives in Massapequa.

May 05, 2019
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Marjorie Post Park Forever NEW
by: Cindy

Spent my first 10 years (1961-1971) in Massapequa Park, with my mom and grandmother. Still have my Marjorie Post Park pool pass. It had a check in the right upper corner, which meant I needed to be accompanied by an adult. Just held my finger over it when going in. Loved the pools. Loved the ice skating rink. These memories of this park always make me smile (and cry, but you can't go back). Best place in the world.

Apr 22, 2019
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Keith NEW
by: Linwood Place

Please keep taking your meds.

Apr 22, 2019
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Saint NEW
by: Keith allen

I had good mystic events.I think good people.who really believe lived here, before 1960.But my family was violent.The Hermans across the street.very violent.very young parents.I Remember old trains.Jones beach was new.Holloweens where great.I was a few blocks from a elementary school.my 5 year old crush was Valery Johnston.across street.Laurie Herman beat me.Went after my mom.the mafia.gallo.worked at Rockefeller institute.i worked car wash for Joseph Gallo.

Apr 22, 2019
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Saint NEW
by: Keith allen

I lived in Massapequa park.about 1961 1964.Today im a saint.a real one!I go into holy ecstacys in Mary Immaculate Bellport ny.Met Jesus dec 9th 2016.HE TRANSFIGURED!My medical miracle is the hep c cure.given to Rockefeller institute( they robbed God.I Stopped poison gas attack on Grandcentral station.by holy visions.im on film on platform..my kindegarten teacher was miss kurtain or Curtain.I remember the drought of 1964.

Apr 16, 2019
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Shelley Drive NEW
by: Andy F.

We had good friends on Shelley Drive. Do you remember the Coopers?

Apr 15, 2019
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50's & 60's NEW
by: Anonymous

Went to Eastlake elementary. In 1962 everyone wanted the 5th grade teacher that would take the boys and fathers for a camping trip on the Appalachian Trail. Does anyone remember his name? Enjoyed the Massapequa Zoo where Frank Buck 'Bring them back Alive' had his collection. Monkey mountain, carousel & brass ring, drive-in movie theater where our father had us hide in the trunk. Spent a lot of time in the three streams before they 'improved' it with roads. Remember what we thought was a PT boat moored by the boat launch, understood that they took this to snowbird in Florida. Seem to remember that Jay and the Americans played at a 'This Magic Moment' dance held at Berner.

Apr 09, 2019
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Harbor Green Home Builders 1958
by: Anonymous

I live in Harbor Green. My home was built in 1958. Unfortunately lost many documents due to Hurricane Sandy. Can anyone tell me who the home builders - sellers of homes built on a Shelley Dr, between Riviera Dr E & Riviera Dr W. Any home design, advertisement, photo description of homes etc. would be greatly appreciated.




Apr 05, 2019
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Those who went to Birch Lane School NEW
by: Thomas Dean

in 1960 - and so graduated from high school in 1973 (but my own family moved to the Indiana/Michigan border in December 1963). If you had Miss Goodwin, Miss Illmansee (later Schreiker I believe) Mrs. Kollmer, Mrs. Harris as teachers - I'd love to hear your memories. We lived at Belvedere Drive in Massapequa Park.

Apr 05, 2019
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Serious question
by: Anonymous

I’ve enjoyed s trip down memory lane while reading but feel compelled to ask if anyone shares an unpleasant recollection of questionable behavior/sexual abuse by a CYO basketball coach from the late 70s or early 80s? My deceased brother who had a troubled life would occasionally reference it and there was an element of a group shower where boys were given shower caps? Any insight? Not looking for a name just anyone who might confirm a similar experience?

Apr 05, 2019
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Joyce NEW
by: Louie

I was working as a bartender at Winks and I am looking for a woman by the name of Joyce that I served drinks to at the bar Winks about 1984-1985, that came in with her boss after work. Are you that Joyce?

Apr 04, 2019
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To the person asking about the goal post
by: Joyce

Jerry P goal post was down off of What is now East Hamilton St which turned into Lincoln ave you went over the bridge and made a left onto Pirates Cove. You took that to the end and it was there at the end of the road. Three houses now stand crammed next to each other there. That’s where I grew up. At the time it was Amityville and then it was changed to East Massapequa. And remains that now. However the school district never changed. I had lived there till 1978 and just sold my moms house 2 years ago. It was a boat place first where they rented row boats out. Then became Pirates cove then Jerry’s then the wine gallery then it caught on fire then went to houses

Mar 12, 2019
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Ugh! NEW
by: Anonymous

Just like queens now. Complete chaos madness and stress. Awful!

Mar 12, 2019
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looking for Joyce NEW
by: Louie

I am looking for a woman by the name of Joyce that use to go to the bar Winks after work with her boss. Any information is helpful.

Feb 28, 2019
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Karen NEW
by: Jeff

So sorry to hear this. Thank you for sharing...

Feb 28, 2019
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Jeff NEW
by: Karen

Hi Jeff, unfortunately Tommy passed away almost 20 years ago! He was married, has 2 children and 2 grandchildren!He owned his own business and was making a life for himself! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I didn't want to ignore your post! Thanks for remembering my brother though and hope life is treating you well!

Feb 28, 2019
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Tommy NEW
by: Jeff

Wow...what a blast from the past! Tommy was one of the cool kids growing up. He used to hand out with me and Billy Dwyer on Jones Court. I would love to hear how he is doing? Married, kids, job?

Feb 28, 2019
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Hermann's NEW
by: Karen

Yes, my brother was Tommy! Also have a brother Kevin and a sister Denise!

Feb 28, 2019
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Brother? NEW
by: Karen

Was your brother Tommy? My brother is Eddie and a sister Joanne.

Feb 28, 2019
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Jeff NEW
by: Karen

I think we might have been in the same class! I had Mrs. Weiss from 73-74 year!! I was Karen Hermann and your name is very familiar!! Small world!! :)

Feb 27, 2019
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Mrs. Weiss NEW
by: Jeff Cootner

Hey Karen, I went to Unqua at the same time and also had Mrs. Weiss for 5th grade. Was I in your class?

Feb 26, 2019
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The Cottage
by: Anonymous

Anyone have more details on "The Cottage" kindergarten on the Jones estate, early 1950s? Would someone who subsequently went to Hawthorne have gone there ca 1951?

Feb 26, 2019
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Unqua NEW
by: Karen

I went to Unqua school in the mid 60's to early 70's and my 5th grade teacher was Mrs. Weiss! She always
"pealed" and ate grapefruits in class and to this day...in my late 50's I think of her every time I eat a grapefruit!! Great memories!!

Feb 26, 2019
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15 McKinley Dr., Massapequa
by: Rudiger

Hello,
I am from Germany and looking for relatives who lived from beginning of the 1950th onwards at 15 Mc. Kinley Rd.
Family Name was Wulf, John jr and his wife Gloria. Eventually and/or Johns parents lived there as well: John HC Wulf and Elisabeth Wulf. They migrated from Germany.
Would be grate if someone has any information.

Thanks

Feb 26, 2019
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H.p.shopping ctr. NEW
by: Bg

Last comment mistake not for Richie. For anonymous. Sorry

Feb 26, 2019
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H.P. Shopping Ctr. NEW
by: Bg

Richie, My e-mail, nmassapequa@gmail.com. You can laugh now.

Feb 26, 2019
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Richie NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember you!! How can I contact you off this site??

Feb 26, 2019
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H.P. Shopping Ctr. NEW
by: Bg

It was called Stan's coffee shop. A real nice guy. I saw him in the Ft.Lauderdale Fl.area in the mid 1990's. I worked next door at Lester's gift 5/10. H.P. pizza place Bernie was the owner. Also H.P. Movies. Good times.

Feb 26, 2019
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Richie??? NEW
by: Anonymous

Richie, didn’t you hang out at the Holiday Park Shopping Center?? At the coffee shop there??

Feb 25, 2019
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Memories
by: Bob Stuart BHS ‘67

I always wondered why the area south of Merrick Rd. had trees & canals but we on the other side "In the Park" got sumps? What was the purpose of the sumps, anyway?

My timeline was East Lake, McKenna & then BHS. Wonderful memories including:

Hunting big game in 3 Streams with our sling slots & armed with a satchel full of marbles;

Playing softball in Mays’ Parking Lot under the lights;

Feeling like we owned the whole town on our bikes;

Finding & making our own fun including touch football games on Charles Avenue (without planned "Play Dates");

My mother volunteering to my taking a young lady to her Junior Prom in enemy territory (MHS). "Oh,the horror!";

Making the best friends in the workd (some of whom I have had for nearly 60 yrs.) and with whom there is NEVER a lapse in our conversations. We still laugh our asses off each & every time we get together.

The world has gotten too complicated and every time I think about growing up in Massapequa Park when I did, I just smile and thank my folks. It was a magical time and I’m grateful.


Feb 25, 2019
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Doug Brandt NEW
by: Jeff

I knew Doug Brandt in Harbour Green , played basketball with Dave and Eric

Feb 20, 2019
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Gerry NEW
by: Doug Brandt

Maybe we know some of the same people In on facebook

Feb 20, 2019
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Pt Boat NEW
by: Richie

I remember the pt boat being on the canel that leads to Burns park. We used to launch our boat from there and fish in that canal to the bay in mid 60s. We had a 14 foot boat and would troll down the canal with silver lures and catch snappers. We thought we were like great fisherman fishing for swordfish or something like that. Great memories

Feb 20, 2019
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To Doug
by: Gerry

I too graduated MHS in 1963, went to Birch Lane, Parkside, McKenna and MHS but I started Kindergarten in 1950 at The Cottage on the Jones Estate before the high school was built there.
Many memories Monkey Mountain, Lords Bakery, the candy store which must have had a real name but we just called it that, going to Tobay beach all summer, even a beach club called The Alhambra at the end of the road, Dick and Dora's great pizza, as well as 25cent slice at Bar Harbor Shopping Center. My parents moved there in 1949, not much was there then but boy did it grow, I lived around the block from the MHS, I could hear the late bell from my house, they moved when I was a Jr. in college, so never really got back there much.

Feb 17, 2019
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Log Cabin NEW
by: Maggie

We lived at 122 Grand Boulevard and have many good memories growing up in Massapequa Park wouldn't have changed a thing. Does anyone remember the Light Cabin on the corner of Grand Boulevard and Connecticut Ave? I heard it burned down. We always thought it was the coolest thing. Our neighbors were the Sharkey's across the street. I used to play a lot with their boys, Tommy and Donnie. They lived across the street along with Mrs Rickson, Old Man Kaiser, the Porter's my Brothers hung out with Dawn and Chris,the Kaufman's next door they had 4 children, Butchie, Glen, Larry and Sharon. I used to play with Sharon and Larry same age as me and they were twins. I still keep in contact with Sharon. I went to East Lake Elementary. I had really good teachers except for first grade Mrs Tobias. She was witch and should have never been teaching little ones. I remember over the summer they had Sumner school at Eastlake Elementary. I couldn't wait to go the had in the auditorium, penny arcade, we did arts and crafts and learned baton twirling. It was really fun and I have such good memories of it. It lasted for a few weeks. Then we used to take off on our bikes go to the Seven Eleven get candy and slurpees and go fishing at the park, visit the sump get some frogs and have races. Boy what these kids are missing out on today. Wouldn't trade it for the world.

Feb 16, 2019
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The Great old days NEW
by: Usclegend

Graduated from Berner in '64, got a say this magical place called Massapequa was the place to grow up.
I wouldn't trade my childhood for anything. We walked everywhere
Played Football, Wrestled Lacrosse, our *gang* was made up of a bunch of great teenagers who respected each other and played together as one.I miss those days

Feb 16, 2019
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Graduated 63
by: Doug

Went to BirchLane,Parkside and MHS,graduated in 63.Lived in Harbour Green. Best place to grow up.Spent most of my time playing basketball,football and fishing.Have not been back in many years,remember slice and coke in Bar Harbour 25 cents,All American JonesBeach,OBI.Great times

Feb 16, 2019
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Graduated 63
by: Doug

Went to BirchLane,Parkside and MHS,graduated in 63.Lived in Harbour Green. Best place to grow up.Spent most of my time playing basketball,football and fishing.Have not been back in many years,remember slice and coke in Bar Harbour 25 cents,All American JonesBeach,OBI.Great times

Feb 11, 2019
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PT Boat at the South Seas Yacht Club
by: John Agurkis

The boat you are talking about was not a PT Boat. I believe it was a air sea rescue boat. The boat was behind a house in Massapequa for years. I mentioned this to my employer at the time. He bought the boat and moved it to the yacht club. I worked on the engines trying to get the boat running. The boat sat there until it burned.

Feb 05, 2019
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Queens Ave, Plainedge NEW
by: Bg

Did you mean Queens Ave.

Feb 05, 2019
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No charm! NEW
by: Anonymous

Queens!

Jan 23, 2019
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Massapequa Great Memories NEW
by: Anonymous

We moved to Massapequa in 1954, and our first house was in Biltmore Shores and I attended Fairfield School for part of 6th Grade and was transfered to the brand new Birch Lane School and our class was the first 6th Grade to graduate there. Miss Young was the Principal and Coach Egra was our phys ed instructor, I had Mrs Cutler that year. We then were bused up to Parkside for Junior HIgh 7-8 th grade. Had some tough teachers there but they were all good and fair. We thne went yto Hassapequa High from 1958-1962, what great times, was lucky to have Alex Baldwin for world history and then Floyd Kenyon for Ameircan History. I I lived in Harbour Green from 1961-1969, down by the water and the summers were always great. fishing in the Great South Bay, claming at low tide to earn gas money, driving over to Jones Beach , yes American Hamburgers was there, Carvel next door, Dick and Doras over in Alhambra section. We all made excuses go go to the library downtown to go by Kirschs's. does anyone revcall teh Farmers Market on the corner of Hicksville Road and Merick Road that burned down and teh scandal that came from that?
It was different time and place but waht a great place to grow up!

Jan 21, 2019
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SILVER KEY
by: Anonymous

I went to Massapequa H.S. 62-65 does anyone remember the jr teen club (no alcohol) on Merrick rd next to the H.S. the Silver Key

Jan 20, 2019
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Still a great town
by: Anonymous

My son lives on Philadelphia Avenue since 1997. Park Boulevard is still a great little town. Tree lighting every year at the train Station, 4th of July parade. Still a quaint town. All American Burger still around on Merrick Road, and Peter Kong’s office on Park Boulevard. I think most people who
Lived there 40 or 50 years ago would still think
It is great. And I think the bar at the railroad station, Gannon’s, has been there a long time.

Jan 13, 2019
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Grassy Knolls NEW
by: Anonymous

I grew up on Grand Boulevard as well, between Euclid and Massachusetts, a short distance from East Lake Elementary School. I have so many memories from that time. My sister Eileen was 7 years older and my sister Diane 5 years younger. My very first friends on the block were Linda and Tommy, and there was a Richard too. They were my age, and my little sister had her friends Karen and David down the block from us and Kathy who lived across the street. My older sister had her friends too, though since she was older they lived further away, some who lived near Massapequa High School. I particularly remember the 3 streams and the Pit (I think that became the Mall). I remember the Massapequa Zoo and the drive in, and playing on the swings before the movie started; my sister and I in our pajamas because usually we would fall asleep. I remember selling girl scout cookies door to door (the kids don't do that today). I remember going to the grocery store in town with my mom and she would always give me a dime to put in the Coca Cola dispenser. When I was a teen I took guitar lessons from a man who lived around the block. I didn't learn much, but I did have a crush on my teacher. I remember singing in the children's choir at Our Lady of Lourdes. I loved signing in the choir.I graduated from Berner High School in 1968. I lived on Long Island for 54 years, moving with my husband to Pennsylvania in 2004. I love it here, but the culture is very different. I love the farms and mountains too, but it cannot compare to my love for the place where I grew up or my love for good friends I will never forget. Fortunately, I still have family on Long Island and get to visit now and again. I grant you it's different and more crowded than it was back in the 50's and 60's, but it is still home to me, and more than anything I think it's also the time we grew up. Things were much simpler back when we were kids.

Jan 12, 2019
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BAR BURNT DOWN .....WINKS
by: Anonymous

DOES ANYONE KNON WHAT YEAR WINKS IN MASSAPEQUA ON BROADWAY BURNT DOWN. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IT IS VERY IMPORTANT.....

Jan 12, 2019
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BAR BURNT DOWN .....WINKS NEW
by: Anonymous

DOES ANYONE KNON WHAT YEAR WINKS IN MASSAPEQUA ON BROADWAY BURNT DOWN. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IT IS VERY IMPORTANT.....

Jan 10, 2019
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Sad NEW
by: Betsy Knapp Finley

I’m so sad. I lived in Massapequa Park from 1954- 1968 on McKinley Street. Most of the people on here lived there after I left so I can’t relate to the bars or the other things that came after I left (of course my dad would have disowned me if I went to a bar). I remember things like the scary shoemaker, the pet shop, Bohacks, Dilberts, Berman’s, the 5 and 10 cent store, the smell of Sam’s barber shop when Sam and Tony cut my dad’s hair and gave my brothers crew cuts, when we were given tempra paint and we were allowed to paint the storekeeper’s doors (with permission) for Halloween. They were all judged by unanimous people. Of course we all won something. I think it was a certificate. I always did Sam’s barbershop.

I used to walk my dad to the train station in the summer and on the way back, I’d play with the little girl at the Italian bakery. We’d play with the grasshoppers in the back of the bakery and the stray kittens wandering around. Her mom gave us some really good stuff. Of course I never told mom. I just ate breakfast even though I was full of Italian bakery food.

I played in the woods where now stands a funeral home, got nickle candy from Fay’s Candy shop which is now a florist.

We caught carp at the reservoir.

That’s the Massapequa Park of my time.

That’s the Massapequa Park I remember.

Those were the innocent days I remember.

Jan 10, 2019
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North Mass.. NEW
by: Anonymous

Bobby, some of my best memories included Stan’s Coffee Shop. Great bunch of friends there. The dynamics began to change some as outsiders started to filter into the group around the 70’s along with their own troubles. Still was a great place though! Can still remember the police with their night sticks! Lol

Jan 10, 2019
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Winks NEW
by: Anonymous

Can someone please tell me when the bar Winks on Broadway burnt down?
Thank you

Jan 06, 2019
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Jerry Phipin goal post inn NEW
by: Anonymous

I don't remember the street address of the restaurant. I grew up across the river from it.I still boat on the great South Bay and pass the property where it was.There are 2 houses built on the Iand that was once was the goal post.Nice memory

Jan 02, 2019
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I loved Massapequa Park NEW
by: Vinnie Dequeiroz

I lived in Massapequa Park from 1969 to 1990, loved everything about it.. All American, town, hot rod burger king, the woods, the forts we built there..
Just a great time living in Mass Park during the 70's..
No place like it..

Dec 27, 2018
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Gerry Philbin's Goal Post
by: Jeff from Iowa

Hey, all … is there anyone here who might be able to provide the exact address where Gerry Philbin's Goal Post once stood? Read in some other comments that the lounge no longer stands and has been replaced by housing. Any help would be very much appreciated! Thank you!

Dec 26, 2018
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Growing up in The North End
by: Bobby Hepburn

I grew up in what we called THE ITALIAN North End even though there were plenty of us Irish/Scottish kids there too! I graduated from Plainedge (Where all the COOL kids went) and LOVED growing up in North Massapequa. I played in the BROADWAY SOFTBALL LEAGUE and frequented the many bars along Broadway. The Sand Trap, The Eagles Nest, The Bourbon Barrel, The Village Pub, The Little Lounge, Freckles, and many more. I was NOT a big drinker but most fun on Friday night was at THE CASA MARIA, and other local Italian places. I hung out at Holiday Park on Jerusalem Ave. and Hicksville Rd. and was a PROUD "HOLIDAY PARK BOY". I played softball for Bernie's Luncheonette and still have my Softball Shirt from when I was 16 to this day. I also played for THE PENNY WHISTLE at Calvert Manor Shopping Center. Got my FIRST LEGAL drink at "THE TIGER'S TAIL." When I visit back each year for THE ITALIAN FEAST ON BROADWAY, I still hook up with my OLD Softball team members and some guys I hung out with. It also ALWAYS includes a trip to "ALL AMERICAN". Massapequa will always be in my heart.

Dec 21, 2018
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by: Chris

Growing in Massapequa during the 60's and 70's was a real American experience where you knew everyone on your block and your parents knew all friends parents. Fun times of playing in the streets until the lights came on, riding our bikes to Jones beach, Florence beach, All American, life couldn't been any sweeter.

Dec 20, 2018
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Old Days at 231 Park Lane in Massapequa
by: Linda Petersen Patrissi

Loved reading the last comment. It sparked memories in my mind of even the basic washline in the backyard. My Mom could spend hours talking to her neighbors while she twirled the wash line and filled it with daily laundry (NO DRYER!). We,too, had many children on the block.Mom stayed home and fed everyone!We danced on picnic table benches using my portable record player to provide the music, we started an arts and crafts club in the summer for younger children for only$1.00 for the whole summer and had turtle races up the driveway.When the pool went up everyone had a swimming hole with the tiniest filter that broke down every other day! In autumn, we rolled up the pool and replaced it with an ice skating rink.Please contact me if you,too,remember me. Mom and Dad have passed on but the memories of them and our home will remain in my mind and my heart forever.

Dec 20, 2018
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Kids NEW
by: Anonymous

On my block there were at least 3 or more kids per house back in the 50's. Its seems that everybody also had a dog. All the moms back then, very few worked, would watch out for whose ever kid was around your house. There were some weeks when I ate lunch at a 5 different houses, then the next week everyone was at mine. Back then it was very common for moms to be borrowing a cup of sugar or a couple of eggs or a pint of milk, or whatever was needed to complete a recipe for whatever they might be baking. Most families had only one car and that our fathers took to work each day, so there was no quick dashing down to the market for supplies. Sure enough when our parents next went grocery shopping they would always repay the milk, eggs or sugar.
I remember very well when ever out black and white TV set wasn't working, my father would take out all the bulbs in the back of the set and we would go down to the Rexall drugstore down near the train station in the Mass.Park and he would plug each one in to the test strip to see which one was no longer any good. They had the new ones right there underneath the cabinet and back we would go and plug them all in and everything was back to normal. Our choices of stations compared to today very limited but there was always something on for us to look forward to and enjoy. As I recall we had channels 2,4,5,7,11 and 13 and every house had an antenna strapped to their chimney or the highest point on their house all pointing to the city. I wouldn't have wanted to grow up any place else. I moved from Massapequa and off Long Island 48 years ago but the memories of the fun I had back then are still so vivid in my mind. I see my grandchildren growing up in New Jersey and Connecticut in such a different world and wonder if they will look back at their childhood in as positive a light as I think most of us who lived in that time period do.

Dec 20, 2018
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Looking for a friend NEW
by: Anonymous

I moved to Massapequa when I was about 4-5 years old circa 1957. I remember walking (alone!) to the house next door looking for a playmate. No luck there, so I went to the next house. No luck there either. Finally, at the fourth house, I found her. We became best friends. Can't remember her name now, maybe Gigi?

Dec 20, 2018
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Massapequa NEW
by: Anonymous

It was a great place to grow up. There must have been 20 kids in the neighborhood that would be outside playing all day. These days you just don't see it with all the organized sports and all. Great memories growing up in Massapequa.

Dec 20, 2018
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Jeff NEW
by: Anonymous

You must have lived on my block...Jones Court

Dec 20, 2018
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Massapequa NEW
by: Anonymous

Great place to grow up. There must have been 20 kids in the neighborhood that would be outside playing all day. You just don't see it anymore these days. Great memories from growing up in Massapequa.

Nov 30, 2018
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I wouldn't Raise My Kids There NEW
by: Linwood Place

When I was a kid I thanked my lucky stars I was raised in Massapequa and not Amityville. Amityville had blacks...shudder...albeit almost 10% (we figuared it was close to 90%).

I grew up with a lot of racists and even to this day Massapeuqa only has 0.17% African Americans.


I met my first black friend at Nassau Community College. I wouldn't want my kids to miss out on how diversified the real world was.

Nov 28, 2018
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Whites NEW
by: Anonymous

I worked at Whites 1971 to 1973 in the men's department. Part time while I was in high school. I remember Steve the crazy manager also met the love of my life working in that department. But unfortunately broke up four years later. It was great times

Nov 06, 2018
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A long time gone . . . NEW
by: Grassy Knolls

It has been close to 50 years since I left Massapequa Park. I lived on Grand Blvd., on the same block as Hall of Famers, Steven Federman and Jim Amen, both of whom were older guys. Mitchell Lemelbaum (gone now), Dennis Dunning, The Timpanelli brothers, Paul and Joey (gone), Jimmy and Tommy Dennis, Tom Wishart, Larry Becker and all of them had at least two sister. I remember the streets being a virtual sea of kids. 50 and 60 to a block and a hundred blocks.
I remember The Pit and especially hanging out on the Grassy Knoll with The Slobs et al and John Cox, Dan Kane. El Stumpo and that swing, the Old Cove with a pile of rusting beer cans, the New Cove - close to Park Lane.

Oct 29, 2018
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JA: Sonic booms NEW
by: Andy F.

I forgot about that. Though we lived south of Sunrise, there was always the din of jet engines spooling up as they prepared to take off or were being tested at Republic in Farmingdale. I also remember large lumbering "Flying Boxcars" lazily flying up in the skies over Long Island. I don't know where they were going or what they were hauling but there was always one around.

Oct 29, 2018
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Grumman NEW
by: JA

I remember in the late 60's the regular sonic booms in Massapequa. AWACs type and other jet aircraft would fly over our house in and out of Grumman. And there was a big farm on Hicksville Rd and Jerusalem Ave, may have had several green-houses, became a Waldbaums.

Oct 27, 2018
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Bar across from park station. NEW
by: Anonymous

Opposite the Massapequa Park station in the 70's there was a bar called Solomon Grundies.

Oct 26, 2018
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bar near train station in 1980s NEW
by: Ellen

I'm thinking it was on the east end of that strip where Gannon's is....where Johhny McGoreys is now?

Oct 26, 2018
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Bars and Stations NEW
by: Andy F.

If the station being referred to is the Massapequa Park station yes, Gannon's is the bar (and its still there).
If the station is the Massapequa station the bar would be the Station Cafe or Porky's Pub.

Oct 26, 2018
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Bar near train station NEW
by: Karen

If I'm thinking of the right bar it was called Gannon's!

Oct 26, 2018
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bar near train station 1980 NEW
by: Ellen

Anyone remember the bar/club that was by the
massapequa train station in the early 80's? It faced the elevated train tracks and the parking underneath...

Oct 26, 2018
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bar near train station 1980 NEW
by: Ellen

Anyone remember the bar/club that was by the
massapequa train station in the early 80's? It faced the elevated train tracks and the parking underneath...

Oct 26, 2018
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Farm In North Massapequa NEW
by: Donna

Does anyone remember the farm in North Massapequa. An old man lived there and raised chickens. We always referred to it as Yankees Farm, and it was demolished in the late 60's.

Oct 15, 2018
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Wine Gallery NEW
by: Anonymous

My wife and I could not find a place for our wedding. Huntington Town House, Theresa's, etc. were all booked. We had a short time because I was moving for a job. We went to the Wine Gallery and talked the manager into doing our wedding. Told him, this would be a lot of business for a late Sunday afternoon. He agreed and we were the first wedding to be held there. It was great.

Oct 09, 2018
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White's Dept. Store - Massapequa NEW
by: Richard

My mother, Mary Ann Evento used to work at White's Dept. store in the late 60's. She often talks about Berner HS and how wonderful it was growing up in Massapequa with a large family.
rrrpeterson@hotmail.com

Oct 02, 2018
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Traffic and congestion NEW
by: Andy F

Something all of us notice is the increased traffic and overall condensed population these days. Its not just in our beloved Massapequa though, its everywhere on LI. The trade off for those who can overlook these changes is the incredible access to almost any aspect of cultural enrichment that you can imagine. Gone is the requirement to have to trudge into the city for entertainment, shopping, the arts, and that all important access to world class health care.

Oct 02, 2018
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Queens NEW
by: Anonymous

Total stress. Chaos and madness. Everyone running around like loons. Completely overcrowded. Merrick rd is nuts. No quality of life.

Sep 28, 2018
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wine gallery NEW
by: Anonymous

ha! I loved the wine gallery. used to go underage with my boyfriend in high school in the 80s and felt like a grownup on the couches !!! I know someone who lives on the old lot now called pirates cove. no bridge anymore. anyone remember wine barrel?? was that in amityville..babylon...

Sep 28, 2018
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Island restaurant NEW
by: AnonymousDave

The restaurant was Gerry Philbin’s "Goal Post". Gerry played for the NY Jets.

Sep 23, 2018
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Re: The Wine Gallery NEW
by: Ken

There's a house on the old restaurant property. It sits back from the street a bit and is just before making a left onto Pirate's Cove

Sep 17, 2018
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Wine Gallery Restaurant NEW
by: Anonymous

Just wondering what ever happened to this restaurant. Had to drive over a small wooden bridge to get to parking lot.

Sep 10, 2018
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Massapequa Park! NEW
by: Ed Yazijian

I just found this site. What great memories. I lived in MP from 1955-1967 at 92 First Ave. My neighbors were the Gennarios, Fields (they owned a tree nursery next to our house), the Meislohns, Kissingers, Keelers, Widmans, and many others too numerous to mention. The Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan and her brother Jimmy were our neighbors too--their parents were friends of my parents from their Brooklyn days. Not many people know this, but Warhol superstar Candy Darling lived across the street from us at 79 First Ave. Those of you who lived in the neighborhood would know Candy as Jimmy Slattery. She might have been the first transgender movie star in history. I went to Hawthorn Elementary and had Mrs Curtin in Kindergarten, Miss Rice was my music teacher. She had us listen to a lot of great music--some of it was pretty avant garde--like John Cage and Milton Babbitt. She instilled a great love in me of all kinds of music to this day. My 4th grade teacher Miss Burke taught us all how to play harmonica. She was my absolute favorite teacher--she later became the first woman executive of Seagrams (I think) and now lives in California. I still stay in touch. The Sealys were our gym teachers. Massapequa Park was a great place to grow up back then. We moved to Connecticut in 1967 and it was probably the worst decision my father ever made. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for our Massapequa Park neighborhood and its people. We never locked our doors and everyone looked out for one another. That meant too that we kids got heck from anyone on the neighborhood who caught us doing anything wrong. I've lived all over the world, but I never saw a neighborhood where everyone seemed to get along so well. Well, I was just a kid then, but that's how I experienced it.

Aug 27, 2018
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Whites NEW
by: Linwood Place whites

My friends and I used to shoplift from Whites as kids. Despite having a guard at every exit who inspected departing customer's purchases, we would take whatever we wanted and go to the garden section. There was a space between the chain link fence and the building where you could drop items outside the building....walk right past the garden dept guard...and retrieve the item off the ground free and clear. I hate to think we may have been partly responsible for Whites closing down.

Aug 26, 2018
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Whites NEW
by: Rich B

I worked at Whites in the eye glass dept. I was in co op in Berner Mr Stafords class. 1968-9

Aug 22, 2018
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Working at Whites NEW
by: Anonymous

How many of us worked at whites for our first job.
Please write if you worked at Whites. I worked in the pet dept, then receiving, paints, garden and hardware. The years were from 68-7.
Names I recall: Andy Passman was a supervisor. He married a woman who worked there Claudia. Stu Katz in paints-who is a doctor now in
Massapequa. Richie Mckenna was the summer manager of receiving.
Some nut named jeff who was manager of garden one summer. That summer made me glad I was in college.
looking forward to memories-Dennis


Aug 22, 2018
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Pequa NEW
by: Anonymous

I miss the bunery pub that used to be on park blvd. pitchers of beer burger and fries .

Aug 22, 2018
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Hometown Visit NEW
by: Anonymous

Was back in Massapequa last week, first time in about 5 years. Lots of changes but glad to see places you counted on as a kid are still there. Went to All American for lunch and Carmellos for dinner and Krisches for dessert one day. My parents still live in the house I grew up in and my room is exactly the way I left it when I went off to the Army. There's still an old St Pauli Girl Beer poster hanging in there. The model is probably collecting social security now but she's timeless in Massapequa. Enjoyed driving past Birch Lane and MHS and even caught up with a couple old friends that are still in the area. Took a boat ride in the bay and marveled at all the remodeled houses and how much bigger the boats are now. A big difference from our old Boston Whalers with smokey 2 stroke motors and sunfish sailboats. I feel like that airplane from California was more than a ride, it was a time machine.

Aug 15, 2018
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Andy F. NEW
by: Anonymous

Beth L. THANK YOU for stating what is probably an unpopular assessment related to All-American. I agree that chunks of grizzle in the hamburgers, the oil spots on the bag from the oil impregnated fries, is an indication this place is not serving good food. These aren't new observations; they are as old as the establishment. I too think its more about nostalgia around the property and signage than it is the quality of the food.

Aug 14, 2018
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Micky Rooney's Weenie World NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember what the building that Micky Rooney's Weenie World was built for? It was built to look like a space ship.

Aug 14, 2018
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All American no thanks NEW
by: Beth L

never understood the hype. Its not good at all. Worst hot dog i have ever had and the burger was nothing special. I think people just like the nostalgia. Ill pass. BUT i used to love Mickey Rooney's Weenie World right outside the Sunrise Mall. Then it became Blimpie and Empress Bagels too for a bit.

Aug 04, 2018
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CB radio in Massapequa Park NEW
by: Richie

Any CBer's looking at this forum. I was KOD3584 in the 1960s 70s. Now a ham.

Aug 04, 2018
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Big Bow Wow NEW
by: Anonymous

Anyone have pictures of the Big Bow Wow Sunrise Hwy. I worked there in the 60s.

Jul 17, 2018
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SUMP NEW
by: Chris

Hi Maggie, I lived between Euclid and Massachusetts. Our next door neighbors were the Santangelo's, they lived on the corner, and on the other side were the Tangney's. Across the street were Dietzel's and Gabrois. I graduated in 1968, and my sister Diane in 1973. My maiden name was Curry.

You are probably younger than I am. 🙄

Jul 16, 2018
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Re: Sump NEW
by: Maggie

Hey Chris, it was near East Lake like 2-3 blocks away. Where did you live on Grand Boulevard? We lived next door to Kauffman's. My Brothers are George and Wendell. Your not Chris Porter are you?

Jul 16, 2018
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Charles Ave. NEW
by: Chris

I also grew up on Grand Boulevard. I remember the sump. Wasn't it across the street from East Lake? I remember the book mobile always parked there too.

Jul 15, 2018
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Carol S. Charles Ave NEW
by: Maggie

Hey Carol we lived at 122 Grand Blvd Massapequa Park. Funny how you brought up about the Sump. I live in Florida too. My parents moved here when I was only 10. Used to go to the Sump every summer with my Brothers on our bikes with their friends to catch frogs. We would put them in shoe boxes with holes in them have relay races with them and then let them go. Every time I tell someone down here about the Sump they have no clue as to what I'm talking about. Woolworths was one of my favorite stores to go to with my mom because they a large selection of dolls in there for girls and would buy me one for helping her with the cleaning. Wonderful memories. I live on the West Coast of Florida. Have been here since 1973 and the last time I was back to Massapequa Park was 1985 so it's been many years. Miss Zornes, Chicken Delight, the fantastic German Delis and the wonderful bakeries. I don't miss the ice and snow though lol.

Jul 15, 2018
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Reunion NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm looking forward to this!

Jul 14, 2018
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Berner HS class of 78 / 40 year reunion NEW
by: Meg Tuohey McCaffrey

Anyone on here graduate in ‘78 or know of anyone who did? If so; please pass on this info. We are putting together a very informal reunion August 11 at noon at the BBQ grills by the tennis courts at Marjorie Post Park (Unqua Road). Bring your own everything. Pass it on! Thanks!

Jul 13, 2018
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Pequa Theater NEW
by: Anonymous

Loved Pequa Theater! We used to go every week to Midnight Madness for the showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show! It was a bit weird to see people you knew in full costume for the show and do not forget to bring your rice, water pistols, toilet paper, etc.!

Jul 13, 2018
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Massapequa NEW
by: Anonymous

Ok what about the infinity dealer on sunrise hwy? Remember that used to be a movie theater. I remember when jaws was playing there. Come on man!

Jul 11, 2018
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Response to Karen's 5/13/18 Post NEW
by: Jill K - MHS Class of '70

We listened to the same song in gym at Raymond J. Lockhart. It was Chicken Fat and it was sung by Robert Preston. It is on YouTube and just try doing it now at our age - lol

Jul 10, 2018
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Queens NEW
by: Anonymous

You would be shocked if you came back here after being away for awhile.,just like queens now. Totally congested and packed with total stress and mass confusion. Chaos!

Jun 19, 2018
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looking for old friend
by: Barry

On the last post is it from Carol Strutt ?

Jun 19, 2018
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Charles Ave
by: Carol S.

I loved living in Massapequa Park. I lived there from 1959 till 1973. I spent a couple of hours reading all the posts about our town. I would love to hear from some of the people I hung around with. I lived next to what we called the Sump on Charles
Ave. I lived next to the Interrantes, and the Stankards. I've always wondered where Leslie Conti, and Joyce Stark ended up. I can remember walking to Carmen's Road School, it was less than a mile but I guess because I was so young it felt like miles. I have very fond memories of Long Fulls, Woolworths and Inter County shopping center. I moved to Greenlawn, near Huntington in 73. Now I live in Central Florida. It was wonderful to go down memory lane.

May 21, 2018
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Best few hours ever....
by: Kevin S

Stumbled into this site at 6am, it's 10 am now. Best four hour I've spent reading in quite a while, thank you all for the memories.
And you are all right, it was a great place to grow up.
Schools as I remember:
Maria Regina
Lockhart
St Anthony's
Massapequa HS
1969

Rhode Island Ave

May 19, 2018
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NC Police Academy
by: Anonymous

The Police Academy is NOT in McKenna Junior High School. It is in Hawthorne Elementary School which is next to McKenna. McKenna is now an elementary school.

May 19, 2018
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McKenna HS is the Nassau County Police Academy
by: Anonymous

The Nassau County Police academy has been at McKenna School for a number of years now

May 16, 2018
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Charlie
by: Jackie Kohnken

Is that you, Mr: Daimler? Are you interested in attending? Love to see those blonde good looks!

May 13, 2018
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Re: Charlie D.
by: Anonymous

Thank you!

May 13, 2018
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Jackie looking for some folks
by: Anonymous

Can't help you with most of those folks but I know that Charlie is down in Virginia.

May 13, 2018
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Unqua in the 60's
by: Karen

Does anyone remember the "Chicken Fat" song we used to exercise to in elementary school?? I thought of it today and can remember most of the lyrics...I was in 1st grade in '68 at Unqua!!

Apr 26, 2018
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Looking for Class of 1968 Seton Hall
by: Jackie

Hi, we're looking for Massapequa members of the 1968 graduating class of 1968 - Charlie Daimler, Louanne Marchand, Christine DeLuca, Doug English - will arch this space for replies or email me: jbeh@aol.com - Jackie Kohnken. Thanks in advance!

Apr 16, 2018
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The Big Bow Wow
by: Chris Y

Oh my goodness. Do I remember the Big Bow Wow. Because it was so close to Berner, my friends and I always went there. My husband and I were just talking about the Big Bow Wow the other day and Whites department store.

Apr 16, 2018
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the big bow wow
by: Anonymous

any pictures of big wow in front mays/

Apr 12, 2018
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Mole Annex
by: Chris Y

Hi Andy F. I just realized you said you graduated from MHS. So that reunion wouldn't be yours. I didn't know any of the kids who went to MHS. I have a vague memory of someone I knew, but cannot remember his name. I only know he was nice. You mention Uncle Sam. Both my cousins won that lottery too. Thankfully they both came home. My cousin Ted wrote his memoirs about his time serving in Viet Nam. I'm 3/4 of the way through it.

Apr 12, 2018
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Mole Annex
by: Chris Y

Hi Andy, Wasn't it a great 4 years at Berner. You know they are having a 50th Reunion for our class in September.

Apr 12, 2018
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Mole Annex through Graduation
by: Andy F

Chris Y.
Yes me too. My parents moved to Massapequa Park in 1955 and I went to Mole Annex first and then Unqua once it was completed, then on to Berner, and finally MHS where I too graduated in 1968. Uncle Sam had plans for me after that. I think the Draft Lottery was the only lottery I have ever won :)

Apr 11, 2018
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K - 3 at Hawthorne ‘58 - ‘61
by: Bob

I went to Hawthorne, lived on Smith St, right across from the school.

Apr 11, 2018
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Mole Annex, Hawthorne
by: Anonymous

Anyone here who attended Mole Annex, then Hawthorne, in the early/mid-50s? Asking on behalf of my partner. He lived on Monroe til '56 or '57, then moved to Babylon, then Freeport. I'm enjoying kibitzing!

Apr 11, 2018
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Nassau Shores 1970's
by: Anonymous

Anybody out there from Berner class of 1973 or McKenna Jr HS Class of 1969.Looking for Janice Forman if anybody has a where abouts

Apr 11, 2018
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Mole Annex
by: Chris Y

Andy F, I too remember going to Mole Annex. All I remembered was the name. I don't remember the school. I was there in 1955. We had just moved to Massapequa Park. I only went there for a little while before East Lake was completed. I spent the rest of Kindergarten through 6th grade there and then on to McKenna and then Berner. I graduated in 1968.

Apr 10, 2018
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Anyone from Belvedere Drive or Birch Lane School?
by: Anonymous

I'd love to be in touch - my family moved in December 1963 - when I was in third grade. I've fond memories of the teachers, of Miss Young, the principal -and of those neighbors on Belvedere Drive. Anyone out there with those experiences? Thanks. Tom Dean

Apr 10, 2018
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Not like Queens
by: Anonymous

Someone is cranky in there old age. Massapequa is still beautiful.

Apr 10, 2018
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Ugh
by: Anonymous

Just like queens now. Awful.

Apr 06, 2018
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help me find gym teacher James Patrick Morris
by: cindy austen

He was w gym teacher in the massapequa area in 1954 and 1955 I would think he has past on by now. But I must contact his family The my have medical
answers I need . Please help me cindyausten @aol.com

Apr 05, 2018
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Love it!
by: Donna Bartlett

I remembered a couple of other schools that I went to: East Lake for kindergaerten, 1962-63; Maplewood School, 1963/64; then Unqua from 2nd grade through 5th grade. Had my family stayed in Massapequa, I would have been part of the Berner High class of 75. Anyone else remember any of these teachers? I forgot Miss Elliot, gym teacher, (didn't like her). I had Miss Hoyt grade 2, 1964/65; Mrs. Pompa grade 3 65/66; Miss Bard 4th grade, 66/67; and Mrs. Weiss, 5th grade 67/68. as I mentioned before, I grew up on West Shore Drive, Stephanie Sollecito and Ellen Larkin were close friends and neighbors of mine. I have only great memories of Massapequa and come back to the area to visit family and friends every summer. Love it!!

Apr 04, 2018
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Anyone have Miss Illmansee, Mrs. Goodwin, Mrs. Kollmer, Mrs. Harris?
by: Anonymous

I've not yet seen any comment that seems to bear on my years in Massapequa Park going to Birch Lane School - 1960-1963. I lived on Belvedere Drive.
Hope there's someone.

Apr 04, 2018
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Love Massapequa
by: Donna Bartlett

Hi! I lived in Massapequa until June of 1968. I went to Unqua School. Grade 2, 1963/64 school year had Miss Hoyt, 3rd grade had Mrs. Pompa - loved her!, 4th grade had Miss Bard, loved her too! and 5th grade Mrs. Weiss, ditto!. Loved all my teachers except Miss Hoyt, wasn't a huge fan. I lived on West Shore Drive. Ellen Larkin and Stephanie Sollecito were my best friends. I loved the pizza at Dick and Dora's. My family moved to Connecticut in 1968, and its where I still reside today. I loved growing up in Massapequa. Riding bikes, walking to Marjorie Post park, great childhood memories. My sister and I still come back to visit family and friends every summer. Just feels like home still, even after all these years.

Apr 01, 2018
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Mole Annex
by: Andy F

Remember Mole Ford on the corner of Albany Ave and Sunrise hwy in Amityville? Well their previous location was on Merrick Rd west of the 110/Merrick Rd corner. Their service bays were repurposed as classrooms after they relocated and used until elementary schools were completed. I remember some of the classrooms still had the garage doors! This was where "Mole Annex" came about.

Apr 01, 2018
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Mole Annex
by: Anonymous

SO now says that might be it. And adds that he lived on Monroe, & that others might remember his house because it was the only one on the block with a chainlink fence. His father used to yell at kids for swinging on it. Slound familiar?

Mar 31, 2018
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Massapequa Park kindergarten in 1951/2
by: Anonymous

Hmmm...people remember Mole Annex in 1956 or so, but my SO swears that there were 2 1-room kindergarten schoolhouses within walking distance of Massapequa Park in 1951/2. Anyone have any insight into this? He's pretty accurate about other memories of the period. He attended Hawthorne later on. Thanks for dredging out the memories!

Mar 31, 2018
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Mole Annex
by: Anonymous

I too went to Mole Annex in Amityville during the 1954/55 school year for kindergarten as Hawthorne School was completed yet. We were bused there. Seems like a pretty long way from home for 5 year olds.

Mar 31, 2018
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Mole Annex
by: Anonymous

Was this Amityville, then? do you remember anything about it? All the references I see to it are much later. This is specifically about a kindergarten in 1951 or 1952. Anyone else remember 1 or 2 1-room kindergartens that Massapequa Park kids would have attended in the early 1950s, before Hawthorne was built (in 1954)?

Mar 31, 2018
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Amityville
by: Anonymous

Believe it was called Mole annex and I was bused there until Eastlake school was completed...regards!

Mar 31, 2018
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Amityville
by: Anonymous

Believe it was called Mole annex and I was bused there until Eastlake school was completed...regards!

Mar 31, 2018
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Massapequa Park kindergarten in 1951/2
by: Anonymous

On behalf of my significant other: he went to kindergarten in 1951 (1952?) in a 1-room schoolhouse, 1 of 2 such kindergartens available to Massapequa Park kids. Later went to Hawthorne. Fill in the missing pieces, please! (Note from SO: seems from some comments above that he might have been going to Amityville part of this time. Thanks for your help in retrieving info!)

Mar 28, 2018
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The decline (?) of Massapequa?
by: Andy F

I would agree with the comment a few lines down regarding the amount of traffic in Massapequa along Sunrise Highway but this is inevitable anywhere. The vacant lots relate to a fast food establishment that is currently being rejuvinated and a Lexus dealership that moved. Otherwise, the IHOP recently closed but for the most part, that stretch is relatively unchanged since 300 bowl and the KFC closed nearly thirty years ago. Its still a great place but yes, east/west traffic has no other route other than through the town.

Mar 28, 2018
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N. Massapequa still great.
by: Anonymous

Reply to last comment, your talking about a commercial area Sunrise hwy. I was in all of Massapequa this past December for 2 weeks all of and including North Massapequa is the same as 40 years ago, all towns should be that nice.

Mar 28, 2018
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Wow!
by: Anonymous

I drove into massapequa recently. Place is run down with vacant lots and buildings on sunrise hwy in massapequa park. Really is like queens now with tons of traffic and congestion with a lot of trashy people.

Feb 25, 2018
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Memories
by: Anonymous

Great memories living on Pennsylvania ave. north of sunrise in the 60's and 70's. Graduated in 1980 from Massapequa. Bohack, the 5 and dime for wax lips and kiddles. the shoe repair guy next door. Getting my ears pierced at the stationary store. My mom would play Bingo above Bohack on Weds and Sat. nights. Riding our bikes everywhere. Mr. Baldwin running Rec camp at RJL in the summer. Krisch's for Vanilla eggcreams and Easter chocolate. The bowling green by train station. 300 bowling alley on Sunrise. Mays and Whites. The Glass Tree at Croons lake. Walking across the lake in the middle of Winter when the lake was frozen. What were we thinking. Battle of the bands at the high school. Hitch hiking in the summer to the beach. Going to Sub city by the school for lunch or Chinese or Dee's pizza. Playing Paddle ball summer nights at John J. Burns. I could go on and on. But I also was lucky enough to go in the house I grew up in. We moved in 80. It ended up at one point being sold to a friend of mine that I had worked with. She still lives there and I see her quite often. Good memories.

Feb 14, 2018
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I think my uncle was Berner Class of '75
by: gcav

It was either 1975 or 1976, but I don't think he actually graduated from there as right about that same time frame my grandparents moved to Florida.

Both my parents (class of '69 and '72) went to Berner, as did my older aunts and uncles. I lived in Massapequa too but we moved away when I was in elementary school. Still go back frequently to visit my grandfather, and always stop by All American for lunch!

Feb 10, 2018
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1960's 1970's
by: Bg

Holiday shopping center. Many good people at Stan's , pizza place and movies I worked at.

Feb 10, 2018
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Holiday Park Shopping Center
by: Anonymous

Hung out at Stan’s coffee shop, the pizza place, the movie theater and Grants. Happy memories.

Feb 10, 2018
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Burton Lane
by: Anonymous

I live in Islip.I still own my Dad's house in Nassau Shores.I still travel the area quit a bit.

Feb 10, 2018
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Hermann's
by: Anonymous

My brother Tommy was good friends with Billy Dwyer! I was friends with Carol Senn and Wendy Olson for a time on your block!

Feb 10, 2018
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Burton Lane
by: Anonymous

We moved up about 5 years ago...16 miles from the Canadian border! Are you still on Long Island?

Feb 10, 2018
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ZAPPA LAND
by: Anonymous

Zappa Land as I knew it was located exactly where you described Zappa Woods. And yep..it's where we took our study hall breaks. "Studying" with a Smile!

Feb 10, 2018
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Hermans
by: Anonymous

I remember the Hermans. I lived next to Billy Dwyer

Feb 08, 2018
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From the 60,s and 70's
by: Bg

Anyone from North Massapequa,Plainedge H.S I see in the past comments alot talk about Pizza places. Anyone remember Holiday Pizza at Hicksville rd. and Juruslem ave. and the Ait.North Massapequa movie at the same location.

Feb 08, 2018
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Burton lane
by: Anonymous

Yes, know the apartments well my uncle lived there.Everyone on that side of carmen rd was Amityville schools.my best lived by 7/11 and he went to Amityville.Wow your not kidding you moved away.I love Vermont!

Feb 08, 2018
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Burton Lane
by: Anonymous

We moved to an apartment directly across from Berner and found out it was Amityville school district! From there to Delaware and now up in the mountains of Maine!

Feb 08, 2018
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To Burton lane
by: Anonymous

You most likely saw me on the block,where did you move ?

Feb 08, 2018
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Berner class of 73
by: Anonymous

Was Zappa land the same place we called Zappa woods .It was the woods just south of Berner on the west side of Carman road.Man we did a lot of parting in those woods.

Feb 08, 2018
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Berner Class of 1974
by: Nancy C.

I remember dear Joey Sacino and that sad day by the overpass. The good die young! I hung out with Weasle and his buddy,Rich L. who I dated during High School. He was a champion Hand Ball player. I had a lot of fun back in the day...in Zappa Land! Sweet Memories of Berner & Massapequa Park.

Feb 08, 2018
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Burton Lane
by: Anonymous

I would have graduated Berner in 1980 but we moved in 75!! I probably know you...we were at 52 Burton Lane...the Hermann's!

Feb 08, 2018
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Burton Lane
by: Anonymous

He was much older but I knew his sister Mary Jane!

Feb 08, 2018
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Couch the Grouch
by: Anonymous

No Couch the Grouch was RJL Principal

Feb 08, 2018
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Burton Lane
by: Anonymous

I hung out with John Daly.Often think of where these people would be today and how lucky I am to have survived the crazyness of that era.I graduated Berner in 1973.

Feb 08, 2018
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burton lane
by: Anonymous

did you know Rob?

Feb 08, 2018
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Burton Lane
by: Anonymous

To the person looking for people who lived there from from 1960 to1970.How about John Daly Joey Secenno and Rob Cendele

Feb 08, 2018
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Burton Lane
by: Anonymous

Tragic memories and I was very young then! We kept Dianne and David Sacino the day it happened! John Daly lived 2 doors down from us!

Feb 08, 2018
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Burton Lane
by: Anonymous

To the person looking for people who lived there from from 1960 to1970.How about John Daly Joey Secenno and Rob Cendele

Feb 08, 2018
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Crouch the Grouch
by: Anonymous

Liz by Crouch the Grouch do you mean the English teacher at Berner??

Feb 08, 2018
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Sals Pizza
by: Mark

Remember it like yesterday with the Shady Lady Pinball Machine in the back corner.Marjorie Post park sitting
in the round cement tube kissing my girl friend as my 13 year old body burned with desire but was too young to know what to do.Great place to grow up

Feb 04, 2018
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All American
by: Anonymous

All American is known everywhere now. And not just because of a tv show. As a child I had all American at least once a week. More, as a teenager. As an adult I brought my children who in turn brought their children. We all love it but now are visits are usually twice a year since we don’t live close by.

Jan 25, 2018
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by: Anonymous

Suburban Sports

Jan 25, 2018
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massapequa memories
by: robert genna

dick and doras was the best Italian restaurant in Massapequa,i remember grants in bar harbor,pizza supreme,jerry koosemans big bite by massapequahigh,the memories of Massapequa,there was a sport store in bar harbor in the seventies don't remember the name.

Jan 18, 2018
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Mr and Mrs Crouch
by: Paul Alagna

RJL ....I had is wife for some class maybe 4th grade. I remember Miss Dowling 3rd grade I believe and a Mrs. S something, short with short dark hair , I can't remember her name , very nice to me though. I finished there and went to Parkside Jr High. Don't remember the exact dates. Early sixties, was there when Kennedy was shot and we were sent home early but no one was allowed to play outside that day. How times have changed. I lived on Cleveland Ave., I remember guys and girls named Kerry,Tommy Slater, Dean , Ricky, Peggy, my old friend Tommy Reade,Eric Likefoot, Used to walk to school RJL and a crow named potato chips used try and steal our lunches. Halloween was always a blast getting eggs at the dairy barn, a lady on my block used to give out full size Hersey bars..we used to hit her house as many times as possible until she got wise. More names floating into my head..Jackie Murphy, an Italian kid Frankie or Joey always had green peppers in his lunch box, a big kid named Hall, Lois {she actually reads this site]..who else were in our classes. Where is everyone, what became of you all? Kurt Knoblach...anyone become a rock star, scientist, race car driver, astronaut, car dealer, auto mechanic...teacher..cowboy...i would love to know.

Jan 10, 2018
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RJL School Principal
by: Liz

Does anybody remember Crouch the grouch?

Jan 09, 2018
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Those memories of 1 through 8 years old
by: Anonymous

I do remember Bohack's! And I think also King Cullen - and Acme! I remember my first and only time ice skating there - at age 4, I fell far too often - I assume at a lake in Massapequa? (I hated it because I fell so often - and didn't ice skate again until my 20s!).

I remember the fire drills and nuclear war alarm drills at Birch Lake (go beneath your desk, put your arms over your head). I remember the ever so high fence around the lot on which the School sat - and the height of the school bus taking me there in the mornings (across the street from our house on 3 Belvedere Drive).

I recall playing (cautiously) with the quarter I would get - far too seldom - to pay for ice cream when the Good Humor man would come down the avenue by our house. And talking of whether Tarzan or Jungle Jim would win in a fight - watching Superman and a thousand westerns on TV, waving good-bye to Lassie each week - and thrilling to Walt Disney on Sundays. The kids who'd speak of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy (and again, who would win in a fight! :)

Building ship models, collecting the plastic figurines of western heroes (from Sky King to Roy Rogers and group, from The Lone Ranger and Tonto to the Maverick brothers/cousin to Cheyenne and Sugarfoot, Bronco) playing with toy soldiers from various wars, knights in castles, acting as Zorro (with mask, cape and sword) or Robin hood (with bow and arrow) or Ivanhoe (armor and sword) or William Tell (cross-bow) to show television's might influence.

A Massapequa Park boyhood. :)

Jan 09, 2018
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Such fond memories of early 1960s
by: Anonymous

So glad his site exists! Sadly I can't identify with most of the memories because I lived in Massapequa park only from 1956 to December 1963 (when my family moved to Elkhart Indiana), the middle of 3rd grade at Birch Lane School. We never returned to Long Island.

Anyone else remember Birch Lane from 1960 through 1963? (for me, kindergarten through the middle of 3rd grade). I have such fond memories of it - the fair principal Miss Young, my teachers (Mrs. Goodwin, Miss Illmannsee (on whom I had a huge crush - I think she was later Mrs. Schreiber), Mrs. Kollmer, Mrs. Harris. (Mrs. Kollmer advised the class there was no Santa Claus in response to my direct question - causing my big talk with my mother that afternoon).

The big "fights" we'd have at recess between Blue Jackets (my 'gang") and the Black Widows and others. Chasing after girls because they had "cooties" yet if they turned on us, we ran for the same reason!

Lollipop Farm, Nunley's Happyland, Frontierland, Freedomland. :) Playing with the toys at "Two Guys". Visits to Jones Beach or Oyster Bay.

We lived at 3 Belvedere Drive - on a map, it seems too far to have walked from Birch Lane, yet I seem to remember walking - and the sweet crossing guard always telling me that I had a good report card (before I could read or at least understand it).

I remember Ray Heatherton "The Merry Mailman" coming to visit (to our cafeteria) and the older kids being wildly rude - which I couldn't understand - I loved him! And the P.A. system that afternoon giving Miss Young's angry lecture to us all. The daily Pledge of Allegiance, the patriotic songs memorized ... Using mucilage, cutting out construction paper for colors - and bringing in magazine pictures showing certain colors.

We went to Saint Rose of Lima - they were building a new one when we left - I remember the wooden slat folding chairs - presumably because the church's pews were insufficient for the congregation size. I went to catechism there - prepared for and received my First Confession and First Holy Communion (under the command of a very strict nun).

So many boys' faces 9and sometimes names - Anthony Zengrea, Tommy Werner, Michael Duffy, Bobby Mullen, the Bustards, the Zimmers, the Maddens, the Mullers, the Hesses) come to mind.

Please do respond if you share any of these memories!

Thanks! Tom Dean

Jan 08, 2018
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Texas
by: Pat

Looking for Massapequans that now live in Texas

Dec 29, 2017
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Fond memories for sure
by: Joe McAvoy

Tackapausha Park - technically Seaford but right on the border.
Krisch's - those sundaes and milk shakes!
Fishing in the reservoir just east of the railroad station parking lot
Don't forget the Baldwin brothers

Dec 27, 2017
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Dicks Park
by: Guy

I seem to recall (back in the 60s) there being a small amusement park somewhere on long island named "Dicks Park". Does anyone remember such a place? I cant find any info on it anywhere. Is it still open?

Nov 18, 2017
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Pat, you made me laugh out loud
by: Bob M

Your post brought back a fun memory. I’m 64 years old and I can remember when I was in Miss Curtain’s kindergarten class, smelling Miss Johnson’s perfume long before I’d see her coming down the hall. I could also hear her coming because she always wore the kind of dress that made a wooosh sound when she walked down the hall.

Nov 18, 2017
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Hawthorn
by: Pat S.

Saw the post(s) below about Hawthorn. Ms.Johnson...the principal. You could smell her perfume a mike away. Mr.& Mrs. Sealy-gym teachers. Broadcast choir.....Hawthorn School song. Being on the playground & having the fire alarm go off. I had Mrs.Curtin, Ms.Lamontagne, Ms Buloigne, Ms Conley, Ms.Case, mr. Morgan & Mr. Bosch. Memories ... & of course the Hawthorn School song

Aug 31, 2017
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The Symphonette
by: Jill K - MHS Class of '70

This is in response to Bob (7/21/17). I remember playing the symphonette, too. Our music teacher at Lockhart Elementary, Mrs. Rickman, passed away in a car accident and Mrs. Rae Hansen took over for the remainder of the year. She taught us the symphonette and from that I went on to play the clarinet and was in the band all the way through high school.

Aug 29, 2017
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The 1970 MHS Teacher Strike
by: Anonymous

What greater dream could a bored and ready to get out senior in high school have than to arrive at school on a beautiful spring day and find out classes are cancelled until further notice due to a teacher strike!!!

Did some research and I think the critical issue was the District wanting teachers to contribute $1.00 per month for their dental benefits.

It truly convinced me that miracles do happen!

Aug 25, 2017
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Home room and massapequa diner
by: Anonymous

I remember the deli. Not name tho. Last time back in mass was three hrs ago maybe on a trip somewhere else. Stopped at the massapequa diner to show my wife Long Island diner food.

Even tho all american was great there is still something special about a burger and fries you get at a diner.



Aug 25, 2017
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Dennis P - MHS homeroom
by: Deborah Pile Cotton

Yes, I was. Didn't think you would remember after all these years. Do you remember Mr. White, the English teacher, and active union member? Do you remember the name of the male Chemistry teacher? I know I have my yearbook here somewhere.

Still trying to remember the name of the Deli we would walk to during fire drills. It was on the same side of the street as the high school, and in colder weather we could get a hot cup of coffee and a bagel before the teachers called us all back in. It was like trying to herd lost sheep. Proud to have graduated MHS, although all the schools in Regional 23 enjoyed very fine reputations.

Favorite memories of MHS?

Aug 24, 2017
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Homeroom at MHS
by: Anonymous

Debbie-you were in my homeroom at MHS I think.
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Aug 24, 2017
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Deniis P. response
by: Deborah Pile Cotton

You are correct on the Rte 110 location. Seemed so far away in those days. Went to Raymond J. Lockhart, McKenna, and MHS - graduated in 1970.

Aug 19, 2017
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Freedomland, Adeventurers Inn, and Frontierland
by: Anonymous

Moved to massapequa Park in 1954. Was 2 yr old. Lived on East lake Avenue, then moved to s massapequa behind Bar Harbour center.
Frontierland was in fact on Rt 110 , may have been near there the inter county shopping center. (Does anyone remember the sign Siss's sandwich shoppe--"good food"). Anyone know sis?

Adventurers Inn was also on 110 in Melville, not too far from the 110 drive inn.

Freedom land was off long Island I think, --remember
"mommy and daddy take my hand take me out to freedom land, 2.96 is all you pay for freedom land all day." or something like that.

Did anyone from LI ever go to Palasades park with the worlds largest salt water pool. Ahead of its time--as many pools in Fl now are salt water instead of chlorine.

-Dennis Penzell, Carmen road, McKenna, and MHS 70.

Aug 19, 2017
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Meh!
by: Anonymous

Just like queens now. Maybe worse.

Aug 09, 2017
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Xrbbie Pile thank you for thinking of me mom
by: Beth Van Nostrand

Unfortunately she never read your letter as she passed away Dec. 16, 2016. 96 years old and she was still very much with it. She talked about us kids and enjoyed everyone. Remember she'd pack up the car with the gang and off to tobay we would go! Donna unfortunately is batteling cancer we're keeping our fingers crossed that she beats it. Love to you Deb. Much love.

Aug 06, 2017
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Time moves on even in Massapequa
by: Anonymous

No that wasn't a bar next to Casa Maria it was jet Liquors a liquor store my uncle Nicky owned both

Jul 25, 2017
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Halloween
by: Betsy Knapp Finley

I remember that Massapequa Park would give out poster paint and brushes. We had to go from store to store downtown asking permission to paint a Halloween scene on their window or doors. Then they got judged. I always got Sam's Barbershop and other kids would get mad because they wanted it. My artistic talent was not award worthy, but I had a good time.

Jul 25, 2017
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Zornes Poultry Farm
by: Maggie

Haven't been back to Long Island since 1985. Some of our favorite places to name a few were: Tastee Bakery, we used to go there after Church on Sunday's and get Kaiser Rolls, salt sticks and buns for breakfast. They were so good. We also used to go to Zornes Poultry and get chicken, potato salad and coleslaw for a treat. It was so good and I remember my brother's looking in the parking lot for my Mom for receipts that people would throw away. She got some kind of discount or something for saving receipts. Many good memories. Don't miss the snow though.

Jul 24, 2017
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Mrs. Holdridge
by: Anonymous

Sorry.. my last post should have been titled MRS. Holdridge. 😁

Jul 24, 2017
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Mrs. Holdridge
by: Betsy Knapp Finley

I played the cello at Hawthorn from fourth grade till six grade. Mr. Barnett was my teacher. I was REALLY bad at it. Choir was much more my forte. I was in the A Cappella choir at Berner till we moved to Tucson. I was in the regional company of Up With People while I was in school there. I went into the Air Force after school, got married a couple of times and the rest is history.

I apologize to everyone else reading this. I'm sure no one else is interested in my life story. 😀

Jul 24, 2017
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Mr Holdridge
by: Anonymous

I went to St Rose of Lima for first through eighth grade even though I can see Hawthorne from my front stoop. I never had any of the teachers mentioned so far, but I did have Mr Holdridge in Berner HS. My friend and I lied about our height so we could stand next to each other in Mixed Chorus, Girls Choir and Acapella Choir. I grew half an inch and she shrunk half an inch! I laughed every time someone would ask for a tissue. Mr Holdridge always responded "Tissue? But I hardly know you!" I sold cases of oranges ad grapefruit until I saw them in my dreams! Then we all got together to unload the trucks when they came in. Loved the trips to sing in orphanages, nursing homes and the mall! Acapella was in a McDonalds commercial. He was great!

Jul 24, 2017
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by: Miss Rice (Jan Holdridge )

I'm sorry I've lost contact with the Boscos. I don't know where they're living now....
Betsy Knapp, I do remember you. Didn't you later play the cello at Berner? I keep in touch with Mrs. Justis, who lives in Vermont....Mrs. Curtin and Miss Gluck have passed away, but a number of Hawthorn retirees still get together for lunch. I see Miss Brokhahne (Mrs. Stahl), Miss Case, Miss Wall, Mrs. Reagan.

Jul 21, 2017
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Hawthorne Elementary
by: Anonymous

I too remember all the words to the song. I started kindergarten in Amityville because Hawthorne wasn't quite finished in 1955. I still remember all of my teachers first through sixth. Mrs Walsh, Mrs Seabold, Mrs Algiers, Mrs Learned, Mrs Marcus, and Miss. Brokhane. Not quite sure of the correct spellings or who was really Mrs. or Miss. I went on to become a 6th grade teacher in Putnam county and retired in 2004 after 32 years. I credit all my teachers 1st through 12th grade for inspiring me to pursue this career path. I thank all of you.

Jul 21, 2017
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Hawthorn Song
by: Bill N

Thanks for posting the full lyrics Miss Rice, my former music teacher way back when. One memory I have of you is teaching us several Woody Guthrie songs, among other classic songs.

Would you hapoen to have any idea what became of Mr And Mrs Bosco, formerly Miss Stanco before she married him? I had her in 2nd grade, and him in 6th grade. He was tough but a great educator.

In later years my brothers and our friends would play stickball on the front wall of the school, at least until the Wackenhut Security guards would chase us off,

Jul 21, 2017
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Hawthorn School
by: Anonymous

I have been singing the Hawthorn school song almost daily since elementary school. I taught it to all my kids. That's the only school song I ever really learned. It something that sticks in your mind forever. Thanks to Miss Rice (Mrs. Holdridge) for all her inspiration. Because of her, I took piano lessons and then organ lessons. I was in every choir In every school I went to. I doubt if she remembers me but I had long braids. My name was Betsy Knapp at that time.

Jul 21, 2017
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Hawthorne Elementary School
by: Bob

I started kindergarten at Hawthorne elementary in 1958. The music teacher then was Miss Hanson. We all had to learn to play the symphonette, a flute-like instrument that ( I think) her husband may have invented???
Miss Johnson was our principal. My kindergarten teacher was Miss Curtain and the art teacher was Miss Walshmock. We had two gym teachers, Miss Tulley and Mr Ceily who got married to each other while I was a student there.

Jul 21, 2017
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Hawthorn memories
by: Miss Rice (Jan Holdridge )

"Dear Hawthorn School, we love you. Our hearts will ever be true. We join our hands in friendship beneath the gold and blue. Within these halls of learning, our glad young voices ring. Eternal love and loyalty to Hawthorn School we sing! Wow, every single morning for 19 years I played the piano for that with the Broadcast Choir! Fun times, though. Hi to all who were in my music classes.

Jul 18, 2017
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the bar on alhambra
by: Anonymous

It was later called the hideaway cafe ....I used to paint the christmas murals on the windows ....got banned a few times

Jul 17, 2017
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Massapequa, How I MIss Thee
by: Anonymous

RE Massapequa, How I MIss Thee I am guessing we were about the same age, I too loved living in Massapequa. Our world today seems so upended, in the 60's it seemed so easy to understand, quiet and harmless. We had a privileged childhood.... in my case my teenaged years I revolved around surfing, and girls. Surfing more than girls, actually because that was a little intimidating for me at the time.

I spoke to the 9th Grade of MHS as an alumni on career day (which isn't at MHS but next to Parkside in something called the Annex I believe). They didn't watch TV, didn't surf, and didn't read newspapers or magazines. Wow... Not the same world, ours is gone except in our memories.

Jul 17, 2017
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Frontier Land
by: Maggie

Well since it wasn't Freedom Land Chris, must be Adventureland. That was off 110. We went there a lot after we out grew Jolly Rogers. Lol.

Jul 17, 2017
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Freedom Land USA
by: Anonymous

That was a wonderful place to spend the day. Great memories...

Jul 17, 2017
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Freedomland
by: Andy F.

I think Freedomland was located on a piece of land in the Bronx that is at the corner of the Hutch and Rt 95. There is a large apartment complex there now.

Jul 17, 2017
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Frontier Land
by: Maggie

Was this actually called Freedom Land? My Brother's both got to go and I think I was there too but too young to remember. Freedom Land closed in 1964 and I was only 2 at the time. My older brother though is 8 yrs older than me and always talks about it.

Jul 17, 2017
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Frontier Town
by: Chris Y

Does anyone remember a place on Rt 110 that I think was called Frontier Town? It may have been called something else though, I cannot be certain of the name.

Jul 17, 2017
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Foxes on Alhambra
by: Jane Schlossman

Someone help! I know it was Arthurs, then Foxes. What was it called after? In the mid 80s? I think it was Charlies but we all still called it Foxes. I worked the coat check there and cant remember!!

Jul 07, 2017
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Hills Supermarket
by: Andy F.

Some time before the supermarket across from John J Burns Park became Hills it was called Dilbert's. The Candy Store in that shopping center represented a special treat because being there meant my parents didn't know we had strayed so far away. I remember buying Comics and balsa wood planes there and people having ice cream sodas at the counter.

Jul 07, 2017
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Massapequa 1960's
by: Mark Carmel

Monkey Mountain, at the zoo, was the highlight of any visit. Also, the best part of going to "All American", was the rumbling of the whole potatoes, as they rolled down the steel tracks above the counter, falling into the potato slicer, and then into the fryer. In Harbor Green, there was always a roaming gang of wild kids playing on the streets, running through neighbor's backyards, playing at construction sites; and having fun on the beach. On Riviera Drive, there was always a group of kids playing outside. When my family moved to Old Westbury, in 1970, Mrs. Gleason from Birch Lane was my neighbor. I was sent to her office at least 3 times a week. She enjoyed the stories about my personal rebellion against authority figures at the school. The diner at the outdoor mall, was great place for any kid to visit because of the ever interesting, wallpaper of dogs playing poker. While visiting my Grandparents in Brooklyn, my house had a fire, which turned out to have be caused by roast beef cooking in the oven. When the firemen brought out the charred remains of the roast beef, they all believed that it was my dog Beau Beau. As we returned to the house, their was a big sigh of relief from the neighbors, when Beau Beau jumped out of the car. At the beach club, I was taken out by the undertow, and saved by a young couple on the beach.

Jun 25, 2017
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Supermarkets
by: Anonymous

I remember when there was Hills supermarket across from John J Burns park and my mother shopping there when I was a kid. Then it was closed but not sure of the year. Then it became Pergaments hardware. The memories of good ol Pequa.

Jun 16, 2017
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Jolly Rogers
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Yes I remember Jolly Rogers very well. For many years it is where both of my sisters and I would choose to go for our birthdays, so that meant at lest 3 times a year. I also remember trying to get the ring as you went around the carousel. When I was little it was really scary as I had to lean so far over to reach the wooden arm that dispensed the rings. I will never forget when I finally got the Gold Ring, which meant you got a free ride. Massapequa in the 50's and 60's was the best.

Jun 16, 2017
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Best Restaurant
by: deirdre shannon

Musicaros had the absolute best pizza in the world. My fathers favorite spot to have a dry manhattan straight up with a twist of lemon at the bar when he came of the lirr. My favorite dish in the restaurant was the baked ziti. My fahter was also a member of their fishing club. Never had pizza to this date that compares!

Jun 16, 2017
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Nunley's
by: Maggie

I remember quite well. Only when we Went there it was called Jolley Rogers. My parent's took us there quite often since they couldn't afford to take us on vacation. We especially liked the big carousel. My brother's used to reach up and grab a ring for me and you got a prize or something for it. When we got too big to go there anymore then they took us to Adventureland. Lots and lots of good memories growing up there.

Jun 16, 2017
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NUNLEY'S
by: Anonymous

How many of you remember going to Nunley's Amusment Park?!
What great times we had there!

Jun 16, 2017
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Musicaro's
by: Anonymous

I loved Musicaro's spaghetti,when I was young. My mother would take my brother and me there for special dinners after my father died. For several years, when I would start getting a cold, or feeling sick, I would test myself to see how ill I was. I would think, "Could I eat Musicaro's spaghetti right now?" and if the answer was "yes" I knew that I was not really going to be ill. I've told my husband about that. We live in a different state now but he knows all about my memories of Massapequa Park... I didn't appreciate them, of course, when I was growing up but, now that I am a Medicare card-carrying senior, my childhood and my early memories are so sweet. It was a lovely place to grow up with the ocean breeze in the air all the time.

Jun 09, 2017
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Chicken Delight
by: Anonymous

Speaking of Chicken Delight, we got chicken from them once in a while. It was good. Anyone remember their jingle on the radio? Don't cook tonight call Chicken Delight.

Jun 09, 2017
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How I miss thee
by: Paul Alagna

To the secretive author of Massapequa, how I miss thee, thank you. It is messages like yours that make this website such a gem. I read these posts and I am transported back to a simpler time. Back to less noise, less media, less fear. Back to neighborhoods and kick the can and staying out until the street lights came on. So, thanks for the memories.....

Jun 08, 2017
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Massaequa, how I miss thee.
by: Chris Curry Young

I enjoyed reading your post. I grew up in Massapequa Park, so most of my early childhood memories are from there, but I do have memories of Harbor Green, Pizza Supreme (the best pizza), All American, and Carvel, as my older sister had friends from there. She went to Massaoequa HS before Berner was there. I loved growing up in Massapequa!

Jun 08, 2017
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Massapequa, How I MIss Thee
by: Anonymous

There were three Massapequas to me. The first Massapequa was on the very west end of town, bordering Seaford. I lived there on top of my dad's deli until I was 6 years old. I remember the night the farmer's market burned, I remember the excitement surrounding the opening of Pequa Bowl, and have fond memories of playing in Tackapusha park with my friends that also live in the apartments over their parent's stores. Francie's dad owned the luncheonette and the chocolate egg creams there were outstanding. I went to Fairfield for kindergarten and "kidnapped" a boy I thought was cute. He came home with me one day and his parents had the police out looking for him. I attended Summer Rec at Fairfield that summer and remember crying because I missed too many days and they wouldn't let me be in the production. One of the counselors took me to the kitchen and we ate ice cream out of the carton.

I guess my parents got tired of living in the apartment so they bought a house in Harbor Green. That is the second Masspequa in my life. I Lived there from when I was six until I was eight and a half. The time in Harbor Green was the best time in my childhood. I remember walking and biking all over the neighborhood. Going to Bar Harbor and getting a slice at Pizza Supreme was the norm. I had the best friends there... Ali and Wanda and Peter. We biked to Birch Lane and played on the "merry-go-round." I loved Birch Lane. It was a fantastic school. Miss Greenfield was one of my favorite teachers. Summer Rec at Birch Lane was so much fun. And then it all had to end. My grandfather died and we had to find a house with an apartment so my grandmother could live with us. We ended up in Nassau Shores.

From fourth grade until I graduated from high school I remained in the Shores. It wasn't the same. No longer did I have the connections to the people that were such good friends. When I look at the distance from Bar Harbor to Nassau Shores, it makes me wonder why those friendships were lost. I guess it was too much trouble for my parents to cart me back and forth. But I leventually learned to love the Shores. We had Mitzi's deli, and Dino's Pizza (which was actually quite decent.) There was also George's Jip Joint, and Chicken Delight. And how can I forget the Nautilus? Now that was some diner! I have never found one quite as good.

I guess when you put it all together, I was very fortunate to have my three Massapequas because I have such fond memories of all of them. I wouldn't trade my life there for anything. My children grew up in Virginia and I don't think their memories of childhood are rich as mine were.

Apr 23, 2017
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BEST PIZZA :)
by: Anonymous

The Two Best Pizza Places in Massapequa NY...


https://www.facebook.com/stephen.spanopoulos/posts/1474371739274358?pnref=story

Apr 23, 2017
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pizza
by: Anonymous

My favorite is Musicaros. They were by far the best. When we were very small and my parents would go out on a Sat. night my Dad would get us a pie for dinner. In high school and after we would go and eat there and get the bar pie.... the best. Yes the others are good as well but I don't think I have ever had any as good as Musicaros. Does anyone remember the pictures on the wall of the Miss Reingold girls. There was one for each year.
All American's fries are still the best as well.

Apr 18, 2017
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Mitzis deli
by: Anonymous

does anyone remember mitzi's deli on unqua road,,,Big bottles of RC cola for .15

Apr 16, 2017
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All American
by: Anonymous

I worked at All American in 1969-1970. The Vultagio (sp?) family seemed to think I was trying to give away a free coke ($.10 in those days).
Truth is I had a mad crush on Billy Vultagio and would never have betrayed the family trust. I never fully recovered from being fired. It was the one and only time in my life.
I still can't stand the smell of fast food burgers and fries. Bring on the salad, please.

Apr 12, 2017
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Working In All American
by: JB

Enjoyed the comments on the great Massapequa Pizza debate especially the recollection of the Pizza Supreme roof of the mouth burn that seemed to happen every single time you ate a slice. Uncanny!

And now its time to address the world famous All American Hamburger Drive In but from the insiders (as in former employees)perspective.

With the scattering of south shore Long Island natives throughout the world the legend of All American has achieved global significance including of late being a feature on the "Kevin Can Wait" sitcom. Personally I recall being in a cafe in North Carolina and seeing All American burger and fries bags framed on the wall. The owner was of course a Massapequa native and reported that at least five times every week someone new would recognize the bags and All American stories would be shared.

The other seemingly great mystery that I would love someone to resolve is whether the large west coast chain "In n Out Burger" somehow cloned the All American brand. The first time I visited In n Out in Los Angeles I was shocked to see the interior colors, decor and menu items were a dead ringer for All American.

I am one of no doubt thousands of former employees of All American. I spent most of 1970 before leaving for college working extremely hard breaking into the brigade by peeling potatoes and cutting the fries ultimately climbing the ladder of success to a glamorous (and clean) front counter spot. While the work was difficult (try loading 50 pound bags of potatoes into a chest high chute thirty or more times a day) the Massapequa and Berner students that worked there had a lot of fun.

It would be great to hear stories from other former employees about their time in All American (some lasted for years, others were gone after a few hours). However I think mine may be a unique experience as one off my co-workers wound up being (and still is) my wife, mother of three and grandmother of one!




Apr 10, 2017
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north massapequa
by: Anonymous

old man yankee

Apr 08, 2017
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Casa Maria
by: Anonymous

Wasn't there a bar right next to Casa Maria? I seem to recall a bunch of us closing that place down and still in the parking lot when they opened in the morning! The good old days!

Apr 08, 2017
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Pizza
by: Chris Curry Young

Was Pizza Supreme the place in Bar Harbor shopping center. I remember that pizza was fantastic! The square Sicilian pizza.

Apr 08, 2017
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pizza
by: Paul Alagna

Casa Maria was my families favorite. Your description of the cheese and crust with the oil soaked take-out box was right on target....but I can't forget and I believe I can smell it even now way upstate some 50 plus years later... the GARLIC! and yes Pizza Supreme on the other side of Massapequa , the square slices and fighting friends and family for the end pieces...thanks for the memories and aromas...

Apr 08, 2017
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Pizza
by: Greg P

For the quick slice and the coke nothing could beat Pizza Supreme. The burn the top of your mouth, super saucy, super hot slice that needed to be folded back at least a third to hold it all on. The smell as you stated waft through the entire plaza. That was the treat we would get after my mother did some shopping at the store across the way from it which I think was Saks.
Musicaros was the go to place when a bunch of us would finish working on a Saturday or Sunday night at Krisches and head over for a couple of large pies and beer in late 60's to early 70's. As a matter of fact, after our 10 year class reunion for Berner HS 1n 77 that was held at Majorie Post Park many of us met up at Musicaros afterward and had a great time closing the place .A lot of us had moved away from LI by that time and it was so nice and comfortable to be back and enjoy familiar places and old friends.
A friend of mine that I met while in college in upstate NY was from Wantaugh and on one of our breaks we went to his favorite pizza place on Merrick road near the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway. I think it was called Castle Pizza. The pies were very good, but what I remember most is the pitchers of beer that came out of the tap close to freezing. The coldest beer I have ever had.It was great.
There are many pizza places here in CT where I now live, but noting yet has matched the taste I remember so well from when I was growing up in Massapequa. I will also add to that the bakery bagels and rolls that my father would get on Sunday mornings. I wonder if they are still the same today.

Apr 08, 2017
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Pizza Places
by: Bill N

For us, we regularly got our pies from Carlo's Pizza Oven in the Inter County shopping plaza on Carman's Rd from the late 60's through the early 70's.

Sometime in the early to mid 70's we started getting it from a place called D'Antonio's, which was a few doors down from May's Dept Store in that semi enclosed strip of stores. Their pies were great, very cheesy, and they did a good business for years. At some point they bought a full restaurant on Merrick Rd, and moved their operation there, but I can't say what year that was.

We rarely ordered from Musicaro's or Mario's, which was down the block.

Apr 07, 2017
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The Four Pizzas
by: Andy F.

I enjoyed your well written examination of the Massapequa Pizzas and had not recalled that Pizza Supreme pizza had been served on parchment paper. However you are right, it was! Having eaten many of their slices along with a Cherry Coke, has left an impression on me. I almost HAVE to have a Cherry Coke with pizza nowadays. (and I remember they served up Cherry Coke by literally mixing cherry soda with Coke - holding two levers on the soda fountain down simultaneously)

While your recollections are probably spot on and others might support your choice of number one, surely longevity must figure in. If any of these four are still around, that must signify some level of customer satisfaction. I know for sure Pizza Supreme still does exist and am just as sure there is no more Musicaros. Casa Maria seems to be gone as well but its possible some semblance of D&D's might still exist.


Apr 07, 2017
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The Great Massapequa " Best Pizza" Debate
by: JB

For those growing up during the fifties through the seventies in the Massapequas there seems to be four sound contenders for THE best pizza place.

They are:

Musicaros
Casa Maria
Pizza Supreme
Dick and Dora's

I draw my own observations/conclusions based on my history as a resident of Harmony Drive ( east of the Park Blvd intersection )from birth in 1952 to my 1970 departure for college and resulting discovery of the strange new world beyond (as my mother called it) the world's largest sandbar.

Musicaro's - though the closest to our house we knew Musicaro's more for its championship Jones Beach League softball team than its pizza. In fact my first visit was not until my late teens (primarily focused on generous size pitchers of beer) and while the pizza was perfectly acceptable it did not deserve the top prize.

Pizza Supreme - in a class by itself this iconic "Coke and a slice" Bar Harbor institution drew shoppers and high schoolers through its doors with the impossible to resist smells of their freshly baked square pies. The shape and firm structure of each slice ( served on a piece of parchment paper)was perfect for a two handed meal sitting on an outside bench. Though the best for what it was the Pizza Supreme pie would never be one to order for Friday night dinner at home.

Dick and Dora's - this was a "restaurant sit down" pie served on the traditional raised platter. D & D's was also ( and perhaps more prominently) famed as the venue serving the first real cocktail to the hordes of barely (18 years and above)or not quite legal teenage imbibers. A definitely delicious but hard to handle juicy pie ( knife and fork required) would again not be suitable for pickup and return to home. But no greater friendly and fun dining experience could be had than a Saturday date night replete with seven and sevens or perhaps a whiskey sour served by Phil, the ebullient and locally famous owner and Pearl Harbor veteran.

Casa Maria - and now we come to my clear winner. The experience of the rare one on one time with Dad during the 15 minute car ride for pickup and the other wordly experience of sitting at the end of the bar waiting for the pies to come out merely accentuated the perfection of the Casa Maria pie itself. The return ride was perfectly timed for the needed cool down of the cheeses and runoff of excess olive oil absorbed by the box. The thinner crust and flawless ratio of cheese to sauce cooked just slightly crisp puts the crown on the Casa Maria pie.

I expect ( and sort of hope) there will be spirited disagreements to my assessment and even though I know I'm right I would appreciate as much feedback as possible.



Apr 05, 2017
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Olson's Inn / Bill N
by: Anonymous

Thanks so much. I've been wracking this old brain of mine for a couple of old weeks. Do you happen to know if the Indian statue that was once in the massapequa library garden is still there. When my brother was young and in the scouts, he found the statue in Tackapusha ( sp ?), and returned it to the troop, and eventually the library. That had to be at least 55 years ago.

Mar 26, 2017
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Regarding the Motel/Inn
by: Bill N

I believe that was Olson's Inn, we had a few Boy Scout type dinners there.


Mar 26, 2017
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Gene Clegg
by: Anonymous

I seem to remember that a man named Gene Clegg actually was the manager of the restaurant /small catering house & motel at the end of Sunrise Highway. I don't remember the name of it, but it was on the right as you passed Howard Johnson's and the Mays Department store. I spent a summer prepping watermelon baskets, serving baked chicken and running Flaming Jubilees out to brides and their guests. Sometimes we would do 4 weddings in a weekend. I was glad to get back to college that September. It was 50 years ago. Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant?

Mar 26, 2017
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Regarding downtown Massapequa Park
by: Bill N

For the poster who mentioned the bakery, that would be DiMonda's Italian Bakery, which was there for close to 50 years. DiMondas would give us dough to use as bait when we went fishing at the reservoir. They also had the best cake ever, a Black & White ring cake, patterned after the famous black and white cookie.

Fay's was at the corner, next to the deli, which I believe still exists.

I don't know Pete the butcher, but Tom and Sons, a longtime village fixture, and where my mom bought her steaks and meats, closed last year too. Apparently the remaining Son had no one in his family who wanted to continue the trade, so he closed on short notice.

It was always a special experience for one of us kids to be sent inside Musicaros to pick up a pizza, as you had to go into the bar for the pie, and stand around all the old timers smoking and drinking, They were not like the old timers drinking at Gannon's though, those were the more hardcore drinkers occupying the stools there.

Add me to the list of kids who did Christmas gift shopping at the old 5 & 10, while making sure to stop and look at the fish tanks, and the turtles by the front counter. Like a cut-rate kids zoo visit.

There were the 2 supermarkets, Crest and Bohacks. My mom was a Bohacks shopper, while our neighbors the Petersons were Crest customers.

Mar 23, 2017
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by: Betsy Knapp Finley

The last comment was from Betsy Knapp Finley just in case anyone remembers me. 😀

Mar 23, 2017
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Fays, etc
by: Anonymous

I used to go to Fay's and spend the quarter that Mrs. Honce, down the street gave me for going to the store for her. I went to Dilberts and got her a small loaf of Pepperidge Farms bread, some milk and a little cake. Same thing every week.

I bought some Turkish Taffy and some Good n Plenty. I ate them before I went home so Mom wouldn't know.

Here's an interesting side note. Mom wouldn't let me take the money and Mrs. Honce wouldn't take it back so after I got the forbidden candy, I buried the rest under the hedges that separated my house and the neighbors, the Lombardo's.
there's probably a rusty fortune under there if anyone wants to dig it out. :-).

I used to play out back with the little girl from the Italian bakery, on my way back from walking Daddy to the train station during summer vacation . Her mom fed us really well. Another thing I had to hide from Mom.

I loved going to the five and ten to the fish tanks. I was so happy when I was allowed to get a goldfish. I also got my parents gifts there. Usually a corsage for Mom and some pencils for Dad (he was a commercial artist). I wrapped them VERY primitively and got the mailman to deliver it to the house.

Dad and my brothers got their hair cut at Sam's barbershop. I loved the way the hair goo smelled. Every year, the kids were given paint and a brush and were allowed to paint a Halloween scene on a merchant's glass door and someone went around and judged them. I always got Sam's barbershop.

I remember the shoemaker was weird and I was scared of him. I had to buy Mom Kotex at the Rexall. That was one of the most embarrassing times in my life.

I loved going to play in the woods. There was a crooked tree with a fan on it that we called the Indian tree. Now it's a mortuary.

I know things change but if I go back, I want it to change back for my visit. 😀

Mar 23, 2017
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Downtown Massapequa Park
by: Greg

I too remember Fays and the long counter where my friends and I would be able to get 5 cent cokes from the dispenser. Two other stores I remember well on that side of the street heading down to the tracks was a bakery that had the best tasting crumb cake ever. It looked just like the Entenmens crumb cake you can get in the box today, but these were fresh out of the oven delicious and I would imagine with no artificial ingredients or preservatives. I would ride my bike down there after I collected money from my Newsday paper route on Fridays and have one, maybe two pieces that he would cut from the huge tray. On the way out the door, he always said to me, "and tell all your friends I have the crummiest cake in town."
The other store was the 5 and 10 just past Musicaros. That is where I would buy Christmas presents for my parents when I was really young. Usually some bright red nail polish or lipstick for my mother, thumb tacks, nails or carpenter pencils for my father and bobby pins for my sister. I also remember getting my first goldfish bowl and a couple of fish along with the colored pebbles that cover the bottom. In the back near the rear exit to the parking lot is where you could buy small quantities of paint, shades and lamps.
Another place that just jogged my memory was the Rexall drug store that my father and I would go to because it had the machine that you would be able to test the bulbs in your TV set when it went dead. Of course back then you couldn't tell exactly which bulb was dead or dying so we usually had to bring down half a dozen or so to see which ones were on their last legs. After seeing which ones needed replacing you just opened the door underneath the testing tray and picked out the correct ones according to the numbers listed on the box.
One final note, I think when we first moved to Massapequa Park from Brooklyn in 1954, the grocery store opposite the tracks that later became Bohacks was independent and run by a man named Gene Kleg, or something like that. Maybe someone has a better recollection about the name.
Anyhow, a great place to have grown up. Years go by between visits to Long Island, but I always try to drive by my old house and it gives me a good feeling about where I am from and the values that I and my friends and my family grew up with.

Mar 22, 2017
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Fay's, Musicaros and Pete the butcher
by: Bob messina

When I was a kid, we lived in massapequa park. There was a candy store called Fay's and besides Fay herself, was a woman behind the counter named Marge.
My mother used to take me there for lunch probably 3 times a week for a Fay's cheeseburger and a chocolate egg cream. Fay made the burgers and Marge, the egg creams for my mom and me. When it was time to add the seltzer to the two glasses, she set both glasses below the soda fountain, pulled the handle to add the soda to the first glass, and, without moving the glasses, she held a teaspoon underneath the seltzer and turned the spoon so the seltzer filled the second glass.
I think of Fay and Marge whenever someone mentions an egg cream.
Musicaros pizza was so good, and the pizza itself was gigantic, probably because I was small.
And Pete the butcher. His shop was across the street from Fay's and bohacks. I was about 6 years old and Pete was found hanging from a meat rack. Dead.
I remember a burned out building behind Hawthorne elementary school called 4M. All the kids said a madman lived in the rubble. And speaking of Hawthorne, our principal, Ms. Zjohnson, our music teacher mrs Hsndon and the symphony the, a black and ivory sort of flute that we all learned to play.

Mar 14, 2017
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NYC Cops
by: Linwood Place

I remember Newsday once ran a story about Massapequa. They called Massapequa the "bedroom community of the New York City police department".
I know I was surrounded by cops where I lived...and for some reason their kids always had the best fireworks on the 4th of July.
Before clothes dryers became popular you could see lots of uniforms drying on clothes lines in half of the backyards.

Feb 10, 2017
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Team Tassi
by: Bob Carpino

I always had to drive the boat cause the beer was always flowing!

I won't tell you the time i put an eel in Leo's shorts and he stripped in the boat

Try this. Mrbobnh@aol.com


Feb 10, 2017
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Memories NEW by: Bob Carpino
by: Anonymous

Hi Bob,

I'm guessing you won't see this, but when I saw your post I had to respond. My grandfather loved telling stories about your dad. I can't tell you how many times he told me and my brothers about fishing trips with Sal Carpino. Mostly, it would be about how he did something to set him off and get a big laugh.

It's been awhile since I thought about those stories and how my grandfather got a kick of telling them. Thanks for bringing them back to me.

Feb 08, 2017
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Wine Gallery
by: Anonymous

Wine Gallery was at the end of Pirates Cove in East Massapequa, I loved that place

Feb 02, 2017
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Wine Gallery
by: Anonymous

Where was the Wine Gallery in Massapequa located? I recall that it was down on the water somewhere.

Jan 24, 2017
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Cleveland Place.
by: Renee Mineo

I lived at 11 Cleveland Place from 1961 -1974. Anyone know the Torres'? Or Richard Santangelo? Rizzos? Cortez? Can email at rdmineo@Gmail.com thanks

Jan 11, 2017
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melnick
by: Anonymous

I think melick taught 9th grade general science at Berner. I hated him! BORING! Now Mr Sommer Social Studies at McKenna was awesome!

Jan 11, 2017
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I miss the pizza
by: Francis Schiraldi

I live in Oregon now. It rains A LOT. I miss pizza and bagels. I always tell people about having Mr. Baldwin (Alec's father) for a teacher and Jessica Hahn in my graduating class. I wish there were Italians and Jews here, my sarcastic "schtick" is quite lost on the folks here. If I ever get home I am going to nail my feet on the floor!

Jan 06, 2017
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Mr. Melnick
by: Chris Curry Young

Hi JH,
I had Mr. Melnick for Science. He may have taught Biology too. I don't know. The one thing I remember about Mr Melnick is that we had to take notes in pencil during class, and then we had to rewrite them at home in pen. I think his point was to make sure we reviewed the material presented to us during class. He was a good teacher; very dedicated.

Chris Young

Jan 06, 2017
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Mr Melnick
by: JH

Saw the name had to see if my memory is still working?? Did he teach Biology at Berner? I had him in 10th grade and surprised him when I posted a strong Regents # in the final---my focus wasn't academics back in those days and he was disappointed as I recall. Thanks for triggering a memory!!

JH

Jan 06, 2017
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Book of Massapequa
by: Chris Curry Young

Hello Maggie,
Thanks for the information. This book is something I would love to read. I'm heading over to Amazon's site to order it now——no time like the present.

Chris Young

Jan 06, 2017
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re: Book of Massapequa
by: Maggie

I thought you all might be interested in this book. It's all about Massapequa and surrounding area with lots of interesting pictures and so forth. You can buy it, I just did on Amazon:
Massapequa: A Pictorial History Through The Eyes of Baby Boomers by, Rich Klein.
You can purchase it on the link on FB: http://www.facebook.com/MassapequaBook
OR http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/massapequa-rich-klein/1122425652?ean=9781631925245
OR Amazon where I got mine.
Also,
You can find out info on Massapequa Park if you type in that on FB.

Jan 05, 2017
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Relax
by: Anonymous

All types of memories are great. Crushes are just a part of life. It made me feel good posting mine and finally getting off my chest. They are so silent for years especially for those of us that were painfully shy in school.

Now on to new memories. 😀

Jan 05, 2017
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Relax
by: Chris Curry Young

Thank you Betsy, I was actually feeling down about my crush post. I thought I had said something to offend, but you have made me feel better.

I suppose I got caught up in the memories of such a happy time in my life. To those I offended I do apologize.



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Relax
by: Betsy (Knapp) Finley

There have been people who's parents worked somewhere and there was a whole string of posts about that..their personalities, etc. There are a lot of personal things on here and if it's not offensive or TOO personal, I think it's harmless fun. Plus.. if the boy (or girl) who was the subject of the crush, it just might make their day. 😀 We all love Massapequa and the "Park" and crushes at school is just a natural part of that.

I enjoy every post. It brings me back to thoughts of my childhood in the "Park". Let the crushes proceed. 😀

Jan 05, 2017
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Posting
by: Anonymous

We really don't need to hear the stuff about all the crushes someone had 60 yrs ago. Pretty much makes you want to puke and unsubscribe. Take the gossip to Facebook or private emails please.

Jan 05, 2017
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Pisting
by: Anonymous

I would agree with POSTING, maybe just take it to a private site. It does get grey at times. Thank you.

Jan 05, 2017
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It's all of interest
by: Anonymous

Relax, it is all Massapequa history. Personal in nature perhaps, but I have read many times since this post started names of people I once knew and have forgotten, whether neighbors, classmates or people who worked in and around town. I left Massapequa 50 years ago, and enjoy every post.

Jan 05, 2017
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Posting
by: Anonymous

Can we keep this to Massapequa history and not this crap

Jan 05, 2017
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Crushes
by: Chris Curry Young

If we're talking about crushes, I can tell you for sure I had plenty. My first crush was one my older sister's friends, Steve or Pete Delise (not sure how to spell that). They were twins I think. I don't remember which one I had the crush on—perhaps both. I was only 5. They lived right in the back of Santangelo in the corner house (Euclid) I believe. Wow, I'm really reaching back.

Then there was Tommy McGrath in my class at East Lake. I think my crush for him lasted quite a while. It was a silent crush and I was always afraid to talk to him. I was very shy. I had a crush on the shop teacher at McKenna, Mr. McNeal, and wished that I could take shop, but girls didn't take shop back then. I had a crush on Mr. Hickey too. I forget what subject he taught. Then there was the Bungalow Bar Ice Cream man and the Good Humor ice cream man—and of course John, Paul, George and Ringo!

In high school I remember having a big crush on a boy named Jody Larkin. I think he was in my science class. I had Mr. Melnick.

I'm sure there were others that I cannot think of right now. A lot of my crushes were teachers.






Jan 04, 2017
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Crushes
by: Anonymous

Lol.. Ed Powelski was my first crush as well. He was in choir with me. 😀 i had Mr. Gerardi for chorus in McKenna. I think every girl had a crush on him. To me, he looked like Sal Mineo. He gave me piano lessons at my house. I was never so happy in my life. I practiced like crazy!!!

Jan 04, 2017
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1970 Berner Graduate
by: Pat Marchesano (Skabry)

You're right Chris! Mr. Yamron was at McKenna.

Jan 04, 2017
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1970 Berner Graduate
by: Chris Curry Young

I remember Mr. Yamron. He was my teacher (chorus). That was at McKenna. In Berner we had Mr. Holdridge.I graduated in 1968.

Jan 04, 2017
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A 1970 Berber graduate
by: Anonymous

What great memories from the previous posts! We called our group the Bla-Has and it included Lydia and Barbara who lived on Park Lane, Claudia and myself from Charles Ave and Joan and Cheryl. I went to East Lake with my dentist across the street, my first crush was with Ed Powalski, visiting the Schreiners including Joseph, John & Regina (they had a pool which was a BIG thing then) and the Daimlers who lived next to them, going to our Lady of Lourdes, the candy store across the church, where a quarter was a big deal and Creme Puff Bakery which had the best strawberry shortcake. McKenna. Working at Waldbaums and Tuttles which was a hamburger joint on Sunrise, bowling at the lanes and Pistachio Ice Cream Soda's from Howard Johnsons. Playing tennis at the park, falling in love. I remember the woods behind Park Lane I think where the fast girls went with the boys and never understanding what they did there. Football games with rum in our coke cans, loads of friends, laughter, a first date, a first kiss, gym uniforms that gave me wedgies, the Indian store where I bought myself my first jewelry, the fear of crossing the railroad tracks and Sunrise, Tobay where I met my husband of 43 years. All good stuff!!!. Would love to hear from anyone who graduated Berner in 1970. Do you remember Mr. Yamron?!!

Jan 04, 2017
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Memories
by: Bob Carpino

Lynne Tassi's name brought back memories. I remember both Lance & Larry. Also remember Leo. He was a mailman with my Dad and loved fishing. We lived on East Lake ave. Went to eastlake, Mckenna and gradfated Berner in 1968. Fondly, Bob

Jan 04, 2017
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Kathy Kane Marks
by: Chris Curry Young

Hello Kathy,
I most certainly knew your family. Your sister Linda and I were very close when we were in grade school. In moved into the neighborhood when I was 5 and Linda became my best friend. I remember it was Linda and a boy Tommy McKeon (his family moved when he was a kid) that I played with a lot.

Linda and I made our First Holy Communion together and walked up and down Grand Boulevard showing off our Communion dresses. I have a photo of us in my backyard and we had the same black and white short set on too. As we grew older (we went to different grade schools) we didn't see much of each other and in high school we hung around with different groups of kids, but I always remember Linda as a great person.

I remember all of your siblings. I believe John was the oldest. He was my sister Eileen's age (she is 7 years older than I am). My sister Diane is 5 years younger than me. I kept up with the news on the block from my friend, Karen (Syrett) Bailey. I remember when Mrs. Gabrois passed. I was still living on Long Island then (in Lindenhurst) and Karen and I went to the service for her. We got to see most of the Gabrois family.

We lived next door to the Santangelo's (Linda and Mickey I think were their children) and across the street from the Gabrois and the Dietzel's. I'm not sure who Mr. Brown is, although there was a Bill Brown who lived in the end house next to the Dietzel's. He was my sister Eileen's age and they went to school together.

My husband and I moved to Pennsylvania in 2004. We love it here, but I do miss Long Island and especially the old neighborhood where I grew up. I still have enough family on L.I. to get back and visit now and then. I have a little great-great nephew just born this past July that I must visit.

My best regards to you and your family. Tell Linda I remember her. I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year.

Chris Young




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Chris Curry Young
by: Kathy Kane Marks

Hi. I lived at the other end of your block across the street. Perhaps you knew my siblings John, Bob Linda, Danny or Kevin Kane. I remember your house. I live on Grand Blvd all my life but sold on 2014. Do you remember Mr Brown? Son in Santangelo house . Uses as a weekend retreat from NYC. A Grabrios granddaughter bought house. You lived off Connecticut, Euclid was on our end. I was the youngest born in 1959 but I remember you.

Jan 03, 2017
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Me and Mom
by: Anonymous

I remember my Mom showing me the picture in the newspaper of us at the Massapequa Zoo and saying "No one will ever know it is us"

Jan 02, 2017
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Chris Curry Young
by: Andy F.

Great Jal story. It seems he left a trail of stories behind him :-)

Jan 02, 2017
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Seaford
by: Anonymous

Anyone in this group happen to attend Seaman Neck Elementary School? Early 60's...

Jan 02, 2017
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East Lake Elementary
by: Anonymous

Anyone in this group go to East Lake Elementary from 1968 - 1973? My parent's left NY and we moved to Florida in 1973 but I attended East Lake Elementary during that time frame. My Brother attended Berner High and graduated in 1972. He worked at Whites Model and I don't know what department he was in. He also went to Boces School and took up Horticulture. His name is George Bauer if anyone in this group knows him.
Maggie

Jan 02, 2017
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1968 Graduates
by: Chris Curry Young

Hello Andy,

I remember Marty Fogerty, Charlie Daimler, and Jal Johnson. I have a foggy memory of an incident when I was in grade school; Jal Johnson crumbled a snowball in my face during a snowball fight (after which I had a mad crush on him). I'm pretty sure my friends and I started the snowball fight. Those were the days. I am sorry to hear of Jal's passing. Also my condolences to Richie on the death of his son Matthew in Iraq. He was a hero.



Jan 01, 2017
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Bill Trojan
by: Andy F.

I sent a friend request to you and a message to Joe (couldn't send a friend request for some reason).

Now maybe we should turn this thread back to general Massapequa discussions :-)

Jan 01, 2017
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Billy T
by: Billy T

Are you on Facebook? I'm on there as Bill Trojann add me. Joe is on there also.

Jan 01, 2017
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Bill T and Joe B
by: Andy F

What a small world. Sorry to hear about Joe Fic. I'm glad we could connect on this site.

Jan 01, 2017
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Massapequa
by: Billy T

Joe Ficolora died last year of lung cancer.
We love Northville. I lived there for a few years. I keep my host near Sport Island Puv in Northville on the lake.

Jan 01, 2017
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Bill T and Joe B
by: Anonymous

Wow! Say Hi to Joe for me. He had/has a great sense of humor. Does he know what ever became of Joe Ficalora?

I am familiar with the area where you live. My wife Linda Hill and I were just up in Northville the week prior to Labor Day. I love that Adirondacks and especially the Great Sacandaga. My parents used to take us up there for vacations. It's a wonderful change from the down state area. We are still on LI too in Bay Shore. Happy New Year to you all!

Jan 01, 2017
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Massapequa
by: Billy T

I live near the Great Sacandaga Lake approx 40 miles west of Albany. Joe Birbiglia and my sister still lives on LI in Shoreham. Joe says hello. He is here with me visiting his daughter in Syracuse. He said you wrote in his high school yearbook, "may God bless you with a Hemi."

Jan 01, 2017
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Bill Trojan
by: Andy F.

Yes; Andy Falsetta. How are you folks doing? Still on Long Island?

Jan 01, 2017
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Andy Falcetta(sp?)
by: Bill Trijan

By any chance are you Andy Falcetta? I'm Joe Birbiglia's brother in law. He married my older sister and hottie Pat Trojan.

Jan 01, 2017
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Al F.
by: Andy F.

Richie Coyle, Richie Baylis, Terry Murphy are all Charles Avenue guys I hung with after high school! I also was good friends with Marty Fogerty, Charlie Daimler, Jal Johnson, and Mark Eckhoff who lived a few blocks east of Charles Avenue. Joe Birbiglia went to school with me at MHS. We lost Jal only a few years ago and Richie lost his youngest son PFC Matthew Edward Baylis in Iraq. He was my godson and a great boy having grown up with my sons. Matthew is my hero and Richie remains my dear friend.

Jan 01, 2017
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1968 Graduates
by: Chris Curry Young

Hello Al F,
I went to elementary school with Terry and Pat Murphy. I also remember Richard Baylis. I didn't hang around with them, but they are in my year book. We graduated in 1968.

Jan 01, 2017
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Al F
by: Bill

Do you happen to know Terry Murphy' Rich Coil and Richard Baylis? Joe Birbiglia?

Dec 31, 2016
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Andy
by: Bill

My mom was a wonderful woman. This sounds like something she would have done. We need more Frans and Edna's in this world!

Dec 31, 2016
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Mister Donut
by: Andy F.

The reason why I asked is that in the 1967 -1970 timeframe my friends and I were in Mister Donut at some point during almost any night. The waitress behind the counter was named Edna and she was a very nice person to tolerate a group of cheap teens who played the jukebox, drank coffee and hardly ever bought donuts.

Dec 31, 2016
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Donut
by: Bill

No. Fran.

Dec 31, 2016
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Mister Donut
by: Andy F

By any chance Bill was your Mom's name Edna?

Dec 30, 2016
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Donut shop
by: Bill Trojan

I believe Mr. Donut???

Dec 30, 2016
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Bill Trojan
by: Andy F.

Bill, which donut shop did your Mom work at?

Dec 30, 2016
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