Born in Queens, raised in Floral Park, and currently residing in Massapequa, Ronald J. Scaglia is a lifelong Long Islander, who cares about his community. After graduating from Floral Park Memorial High School, Ron attended Adelphi University where he earned his bachelor’s degree and graduated magna cum laude. He later returned to Adelphi for graduate work and earned a master’s degree.
Ron first became interested in writing as a fifth grade student, when his teacher suggested that he would pursue a career in journalism. He has been contributing to Long Island news publications for more than seven years and is currently an editor with Anton Community Newspapers.
In his writing, Ron says that he hopes to inform his readers and make a positive effect on both their lives and the communities he reports on. Hoping to make a difference, and trying to prevent more parents from suffering the terrible fate of losing a child, Ron was inspired to write the three-part series, Just One Pill, which was published in the Anton Community Newspapers. Ron was first informed about the issue of prescription drug abuse on Long Island when reporting on events held by Janice Talento and her organization, Drug Free Massapequa. He was alarmed by the candid yet quite informative presentation of Detective Pamela Stark of the Nassau County Police Department and was horrified to learn of the heartbreaking stories from parents who lost their children to drugs. The series had insights from professionals who are battling the epidemic of prescription drug abuse on Long Island, including Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, executive director of LICADD. The series examined prescription medicine abuse by Long Island’s youth and also had suggestions on how parents could help protect their children.
Ron absolutely loves his job as an editor and thoroughly enjoys writing about his community and the region. When not writing, in his spare time, Ron enjoys golfing and cheering for his favorite teams, the Red Sox and Patriots.