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Update From Kaplan

It was evident Councilwoman Anna Kaplan had done her homework when she reported to a standing room only crowd at the March 13 Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations.

Plandome Road

When Plandome Road was repaved the yellow line to make a left turn onto Northern Boulevard from Plandome Road was painted too short. Once warm weather arrives, Councilwoman Anna Kaplan said, it should be extended by an additional two car lengths.

Regarding the Plandome Road Visioning Project, the town, she said, is waiting to hear from the DOT as to the specifications of the projected work, for example, where it will begin and end. To the relief of her audience, Kaplan added, “We do have the OK.”

Additionally, along Plandome Road, new garbage cans have been ordered and in the summer planters and flowers will be a welcome addition. The town, she said, is on board to water them. Kaplan thanked Sabereh Samet, her legislative aide, and Lois Silva, Silva Real Estate, for canvassing the town delivering a letter from her office-requesting shopkeepers, in effect, sweep and shovel so “shoppers feel welcome to use the sidewalk.”

Post Office

Kaplan acknowledged the frustration of mail trucks and other vehicles parking in such a way as to block motorists who wish to use the drive-by mailbox located on Orchard Street. It will be moved, Kaplan indicated, although she did not specify when. Rumors have circulated that the post office on Maple Place in Manhasset would close, and a storefront on Plandome Road would be maintained. When Ed King, who holds the lease on the building, was reached by phone he said he is not aware of any plans for change. King indicated the lease expires in October when it will be renegotiated.

Onderdonk Avenue

Residents in the area of Onderdonk Avenue requested a stop sign as a traffic calming measure to deter motorists rushing to make a train. The dangerous behavior is widespread they had complained. Kaplan explained that she had received calls and letters in opposition to the request; that it was unsafe to place a stop sign between the two existing lights.

Bayview Avenue

Kaplan indicated the town was investigating a grant to fund a walkway. One complication is ownership of the property along the road.  A transfer of property occurred when the town took over ownership of Manhasset Valley Park from Nassau County. Research is ongoing, she indicated, as to what property is still in the county’s name.

Manhasset Valley Park

Snowstorms in February halted construction at Manhasset Valley Park, although it has resumed, Kaplan reported, hopefully to be completed by April 27 in time for the scheduled grand opening between noon and 1 p.m. Kaplan said one of the new fields will be named in honor of Jim Brown who has been invited to throw the first ball. Children from the EOC will perform and popcorn and cotton candy will contribute to the festive atmosphere.

Christ Church

Construction has begun on the Christ Church property. March 12 the blue house was demolished, a member reported, and another affirmed that a bank would be built on the site.

News

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


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