Written by Pat Grace, email@example.com Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites high school graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
Members of the Island Trees School District Board of Education are currently mulling a proposed $59.6 million spending plan for the 2014-2015 school year, which would increase the district’s spending by .82 percent from last year. According to Island Trees
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Murphy, the tax levy for the 2014-2015 year is also estimated to increase by .82 percent, which he boasted falls well below the 2 percent tax levy threshold mandated by the state.
At the first of an ongoing series of budget workshops, on Feb. 26, board members highlighted sections of the proposed 2014-2015 budget, including the Island Trees Public Library, Arts and Music programming, Curriculum and Instruction and Supplies, to try and find any savings.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees track program is pleased to announce that four members of the team will be participating in the New York State tournament. Students honored include:
Alexa Dolgos with a personal best of 1.37 in the 600 meter run; Alyssa Mustafa with a personal best of 17 feet, 3.5 inches in the long jump and a personal best of 36 minutes 1.3 seconds in the triple jump competition; Andrew Zabala with a personal best of 43 feet 5 inches in the triple jump; and Joe Stanco with 47 minutes 10.5 seconds in the shot put.
— Submitted by Varsity Track Coach Joseph Manna
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees Bulldogs Wrestling team finished the 2013-2014 season with an overall record of 18-8. The team defeated Syosset in the Dual Meet Championship playoffs 34-27, and then lost to Plainedge in the second round 48-29. The team had a strong season and was ranked no. 8 in Nassau County. The Bulldogs entered 22 wrestlers in the Nassau County Qualifying Tournament, out of which, eleven of the team’s All-League grapplers qualified for the coveted Nassau County Wrestling Tournament. Six wrestlers also received All-Conference honors, with one wrestler earning a wildcard into the tournament, for a total of 12 Island Trees wrestlers competing.